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Frontenis, Doubles, Men

Date14 – 23 October 1968
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationCentro Deportivo Chapultepec, Ciudad de México / Centro Deportivo Libanés, Ciudad de México
Participants18 from 6 countries

Frontenis is a variant of basque pelota developed in Mexico around 1900, when tennis players started playing in frontóns. It is conceptually similar to squash and racquetball. The sport is most popular in Mexico, which has also dominated the sport historically (it has provided all world champions save one through 2010).

Defending World Champion Mexico had sent one of its world championship players Jorge Loaiza to play in the tournament, for which the Mexicans were already the favorites. They did not disappoint, winning every match with at least 14 points and an overall points difference of 150-73. Argentina finished in second place, with Aarón Sehter as a team member. Sehter is one of the legends of basque pelota, having won 13 world titles between 1952 and 1982, of which nine in the paleta goma. He would also compete in that event in Mexico placing second as well.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1MexicoMEX
Jorge LoaizaJosé Luis HernándezRoberto Sanciprian
2ArgentinaARG
Aarón SehterJorge Utge
3SpainESP
Federico GarrausJuan José LersundiMiguel Irigaray
4UruguayURU
Hermán SánchezHugo Germone
5FranceFRA
Étienne HirigoyenJean-Pierre MilletPierre Etcheverry
6United StatesUSA
Paul HalpernDick SquiresGavin MurphyBill TullyHerman Shaefer

Round Robin (14 – 23 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsTiesLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1MexicoMEX5001015073
2ArgentinaARG4018131103
3SpainESP3026120115
4UruguayURU2034120123
5FranceFRA104299132
6United StatesUSA005076150

Match #1 Jorge Loaiza / José Luis HernándezMEX 30 – 16Paul Halpern / Dick SquiresUSA
Match #2 Federico Garraus / Juan José LersundiESP 30 – 19Hermán Sánchez / Hugo GermoneURU
Match #3 Aarón Sehter / Jorge UtgeARG 30 – 13Étienne Hirigoyen / Jean-Pierre MilletFRA
Match #4 Federico Garraus / Juan José LersundiESP 30 – 20Étienne Hirigoyen / Jean-Pierre MilletFRA
Match #5 Aarón Sehter / Jorge UtgeARG 30 – 27Hermán Sánchez / Hugo GermoneURU
Match #6 Aarón Sehter / Jorge UtgeARG 30 – 14Federico Garraus / Juan José LersundiESP
Match #7 Hermán Sánchez / Hugo GermoneURU 30 – 20Étienne Hirigoyen / Jean-Pierre MilletFRA
Match #8 Jorge Loaiza / Roberto SanciprianMEX 30 – 16Federico Garraus / Miguel IrigarayESP
Match #9 Aarón Sehter / Jorge UtgeARG 30 – 19Paul Halpern / Dick SquiresUSA
Match #10 Federico Garraus / Juan José LersundiESP 30 – 16Bill Tully / Herman ShaeferUSA
Match #11 José Luis Hernández / Roberto SanciprianMEX 30 – 11Aarón Sehter / Jorge UtgeARG
Match #12 Jorge Loaiza / José Luis HernándezMEX 30 – 16Pierre Etcheverry / Jean-Pierre MilletFRA
Match #13 Hermán Sánchez / Hugo GermoneURU 30 – 13Dick Squires / Bill TullyUSA
Match #14 Pierre Etcheverry / Jean-Pierre MilletFRA 30 – 12Gavin Murphy / Paul HalpernUSA
Match #15 Jorge Loaiza / José Luis HernándezMEX 30 – 14Hermán Sánchez / Hugo GermoneURU