On September 7, 1975, Spanish tennis player Manuel Orantes defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 in the finals of the US Open at Forest Hills in New York.
Before winning his first Grand Slam, he came up second to Björn Borg (former world no. 1 tennis player from Sweden) in France at the French Open in the final, giving the Swedish a run for his money by winning the first two sets before Borg bounced back to win the title 2–6, 6–7, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1.
Orantes’ efforts over the years in WTA competitions and his contribution to the Spanish Davis Cup team between 1967-1980, has been recognized and rewarded by the tennis world with an induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame scheduled to take place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I on the 14th of July.
Orantes, a native of Granada and resident in Barcelona, will be inducted in the Master Player Category, with more members of the class of 2012 expected to be announced in March. The crit...