BIARRITZ, France (AP) _ Jean Borotra, one of the famous ″Four Musketeers″ who dominated French tennis in the 1920s and ’30s, died at his home in Arbonne on Sunday. He was 95.
The death leaves 90-year-old Rene Lacoste, famed for his alligator-emblem sportswear, as the sole survivor of the feared foursome. Jacques Brunon died in 1978 and Henri Cochet in 1987.
Dubbed ″The Bouncing Basque,″ Borotra won the Wimbledon men’s singles titles in 1924 and 1926, lost three times to other Musketeers and won the doubles championship in 1925.
He captured the French Open singles crown in 1931, won the doubles title three times, and won the Australian Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships in 1928.
Borotra made it to the Davis Cup finals nine times and played in the tournament a record 17 times. His teams won the cup from 1927 through 1932, finishing second in 1925, ’26 and ’33.
After that 1932 victory, France didn’t win another Davis Cup championship until 1991.
″Thank you, guys,″ said Borotra, who celebrated with the team. ″I don’t know how much longer I could have waited.″
He received numerous honors from his country, including the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian award, and was president emeritus of the French Tennis Federation.. Enrique San Pedro
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Bishop Enrique San Pedro, the spiritual leader of 650,000 Catholics in Texas’ lower Rio Grande Valley, died Sunday after battling prostate cancer. He was 68.
San Pedro had undergone surgery for prostate cancer earlier this year and was expected to return to his duties in July, but never recovered his energy following radiation treatment. The Cuban-born cleric flew to Florida three weeks ago to be with his family.
A Jesuit, San Pedro was installed as bishop of the Brownsville, Texas, Diocese on Sept. 26, 1991, upon the retirement of Bishop John J. Fitzpatrick. He had been auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston for five years before that, the first Hispanic to hold that position.
Before that, he spent five years as an instructor of deacons for the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami. He was ordained as a priest in 1957.
San Pedro, who spoke several languages, studied in Spain, Austria and Rome, receiving doctorates from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1963 and Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1965.