Champion’s point

“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.”

Stan Smith

“When you walk on a court, clear your mind of everything unrelated to the goal of playing the match …”

Stan Smith

“So many things had to happen in order for this to come true.”

Stan Smith

Stanley Roger “Stan” Smith (born December 14, 1946 in Pasadena, California) is a former American tennis player and two time Grand Slam singles champion who also, with his partner Bob Lutz, formed one of the most successful doublesteams of all time. Together, they won many major titles all over the world.

In 1970, Smith won the first year end championship Masters Grand Prix title. Smith’s two major singles titles were the 1971 US Open (over Jan Kodeš in the final), and1972 Wimbledon (over Ilie Năstase in the final). In 1972, he was the year-endingWorld No. 1 singles player. In 1973, he won his second and last year end championship title at the Dallas WCT Finals. In addition, he won four Grand Prix Championship Series titles.

His name is also used in a popular brand of tennis shoes. In his early years he improved his tennis game through lessons fromPancho Segura and the Pasadena Tennis Patrons.

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