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Jaroslav Drobný

Profession: Ice Hockey and Tennis Star

Nationality:
Czech Republic
Czech

Why Famous: Part of the Czech ice hockey team that won an Olympic silver medal in 1948.

Later switched to tennis, winning the Wimbledon Men's singles title in 1954 and the French Open men's singles title in 1951 and 1952.

Born: October 12, 1921
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Libra

Died: September 13, 2001 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1946-07-27 French Championships Men's Tennis: Marcel Bernard beats Jaroslav Drobný 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
  • 1948-05-29 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker wins 1st of 2 straight French titles; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
  • 1949-07-01 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Ted Schroeder beats Jaroslav Drobný 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 for his only Wimbledon singles title
  • 1949-07-14 Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobný and Vladimir Černík defect while playing in a tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland; Drobny accepts Egyptian citizenship
  • 1950-06-03 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • 1951-06-03 50th French Championships Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný representing Egypt beats Eric Sturgess 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1952-06-01 French Championships Men's Tennis: England based Czech Jaroslav Drobný wins his 2nd straight French title; beats Frank Sedgman of Australia 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
  • 1952-07-04 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1954-07-02 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7 for his only Wimbledon singles title

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