Béla von Kehrling

Béla von Kehrling (Hungarian: Kehrling Béla [ˈkeːrliŋɡ ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 January 1891 – 26 April 1937) was a Hungarian tennis, table tennis, and football player but eventually a winter sportsman familiar with ice-hockey and occasionally competing in bobsleigh.[7] He competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics and the 1924 Summer Olympics.[8]

Béla von Kehrling
Bela von Kehrling.jpg
Country (sports)Hungary
Born(1891-01-25)25 January 1891
Szepesszombat, Austria-Hungary (present-day Spišská Sobota as part of Poprad, Slovakia)
Died26 April 1937(1937-04-26) (aged 46)
Budapest, Hungary
Turned pro1910 (amateur tour)[1]
Retired1933[1]
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career titles312 (1931)[2]
Highest rankingNo. 10 (1929, Bill Tilden)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1926, 1929)
WimbledonQF (1929)
Other tournaments
WHCCQF (1913, 1914)
Olympic Games4R (1924)[4]
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1926, 1929)
WimbledonSF (1925, 1926)[5]
Other doubles tournaments
WHCCSF (1914)[6]
Olympic Games2R (1912)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1926, 1927)
Béla von Kehrling
Medal record
Table Tennis
Representing  Hungary
World Table Tennis Championships
Silver medal – second place London 1926 Doubles
Gold medal – first place London 1926 Team

Just like Fred Perry, he played both tennis and table tennis professionally. In 1926 he played in the first table tennis World Championships final in London with Zoltán Mechlovits in doubles but lost to Roland Jacobi (who won the singles title) and Dániel Pécsi. He was also featured in the Hungarian team that won gold in team competition.[9] Originally he wasn't part of the national team. While the Hungarians unanimously swept all of the medals after Roland Jacobi's singles and doubles success he suddenly been reported of the death of his father thus he decided to travel home. The substitute player was Béla von Kehrling who had to beat Munio Pillinger of Austria to have the team medal as well. He did so and completed the flawless victory for Hungary.[7] In the end he took two medals in the table tennis world championships, one gold and one silver.

In 1924 he won the German Tennis Championships (now called German Open Hamburg). The following year he was back in the finals but then lost against Otto Froitzheim. The same year he won Hungarian Tennis Championships (which he did 13 times altogether counting only the singles). In July 1933 Von Kehrling won the doubles and mixed doubles title at the Dutch Championships.[10]

Züricher Sport newspaper ranked Kehrling as No. 10 in the European Top 10 rankings in 1931.[11]

In conjunction with his sports activity he was the vice-president of the Hungarian Tennis Association[12] and the editor-in-chief of its official magazine the bimonthly Tennisz és Golf (Tennis and Golf).[2]

Table tennis careerEdit

Tennis careerEdit

Notable singles winsEdit

Legend (Singles)
Majors (0)
Consolation tournaments (2)
International Championships (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
1. 1920 Kassa[13] N/A   Kamill Fittler N/A
1. 1923 Gotheborg Games[b] Outdoors   Oscar Kreuzer 4–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
2. 1923 Merano[14] N/A   Otto Froitzheim 11–9, 8–6, 6–0
3. 1924 Hamburg N/A   Louis Maria Heyden 8–6, 6–1, 9–7
2. 1925 All England Plate[a] Grass   Roger George 6–3, 6–4
4. 1926 Monaco Clay   Charles Kingsley 6–4, 6–1, 6–3
5. 1926 Nice[15] N/A N/A N/A
6. 1926 Beaulieu[15] N/A N/A N/A
7. 1926 Cannes[16] N/A   Charles Kingsley 7–5, 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
8. 1927 Monaco clay   Erik Worm walkover
9. 1931 Budapest N/A   Hyotare Sato 6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
10. 1931 French Riviera Championships N/A   George Lyttleton-Rogers 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
11. 1932 Budapest N/A
12. 1932 San Remo N/A   George Lyttleton-Rogers 6–3, 6–3, 6–3[2]

Runner-upEdit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
1. 1924 Switzerland[17]   Hendrik Timmer 3 sets to 2
2. 1925 Hamburg   Otto Froitzheim 6–4, 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
3. 1928 Monaco clay   Henri Cochet 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
4. 1929 Bordighera clay   Giorgio De Stefani 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
5. 1930 Zagreb clay   Emmanuel Du Plaix 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
6. 1930 Budapest clay   Roderich Menzel 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2[18]
7. 1931 Bordighera clay   George Lyttleton-Rogers 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 0–6, 6–4
8. 1932 Cannes   Enrique Maier 6–4, 7–9, 6–1, 6–4
9. 1933 Cannes   Gottfried von Cramm 8–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6
  • a The All England Plate was a tournament played by the losers of the first two rounds of the Wimbledon Men's Singles tournament.[19]
  • b The Göteborg Games were A "mini-Olympics" held for the defeated nations of World War I who were defected from the 1924 Summer Olympics.[20]

Davis CupEdit

Europe Zone
Round Date Opponents Final match score Location Surface Match Opponent Rubber score
2R 16–18 May 1924   Denmark 2–3 Copenhagen N/A Singles 2 Einer Ulrich 10–8, 6–0, 6–4 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Björn Thalbitzer / Einer Ulrich 5–7, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5, 5–7(L)
Singles 4 Axel Petersen 6–2, 6–4, 6–3 (W)
1R 8–10 May 1925   France 0–5 Budapest clay Singles 2 René Lacoste 3–6, 3–6, 3–6 (L)
Doubles (with Aurél Kelemen) Jean Borotra / René Lacoste 4–6, 2–6, 10–8, 3–6(L)
Singles 4 Jean Borotra 6–8, 6–1, 6–4, 6–2 (W)
2R 16–18 May 1926   Argentina 2–3 Barcelona clay Singles 1 Guillermo Robson 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Kálmán Kirchmayer) Enrique Obarrio / Guillermo Robson 2–6, 4–6, 3–6(L)
Singles 5 Enrique Obarrio 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 (W)
2R 13–15 May 1927   Italy 2–3 Budapest N/A Singles 1 Umberto De Morpurgo 7–5, 4–6, 4–6, 7–5, 1–6 (L)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Umberto De Morpurgo / Giorgio De Stefani 3–6, 5–7, 6–8 (L)
Singles 5 Clemente Serventi 6–2, 6–1, 6–4 (W)
1R 4–6 May 1928   Norway 5–0 Christiana N/A Singles 1 Rolf Christoffersen 6–1, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Rolf Christoffersen / Torleif Torkildsen 6–2 6–2 4–6 6–0 (W)
Singles 4 Torleif Torkildsen 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
2R 18–20 May 1928   Netherlands 2–3 Noordwijk clay Singles 2 Arthur Diemer-Kool 7–5, 4–6, 2–6, 6–1, 1–1 Ret. (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Hendrik Timmer / Ody Koopman 6–1, 4–6, 2–6, 5–7 (L)
Singles 4 Hendrik Timmer 3–6, 4–6, 3–6 (L)
1R 10–12 May 1929   Norway 4–1 Oslo N/A Singles 2 Jack Nielsen 11–9, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Torleif Torkildsen / Jack Nielsen 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 (W)
Singles 5 Torleif Torkildsen 6–1, 6–2, 6–1 (W)
2R 14–16 May 1929   Monaco 3–2 Budapest N/A Singles 2 Vladimir Landau 6–4, 6–4, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) René Gallepe/Vladimir Landau 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, 8–10 (L)
Singles 4 René Gallepe 6–0, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
QF 7–9 June 1929   Netherlands 3–2 Budapest clay Singles 1 Arthur Diemer-Kool 6–2, 6–1, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Imre Takáts) Hendrik Timmer / Arthur Diemer-Kool 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6 (L)
Singles 5 Hendrik Timmer 8–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 (W)
SF 14–16 June 1929   Great Britain 2–3 Budapest clay Singles 1 Colin Gregory 5–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–2, 6–3 (W)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Colin Gregory / Ian Collins 2–6, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6 (L)
Singles 4 Bunny Austin 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 (W)
1R 2–4 May 1930   Japan 0–4 Budapest clay Singles 1 Takeichi Harada 6-2, 3-6, 6-8, 2-6 (L)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Tamino Abe / Takeichi Harada 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 (L)
Singles 5 Yoshiro Ota 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-6 suspended (U)
1R 1–3 May 1931   Italy 1–4 Budapest clay Singles 2 Umberto De Morpurgo 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) Alberto del Bono / Umberto De Morpurgo 6-8, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7 (L)
Singles 5 Giorgio de Stefani 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 (L)
1R 3–5 May 1932   Finland 5–0 Budapest clay Singles 1 Ali Biaudet 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) Bo Grotenfeld / Ali Biaudet 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 (W)
Singles 5 Bo Grotenfeld 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 (W)
2R 19–21 May 1932   Ireland 1-4 Dublin grass Singles 2 Edward McGuire 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) George Lyttleton-Rogers / Edward McGuire 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 3-6 (L)
Singles 5 George Lyttleton-Rogers 0-6, 3-6, 3-6 (L)
1R 5–7 May 1933   Japan 0–5 Budapest clay Singles 2 Ryosuki Nunoi 6-4, 6-8, 3-6, 1-6 (L)
Singles 4 Jiro Sato 6-4, 6-8, 3-6, 1-6 (L)
Qualifying Rounds Play-off 28–30 July 1933   Belgium 2-3 Brussels Singles 1 André Lacroix 1-6, 5-7, 2-6 (L)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) André Lacroix / Leopold de Borman 6-2, 1-6, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6 (L)
Singles 5 Leopold de Borman 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 (W)

Football careerEdit

Number Opponent Venue Attendance Type Date Result Goals scored
1.   Austria Budapest 12.000–16.000 Friendly match 4 October 1914 2–2[21] 0
2.   Austria Vienna N/A Friendly match 8 November 1914 2–1[22] 1
3.   Austria Vienna 1.200 Friendly match 3 October 1915 4–2[23] N/A
4.   Austria Hütteldorf 8000 Friendly match 7 May 1916 1–3[24] 0

Ice hockey careerEdit

Number Club affiliation Opponent Venue Type Date Result Goals scored
1. BKE   Wiener Eislaufverein Vienna International match March 1915 14–2[25] several
2. BKE   Wiener Eislaufverein Vienna International match December 1915 7–3[26] 2
3. BKE   Wiener Eislaufverein Budapest Csáky Challenge Cup February 1917 2–7[27] 2
4. BKE   Leipziger SC Budapest Csáky Challenge Cup January 1925 3–3[28] 1
5. BKE   LTC Prague Tátrafüred Grand Hotel Challenge Cup January 1928 5–2[29] 0

Personal lifeEdit

Béla Kehrling married Magda Schlauch. She occasionally played tennis as well and wrote articles to the newspaper published by her husband. They had one son named Béla Kehrling, Jr, born in 1917 in Budapest who served as an Ensign in the cavalry brigade of the Hungarian Army in 1944.[30] They had another son named Tamás who was born in 1924 and died in 1999.[31]

SourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kehrling Béla visszavonul" [Bela Kehrling retires] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1933. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Béla Kehrling, ed. (1932). "A jubiláris közgyülés lefolyása" (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. IV (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. 3: 41. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (10 November 1929). "Tilden világranglistája" (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai RT. I (13): 309. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  4. ^ "2008 Olympic Tennis Event Media Guide" (PDF). International Tennis Federation. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Christiaan van Lennep". tennismuseum.nl (in Dutch). Hilversum, Netherlands: robertblom.nl marketing- en communicatie. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ J. Funke, ed. (8 June 1914). "Lawntennis" (pdf). Het Nieuws Van den Dag (in Dutch). Amsterdam, Netherlands: C. Easton (13, 649): 13. Retrieved 24 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b Árpád gimnázium. "1910–1919 (chapter 11. Első hírességeink)". arpad.sulinet.hu (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Ministry of National Development of Hungary. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Béla von Kehrling Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Idrott i Ungern". ae-learning.se. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Buitenlanders tennis kampioen van Nederland" [Foreigners tennis champion of the Netherlands]. De Revue der Sporten. 26 (50): 812.
  11. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (1 October 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. 18–19: 377. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  12. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (28 February 1931). "A hálójáték" (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda. Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. 3–4: 5, 12–13, 20. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Szlovenszkó lawntennisz bajnokságai" [Slovakia's International Lawn Championships] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1920. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Kehrling győzelmei Meránban" [Kehrling's victories in Meran] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. October 1923. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Copa Davis, El match Argentina - Hungría" [Davis Cup, The match Argentina - Hungary]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain: Carlos Godó Valls: 18. 16 May 1926. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Beaulieu Tournament". New Zealand: Evening Post. 23 February 1926. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  17. ^ "A Dutch tennis champion". New Zealand: Evening Post. 26 April 1924. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  18. ^ "Menzel elhódította Kehrlingtől a magyar teniszbajnokságot" (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1930. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  19. ^ "Lawn Tennis". New Zealand: Evening Post. 22 June 1929. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  20. ^ "Kehrling újabb győzelme Göteborgban" [Kehrling newest victory in Göteborg] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. July 1923. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
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  22. ^ "Magyarország – Ausztria 2:1" [Hungary – Austria 2:1] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. November 1914. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  23. ^ "1915 Osztrák Magyar" [1915 Austria – Hungary] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: WordPress. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  24. ^ "Ausztria – Magyarország 3:1" [Austria – Hungary 3:1] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. May 1916. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  25. ^ "A magyar jéghockey-csapat győzelme" [Victory of the Hungarian Ice-hockey team] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. March 1915. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  26. ^ "A BKE hockey-csapatának bécsi győzelme" [Vienna triumph of BKE] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. December 1915. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  27. ^ "A Csáky-vándordíj" [Csáky Challenge Cup] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. February 1917. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  28. ^ "A Csáky-vándordíj: BKE – Leipziger SC 3:3 (2:0)" [Csáky Challenge Cup BKE – Leipziger SC 3:3 (2:0)] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. January 1925. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  29. ^ "A BKE fölényesen győzte le az LTC Prága csapatát" [Overwhelming victory of BKE over LTC Prague] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. January 1928. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  30. ^ Hungarian Army (20 July 1944). "Személyes Ügyek" [Personal affairs]. Hungarian Armed Forces Bulletin. LXXI. (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Pallas Részvénytársaság Nyomdája. 1: 639. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  31. ^ Tomb of Béla Kehrling in Farkasréti Cemetery [7/5-1-30].

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