The Spanish tennis legend and four-time grand slam champion Manuel Santana has died at the age of 83, the national federation and organizers of the Madrid tournament said Sunday.
Santana won Wimbledon in 1966 after two French Open triumphs, 1961 and 1964, and victory in New York at the 1965 US Open.
Between 1980-1985 and 1995-1999 Santana was also the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team.
Several prominent names from sport and other areas paid tribute to Santana, who won 72 tournaments in his career.
Conquistó Roland Garros, US Open y Wimbledon, en total 72 torneos y un oro olímpico que lo convirtieron en leyenda del tenis y uno de los mejores deportistas de nuestro país.
Mi sentido pésame para la familia de Manolo Santana, sus seres queridos y el mundo del tenis. pic.twitter.com/TSjd5kkPyp— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) December 11, 2021
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Santana was a "tennis legend and one of the best athletes from our country."