Mixed doubles legend Owen Davidson dies at 79

Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Australian tennis great Owen Davidson, who won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, has died. He was 79.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced that Davidson, a native of Australia, died Friday in Conroe, Texas.

Davidson won 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, eight of them with legendary women’s player Billie Jean King as his partner. He also won two Grand Slam crowns in men’s doubles.

“Our hearts are broken, but we find peace in the lifetime of wonderful memories we shared with our friend Davo,” King said on Twitter.

Davidson and King won four Wimbledon crowns (1967, 1971, 1973, 1974), three U.S. Open titles (1967, 1971, 1973) and one French Open title (1967). Without King, Davidson won two Australian Opens (1965, 1967) and one U.S. Open (1966).

His men’s doubles crowns came in the 1972 Australian Open with Ken Rosewall as his partner, and the 1973 U.S. Open with John Newcombe.

Davidson won seven singles titles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

–Field Level Media

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