The Most Badass Jewish Sports Figures of All Time

Dick Savitt

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Sport: Tennis
Years Played: 1944-1952

Accolades: Ranked No. 2 in the World (1951), Australian Open Winner (1951), Wimbledon Winner (1951), 2x Macccabiah Games gold medalist (1961)

Badass Justification: 1951 was quite the year for Dick Savitt. Two Grand Slam titles and a World No. 2 ranking for the American. Savitt became one of just four American men to win the Australian and British championships in one year, joining American tennis gods Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras. Savitt also became the first Jewish player to win either tournament. His victories sparked those in the Jewish North London area to pick up rackets for the first time. He also became the first Jewish athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Savitt was a controversial figure due to a severe lack of Jews in tennis overall. Many clubs banned Jews from playing on their grounds and his religion is believed to have cost him a Davis Cup place.

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