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French Pro Championship

In 1930 the "Association Française des Professeurs de Tennis (AFPT)" held its first pro tournament, titled "Championnat International de France Professionnel" (French Pro Championships) June 18–22, 1930,[1] and is considered as a part of the professional grand slam from 1927 to 1967 till the advent of Open Era. The tournament only had a men's draw.[citation needed]

French Pro Championships
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1930
Abolished1968
LocationParis, France
VenueStade Roland Garros (1930-39,1956-1962,1968)
Palais des Sports (1950-1953)
Stade Pierre de Coubertin (1963-67)
SurfaceClay, Hard, Wood

From 1930 the French Pro Championship were always played at Paris, on outdoor clay at Roland Garros except from 1963 to 1967 where it was held at Stade Pierre de Coubertin on indoor wood. Ken Rosewall holds the record for 8 wins overall and 7 consecutive wins.

There was a tournament played on indoor cement in 1953 at the Palais des Sports. It is listed in the table below, but there is no suggestion that it was seen as a French Pro.

Contents

ChampionsEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score Venue Surface
Professional Era
1930   Karel Koželuh   Albert Burke 6–1, 6–2, 6–1 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1931   Martin Plaa   Robert Ramillon 6–3, 6–1, 3–6, 6–2 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1932   Robert Ramillon   Martin Plaa 6–4, 3–6, 8–6, 6–4 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1933a   Bill Tilden*   Henri Cochet 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1934   Bill Tilden   Martin Plaa 6–2, 6–4, 7–5 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1935   Ellsworth Vines   Hans Nüsslein 10–8, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1936   Henri Cochet   Robert Ramillon 6–3, 6–1, 6–1 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1937   Hans Nüsslein   Henri Cochet 6–2, 8–6, 6–3 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1938   Hans Nüsslein   Bill Tilden 6–0, 6–1, 6–2 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1939   Don Budge   Ellsworth Vines 6–2, 7–5, 6–3 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1940–1949 Not held
1950b   Pancho Segura*   Jack Kramer Palais des Sports Hard (i)
1951–1952 Not held
1953b   Frank Sedgman*   Pancho Gonzales Palais des Sports Hard (i)
1954–1955 Not held
1956   Tony Trabert   Pancho Gonzales 6–3, 4–6, 5–7, 8–6, 6–2 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1957 Not held
1958   Ken Rosewall   Lew Hoad 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–0 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1959   Tony Trabert   Frank Sedgman 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1960   Ken Rosewall   Lew Hoad 6–2, 2–6, 6–2, 6–1 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1961   Ken Rosewall   Pancho Gonzales 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1962   Ken Rosewall   Andrés Gimeno 3–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2 [2] Roland Garros Clay
1963   Ken Rosewall   Rod Laver 6–8, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4 [2] Stade Pierre de Coubertin Wood (i)
1964   Ken Rosewall   Rod Laver 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3 [2] Stade Pierre de Coubertin Wood (i)
1965   Ken Rosewall   Rod Laver 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 [2] Stade Pierre de Coubertin Wood (i)
1966   Ken Rosewall   Rod Laver 6–3, 6–2, 14–12 [2] Stade Pierre de Coubertin Wood (i)
1967   Rod Laver   Andrés Gimeno 6–4, 8–6, 4–6, 6–2 [2] Stade Pierre de Coubertin Wood (i)
Open Era
1968   Rod Laver   John Newcombe 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 Roland Garros Clay

Notes:

a In History of the Pro Tennis Wars Ray Bowers gives a detailed account of the first twenty years of the professional tennis tours, from a modest beginning in 1926 with Suzanne Lenglen and Vincent Richards as the main attractions, on through 1945. No mention is made of a French Pro tournament in 1933. The only professional competition played that year at Roland Garros was a USA-France meeting, September 22–24, in the Davis Cup format won by the USA 4–1 where Cochet overcame Bruce Barnes, Tilden defeated Plaa and Cochet, Barnes beat Plaa, and Americans then closed out the doubles. Many sources, probably incorrectly, considered the Tilden-Cochet match as a final of a supposed French Pro.[3]

bIn 1953, from Saturday November 21 to Sunday November 22, a 4-man (Sedgman winner, Gonzales runner-up, Segura 3rd and Budge 4th) professional tournament was held in Paris on indoor red cement at the Palais des Sports but there is no mention that this tournament was a French Pro: in particular in the January 1954 edition of Tennis de France, the French magazine, run by Philippe Chatrier (future president of the ILTF) who made the report of this tournament by interviewing the winner Frank Sedgman. Joe McCauley included this tournament in his list of French Pro tournaments but in the precis to his book History of Professional Tennis mentions that it may not have been considered at the time as an official French Pro. In January 1950 at the same site Pancho Segura defeated Jack Kramer.

Bristol CupEdit

Before 1930 some tournaments were sometimes labelled "Professional Championships of France": the Bristol Cup (held from 1920 to 1932), the most important pro tournament in the world in the 1920s, was sometimes referred as the French Pro[4] as well as the World Pro tournament held at Deauville in 1925.[5] Therefore, two different tournaments were both considered as French Pro Championships in 1925 (World Pro at Deauville and Bristol Cup at Cannes) and from 1930 to 1932 (Roland Garros and Bristol Cup at Beaulieu).[6]

Date Event City Champions Runners-up Score
20–26 December 1920 Bristol Cup Cannes   Romeo Acquarone   Joseph Negro 3–6, 7–5, 5–7, 6–2, 6–3[7]
12–18 December 1921 Bristol Cup Cannes   John C. S. Rendall   A. Page 6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 7–5[8]
19–23 December 1922 Bristol Cup Menton   John C. S. Rendall   Joseph Negro 6–1, 0–6, 6–4, 6–2 (or 6–1, 0–6, 6–4, 6–1)
17–23 December 1923 Bristol Cup Menton   John C. S. Rendall   Joseph Negro 6–2, 6–3, 7–5
15–21 December 1924 Bristol Cup Cannes (Métropole)   Albert Burke   Roman Najuch 7–5, 1–6, 6–4, 6–1
21–27 December 1925 Bristol Cup Cannes (Métropole)   Albert Burke   Roman Najuch 0–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–1
13–19 December 1926 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Albert Burke 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–0
1927 Not held
9–15 January 1928 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Roman Najuch 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
7–13 January 1929 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Albert Burke 6–3, 6–1, 6–0
13–19 January 1930 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Roman Najuch 6–3, 6–3, 6–4 (or 6–3, 6–4, 6–4)
12–18 January 1931 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Albert Burke 6–3, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
4–10 January 1932 Bristol Cup Menton   Karel Koželuh   Martin Plaa 6–1, 6–4, 1–6, 6–0

See alsoEdit

RecordsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Source: French Pro Championships, (1930-68): The Tennisbase included [9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Le Tennis en France 1875–1955
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "French Pro Championships". www.tennis.co.nf.
  3. ^ "Cochet as professional". The Courier-mail (25). 25 September 1933. p. 9 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual
  5. ^ Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack 1925
  6. ^ Alan, Little (2014). The Golden Days of Tennis on the French Riviera 1874–1939. London: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. p. 452. ISBN 9780906741542.
  7. ^ "Bristol Cup 1920". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Bristol Cup 1921". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  9. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Tournament Records: French Pro Championships". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 14 December 2017.

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