William Laurentz

WILLIAM LAURENTZ (FRANCE)

Born: 26/2/1895 Died: 7/3/1922

World Hard Court (Clay) 1920

William Laurentz was known for being a great player for short spells in matches, but he lacked stamina. Laurentz was only 16 when he beat the great Anthony Wilding in the final of the French Covered Court Championships in 1911. The following year he was involved in a match with Andre Gobert when a ball hit Laurentz in the eye. The eye had to be removed but the determined Laurentz continued to be a top flight player with the use of one eye. In 1920 he triumphed at the World Hard Court Championships at St Cloud, Paris, beating Manuel Alonso and Andre Gobert. The following year he reached the quarters, beating Alonso before losing to Erik Tegner. By the time the 1922 event got underway, Laurentz was no longer alive. He died suddenly in March of septicaemia aged just 27.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Kingscote 0-1

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1912 World Hard Court 2 1914 World Hard Court 2 1919 Wimbledon 1 1920 World Hard Court 8 1920 Wimbledon 3 1921 World Hard Court 5


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