Two friends of tennis star Alex Olmedo share their memories.
By Lovey Jergens
It was 9210 in Beverly Hills, California in 1973. • It was Alex Olmedo who rang the phone. He asked me to stop by to see him at the Beverly Hills Hotel “Pink Palace”. Here, the “chief” had two tennis courts next to the pool. I went to see him dozens of times before looking for a job with him. This was my chance … he worked from Monday to Friday. I was hired as a Saturday person to work with David. My job was to answer the phone, book lessons and spare courts, pick up balls, and give lessons. I made money only when I took lessons. I was there from 8am to 5pm or 6pm. I had a great year there. Alex brought his younger brother David Olmed from Peru. He was his assistant and shadow. He hit a beautiful ball like Alex. Always smooth, flat and clean. There is no extra movement. There were all “A Listers” in town, not just in Hollywood.
Alex died this week. We had never heard of his brain tumor. The Beverly Hills Hotel finally uncoated twice about 20 years ago. So Alex was mainly taking lessons at his home court in Encino. Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz attacked him every day. Olmed loved his precious old Corvette Stingraker. He once had a classic and a current model. He loved to laugh and loved his life. He loved the children. His dog.
I will never forget that Roger Federer was staying at the hotel thanks to his friend Arthur. When he met Alex. The “Chief” said he won Wimbledon in 1959. Roger saw his quiz and said, “Did you win only once?” Oh Alex will laugh about it.
As Vittorio Selmi says, “If fake ~ amateurism / vs. professional players weren’t the norm, I don’t know what the player’s era could have achieved.” Pros can’t play slams or tournaments. was. Personally, I think Alex was able to win more Wimbledon than the Australian Open. Pancho Segra will hold the French Open 12 times. Pancho Gonzales would have had three Grand Slams in the calendar year.
Alejandro Olmedo known as “Alex” or “Chief”. The “chief” was an old, old, old college joke. His teammates will make fun of him having a bag full of silver, gold bars, jewels (probably candy bars and aftershave lotions) … they say he’s really a rich chief I believed. I’m not a poor “exchange” student.
The story has a PS • Here I was forever annoying Alex for work. He called for about 3/4 weeks after not hitting the ball due to a serious pinky accident in the hand I was playing. The morning I started, I had as much racket as I could, and Alex hit me with a nice ball that I kept hitting, and it went over the fence and into the pool – SPLASH! I agreed to make a reservation until healed. He saw my smooth strokes and knew I was perfect for the team. My beautiful FILA (Thank you Marty) helped me. Check out the guest manifest every Saturday morning. Knowing who was in the hotel and who was coming to the tennis lesson was always a real pleasure. They were a great year!
Richard Evans said on Twitter that he always stopped by to visit with Alex. That’s very correct, as Alex tells everyone that Richard was by his side. He was proud to be relevant.
Jean Scott attended a Nabisco event with the Chief. He will be greatly missed. His style of play was beautiful.
I’m sorry to hear that the great tennis chief Alex Olmedo died Wednesday night.
When I was a teenager, I went to Alex for a private lesson at the Beverly Hills Hotel. So we became friends and were honored to play some double tournaments with him.
“Alex Olmedo, two NCAA champions in singles and doubles who led the USC Men’s Tennis Team to the 1958 NCAA title and won three Grand Slam titles, said Wednesday (9 December) in Santa Monica, CA. He died of a brain tumor. Cancer. He was 84 years old.
Service is pending.
At the USC, Olmedo won the NCAA Singles and Doubles crowns in 1956 and 1958. Since then, three USC Lettermans (1956-58) have continued their successful professional career, including winning three Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon and Australia). 1959 single and 1958 US Open double). He was also a singles runner-up at the 1959 US Open.
Born in Peru, he competed in the 1958 Davis Cup Champion. He was the second largest amateur in the world in 1959. He turned professional in 1960 and retired in 1977. He won 21 titles in his career and had a career single record of 401-358.
Olmed is a member of the University Tennis Hall of Fame, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. “
He has been the head pro at the Beverly Hills Hotel for over 30 years.
– Tennis Sports
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