National Champion 1955, 1957, 1958, 1961
U.S. Open Champion 1954
Born in Brest on the Brittany coast, Henri Salaun came to the U.S. in 1940. Learning squash at Deerfield, Salaun played at Wesleyan where he was also a two-time All-American in soccer. A quick, competitive player, he won four nationals and lost a further five times in the finals, including at fourteen-all in the fifth to Eddie Hahn in 1951. In 1954 he took the inaugural U.S. Open, beating British Open champion Hashim Kahn three-love, and also won the Canadian nationals and the Canadian Open as well as three Harry Cowles. Moving into the age groups, Salaun won an unprecedented twenty-six hardball titles: he won the veterans (over 40) six times, the masters (over 50) five straight years, the 55+ three times, 60+ four times, 65+ four times and the 70+ four times.