October 23, 2021

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RIP, Pancho Segura

Francisco Olegario (Pancho) Segura was one of the best in the world in the 1950s, when tennis was divided between the amateur ways and the pro circuits,.

He died at age 96 Saturday at his home in Carlsbad, Calif., from Parkinson’s complications.

Known to later generations as Jimmy Connors’s coach and mentor, the Chilean-born Segura overcame serious childhood health issues. He was an early adoptee of the two-handed forehand.

Segura played singles at the 1970 US Open at 49, and won a round. And he reached the quarters in doubles with Connors at a Tour event in South Africa, at 53.