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Albertus Christiaan "Hans" van Swol (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑns fɑm ˈs.ˈʋʌl]; 22 August 1914 – 20 May 2010) was a Dutch tennis player. He was five-fold Dutch singles champion (1938, 1940, 1941, 1948 and 1949). He reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on five different occasions (1946, 1948–1951) but never made it to the quarter finals stage.[1] He reached the third round of the French Championships at Roland-Garros in 1937.

Hans van Swol
Hans van Swol 1953.jpg
Hans van Swol in 1953
Full nameAlbertus Christiaan van Swol
Country (sports) Netherlands
Born(1914-08-22)22 August 1914
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died10 May 2010(2010-05-10) (aged 95)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1937)
Wimbledon4R (1946, 1948–1951)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1938, 1939, 1946)

In June 1946 he won the singles title at the Surrey Grass Court Championships in Surbiton, defeating D.W. Butler in the final in three sets.[2]

Van Swol played in 16 ties for the Dutch Davis Cup team between 1937 and 1955 and compiled a record of 18 wins and 21 losses. Best result during that period was reaching the quarterfinal of the European zone in 1948 and 1951.

The Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association (KNLTB) awards the 'A.C. Van Swol Beker' (A.C. Van Swol Cup) on a yearly basis to the most successful Dutch tennis talent who has not yet reached the age of 17. In 2003 he personally awarded the cup to Michaëlla Krajicek.[3]

From 1954 until her death in 1999 he was married to soprano Gré Brouwenstijn, a famous Dutch opera singer whose stage career spanned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. pp. 324, 328, 330, 332, 334. ISBN 0007117078.
  2. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1947). The Lawn Tennis Almanack 1947. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 190.
  3. ^ "Bondswisselprijzen". KNLTB. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Eerste tv-dokter van Nederland overleden". Geschiedenis 24. 4 June 2010.

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