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Frank Froehling III

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Full name: Frank Arthur Froehling III
Nickname: Spiderman
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Bio He was an American tennis player.
The Florida legend was raised in Coral Gables.
During his college career at Trinity University (Texas) Froehling recorded 46-5 in singles matches, won nine singles titles for the Tigers as the No. 2-ranked player for the 'Tigers' (behind 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley). Besides this, Froehling earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Trinity in 1964, the same year he attained All-America honors.

He was also runner-up at U.S. National Tennis Championships in 1963 (where he beat Roy Emerson before losing to Rafael Osuna). That year Froehling was ranked world No. 6 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph. In 1971 Froehling reached the French Open semifinals (beating Arthur Ashe before losing to Ilie Năstase).

His playing style was characterized serve & volley.

In the Davis Cup he played six matches representing US team, winning 3 ones and helping his nation to win two salad bowls (1963, 1971).

In 1981, he was inducted into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame as part of the first-ever class alongside Chris Evert, Doris Hart, Gardnar Mulloy, Edward Turville, and Clarence Varner.

"After retiring from the tour, Froehling had won numerous senior events and was named the USTA Florida Section’s Male Player of the Year in 1997. He also won five national Father-Son championships with his father, Frank II.
In his retirement, Froehling’s mission for several years was to improve the quality of tennis in communities throughout Florida, through a court construction business that built more than 5,000 courts across the state.
Friends and family say Froehling will be remembered for his kindness, candor, humor, loyalty, work ethic, legendary competitive spirit, unusual generosity, and his contributions to the tennis world." (USTA Florida)

He passed away in January 2020 at the age of 77 for a chronic lymphocytic leukemia from which he had been suffering for several years.
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