Josef Knottenbelt

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Joannes Henricus "Joop" Knottenbelt internationally known as Josef Knottenbelt (1910 – 1998) was a Dutch tennis player. He was a member of the Netherlands Davis Cup team with among others Henk Timmer.

Josef Knottenbelt
Full nameJoannes Henricus Knottenbelt
Native nameJoop Knottenbelt
Country (sports)Netherlands
Born25 October 1910
Lhokseumawe, Sumatra [1]
Died26 February 1998(1998-02-26) (aged 87)
Altea, Spain [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1931)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1931)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon4R (1932)

In 1927 he won the Dutch youth (under 18) championships.[3] In 1931, Knottenbelt reached the second round of the men's singles at Wimbledon, losing to Eberhard Nourney of Germany, 8–10 6–2, 0–6 9–11.[4] In the 1932 Wimbledon mixed doubles, he and Madzy Rollin Couquerque lost in the fourth round to Ellsworth Vines and Helen Wills-Moody.[5][6]

In the quarterfinals of the 1934 Davis Cup, he lost to Swedes Curt Östberg (1–6, 1–6, 4–6) and Kalle Schröder (1–6, 5–7, 0–6) although the Netherlands won the round.[7]

Knottenbelt was born in the Dutch East Indies but grew up in Bussum. His younger brother Anthony Knottenbelt was also a promising tennis player, but died at the age of 19 after an accident.[8] In September 1937 Knottenbelt left again for the Dutch East Indies.[9]


  1. ^ Military registration
  2. ^ Obiturary, NRC Handelsblad, February 1998
  3. ^ Winners Dutch Youth Championships Tennis
  4. ^ Wimbledon 1931 (Gentlemen),, retrieved 23 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Vines Wins, Wood and Shields Lose: Sarah Palfrey and Mangin Out at Wimbledon", Boston Globe, 29 June 1932 (payment required).
  6. ^ Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 29 June 1932 (pdf) (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Josef KNOTTENBELT, Davis Cup, retrieved 21 October 2012.
  8. ^ A. Knottenbelt overladen, Leidsche Courant, 21 November 1932
  9. ^ Knottenbelt and Rinkel naar Indië, Leidsch Dagblad, 16 September 1937, p. 11