Born: 9/10/1915 Died: 13/1/1943
French Open 1937
Henner Henkel was the second German after Gottfried von Cramm to win a Grand Slam title. Henkel had a promising junior career, winning his own German Junior title in 1932 and 1933 before progressing to the senior circuit. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1934 French Open, where he lost early. At the French Open in 1937, Henkel destroyed three British players en route to the title. In the final against British number one Bunny Austin, Henkel hit a variety of attacking strokes and varied his pace and method. He also used the drop shot to great effect. Some who had seen his French Open triumph even speculated that he was a better player than his compatriot von Cramm. At Wimbledon he reached the quarters before losing to Frank Parker in five sets. At Wimbledon in 1938, Henkel beat Ladislav Hecht in the quarters in straight sets before losing in straight sets to Austin in the semis. At Wimbledon in 1939, Henkel beat veteran Jacques Brugnon in the fourth round and Franco Kukuljevic in the quarters before losing to Elwood Cooke in the semis in four sets. It was the last Grand Slam event Henkel played in. In 1943 Henkel fell victim to the Second World War while serving in the German army. He was just 27 and was greatly mourned.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Borotra 0-1, J.Crawford 0-1, D.Pails 1-0, F.Parker 0-1
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