Frank Froehling, runner-up at the 1963 US Championships and a member of the 1963 and 1971 United States Davis Cup-winning teams, has passed away at the age of 77 after a long battle with leukaemia. He passed away on January 23rd.
Froehling reached the final of the US Championships in 1963, becoming the first American to reach the title match in eight years, going down to Rafael Osuna in the final. One of the biggest wins of his career came over Ion Tiriac in the 1971 Davis Cup final against Romania.
The then 29-year-old Froehling defeated Tiriac 3-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, 8-6 in the second singles rubber as the United States went on to win the tie 3-2. Stan Smith, the 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon champion, told the ATP Tour website on Froehling "Frank was a special guy and a special player.
He won a huge match under pressure against Ion Tiriac for us to win the Davis Cup in 1971. He was a great guy and he got a lot out of his tennis game." He was also a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 1971 and reached the 1965 US Championships doubles final with Charlie Pasarell.
Froehling was also twice a mixed doubles finalist with Australian partners at the major championship in 1962 (w/Lesley Turner) and 1965 (w/Judy Tegart). He won the USTA Father & Son Grass-Court National Championships five times (1959, 1960, 1962-63, 1965 and 1970), plus the 1959 clay-court and the 1964 hard-court titles with his father Frank II.
He retired from professional tennis in 1974 and moved to Florida where he became a tennis-court contractor for more than 40 years.