Manuel Orantes was a stalwart member of the Spanish Davis Cup team from 1967 to 1980, earning a record of 60-27 in Davis Cup match play. He also won 22 doubles titles in his career, the biggest coming at Hamburg in 1975 and Canada in 1974. Overall, he won 33 singles titles, including Rome (1972), Hamburg (1972 & 1975), Canada (1975) and the Masters in 1977 (1976 season). He also reached 35 finals, the biggest being the French Open (1974), Cincinnati (1973), Monte Carlo (1970), Canada (1973 & 1974), Rome (1973 & 1975), and Hamburg (1976 & 1977).On September 7, 1975, he defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors in the finals of the US Open at Forest Hills, New York to win his only Grand Slam title.

Manuel Orantes