Spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana (83) passed away, Rafael Nadal reacts emotionally: “You were an example and a real friend”

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Spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana passed away on Saturday in Marbella at the age of 83. This is reported by the organization of the Masters 1,000 in Madrid. The former world number one was honorary president of that tournament. Santana suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

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Santana won four Grand Slams: Roland-Garros in 1961 and 1964, the US Open in 1965 and Wimbledon as the first Spaniard in 1966. He is considered the pioneer of Spanish tennis.

“Thank you for everything you have done for Spanish tennis. You have paved the way for so many others,” Rafael Nadal tweeted on the death of his compatriot. “You were an example and a true friend. We will never forget you.”

In 1979 Santana ended his tennis career. Five years later, he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. Until recently, he held the position of tournament director at the Madrid Masters 1,000 and was also captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team from 1980 to 1985 and from 1995 to 1999.

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