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Luis Ayala

tennis player
Full name: Luis Alberto Ayala
Nickname: Lucho
Alias: Salinas
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Bio He was twice a singles runner-up at the French Championships. In 1958 he was seeded fifth and reached the final after a victory against first-seeded and world No. 1 Ashley Cooper in the semifinal. In the final, however, he was defeated in straight sets by Mervyn Rose while in 1960 he lost the final in five sets to Nicola Pietrangeli.[4] Together with Thelma Coyne Long, he won the mixed doubles title at the 1956 French Championships.

Ayala won the Gold Medal at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, beating Canadian Bob B├ędard in the final.

Ayala won the prestigious singles title at the Italian Open in 1959, defeating Pietrangeli in the semifinal and Neale Fraser in the final, both matches in four sets. The following year, 1960, he again reached the Italian final but lost in five sets to Barry MacKay.

Ayala won the 1960 Argentina Championships at Buenos Aires on clay, defeating Ron Holmberg in the semi-final in three straight sets, and Manuel Santana in the final in five close sets. He won the 1960 Madrid Championships on clay, defeating Andres Gimeno in the final in four sets. Ayala won the 1961 Hanover Championships on clay, defeating Ramanathan Krishnan in the final in five sets.

Between 1952 and 1960 Ayala played in 18 ties for the Chilean Davis Cup team and compiled a record of 37 wins and 14 losses. During this period the best performance was reaching the semi-final of the Europe zone in 1955 which they lost to Sweden, despite Ayala winning both his singles matches against Lennart Bergelin and Sven Davidson

In 1961 Ayala turned professional and joined Jack Kramer's tour. In 1964, he won the La Baule Professional Championships on clay, defeating Rod Laver in the semi-final and Lew Hoad in the four-set final. When he retired, he became a tennis professional at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. He was the director of tennis at the Forest Club in Houston, Texas for a while.
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