General Frank Louis
Kovacs
Male
United States of America
1919-12-04
Oakland, CA, United States of America
1990-02-09
California, United States of America


About

His father was a HungarianHungarian people Hungarians are an ethnic group primarily associated with Hungary. There are around 10 million Magyars in Hungary . Hungarians were the main inhabitants of the Kingdom of Hungary that existed through most of the second millennium.... immigrant upholsterer. Probably the most eccentric major player ever, stories of his antics are still told in the tennis world. Once, serving for a match pointMatch Point Match Point is a dramatic thriller film written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox and Penelope Wilton.... , he tossed three balls in the air - hitting the middle one for an aceAce (tennis) In tennis, aces are serve that go untouched by the server\'s opponent\'s Racquet#Tennis and thus are unreturned.In professional tennis, aces are generally seen on a player\'s first serve, where the server can strike the ball with maximum force and take more chances with ball placement .... . He was known to jump into the stands to applaud his opponents, and once staged a sit-down strike during a match. He often stopped play so that he could complain about the heavy nap on the balls, and would then shove the offending balls into his mouth so that he could chew on the nap. Although he showed flashes of brilliance his career results were relatively disappointing. It was said of him that on the right days, when he was briefly \"in the zone\", he could be unbeatable: Fred Hawthorne, reporter for New York Herald-Tribune who watched nearly all the early matches of the 1941-1942 pro tour thought that Kovacs at his best reached \"sheer brilliancy never before excelled\", but at other times Frank played \"surprisingly poor tennis.\" For instance in his first pro match, on December 26, 1941 he gave Donald Budge a tennis lesson and as late as 1952, at 33, he was still able to defeat Pancho GonzalesPancho Gonzales Ricardo Alonso Gonz?lez or Richard Gonzalez, , who was generally known as Pancho Gonzales or, less often, as Pancho Gonzalez, was the World number one male tennis player rankings tennis player for an unequalled 8 years in the 1950s and early 1960s.... then the best pro in the world. His best amateur result was a second-place finish in the U.S. Amateur National Singles ChampionshipU.S. Open (tennis) The US Open tennis tournament is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, first contested in 1881. The tournament is chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament each year.... in 1941, losing to Bobby RiggsBobby Riggs Robert Larimore Riggs was a 1930s?40s tennis player who was the World number one male tennis player rankings or the co-World No. 1 player for three years, first as an amateur in 1941, then as a professional in 1946 and 1947.... ; In the pro circuit his only very great success was his win in the World Pro Championships held at Lakewood just outside Cleveland where he defeated Pancho SeguraPancho Segura Pancho Segura, born Francisco Olegario Segura , was a leading tennis player of the 1940s and 1950s, both as an amateur and as a professional.... in the final 6?2 3?6 6?3 1?6 9?7 on June 17, 1951. Unfortunately a week later he withdrew from the U.S. Pro Tennis ChampionshipsU.S. Pro Tennis Championships U.S. Pro Tennis Championships was the oldest professional tennis tournament played until its final year of 1999.American\'s first prominent professional player, Vinny Richards, arranged what became the first U.S.... won by his last victim, Segura. The previous year, in 1950, he had reached the final of that tournament, losing to Pancho Segura. As tennis great Jack KramerJack Kramer (tennis player) .John Albert Kramer was a champion U.S. tennis player of the 1940s. A World number one male tennis player rankings player for a number of years, he is a possible candidate for the title of the greatest tennis player of all time.... , and Kovacs\' near contemporary, has written: \"Kovacs had picture strokes, but the reason he could never win anything is because he didn\'t have any idea how to go about winning. He never had a set plan for a match. Hell, he never had a set plan for a shot. He could sort of decide what to do with it halfway through the stroke.\" Kovacs\' best shot, says Kramer, was \"a hard, angled backhand crosscourt, but he could never figure out how to set it up so he could take advantage of it.\" As Riggs said to Kramer one day: \"...don\'t worry about Frankie.... He looks great, but give him long enough and he\'ll find some way to keep you in the match, and give him a little longer and he\'ll find a way to beat himself.\" Nevertheless Kovacs had a very positive win-loss record against Kramer both in the amateur circuit (in that one Kramer almost never beat Kovacs) and in the pro circuit too. Finally many forget that though the tennis activity was very limited between 1943 and 1945 Kovacs dominated all the players he met as Welby Van HornWelby Van Horn Welby Van Horn was an American professional tennis player who went on to have a career as a major tennis coach.As a 19-year-old player, Van Horn reached the finals of the 1939 U.S.... , Don McNeillDon McNeill (tennis) William Donald McNeill was an United States male tennis player. He was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma and died in Vero Beach, Florida, United States.... , Adrian QuistAdrian Quist Adrian Karl Quist was an Australian male tennis player. The tennis legend grew up in Adelaide and once played Harry Hopman, however lost, only because he gave Hopman a head start.... , Bill TildenBill Tilden William Tatem Tilden II , often called \"Big Bill\", was an American tennis player who was the World number one male tennis player rankings player for 7 years, the last time when he was 38 years old.... , Jack Crawford, Jack Jossi, Martin Buxby, Joe WhalenJoe Whalen Joe Whalen was an American tennis player in the 1930s who won a number of championships; he was originally from Millinocket, Maine but grew up in Miami, Florida.... , George LottGeorge Lott George Martin Lott was an United states tennis player and tennis coach who was born in Springfield, Illinois, United States. Lott is mostly remembered as being one of the greatest doubles players of all time.... , George Lyttelton Rogers. Kovacs was also responsible for something of a scandal over money in tennis, which before the Open era was strictly divided into amateurs and professionals. After he was barred from amateur tennis in 1941 (leaving with a characteristic witticism - \"Amateur tennis stinks - there\'s no money in it any more.\"), he talked about how money was quietly - and widely - paid to supposedly amateur players for entering tournaments. After being evicted from the amateur ranks, he and Riggs turned professional at the same time. In December 1941 - April 1942 the Pro tour consisted of round-robin matches between Don BudgeDon Budge John Donald Budge was an United States tennis champion who was a World number one male tennis player rankings player for five years, first as an amateur and then as a professional.... , Bobby RiggsBobby Riggs Robert Larimore Riggs was a 1930s?40s tennis player who was the World number one male tennis player rankings or the co-World No. 1 player for three years, first as an amateur in 1941, then as a professional in 1946 and 1947.... , Fred PerryFred Perry Frederick John Perry born in Stockport, Cheshire, was an English people tennis and table tennis player and three-time Wimbledon Championships champion.... , and Kovacs (with Gene MakoGene Mako Constantine Mako is a former American tennis player; and is also an art gallery owner. He was born in Budapest, capital of Hungary. He won four Grand Slam doubles titles in the 1930s.... , Lester StoefenLester Stoefen Lester Stoefen was an American tennis player of the 1930s. He won three Grand Slam doubles titles: 1934 Wimbledon Championships, 1933 U.S. National Championships and 1934 U.S. National Championships U.S. National Championships.... and even Bill Tilden, for one match, as replacements). Budge ended up with the best record, 52 wins to 18 losses, ahead of Riggs 36-36 and Kovacs, 25 wins to 26 losses : Kovacs even led the very first part of the tour mainly because he had defeated Budge in their first five matches. After the tour he entered the U.S. Pro Championships and reached the semifinals and as the other great pros of the time he then joined the U.S. Army. His cousin was the famous entertainer Ernie KovacsErnie Kovacs Ernie Kovacs was an United States comedian whose uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comic style came to influence numerous television comedy programs for years after his early death in an automobile accident.... . He married San Francisco vocal coach Judy Davis in 1950 and they lived for many years in a beautiful home on Ivanhoe Road in the Rockridge district of Oakland, until his death in 1990.



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Archive statistics 1936 - 1963
40
362
286


Tournament wins 1954 - Florida Professional (Professional)
1951 - International Professional Championships (Amateur)
1951 - US Pro Clay Courts (Professional)
1950 - US Pro Clay Courts (Professional)
1950 - Canadian Professional Championships (Professional)
1949 - US Pro Clay Courts (Professional)
1948 - US Pro Clay Courts (Professional)
1948 - Miami Pro Championships (Professional)
1948 - St. Augustine Pro Claycourt Championships (Professional)
1947 - Buffalo Pro Championships (Professional)
1947 - Middle States Pro Grass Courts (Professional)
1947 - Troy Pros (Professional)
1947 - Rochester Pros (Amateur)
1946 - Southern California State Pro Championships (Professional)
1946 - California Professional Championships (Professional)
1946 - Southwestern Pro Indoors (Professional)
1946 - Texas Pro Championships (Professional)
1946 - Cotton States Pro Championships (Professional)
1946 - Chicago Pro Championships (Professional)
1946 - Michigan Sate Pro Championships (Professional)
1941 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1941 - Florida West Coast (Amateur)
1941 - University of Miami (Amateur)
1941 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1941 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1941 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1941 - New Jersey State Championships (Open)
1941 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1940 - California State Championship (Open)
1940 - Triple A (Amateur)
1940 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1940 - Eastern Slope (Amateur)
1939 - Central California Championships (Open)
1939 - California State Championship (Open)
1939 - Northern California Indoor Tournament (Amateur)
1938 - California State Championship (Open)
1937 - Port Stockton Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - Milwaukee Championship (Amateur)
1937 - Ohio State Championships (Amateur)
1937 - Central California Championships (Open)


Tournaments Hungarian National Championships - 1963 World Professional Tournament - 1959 World Professional Tournament - 1958 World Professional Tournament - 1957 World Professional Tournament - 1956 World Professional Tournament - 1955 US Pro Hardcourts - 1955 Florida Professional - 1954 US Pro Clay Courts - 1954 Florida Professional - 1953 International Professional Championships - 1952 US Pro Clay Courts - 1951 International Professional Championships - 1951 US Pro Championships - 1950 US Pro Clay Courts - 1950 Canadian Professional Championships - 1950 Philadelphia Pro Championships - 1950 US Pro Championships - 1949 US Pro Clay Courts - 1949 US Pro Championships - 1948 Miami Pro Championships - 1948 US Pro Clay Courts - 1948 St. Augustine Pro Claycourt Championships - 1948 US Pro Championships - 1947 US Pro Indoors - 1947 Buffalo Pro Championships - 1947 Middle States Pro Grass Courts - 1947 Troy Pros - 1947 Rochester Pros - 1947 US Pro Championships - 1946 California Professional Championships - 1946 Southern Professionals - 1946 Southwestern Pro Indoors - 1946 Southern California State Pro Championships - 1946 Border Pro Championships - 1946 Witchita Falls Pro - 1946 Texas Pro Championships - 1946 Tennessee State Pro Championships - 1946 New England Pro Championships - 1946 Middle States Pro Grass Courts - 1946 Cotton States Pro Championships - 1946 Indiana State Pros - 1946 Miami Gold Cup - 1946 Smokey Mountain Pro Championships - 1946 Pittsburgh Masters Pro - 1946 Michigan Sate Pro Championships - 1946 Chicago Pro Championships - 1946 Oklahoma Pros - 1946 World Professional Tournament - 1945 US Pro Championships - 1942 US Open - 1941 California State Championship - 1941 Pacific Coast Championship - 1941 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1941 Seabright Invitational - 1941 Pacific Southwest Tournament - 1941 US International Indoor Championships - 1941 River Oaks Tournament - 1941 Dixie Championships - 1941 New Jersey State Championships - 1941 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1941 Florida West Coast - 1941 South Florida - 1941 University of Miami - 1941 Southeastern Florida - 1941 US Open - 1940 California State Championship - 1940 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1940 Nassau Bowl - 1940 Newport Casino Tournament - 1940 Pacific Coast Championship - 1940 Seabright Invitational - 1940 Southern California Championship - 1940 Sugar Bowl - 1940 Pacific Southwest Tournament - 1940 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1940 Triple A - 1940 Heart of America - 1940 Eastern Slope - 1940 California State Championship - 1939 Pacific Coast Championship - 1939 Southern California Championship - 1939 River Oaks Tournament - 1939 Northern California Indoor Tournament - 1939 Central California Championships - 1939 US Open - 1938 California State Championship - 1938 Longwood Bowl - 1938 Miami-Biltmore Tournament - 1938 Miami - 1938 Nassau Bowl - 1938 Newport Casino Tournament - 1938 Pacific Coast Championship - 1938 Seabright Invitational - 1938 US Clay Courts - 1938 Dixie Championships - 1938 Maryland State Championships - 1938 Pennsylvania Clay Courts - 1938 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1938 Davis Island - 1938 Florida State Championship - 1938 Beverly Hills - 1938 Hotel Nautilus - 1938 California State Championship - 1937 Milwaukee Championship - 1937 Pacific Coast Championship - 1937 Sugar Bowl - 1937 US Clay Courts - 1937 Northern California Indoor Tournament - 1937 Central California Championships - 1937 Fox River Valley Championship - 1937 Ohio State Championships - 1937 Port Stockton Tournament - 1937 Hillcrest Invitational Tournament - 1937 Oregon State Championships - 1936 Washington State Championships - 1936

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