Ken Flach

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKenneth Eliot "Ken"•Flach
Used nameKen•Flach
Born24 May 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
Died12 March 2018 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 75 kg
NOC United States

Biography

With Robert Seguso, Ken Flach formed one of the top tennis doubles teams of the 1980s. Flach and Seguso won the gold medal in men’s doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. They also won four Grand Slam doubles titles, two at Wimbledon and two at the US Open. They were on the US Davis Cup team together from 1985-91, with an 11-2 record. Flach won 36 doubles titles during his career, his last one coming in 1994. He also won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, one at Wimbledon and one at the French Open. Flach played singles professionally, with his highest world ranking being #56 in December 1985.

Flach played tennis collegiately at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, where he was NCAA singles champion in 1981, 1982, and 1983, and he and Seguso were runners-up in the 1983 NCAA doubles. Flach later became head tennis coach at Vanderbilt University, but eventually left coaching for a teaching pro position in Marin County, California. He also played in senior events, winning the Wimbledon 35-and-over men’s doubles title in 1999 and 2000. Flach’s wife, Christina Flach, is a make-up artist and CEO of Pretty Girl Makeup, who is highly sought after in the wedding and beauty industries, and has worked with many famous entertainers, politicians, and corporate clients.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Ken Flach
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Robert Seguso 1 Gold