General Joannes Henricus (Joop)
Knottenbelt
Male
Netherlands
1910-10-25
Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, -
1998-02-26
Altea, Spain


About

Wikipedia:

Knottenbelt grew up in Kota Radja and later in his youth in Bussum. He was a member of tennis club Het Spieghel. In 1927 he became Dutch junior champion. In 1931 and 1932 he became Dutch champion in the men's doubles together with Ody Koopman. In 1931 (with Els Belzer) and in 1936 (with Truid Terwindt) Knottenbelt became national champion in the mixed doubles. In singles he was less successful, partly due to the hegemony of Henk Timmer.

In 1931, 1932, 1934 and 1936, Knottenbelt took part in the Wimbledon tournament. In 1931 he reached the second round in the singles and men's doubles (with Ody Koopman). In the mixed doubles he reached the fourth round with Madzy Rollin Couquerque in 1932 and the third round with the British Davinia Townsend in 1934. Joop Knottenbelt played two matches with the Netherlands in the 1934 Davis Cup. Against Monaco (4-1 win) he won both singles games and against Sweden (3-2 win) he lost twice.

In 1937 he left for the Dutch East Indies together with fellow tennis player and future brother-in-law Dick Rinkel, ending his sports career. In India, he entered the service of the Aceh Trading Company in Kota Radja, the place where he grew up. [1] Back in the Netherlands, he went to work for Philips. From the fifties to 1970 Knottenbelt lived in Curaçao, where he was director of Philips Antillana NV. [2]

His brother and both sisters were also active on the tennis court. Anton Knottenbelt was a talented tennis player, but died in an accident in 1932 at the age of 19. [3] Truus Knottenbelt was active at national level until her marriage in 1938 to Dick Rinkel. Anna Koopmans-Knottenbelt was Dutch champion in the mixed doubles in 1950.

J.H. Knottenbelt died in 1998 at the age of 87 in Spain, where he lived at the time. [4]



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Archive statistics 1927 - 1950
8
67
37


Tournament wins 1949 - Eindhoven (Amateur)
1935 - Amersfoort (Amateur)
1935 - Bussum (Amateur)
1931 - Noordwijk (Amateur)
1931 - Bussum (Amateur)
1931 - Amsterdam, Festina (Amateur)
1930 - Den Haag Indoor (Amateur)
1928 - Wageningen (Amateur)


Tournaments Netherlands National Championship (Closed) - 1950 Netherlands International Championships - 1949 Netherlands National Championship (Closed) - 1949 Eindhoven - 1949 Netherlands National Championship (Closed) - 1948 Bussum - 1948 Hilversum - 1947 Den Haag (The Hague) - 1946 Wimbledon - 1936 Netherlands International Championships - 1936 Baden-Baden - 1936 Netherlands International Championships - 1935 German International Championships - 1935 Bussum - 1935 Amersfoort - 1935 Wimbledon - 1934 Netherlands International Championships - 1934 Rotterdam - 1934 Wimbledon - 1932 Netherlands International Championships - 1932 Netherlands National Championship (Closed) - 1932 Rotterdam - 1932 Amersfoort - 1932 Utrecht, U.S.S.V. Sphaerinda - 1932 D.D.V. Amsterdam - 1932 Wimbledon - 1931 Netherlands International Championships - 1931 Noordwijk - 1931 Bussum - 1931 Amsterdam, Festina - 1931 Den Haag Indoor - 1930 Amsterdam Indoor - 1930 Eindhoven - 1929 Noordwijk - 1929 Amersfoort - 1929 Wageningen - 1928 Nijmegen - 1927 Baarn - 1927

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