General Paul Jean Adrien
Feret (Féret)
Male
France
1901-02-27
Paris, France
1984-02-03
Paris, France


About

Paul Féret was born on 27 February 1901, in the family home at 4 rue Saint-Florentin in Paris. He was the son of Ernest Adrien Féret (b. 1863), a native of Calvados in Normandy and a civil servant, and Blanche Féret (née Verdier-Dufour; 1878-1912), who was from Paris.

Ernest Féret had been a receveur des finances [tax collector] for nine years when, in 1893, he was appointed chief private secretary to Minister of Finance Paul Peytral and, from 1899, occupied the same position for Pierre Baudin, Minister of Public Works. In 1902, Ernest Féret was appointed head of the secretariat, and later chief of staff for the President of the Council and Minister of the Interior, Émile Combes.

From 1906, Ernest Féret worked for Henry Chéron, Under-Secretary of State for War, and from 1909 at the Ministry of the Navy. Made a Knight of the Legion of Honour and, later, Officer of the Legion of Honour, he was also awarded the Order of Osmanieh (3rd Class). A keen lawn tennis fan, he was a member of the committee at the Racing Club de France in Paris, and also sometimes acted as a chair umpire. The Prix Ernest Féret/Ernest Féret Prize, a cross-country race organized by the Racing Club de France for schoolchildren, was created in his honour.

The holder of a degree in law, Paul Féret was in May 1925 appointed as attaché to the Ministry of Public Instruction and Fine Arts before moving to the office of the Minister of Public Works at the end of October of that year.

On 22 February 1926, in Paris, Paul Féret married Elena de Rivas (1907-26), in the presence of Senator Anatole de Monzie and Gonzalo Zaldumbide, the Ecuadorian Ambassador to Paris. After only five months of marriage, Féret’s wife died of a short illness in July 1926 at the age of only 19. Upset by this sudden occurrence, and in order not to fall into depression, Paul Féret followed the advice of his friend Suzanne Lenglen and signed a contract with the American promoter Charles C. Pyle for a four-month professional tour of the USA and Canada.

After this episode Féret worked in the banking sector and then became a company director. On 6 July 1937, in Saint-Fernand-des-Ternes catholic church in Paris, he married, secondly, Denise Frémont. Fellow lawn tennis players Jean Borotra and Pierre Gillou acted as witnesses.

Lawn tennis career

Paul Féret played competitive lawn tennis for a period of over thirty years, from the 1920s to the early 1950s. He notably reached the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event at the International French Championships in 1925 and the round of 16 four times, as well as the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 1932.

In 1925, Paul Féret played in two Davis Cup ties, with René Lacoste, Jean Borotra and Jacques Brugnon, who that year led France to the Challenge Round for the first time, where they lost to the USA. Féret played and easily won two singles matches in the preliminary rounds: against Hungary in Budapest in May and against Italy in June at the Racing Club de France in Paris.

In May 1926, Féret distinguished himself by defeating the Olympic singles champion, the American Vincent Richard, 6-2, 4-6, 16-14, during a series of matches between France and the USA. In September 1926, Féret announced his desire to turn professional in order to participate in a tour of the USA and Canada with Suzanne Lenglen who would be his mixed doubles partner, and the Americans Vincent Richards, Howard Kinsey and Harvey Snodgrass.

Paul Féret’s decision to turn professional initially caused some surprise because of his wealthy background and because he only played tennis for pleasure. At the end of 1927, he asserted his intention to be re-qualify as an amateur. On 3 December 1927, the council of the French Lawn Tennis Federation voted almost unanimously to reject this request, although Féret would be allowed to renew it five years later, in 1932.

Paul Féret thus became the first French male player to lose his amateur status by playing for money. However, he was officially reinstated as an amateur in February 1929 following a decision taken by the executive committee of the French Lawn Tennis Federation. Féret had suggested that he donate to charity all the money he had earned during his time as a professional, and this he subsequently did

Paul Féret died in Paris in February 1984, three weeks before what would have been his 83rd birthday.



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Archive statistics 1919 - 1958
67
664
476


Tournament wins 1939 - Bergerac (Amateur)
1939 - Stade Francais Cup (Amateur)
1939 - Sporting Club Paris (Amateur)
1939 - Asnieres Indoor (Amateur)
1939 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1939 - Monte Carlo Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1939 - Red Star Tournament (Amateur)
1939 - Tennis Club de France (Amateur)
1939 - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Amateur)
1939 - Tournoi de France (Amateur)
1938 - Marseille (Amateur)
1938 - Deauville (Open)
1938 - Tournoi de France (Amateur)
1938 - Villiers-sur-Mer (Amateur)
1938 - Tournoi de la Réserve de Saint-Cloud (Amateur)
1938 - Sporting Club Paris (Amateur)
1938 - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Amateur)
1938 - Lille (Amateur)
1938 - Houlgate (Amateur)
1938 - Bagnoles-de-l'Orne (Amateur)
1938 - Asnieres Indoor (Amateur)
1938 - Courbevoi (Amateur)
1937 - Deauville (Open)
1937 - Sporting Club Paris (Amateur)
1937 - Chantilly (Amateur)
1937 - Tournoi de la Réserve de Saint-Cloud (Amateur)
1937 - Trouville (Amateur)
1937 - Toulon (Amateur)
1937 - Tournoi de France (Amateur)
1937 - Bordeaux Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - Asnieres Indoor (Amateur)
1937 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1937 - Houlgate (Amateur)
1936 - Le Touquet (Open)
1936 - Coupe de Noel (Amateur)
1936 - Asnieres Indoor (Amateur)
1936 - Houlgate (Amateur)
1936 - Dieppe (Amateur)
1936 - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Amateur)
1936 - Cannes Club Summer Tournament (Amateur)
1935 - Bagnoles-de-l'Orne (Amateur)
1935 - Granville (Amateur)
1935 - Cannes Club Summer Tournament (Amateur)
1935 - Tennis Club de France (Amateur)
1934 - Swiss International Covered Courts (ATP)
1934 - Lyon Covered Court Championships (Open)
1934 - St. Moritz Covered Courts (Amateur)
1933 - Saint-Quentin (Amateur)
1933 - Cannes Club Summer Tournament (Amateur)
1933 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1932 - Hossegor (Amateur)
1932 - Deauville (Open)
1932 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1931 - Le Touquet Second Meeting (Open)
1931 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1931 - Strasbourg (Open)
1931 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1931 - Deauville (Open)
1930 - La Baule-les-Pins (Open)
1925 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1925 - Coupe Chelli (Amateur)
1925 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1924 - Oostende (Amateur)
1924 - Houlgate (Amateur)
1924 - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Amateur)
1924 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1923 - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Amateur)


Tournaments Paris International Championships - 1958 International Club Matches - FRA - 1958 French Covered Court Championships - 1957 International Club Matches - FRA - 1957 Roland Garros - 1953 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1951 Monte Carlo - 1950 Paris International Championships - 1950 French Covered Court Championships - 1950 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1950 D\' Asnières - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1949 Roland Garros - 1949 Paris International Championships - 1949 French Covered Court Championships - 1949 San Remo - 1949 Luzern - 1949 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1949 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1949 D\' Asnières - 1949 Monte Carlo - 1948 Roland Garros - 1948 Nice - 1948 Paris International Championships - 1948 Deauville - 1948 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1948 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1948 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1948 Monte Carlo - 1947 Roland Garros - 1947 Nice - 1947 French Covered Court Championships - 1947 Deauville - 1947 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1947 Wimbledon - 1946 Monte Carlo - 1946 Roland Garros - 1946 St. Moritz - 1946 Paris International Championships - 1946 French Covered Court Championships - 1946 South of France Championships - 1946 International Club Matches - GBR - 1946 Lausanne - 1946 Tournoi de France - 1944 French Occupied Zone - 1944 Coupe de Noel - 1943 Tournoi de France - 1943 French Occupied Zone - 1943 Courbevoi - 1943 Coupe de Noel - 1942 Tournoi de France - 1942 French Occupied Zone - 1942 Coupe Albert Canet - 1942 Coupe de Noel - 1941 Tournoi de France - 1941 French Occupied Zone - 1941 Roland Garros - 1939 Nice - 1939 Tournoi de France - 1939 French Covered Court Championships - 1939 Le Touquet - 1939 Deauville - 1939 International Club Matches - FRA - 1939 Cabourg - 1939 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1939 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1939 Bergerac - 1939 Stade Francais Cup - 1939 Asnieres Indoor - 1939 Tennis Club de France - 1939 Ville-d'Avray - 1939 Red Star Tournament - 1939 Sporting Club Paris - 1939 Roland Garros - 1938 Coupe de Noel - 1938 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1938 Tournoi de France - 1938 French Covered Court Championships - 1938 Netherlands International Championships - 1938 Lille - 1938 Le Touquet - 1938 Deauville - 1938 Houlgate - 1938 Marseille - 1938 Sporting Club Christmas Tournament - 1938 Napoli - 1938 Cabourg - 1938 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1938 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1938 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1938 Tournoi de la Réserve de Saint-Cloud - 1938 Asnieres Indoor - 1938 Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - 1938 Courbevoi - 1938 Tennis Club de France - 1938 Sporting Club Paris - 1938 Villiers-sur-Mer - 1938 Roland Garros - 1937 Coupe de Noel - 1937 Paris International Championships - 1937 Tournoi de France - 1937 French Covered Court Championships - 1937 Bordeaux Tournament - 1937 Le Touquet - 1937 Deauville - 1937 Houlgate - 1937 Toulon - 1937 International Club Matches - GBR - 1937 France vs Italy Team Match - 1937 Trouville - 1937 Cabourg - 1937 Coupe Albert Canet - 1937 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1937 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1937 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1937 Tournoi de la Réserve de Saint-Cloud - 1937 Asnieres Indoor - 1937 Tennis Club de France - 1937 Chantilly - 1937 Sporting Club Paris - 1937 Wimbledon - 1936 Monte Carlo - 1936 Roland Garros - 1936 Coupe de Noel - 1936 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1936 Nice - 1936 Paris International Championships - 1936 French Covered Court Championships - 1936 Championships of Berlin - 1936 Dieppe - 1936 Le Touquet - 1936 Deauville - 1936 Houlgate - 1936 International Club Matches - FRA - 1936 International Club Matches - GBR - 1936 Scandinavian Championships - 1936 Saint-Quentin - 1936 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1936 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1936 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1936 Asnieres Indoor - 1936 Cannes Club Summer Tournament - 1936 Tennis Club de France - 1936 Roland Garros - 1935 Coupe de Noel - 1935 Paris International Championships - 1935 French Covered Court Championships - 1935 Italian International Championships - 1935 Belgian International Championships - 1935 Merano - 1935 British Covered Court Championships - 1935 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1935 Cabourg - 1935 Coupe Albert Canet - 1935 Saint-Quentin - 1935 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1935 Granville - 1935 Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - 1935 Cannes Club Summer Tournament - 1935 Tennis Club de France - 1935 Wimbledon - 1934 Coupe de Noel - 1934 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1934 French Covered Court Championships - 1934 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1934 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1934 Roland Garros - 1933 Beaulieu - 1933 Coupe de Noel - 1933 Paris International Championships - 1933 German International Championships - 1933 Deauville - 1933 Polish International Championships - 1933 Tournoi du TC Flandres - 1933 Cabourg - 1933 Saint-Quentin - 1933 Cannes Club Summer Tournament - 1933 Wimbledon - 1932 Roland Garros - 1932 Paris International Championships - 1932 French Covered Court Championships - 1932 German International Championships - 1932 Lille - 1932 Le Touquet - 1932 Biarritz - 1932 Deauville - 1932 Cabourg - 1932 Hossegor - 1932 Roland Garros - 1931 Coupe de Noel - 1931 Paris International Championships - 1931 French Covered Court Championships - 1931 Cannes Métropole - 1931 Deauville - 1931 Westende Tournament - 1931 Strasbourg - 1931 Le Touquet Second Meeting - 1931 Tournoi du TC Flandres - 1931 Cabourg - 1931 Roland Garros - 1930 Paris International Championships - 1930 French Covered Court Championships - 1930 German International Championships - 1930 La Baule-les-Pins - 1930 Roland Garros - 1929 Cannes Championships - 1929 Coupe de Noel - 1929 Chiberta - 1929 Caen - 1929 Wimbledon - 1926 Roland Garros - 1926 French Covered Court Championships - 1926 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1926 Wimbledon - 1925 Roland Garros - 1925 Coupe de Noel - 1925 Paris International Championships - 1925 Cabourg - 1925 Aix-Les-Bains Summer Second - 1925 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1925 Coupe Chelli - 1925 Wimbledon - 1924 Coupe de Noel - 1924 Paris International Championships - 1924 French Covered Court Championships - 1924 Houlgate - 1924 Oostende - 1924 French National Championships - 1924 Cabourg - 1924 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1924 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1924 Wimbledon - 1923 Coupe de Noel - 1923 Paris International Championships - 1923 French Covered Court Championships - 1923 World Hardcourt Championships - 1923 Deauville - 1923 Houlgate - 1923 French National Championships - 1923 Cabourg - 1923 Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer - 1923 Coupe de Noel - 1922 French Covered Court Championships - 1922 World Hardcourt Championships - 1922 Coupe Albert Canet - 1922 Criterium de France Indoor - 1922 Coupe de Noel - 1921 Paris International Championships - 1921 Deauville - 1921 Houlgate - 1921 Marseille - 1921 Coupe Albert Canet - 1921 Criterium de France Indoor - 1921 Coupe de Noel - 1920 Coupe de Noel - 1919 French Covered Court Championships - 1919 Cabourg - 1919

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