Richard Gonzales "Pancho"

May 09, 1928
July 03, 1995
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
United States
United States
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Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Developing perhaps the most immaculate service motion tennis has ever seen, Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez captured back-to-back U.S. Championships in 1948 and 1949 before becoming a major force in professional tennis for the better part of two decades. In that span, he secured no fewer than eight U.S. Pro Championships. A moody but fierce competitor, he remained formidable into his early forties, toppling Rod Laver, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith among other notable victims at the outset of the Open Era in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Doubles Champion 1949


  • Doubles Champion 1949

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1948-49

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1949