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Alex Olmedo, Former USC Men’s Tennis NCAA Champ And Grand Slam Winner, Dies

Dec 10, 2020

LOS ANGELES — Alex Olmedo, a two-time NCAA champion in singles and doubles who led the USC men's tennis team to the 1958 NCAA title and then won three Grand Slam titles, died Wednesday (Dec. 9) in Santa Monica, Calif., of brain cancer. He was 84.

Services are pending.

At USC, Olmedo won the NCAA singles and doubles crowns in 1956 and then again in 1958. The 3-time USC letterman (1956-58) then went on to a successful professional career, including winning 3 Grand Slam titles (the Wimbledon and Australian singles in 1959 and the 1958 U.S. Open doubles). He also was the runnerup in singles in the 1959 U.S. Open.

Born in Peru, he played for the 1958 U.S. Davis Cup champions. He was the world's No. 2-ranked amateur in 1959. He turned pro in 1960 and retired in 1977. He won 21 titles in his career and had a career singles record of 401-358.

Olmedo is a member of the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was the head pro at the Beverly Hills Hotel for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his son Alejandro Jr., daughters Amy and Angela and four grandchildren.