Olympic doubles champion Ken Flach passes away

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Doubles tennis hero and Olympic champion Ken Flach has died aged 54.

The American passed away in San Francisco after suffering from bronchitis and pneumonia.

Flach and long-time partner Robert Seguso won the Olympic title at Seoul 1988, as tennis made its return after 64 years away.

Flach’s illustrious career

Flach and Seguso started playing together at college and became the world number one duo in the mid to late 1980s.

They won their first Grand Slam at the 1985 US Open.

It was a controversial triumph with Henri Leconte furious after claiming his shot hit Flach’s trademark long hair.

The point went to the home pair but they were booed as French pair Leconte and Yannick Noah collapsed.

Flach and Seguso then won Wimbledon in 1987 and 1988.

And at Seoul 1988, they beat Spain’s Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez Vicario in an epic five-setter to take Olympic gold.

Five years later, Flach teamed up with Rick Leach to claim a fourth Grand Slam men’s doubles title at the US Open.

He also secured two mixed doubles Slams alongside fellow American Kathy Jordan.

Flach had limited success in singles winning 61 of his 150 matches on tour.

He made the fourth round of the US Open in 1987 before falling to Ivan Lendl.

After retiring from the pro ranks, Flach devoted himself to coaching.

In 2003, he led Vanderbilt University to its first NCAA championship finals in any sport.

He also played in seniors events and won the Wimbledon 35-and-over men’s doubles in 1999 and 2000.

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Author: Andrew Binner
Andrew is an Olympic Channel news producer and perennially-injured winger.