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Top 9 German tennis players of all time

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#8 Gottfried von Cramm

Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm

Gottfried von Cramm was the first ever German to rise to the top of the professional tennis rankings. He was the number 1 ranked player in singles in 1937. Prior to that, for two full years, he was ranked World Number 2.

Von Cramm was the first German man to win a Grand Slam title. He won the French Open Championships in 1934, and captured his second title in Paris in the year 1936.

He was the runner-up at the Wimbledon Championships in three separate years, losing each time to British tennis legend Fred Perry.

He had a great rivalry with Don Budge, and the two of them remained friends even after their respective retirements.

Von Cramm refused to be used as a propaganda tool by the Nazis at the height of Adolf Hitler's regime. As a result, the Nazis jailed him and even forbade him from participating in the 1937 French Open Championships, where he was to defend his title.

Published 29 Nov 2018, 12:18 IST
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