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Ken Flach, win­ner of 6 Grand Slam ten­nis dou­bles ti­tles, dies at 54

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87, died of nat­u­ral causes on March 9, 2018 in Ok­la­homa City. He is sur­vived by his son, daugh­ter, 3 grand­daugh­ters and ex­tended fam­ily around the globe. He moved to Ger­many at age 17 for his med­i­cal train­ing, Even­tu­ally he was cho­sen as Chief of Surgery at the pres­ti­gious Sch­wabing Hos­pi­tal in Mu­nich and later at the air force hos­pi­tal as a civil­ian in Tehran. He moved to Ed­mond, OK in 1977 with his fam­ily and was in­volved in med­i­cal re­search un­til his re­tire­ment. Fu­neral is 4:30 pm, Satur­day, March 17, 2018, at Memo­rial Park Ceme­tery in Ok­la­homa City, 405755-1111. Con­do­lences to sadeghi3@ya­hoo. com and vi­dadir­ven@ ya­hoo.com please.

Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam ti­tles in men's dou­bles and two in mixed dou­bles, has died, ac­cord­ing to the ATP World Tour and In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion. He was 54.

The ATP World Tour an­nounced Tues­day that Flach died Mon­day night in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter a brief ill­ness.

In a post­ing on Face­book, Flach's widow, Christina, wrote that he “passed away af­ter fight­ing pneu­mo­nia.”

“Ken was taken far too soon and his sud­den pass­ing comes as a real shock to every­one in ten­nis,” ATP Pres­i­dent Chris Ker­mode said, adding that Flach “will be re­mem­bered as one of the great U.S. dou­bles play­ers in the his­tory of our sport.”

Flach reached No. 1 in the men's dou­bles rank­ings and paired with Robert Se­guso to form one of the world's top teams in the 1980s.

They won 28 ti­tles to­gether, in­clud­ing ma­jor cham­pi­onships at the U.S. Open in 1985 and Wim­ble­don in 1987 and 1988. They twice were the run­ners-up at the U.S. Open.

Flach and Se­guso also col­lected a gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

They played to­gether at South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity at Ed­wardsville and won three Di­vi­sion II na­tional cham­pi­onships, ac­cord­ing to the ATP.

Flach fin­ished with a to­tal of 34 men's dou­bles ti­tles, in­clud­ing win­ning the 1993 U.S. Open with Rick Leach. Flach's Grand Slam mixed dou­bles tro­phies came with Kathy Jor­dan at the French Open and Wim­ble­don in 1986.

Flach played dou­bles on the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1985-91, com­pil­ing an 11-2 record.

He re­tired as a pro­fes­sional ten­nis player in 1996 and be­came a coach, lead­ing Van­der­bilt to the NCAA fi­nals in 2003.

AP FILE

Ken Flach (left) and Rick Leach check out the win­ner's tro­phy af­ter tak­ing the U.S. Open men's dou­bles ti­tle in New York in 1993. Flach died Mon­day in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was 54.

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