Former World No. 1 Ken Flach, one of the world’s leading doubles players of the 1980s, a winner of four Grand Slam titles and the 1988 Seoul Olympics gold medal (w/Seguso), passed away aged 54 on Monday after a brief illness.
One week ago, Flach was playing 36 holes of golf, the sport he was addicted to, in California. Later that day, Flach fell ill with bronchitis, which in the space of four days turned in pneumonia and then into sepsis. Put on life support, he slipped away on Monday night with his family by his bedside.
Carling Bassett, a former WTA pro and the wife of Robert Seguso, told ATPWorldTour.com, “It pains me to say our great friend, Ken Flach passed away last night surrounded by his family at his side. Unfortunately, they didn’t catch the sepsis fast enough before it so horrifically attacked all his organs. I know Ken fought until the end and now is up in heaven resting in peace. My heart goes out to his whole family.”
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, “Ken was taken far too soon and his sudden passing comes as a real shock to everyone in tennis. A former World No.1 in doubles, Ken will be remembered as one of the great US doubles players in the history of our sport. On behalf of the ATP, we send our thoughts and deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time.”
Flach and Seguso were inextricably linked for almost 40 years, first as standout college performers and, within the space of three years on the pro circuit, the world’s best doubles team – a sometimes a volatile partnership, unavoidable when you’re the best of friends. Flach was the possessor of pinpoint returns, lightening reflexes and great hands that complemented …read more
Source:: ATP World Tour.com