Sports · June 24, 2022

This Wimbledon champion has never given a tennis lesson

He studies tennis, so he would go in and watch someone play and figure out what was wrong with his serve or whatever. He noticed these little things that only he could point out. So I wanted to name the center of tennis after him. I got friends to explain about him, people are slowly forgetting who you are, so this facility should be named after you.

Mr. Savitt, you made it to the semi-finals of the US Open in 1951, which has given you lifetime benefits, including access to the changing rooms at Flushing Meadows. What are your favorite memories of the tournament?

BS: My father used to go there every day and every night for two weeks. It’s harder for him to get around now, but we went there last year and had a great day, and we’ll be back again this year.

When the tournament was in Forest Hills, it was much smaller and everyone wore suits and jackets. We would talk to the players. They didn’t have the entourages, all those coaches and coaches, so you had access to them.

For most of his life in Forest Hills or Flushing Meadows, he couldn’t walk five feet without bumping into someone who was a friend or someone who knew him when he played competitively.

Our box is right behind the pitch, so when my dad learned that all the kids playing he would train them even if you weren’t allowed. He would encourage them when they came down, or if he saw that their opponent had a weak backhand he would say, “Get on the backhand.”

bg: At the US Open, once upon a time, all tennis players would have known Dick. They would have called him Mr. Savitt, even Arthur Ashe. It’s a little different now, but I think he prefers not to be known. He was always very serious about watching tennis and he didn’t want to talk too much. I remember Alan King, the comedian, had a box next to Dick’s, and when Alan greeted the crowd, Dick got angry and said, “Sit down. sit down It’s about tennis. “