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Wilhelm Paul Bungert (born 1 April 1939) is a former German tennis player best known for reaching the 1967 Wimbledon final. He participated in the 1970 Davis Cup final as a player and in the 1985 Davis Cup final as team captain.

Wilhelm Bungert
Wilhelm Bungert 1965.jpg
Full nameWilhelm Paul Bungert
Country (sports) West Germany
ResidenceDüsseldorf, Germany
Born (1939-04-01) 1 April 1939 (age 80)
Mannheim, West Germany
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1957 (amateur tour)
Retired1972
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record54–32
Highest rankingNo. 4 (1964, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1962)
French Open4R (1962)
WimbledonF (1967)
US Open4R (1966)
Doubles
Career record8–9
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1962)
French OpenF (1962)
WimbledonQF (1964)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1962)
WimbledonQF (1963)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1970Ch)

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Tennis careerEdit

In 1962 the right-handed Bungert reached the quarterfinals of the International Australian Championships, the doubles finals of the International French Championships and the International Tennis Tournament of Monte Carlo.

Bungert was ranked as high as World No. 4 for 1964 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.[1]

After reaching the semifinals in 1963 (beating Roy Emerson before losing to Chuck McKinley)[2] and 1964 (losing to Emerson), the unseeded Bungert was the second German player (thirty years after Gottfried von Cramm) to reach the Wimbledon men’s finals in 1967 when he beat Roger Taylor in five sets.[3] However, he lost the final in straight sets against the Australian John Newcombe.

In 1970 he (with Christian Kuhnke) was part of the German Davis Cup team which lost the finals against the U.S. 0:5. In July of the same year he won his only career singles title in Düsseldorf.

In the eighties Bungert was captain of the German Davis Cup team (Boris Becker and Michael Westphal) which lost the finals against Sweden 2:3. Nikola Pilić became his successor as captain.

Today, Bungert owns a tennis and golf center in Hilden. adidas named one of their tennis shoes after him[3] and have been producing pairs up until (at least) October 2005.[4] PUMA also named a tennis shoe after him, though exact production dates are unknown.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1967 Wimbledon Grass   John Newcombe 2–6, 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (1 runner–up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1962 French Championships Clay   Christian Kuhnke   Roy Emerson
  Neale Fraser
3–6, 4–6, 5–7

Career finalsEdit

  • Singles Titles (1): 1970 Düsseldorf
  • Doubles Titles (1): 1968 Kitzbuehel (w/Jurgen Fassbender)
  • Singles Finalist (3) 1967 Wimbledon, 1968 Kitzbuehel, 1968 Düsseldorf

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon 1963". www.tennis.co.nf.
  3. ^ a b The 100 greatest Wimbledon players ever - Times Online
  4. ^ Everett, Jack. Cromwell, Dylan (ed.). "adidas Wilhelm Bungert". eatmoreshoes. eatmoreshoes. Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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