Samuel "Sam" Match (January 3, 1923 – January 23, 2010)[1] was an American tennis player. He was born in Los Angeles, California.

Match was ranked among the top ten amateur players in the United States in 1948, 1949, and 1950 in both singles and doubles play.[2]Lawn Tennis and Badminton magazine ranked him as the 12th best professional player for the year 1955.


Sam Match twice defeated US No. 1, Pancho Gonzales. The first time was 1948 at Newport, Rhode Island and the second time was in 1949 at River Oaks in Houston. He was a terrific player with classic groundstrokes.

In 1947, playing doubles for Rice University Match along with his doubles partner Bob Curtis beat Herbert Flam and Gene Garrett of UCLA 6–4, 8-10, 3–6, 6–2, 7–5 to win the NCAA doubles title.[3]

As an amateur, Match won at La Jolla, California, on February 16, 1948; at Philadelphia in 1948; and at the Utah State Open in 1948 and 1949.

In 1949, playing for San Francisco State College, Jack Tuero of Tulane beat Match in five sets in the finals of the NCAA tournament. Match and Art Larsen lost the doubles championship in the finals.[3]

Match was the runner-up in La Jolla (March 19, 1950), the California State in San Francisco (May 21, 1950), the Colorado State in Denver (June 9, 1950), and in Salt Lake City (July 2, 1950).[4]

Match's first appearance in a professional tournament was at the California State Pro in Beverly Hills, California (August 11–16, 1953).[5]


In 1991, Match was inducted into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame.[6]

In 2005, he was honored as one of the University of San Francisco's 75 greatest athletic legends.[1][dead link]


  1. ^ "PASSINGS: Sir Percy Cradock, Sam Match". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Match, Sam". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "2005 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships". Texas A&M University. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sutter, Michel. Vainqueurs 1946-1991. 
  5. ^ McCauley, Joe. The History of Professional Tennis. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Rice Owls. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 

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