Pancho Segura in 2011
|Occupation:||former Pro tennis player|
|Birth name:||Francisco Olegario Segura|
|Date of birth:||20 June 1921|
|Born in:||La Costa, California|
|Died:||18 November 2017(aged 96)|
| Appeared on/in |
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|I Dream of Jeannie|
|Number of episodes:||appears as Himself in "Always on Sunday" (Season 1)|
Pancho "Segoo" Segura (born Francisco Olegario Segura 20 June 1921 - 18 November 2017) was a former leading tennis player of the 1940s and 1950s, both as an amateur and as a professional. In 1950 and 1952, as a professional, he was the World Co-No. 1 player. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but moved to the United States in the late 1930s and was a citizen of both countries. He was the only player to have won the US Pro title on three different surfaces (which he did consecutively from 1950–1952).
U.S. Pro loss to Gonzalez reads like a low-scoring basketball game, 16-21, 21-19, 8-21, 22-20, 19-21. Segura also captured revenue-important U.S. Pro Doubles Championships three times (1948, 1955, 1958) with Kramer in 1948 and 1955 and Gonzalez in 1958. Segura was 41 years old when he played his last U.S. Pro in 1962 and played his last U.S. Open singles match in 1970 at Forest Hills, falling in the second round to Argentine Modesto Vazquez in five back-and-forth sets.
In 1962 Pancho he settled in Southern California, becoming the tennis director at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, launching a successful career as a teaching pro and coach. One of his manay students include former 1970s-1990s star Jimmy Connors. In 1970 he switched locations, moving to the LaCosta Resort and Spa in San Diego.
In 1991, more than 50 years since coming to the United States to play college tennis, Segura became an American citizen. “I am a U.S. citizen first and a tennis player second,” Segura said. His autobiography, Little Pancho: The Life of Tennis Legend Pancho Segura, was published in May 2009.
Pancho makes a cameo guest appearance in the Season 2 episode of I Dream of Jeannie titled "Always on Sunday", where, when Tony says to Jeannie that he "wished everyday were Sunday", she, before stopping time to make it Sunday everyday, blinks him onto a tennis court where Pancho is playing a friendly singles match against someone, as he apologizes for his "intrusion" upon his match, as Pancho says, "I wasn't counting on this to be a doubles match!" as Tony says the same, before Jeannie blinks him back into his living room!
- Seebohm, Caroline (May 1, 3009). Little Pancho: The Life of Tennis Legend Pancho Segura. Lincoln, NE. pp. 254. ISBN 978-0803220416.
- Pancho Segura at the Int'l Tennis Hall Of Fame