As a young man, Hans Oskar Behrens studied business in Cologne, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. In 1904, he earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Tübingen. He later set up and ran a small business in Hamburg. During the First World War, he worked in the German diplomatic service in Brussels. He was a key German figure in the founding of the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF, now the ITF) in 1903 and was honoured with a medal by the same body on its thirtieth anniversary in 1933. In 1937, he was elected president of the executive committee of the ILTF for one year. Hans Oskar Behrens spent his final years living in the Netherlands.
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