GOTTFRIED von CRAMM(GERMANY)
Born: 7/7/1909 Died: 8/11/1976
French Open 1934,1936
Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany was one of the greatest players never to win Wimbledon. Famed for his endurance, tenacity and sportsmanship, von Cramm made his Grand Slam debut at the French Open in 1931, where he lost early. At the French Open in 1934 von Cramm outlasted Giorgio di Stefani in the semis in five sets before coming from two sets to one down to beat Jack Crawford in the final. At the French Open in 1935 von Cramm beat Bunny Austin in the semis in five sets before losing to Austin's Davis Cup compatriot Fred Perry in the final in four sets. At Wimbledon that year von Cramm beat Don Budge in the semis in four sets before losing in straight sets to Perry in the final. At the 1936 French Open von Cramm beat home favourite Marcel Bernard in the semis in straight sets before outlasting Perry in the final to take his second Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon von Cramm beat Austin in four sets in the semis but an injury meant that he won just two games in Wimbledon's most one sided final. At Wimbledon the following year von Cramm beat Austin in the semis in four sets before losing the final in straight sets to Budge. At the US Open von Cramm beat Don McNeill in the third round, Bitsy Grant from two sets to one down in the quarters and Bobby Riggs from two sets to one down in the semis before losing in five sets to Budge in the final. Budge and von Cramm met again in the Interzone Davis Cup final in a match which some still rate as the greatest ever. Budge won in five sets and von Cramm was very sporting in defeat, claiming that he had enjoyed the match immensely. At the Australian Open in 1938 von Cramm beat Viv McGrath from two sets to one down in the quarters before losing in the semis in straight sets to John Bromwich. Then von Cramm was arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo because he refused to promote Nazism. After the War was over and he was released from captivity, von Cramm resumed his tennis career. He won the German Championships in 1949 at the age of 40 and played his last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 1951, where he lost in the opening round to Jaroslav Drobny. Von Cramm became a successful businessman and was tragically killed in a car crash in 1976 aged 67.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Bernard 1-0, J.Bromwich 0-1, D.Budge 1-2, J.Crawford 3-0, J.Drobny 0-1, V.McGrath 3-0, D.McNeill 1-0, F.Perry 1-4, B.Riggs 1-0
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