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Grand Slam tennis champion Vic Seixas dies at age 100

Vic Seixas, Wimbledon champion, Tennis Hall of Fame member and the oldest living Grand Slam champion, died on July 5 at the age of 100.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced Mr. Seixas’ death based on confirmation from his daughter, Tori. No cause was given.

Mr. Seixas was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971 after a career that included winning the 1953 Wimbledon singles title. He also won the 1954 U.S. Championships — now the U.S. Open.

Mr. Seixas (pronounced SAY-shuss) was notable for his long career in the sport, playing in the U.S. Championships 28 times between 1940 and 1969, the last time at age 45. He was also a fixture in the Davis Cup, helping the United States reach the final seven times in a row between 1951 and 1957.

The Americans played against Australia in all those finals and won only one: in 1954, Seixas won one singles match and, together with Tony Trabert, the doubles match.

He also won five Grand Slam titles in doubles and eight in mixed doubles.

After his active career, he refereed the 1971 US Open and was Davis Cup captain three times.

Elias Victor Seixas Jr. was born on August 30, 1923, in Philadelphia. His father owned a plumbing company and played tennis on a local court. It was here that Vic first picked up a racket as a boy.

He served as a pilot in the Army Air Forces in World War II in the Pacific. He then attended the University of North Carolina and played on the tennis team, graduating in 1949.

He was tennis director for the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and at a hotel in New Orleans. In 1989, he moved to the San Francisco area and started a tennis program at a Marin County racquetball and beach club (now the Club at Harbor Point).

Seixas is survived by a daughter, Tori Seixas.

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