Born: 18/5/1914 Died: 29/4/1994
French Open 1946
Marcel Bernard was the first French Grand Slam champion since the Four musketeers. He made his Grand Slam debut aged just 17 at the French Open in 1931, where he lost in the third round to Fred Perry. At the 1932 French Open Bernard lost in the semis to Henri Cochet in straight sets. He made the quarters in 1933 and 1935 and in 1936 lost in the semis to Gottfried von Cramm in straight sets. Then War broke out which meant no Grand Slam tennis for Bernard for several years. By the time the 1946 French Open came around Bernard was 32 and out of form. He planned to only play doubles but the French Association persuaded him to enter the singles as well. It proved to be a wise decision as Bernard overcame Budge Patty in the quarters and Yvon Petra in a five set semi final before coming from two sets to love down to beat Jaroslav Drobny in the final. Defending his title the following year, Bernard blew a two sets to love lead against Eric Sturgess in the semi finals. He made the French Open quarter finals for the following two years. He made his final Grand Slam appearance at the French Open in 1956, where he lost in the third round to Roger Becker in straight sets. Later he became President of the French Tennis Association. He died in 1994 at the age of 79.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: H.Cochet 0-1, J.Crawford 0-1, S.Davidson 0-1, J.Drobny 1-0, P.Gonzales 0-1, B.Patty 1-0, F.Perry 0-1, Y.Petra 1-0, P.Segura 1-0, G.von Cramm 0-1
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