Former tennis player Manolo Santana died this Saturday at the age of 83 in Marbella, where he resided, as confirmed by the Mutua Madrid Open tournament, of which he was honorary president.
Santana was a legend of Spanish tennis. He had among his record four Grand Slam titles: two Roland Garros tournaments, in 1961 and 1964; the United States Open, in 1965; and that of Wimbledon, in 1966. In addition, in that year it was number 1 in the world.
The former tennis player has been linked to the world of sports beyond his retirement in the 80s. In 2000, the Higher Sports Council awarded him the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit in recognition of his work and the center court de la Caja Mágica bears his name.
Important personalities from the world of sports have expressed their condolences for the death of Manolo Santana, a figure who has paved the way for other tennis players throughout the 20th century. "A thousand thanks for what you did for our country and for marking the path of so many. You were always a reference, a friend and a person close to all," Rafa Nadal has written.
The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has assured that "he leaves us a legend of Spanish sports and one of the greatest tennis players in history."