Ken Flach

Former world No. 1 Ken Flach died at the age of 54 on 12 March following a short illness. Flach, a six-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and mixed doubles and the 1988 Olympic men’s doubles champion, was taken ill with Bronchitis, which turned into pneumonia and then septic shock.

Flach was best known for his hugely successful doubles partnership with Robert Seguso. The pair won 28 doubles titles together – including the US Open in 1985 and Wimbledon in both 1987 and 1988, and, later that year, the gold medal in Seoul.

Flach won 34 men’s doubles titles overall, including his second US Open crown – and fourth and final men’s doubles Grand Slam title - alongside Rick Leach in 1993. He also won two mixed doubles majors alongside fellow American Kathy Jordan - at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 1986.

Flach represented his country in Davis Cup in 13 ties between 1985 and 1991, compiling an impressive 11-2 win-loss record in doubles rubbers, and competed in the 1991 Davis Cup Final.

Carol Schneider

Carol Schneider passed away on 3 March. A long-serving member of the Southern California Tennis Association Board of Directors, Schneider was responsible for the ranking system used in Southern California and went on to become a member of the USTA’s national ranking committee.

Javier Maquirrian

Dr Javier Maquirrian, the former doctor of the Argentine Davis Cup team, passed away on 6 March at the age of 55 as a result of a brain tumour.

Maquirrian was the chief doctor for the Argentine Tennis Federation, a Davis Cup physician, a philanthropist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a researcher, an author, and the President of the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science from 2011-2015.