Sven Davidson

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Davidson after his 1957 triumph at the French Championships

Sven Viktor Davidson (born 13 July 1928 in Borås, Sweden; † 28 May 2008 in Arcadia, California) was a Swedish tennis player.

Davidson was one of the best amateur tennis players in the world in the 1950s, he was ranked number 3 in the world in 1957. In total he won 21 singles titles from 1949 to 1960. He played 86 Davis Cup matches for Sweden, 62 of which he won.

He reached his career high point in 1957 when he won the men’s singles at the French Championships in Paris. He defeated in the final the US-American Herbert Flam. In the same year he won the International German Tennis Championships at the Rotherbaum in Hamburg. In 1958 he won the doubles competition at Wimbledon together with Ulf Schmidt.

After his career, Sven Davidson worked as a TV commentator, among other things.
In 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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