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Strawberry tennis legend Vic Seixas turns 100

Vic Seixas, the oldest living tennis Grand Slam winner, reminisces in his Harbor Point apartment in Strawberry on Aug. 23. He will turn 100 years old today, Aug. 30. (Clara Lu / For the Ark)

Strawberry resident Vic Seixas racked up a long list of accolades during his hall-of-fame career as a professional tennis player.

But today, Aug. 30, he reaches a personal milestone: his 100th birthday.

“I guess this is probably a pretty noteworthy occasion for me,” Seixas said Aug. 23. “I don’t expect anything unusual to happen, but I’m glad to have made it this far. I’ve been very lucky.”

Among his noteworthy accomplishments is compiling an awe-inspiring athletic resume.

He’s the oldest living Grand Slam champion, winning men’s singles trophies at Wimbledon in 1953 and the U.S. National Championships, now known as the U.S. Open, in 1954 — two of the four Grand Slam tournaments. They’re the cherries on top of a storied tennis career. He also won five majors in men’s doubles and eight in mixed doubles — including four straight at Wimbledon from 1953 to 1956.

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