|Full name||Roderich Ferdinand Ottomar Menzel|
|Died||17 October 1987 (aged 80)|
Munich, West Germany
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Turned pro||1928 (amateur tour)|
|Retired||1939 (brief comeback in 1951)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1934, |
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|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
Roderich Ferdinand Ottomar Menzel (German pronunciation:
Roderich Menzel was born in
During his studies at a business high school he started to playing a football as a goalkeeper for RSK Reichenberg – at the age of 16 (1923) he joined the senior team. Looking back on his goalkeeper career Menzel often gave a good funny story about his great idol, goalkeeper of RSK Reichenberg, Ende. As is usual, home team goalkeeper's name always appeared at the very end of both team rosters in the home programme but in this case people often thought that at that point the programme actually ends.
But as he was playing tennis at same level as a football, an important decision had to be made. He chose tennis and soon became a Czechoslovak junior champion (1925). Shortly before he had to cope with a large family tragedy, when his father died of a heart attack due to complicated double pneumonia.