Ted Schroeder

TED SCHROEDER (U. S. A.)

Born: 20/7/1921 Died: 26/5/2006

Wimbledon 1949

US Open 1942

Ted Schroeder did not play in many Grand Slam events but when he did he was invariably one of the favourites for the tournament. With his rolling gait and corncob pipe, Schroeder was famous for being unbeatable in the fifth set. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1939 US Open, where he lost in the third round. The following year he made the quarters and in 1941 he lost in the semis to Bobby Riggs. In 1942 Schroeder beat Gar Mulloy in the semis and came from 2 sets to 1 down to beat Frank Parker in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. He did not enter another Grand Slam event for seven years. Making his debut at Wimbledon in 1949, Schroeder went two sets to one down in his opening match against his doubles partner Gar Mulloy. He raised his game and dropped just four more games to win in five sets. Schroeder progressed to the quarter finals, where he faced Frank Sedgman. Sedgman took the first two sets but Schroeder, showing typical guts and determination, fought back to level at two sets all. In the fifth set Sedgman had a match point on the Schroeder serve at 4-5. A volley winner saved it. At 5-6 Sedgman reached match point again, this time a fine Schroeder backhand saved it. Schroeder broke the Sedgman serve at 7-7 and went on to hold his own delivery for a 9-7 fifth set victory. In the semis Schroeder was again in trouble as he trailed the South African Eric Sturgess two sets to one. Schroeder fought back to win in five sets to book his place in the final, where he faced Jaroslav Drobny. After another gruelling five setter Schroeder was the champion. At the US Open Schroeder led two sets to love in the final against Pancho Gonzales but he relaxed and let Gonzales back into the match. Gonzales won in five sets. It was to be Schroeder's last appearance in a Grand Slam event. In 2000 the man known as 'Lucky Ted' Schroeder was present at the Wimbledon Champions Parade. He died six years later at the age of 84.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Drobny 1-0, P.Gonzales 0-1, F.Parker 1-0, B.Patty 1-0, B.Riggs 0-2, F.Sedgman 2-0

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1939 US 3 1940 US 5 1941 US 6 1942 US 8 1949 Wimbledon 8 1949 US 7


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