Born: 18/9/1917 Died: 22/9/1986
French Open 1947
Jozsef Asboth was the first and so far only Hungarian man to win a Grand Slam title. Asboth was a clay court specialist who was good at keeping the ball in play. He made his Grand Slam debut at the French Open in 1939 where he lost early. Then the Second World War broke out and it was not until 1947 that Hungary was readmitted to the international tennis scene. The 29 year old Asboth took full advantage at the 1947 French Open, beating Tom Brown in straight sets in the semis before chasing down every ball during his straight sets victory over Eric Sturgess in the final to claim his first Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon in 1948, Asboth overcame Sturgess in five sets in the fourth round and came from two sets to one down to beat Tom Brown in the quarters before losing easily to John Bromwich in the semis. Asboth made his last Grand Slam appearance at the French Open in 1956, where he lost in the third round to Kurt Nielsen in five sets. He turned professional in 1958. He died in 1986 aged 69.
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