|Full name||Alan Abraham Segal|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Born||23 October 1930|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Died||4 April 2016 (aged 85)|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1954)|
|French Open||3R (1955, 1957, 1961, 1962)|
|US Open||4R (1956)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1954)|
|French Open||F (1958, 1963)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1964)|
|Davis Cup||FEu (1965)|
Alan Abraham Segal (23 October 1930 – 4 April 2016) was a South African tennis player.
Early life and career
He was critical of South Africa's policy of Apartheid. Alex Metreveli and István Gulyás both refused to compete in the 1964 Wimbledon against Segal, a white South African, because of the country's policy. In response, black tennis player Arthur Ashe said he would play Segal any time, because he did not think politics had a place in sports. Weeks later Segal played Ashe in Illinois, beating him. This prompted the International Lawn Tennis Federation to pass a resolution prohibiting racial discrimination and withdrawing from a tournament except for "health or bereavement" reasons.
He played for the South African Davis Cup team in 19 ties in the years 1955, 57, 59, 61-65 and compiled a record of 24 wins and 14 losses.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles (2 runner-ups)
|Loss||1958||French Championships||Clay||Robert Howe|| Ashley Cooper
|6–3, 6–8, 3–6, 5–7|
|Loss||1963||French Championships||Clay||Gordon Forbes|| Roy Emerson
|2–6, 4–6, 4–6|
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