He was a Swedish tennis player.
Kalle Schröder was the first Swedish tennis player to reach the international top class. During the years 1934-42 he won 11 European Championship titles and became German, French and English indoor champion during the 1930s. He played 26 Davis Cup matches for Sweden (1934-39) and won 17 of these. As a teammate he had among others the player Nils Rohlsson. Due to an overtramp due to a hot temper, in 1941 Schröder was temporarily disqualified from amateur games. During the Finnish winter war he participated as a volunteer soldier until 1942. He became a professional player that year. He then worked as a tennis instructor and trained, among others, Lennart Bergelin.
He has become especially known for his three wins over the French major and Wimbledon winner Jean Borotra. The last match was played in 1935 and concerned the Scandinavian indoor championships. The match was referenced on the radio by Sven Jerring. At the score 2-2 in the fifth and decisive set, the record time was over and Sven Jerring announced that he would report the final result afterwards, after which pause music was added. This gave rise to one of the first "folk storms" in Swedish radio history. The reaction was unexpected for Sven Jerring because tennis at this time was still considered a narrow, exclusive sport known as the "white sport" and associated with "upper class".
Kalle Schröder has on several occasions acted as a double partner to the Swedish tennis-loving king Gustaf V. Schröder, through his unconventional behavior on and off the court and a cheerful mood make him a well-known and popular sports profile. He thereby helped to broaden interest in the sport and paved the way for later Swedish tennis successes. He also became known to the Swedish audience for his great appetite for pastries, and he was therefore called "the pastry king".
Kalle Schröder had a hard serve and a very efficient volleyball game. He also took great advantage of his attitude of never giving up. His weak side was mediocre ground, especially on the forehand side. His tennis style was best suited for indoor courts, where he won his greatest successes. He also defeated other top players such as the German Gottfried von Cramm and the Englishman Henry Austin. During the 1950s he played exhibition matches in Sweden against, among others, Fred Perry.
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