Former Olympic And Grand Slam Doubles Champion Ken Flach Passes Away
Former world No.1 doubles player Ken Flach has died at the age of 54 after falling ill earlier this week.
Flach, who won 33 doubles titles over a 11-year period, has been suffering from Bronchitis in recent weeks. The illness then turned into pneumonia, which turned into sepsis. A condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. His death was confirmed on Tuesday morning.
Born in 1963, the American became renowned for his successful doubles partnership with Robert Seguso. Together they won three grand slam titles during the 1980s as well as gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Becoming the first men’s Olympic doubles champions in the Open Era. Flach also managed to gain success with other partnerships. Claiming a duo of major mixed doubles trophies with former top 10 player Kathy Jordan and winning the 1993 US Open with Rich Leach.
Despite his speciality being in the doubles, he also played 150 singles matches on the tour. Winning 61 of them. In the majors he made 19 main draw appearances with his best run being to the fourth round of the US Open in 1987. At that tournament he defeated Darren Chahil and Emilio Sanchez before falling to the formidable Ivan Lendl.
In the Davis Cup he represented his country between 1985-1991. Winning 11 out of 13 matches played.
Throughout his career, Flach was recognized for his achievements in the sport. In 1985 he was named ATP Doubles Team of the year with Seguso. It was during that year where he won a $359,920 in prize money, the highest amount of his career. At the 1993 Japan Open he became the 25th man in the Open era to win 30 doubles titles.
After retiring from the sport, Flach remained involved in tennis. Coaching at numerous places. Including an eight-year stint at Vanderbilt University, where he saw the men’s team win the NCAA tournament in 1999. The first time the university has ever won the title. He also spent time working in California with players at all kinds of level.
It is understood that he Flach passed away at a hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area.
RIP Ken Flach. Just awful.
— Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) March 13, 2018
Sometimes we get sobering reminders of the fragility of life and what we have each day , today tennis lost a family member: more importantly children lost a father a wife lost a husband , siblings lost brother ,, thank you for your friendship memories will last 4ever #RIPKenFlach
— Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) March 13, 2018