Rafael Osuna

September 15, 1938
June 04, 1969
Place of Birth:
Mexico City, Mexico
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Highly esteemed by all of his colleagues, Rafael “Rafe” Osuna met with a tragic death in an air crash when he was 30, scant weeks after he had led the Mexican Davis cup team to a startling triumph over Australia. An enormously popular star and an elegant court stylist, Osuna thrilled the galleries at Forest Hills when he won the U.S. Championships, neutralizing the power of American rival Frank Froehling with a vast array of spins and his astonishing foot speed. Osuna’s quickness and sharp skills at the net helped him win two Wimbledon Doubles Championships.

Grand Slam Record


  • Doubles Champion 1960, 1963

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1963
  • Doubles Champion 1962

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Captain 1958, 1960-69