André Gobert

André Henri Gobert (30 September 1890 – 6 December 1951) was a male tennis player from France. Gobert is a double Olympic tennis champion of 1912. At the Stockholm Games he won both the men's singles and doubles indoor Gold medals.

He was born and died in Paris.

André Gobert
Full nameAndré Maurice Henri Gobert
Country (sports) France
Born30 September 1890
Paris, France
Died6 December 1951 (aged 61)
Paris, France
Turned pro1909 (amateur tour)
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record168-53 (76%) [1]
Career titles26 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1919, A. Wallis Myers)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1925)
WimbledonF (1912)
Other tournaments
WHCCF (1913, 1920)
WCCCW (1919)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1911)


Gobert first started playing tennis at age eleven.[4]

He was a 2-time winner of the French Championships in 1911 and 1920, when the tournament was only open to amateur tennis players who had a membership with a French tennis club. He also won the International Lawn Tennis Federation's World Covered Court Championship (Indoor Wood) in 1919. Also twice runner-up at the World Hard Court Championships on Clay (1913 & 1920). He won the indoor tennis Gold medal at the 1912 Olympic Games.[5][6] Gobert reached the Wimbledon all comers final in 1912, beating James Cecil Parke and Max Decugis before losing to Arthur Gore.[7]

He won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played at the Queen's Club in London, five times; in 1911, 1912, 1920, 1921 and 1922.[8][9][10] In 1910 he won the All England Plate at Wimbledon, the competition for players who were defeated in the first and second rounds of the singles competition.[11]

Between 1912 and 1922 Gobert played for the French Davis Cup team in five ties and compiled a record of three wins and eleven losses.[12]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (1 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1911 Wimbledon Grass France Max Decugis United Kingdom Major Ritchie
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
9–7, 5–7, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1912 Wimbledon Grass France Max Decugis United Kingdom Charles P. Dixon
United Kingdom Herbert Roper-Barrett
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 5–7


  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Andre Gobert: Career match record". Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Andre Gobert: Career match record". Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 423.
  4. ^ "A.H. Gobert – French Champion". Hawera & Normanby Star. 17 November 1923.
  5. ^ "OLYMPIC GAMES". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 May 1912. p. 9 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "André Gobert Olympic Results". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon 1912".
  8. ^ "WILDING DEFEATED". The Border Watch. Mount Gambier, SA. 1 May 1912. p. 3 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP". The Examiner (DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 19 April 1920. p. 6 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "LAWN TENNIS". Western Argus. Kalgoorlie, WA. 25 April 1922. p. 26 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "LAWN TENNIS". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 1911. p. 9 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Davis Cup – Player Profile Andre Gobert". ITF.

External links

1911 Wimbledon Championships

The 1911 Wimbledon Championships took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 26 June until 8 July. It was the 35th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the first Grand Slam tennis event of 1911.

The men's singles entry reached three figures, when 104 players entered the Challenge Round.

1911 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Max Decugis and André Gobert defeated Samuel Hardy and James Cecil Parke 6–2, 6–1, 6–2 in the All Comers' Final, and then defeated the reigning champions Major Ritchie and Anthony Wilding 9–7, 5–7, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2 in the Challenge Round to win the Gentlemen' Doubles tennis title at the 1911 Wimbledon Championships.

1912 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1912 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 11th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. After a six-year hiatus, France rejoined the competition; however, the United States pulled out of the competition. In the final, the British Isles regained the Cup from Australasia. The final was played at the Albert Ground in Melbourne, Australia on 28–30 November.

1912 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Herbert Roper Barrett and Charles Dixon defeated Alfred Beamish and James Cecil Parke 6–8, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the All Comers' Final, and then defeated the reigning champions Max Decugis and André Gobert 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–5 in the Challenge Round to win the Gentlemen' Doubles tennis title at the 1912 Wimbledon Championships.

1912 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

Arthur Gore defeated André Gobert 9–7, 2–6, 7–5, 6–1 in the All Comers' Final, but the reigning champion Anthony Wilding defeated Gore 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4 in the Challenge Round to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1912 Wimbledon Championships.

1919 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1919 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 14th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. Following four years of non-competition due to World War I, the competition resumed with four teams challenging Australasia for the cup. Australasia defeated Great Britain to retain the title. The final was played at the Double Bay Grounds in Sydney, Australia on 16–21 January 1920.

1920 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1920 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, more commonly known as the Davis Cup, was the 15th edition of the major international team event in men's tennis. Six nations competed for the right to challenge holders Australasia. The Netherlands joined the competition for the first time.

The initial draw consisted of four countries and drew the United States against France and the Netherlands against Great Britain. The applications of Canada and South Africa were received after the deadline but their entries were accepted by the other countries and subsequently a new draw was made.

"Big Bill" Tilden and "Little Bill" Johnston made their debut for the United States, and would not lose a rubber the entire tournament. In the challenge round, they reclaimed the cup from Australasia. The final, in honor of Anthony Wilding, was played at the Domain Cricket Club in Auckland, New Zealand on 30 December - 1 January 1921.

1921 Wimbledon Championships – Mixed Doubles

Gerald Patterson and Suzanne Lenglen were the defending champions, but Patterson did not participate. Lenglen partnered with André Gobert but they lost in the second round to eventual champions Randolph Lycett and Elizabeth Ryan.

Lycett and Ryan defeated Max Woosnam and Phyllis Howkins in the final, 6–3, 6–1 to win the Mixed Doubles tennis title at the 1921 Wimbledon Championships.

1922 International Lawn Tennis Challenge

The 1922 International Lawn Tennis Challenge was the 17th edition of what is now known as the Davis Cup. The tournament saw first-time entries from Italy and Romania. Australasia would storm through the Qualifying Round finals, but would fall to defending champions the United States in the challenge round. The final was played at the West Side Tennis Club in New York City, United States on 1–5 September.

1925 French Championships – Men's Singles

Fifth-seeded René Lacoste defeated Jean Borotra in the final, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4 to win the Men's Singles title at the 1925 French Championships. The draw consisted of 61 player of which 16 were seeded.

André Vacherot

André Vacherot (27 August 1860 in Paris, France – 22 March 1950 in Paris, France) was a French male tennis player. He is best remembered for having won the French Championships on four occasions: 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1901.

He was the brother of tennis player Michel Vacherot.

Jean-Pierre Samazeuilh

Jean-Pierre Samazeuilh, best known as Jean Samazeuilh (17 January 1891, Bordeaux – 13 April 1965, Mérignac) was a right-handed tennis player competing for France.Samazeuilh reached three singles finals at the Amateur French Championships, winning in 1921 over André Gobert. Samazeuilh also won the doubles title at the tournament in 1923, partnering François Blanchy.

List of French Open men's singles champions

The French Open is an annual tennis tournament held over two weeks in May and June. Established in 1891 and played since 1928 on outdoor red clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, the French Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments played each year, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Organised by the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT), the French Open is the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the year to be played.The winner of the men's singles event receives the Coupe des Mousquetaires, named after The Four Musketeers of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet, and René Lacoste. The event was not held from 1915 to 1919 because of the First World War and was held unofficially under German occupation from 1941 to 1944, during the Second World War.Rafael Nadal has won the most French Open titles, with eleven, and also holds the record for the most consecutive wins in the Open Era, with five from 2010 to 2014. Max Decugis won the most titles before the Open era, with eight. Michael Chang became the youngest player to win the French Open when he took the title in 1989 at 17 years, 3 months and 20 days. In contrast, André Vacherot is the oldest champion, having won in 1901 at 40 years old. In the Open era, this record belongs to Andrés Gimeno, who was 34 years and 9 months old when he won in 1972. French players have won the most French Open men's singles titles, with 38 victories, followed by Spanish (18) and Australian players (11). The current champion is Rafael Nadal who beat Dominic Thiem in the 2018 final to win his eleventh French Open title.

Maurice Germot

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He also reached the quarter-finals of the World Hard Court Championships and Wimbledon in 1914.

Max Decugis

Maxime "Max" Omer Mathieu Decugis or Décugis (French pronunciation: ​[maksim dɔkyʒiz, - de-]; 24 September 1882 – 6 September 1978) was a male tennis player from France who held the French Championships/French Open record of winning the tournament eight times (a French club members only tournament before 1925), a feat that was surpassed by Rafael Nadal in 2014. He also won three Olympic medals at the 1900 Summer Olympics (Paris) and the 1920 Summer Olympics (Antwerp), his only gold medal coming in the mixed doubles partnering French legend Suzanne Lenglen.

Michel Vacherot

Michel Vacherot (12 November 1864 – 22 March 1959) was a tennis player. He competed for France.

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Paul Aymé

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Tennis at the 1912 Summer Olympics

At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden eight tennis events were contested divided over two tournaments; an indoor covered courts tournament, played on wood, held from May 5 until May 12 and an outdoor hard court tournament, played on clay, held from June 28 until July 5.Tennis on covered courts was agreed initially for the 1912 Games, with competitions run for gentlemen's singles and doubles, ladies' singles and mixed doubles. The outdoor tournament was confirmed once the Östermalm Athletic Grounds were completed in late 1911, with the plans modified to have both indoor and outdoor tournaments.Six countries sent players for the covered court competitions, with representatives from Sweden, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Australasia and Bohemia appearing. Included in this lineup was Australasia's only competitor, the New Zealander Anthony Wilding, who was also the reigning Wimbledon gentlemen's champion. The indoor knockout competition started on 5 May, and continued as expected until the semi final round where Wilding was beaten by Britain's Charles P. Dixon. The British player met Frenchman André Gobert in the final, but Gobert was victorious over the Englishman in straight sets. Wilding took the bronze medal in a playoff against another British player, Arthur Lowe.The outdoors tennis competition saw seventy players enter from twelve nations. However, Great Britain did not enter any competitors as the dates of the outdoor competition clashed with the 1912 Wimbledon Championships despite attempts by the British authorities to convince the Olympic organizing committee to change the dates. Other noted tennis players including Anthony Wilding, André Gobert and Arthur Gore refused to compete at the Olympics and instead attended Wimbledon. The gold and silver medals in the gentlemen's singles ended up being decided between two South Africans, with Charles Winslow and Harold Kitson playing each other. Winslow won the match and the gold medal, 7–5, 4–6, 10–8, 8–6. The duo also competed as a pair in the gentlemen's doubles and took the gold medal, beating the Austrians Felix Pipes and Arthur Zborzil. Marguerite Broquedis of France defeated Dorothea Koring of Germany in the ladies' singles for the gold medal. In the mixed double Koring teamed up with Heinrich Schomburgk to win the gold, the duo defeating Sigrid Fick and Gunnar Setterwall of Sweden in the final.

World Hard Court Championships

World Hard Court Championships (WHCC) was an annual major tennis tournament held from 1912 to 1923, principally in Paris, France. The venue was the clay courts of the Stade Français in Saint-Cloud, Paris, with one exception, when they were held at the Royal Leopold Club in Brussels, Belgium, in 1922.It was open to all international amateur players from all nationalities, unlike the French Championships, which were open only to tennis players who were members of clubs in France through 1924; because of this the WHCC is sometimes considered as the proper precursor to the French Open. The French Championships were also held at a different venue at the time, the Racing Club de France, Paris.

At an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 16 March 1923 in Paris, France the ILTF issued the ‘Rules of Tennis’ that were adopted with public effect on 1 January 1924. The United States became an affiliated member of the ILTF. The World Championship title was also dropped at this meeting and a new category of Official Championship was created for events in Great Britain, France, USA and Australia – today’s Grand Slam events.The WHCC tournament was then disbanded by the ILTF.The WHCC was not played in 1924, when Paris hosted the Olympic Games and its tennis tournament, also held on clay courts, took the place of the championship. In 1925 the French Championships opened to international competitors for the first time, with the event held alternately between the Stade Français (1925, 1927), which was the site of the WHCC, and the Racing Club de France (1926), which was the site of the previous French Championship. From 1928, the French Championships moved to Stade Roland Garros.

Anthony Wilding was the only male multiple champion in the singles event, winning the title in 1913 and 1914, while Suzanne Lenglen won the women's singles title four times (1914, 1921–23).

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