Roderich Menzel

Roderich Menzel
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Full nameRoderich Ferdinand Ottomar Menzel
Country (sports)First Czechoslovak RepublicCzechoslovakia
Nazi Germany Germany
Born(1907-04-13)13 April 1907
Reichenberg, Austria-Hungary
Died17 October 1987(1987-10-17) (aged 80)
Munich, West Germany
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1928 (amateur tour)
Retired1939 (brief comeback in 1951)
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1934, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1935)
French OpenF (1938)
WimbledonQF (1933, 1935)
US Open4R (1934, 1935)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonSF (1937)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenF (1935)

Roderich Ferdinand Ottomar Menzel (German pronunciation: [ˈrɒdərɪk ˈmɛnʦəl]; 13 April 1907 – 17 October 1987) was an amateur tennis player and, after his active career, an author.


Roderich Menzel was born in Reichenberg (Czech: Liberec), Bohemia, an advanced industrial city of Austria-Hungary Empire. He lived with his parents and two brothers in a three-storey house in Römheldstraße 7 (Tatranská street these days). His father Ernst, who was born in the family of glassworks manager in the mountain village Wilhelmshöhe, rose from a correspondent to the position of a partner of cable manufacturer Felten & Guilleaume's North Bohemia office.

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.

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