On Wednesday, former Spanish player Andres Gimeno died at 82 years of age from cancer. After learning the news, many Spanish players like Rafael Nadal and Alex Corretja wrote about Gimeno, who won the 1972 French Open. Nadal, who had met Gimeno several years ago publicly on a tennis court, tweeted: "I just learned the sad news about Andres Gimeno's death.
Without any doubt one of the tennis pioneers in Spain and a great sportsman. A dear cheer to his family." Corretja: "He was loved and respected. Thank you Andres." Garbine Muguruza: "RIP Andres Gimeno, one of the pioneers in Spanish tennis.
Great player. A dear hug to his family and friends." Anabel Medina: "Enormous pity for Andres Gimeno's death." David Ferrer: "Very sad news, a great and tennis pioneer leaves us. Dos Andres Gimeno RIP.
A hug to all his family." Through a statement, Manolo Santana said: "As a sportsman, a gentleman on court and an immense talent. Andres, friend of his friends, will be in my life until the day I leave." Jose Luis Arilla, friend of Gimeno and doubles mate, said: "A great tennis personality left us, a great champion and amazing person.
A friend, person and amazing professional", he recognized. Spanish minister of culture and sports: "The history of Spanish tennis loses one of its main protagonists, Andres Gimeno. He keeps being the oldest French Open winner at almost 35 years. For several years he commentated matches on TV."