General Josip
Palada
Male
Yugoslavia
1912-02-05
Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia
1994-05-03
Zagreb, Yugoslavia


About

Palada was born in Zagreb and started to play tennis at the age of fifteen on the courts of the Neurological Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. He was hired as a ball boy by the doctors of the clinic. His talent was discovered by doctor of rheumatology Drago Čop, later a Davis Cup captain and president of the Yugoslav Tennis Association. Palada began practising with "Star" racquets on a daily basis. He was a self-taught player and trained by playing squash alone. He made his first international appearance at a Budapest-Zagreb inter-club match. He began working as a state official in the meantime.

Palada debuted in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia Davis Cup team in 1933. The team's first big tour was a visit to India in the winter of 1934. Palada won tournaments in Bombay, Calcutta, and Allahabad; in the latter final he defeated Franjo Punčec and won the championship of India.
In 1937 Palada traveled to South Africa, where he became the champion of the South African international tournament. He became a worldwide sensation in 1938, visiting and winning in various continents such as the Irish Open, where he partnered with George Lyttleton-Rogers in the men's doubles, and the Scandinavia covered courts championship in Helsinki, teaming with Punčec. He even competed in Buenos Aires, in the championships of South America, and finished second, losing the final to Punčec. In 1940 Palada won, among many championships, the National Championship of Denmark in Copenhagen. The Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia caught Punčec and Palada by surprise while they were playing in the French Riviera.

Palada continued with good results in tournaments. He defeated many renowned players such as Gianni Cucelli, Torsten Johansson, Philippe Washer, Wladyslaw Skonecki, Lennart Bergelin, Billy Knight, and Jean Borotra. His roll of honour included trophies from Ostende, Saarbrücken, Lübeck, Dijon, and several others with partner Dragutin Mitić in international doubles tournaments. At the end of his successful career, Palada twice won the Yugoslavian title (1952, 1955), despite being over forty years of age. He retired from tennis in 1956 at the age of 44.

Palada went on to a successful career as coach and teacher, transferring his rich experience to younger generations. He was later appointed the official selector and captain and trainer of the Davis Cup team of his country. Under his leadership, the team achieved significant success in 1963 by winning the King's Cup.

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Archive statistics 1933 - 1956
15
300
183


Tournament wins 1956 - Bad Schwartau (Amateur)
1954 - Elbe Cup (Amateur)
1953 - Lyon International (Amateur)
1952 - Blackpool (Amateur)
1952 - Saarbrücken (Amateur)
1947 - Oostende (Amateur)
1942 - Danish Covered Courts (Amateur)
1937 - Varese (Amateur)
1937 - South African Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1936 - Malmö (Amateur)
1935 - Western India Championships (Amateur)
1935 - India International Championships (Amateur)
1935 - All India Championships (Amateur)
1934 - India International Championships (Amateur)
1934 - Weisser Hirsch Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1956 Bad Schwartau - 1956 Wimbledon - 1955 Championships of Berlin - 1955 Belgrade - 1955 Wolfsburg - 1955 Wimbledon - 1954 Monte Carlo - 1954 Roland Garros - 1954 South of France Championships - 1954 German International Championships - 1954 San Remo - 1954 Saarbrücken - 1954 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1954 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1954 Nuremberg International - 1954 Elbe Cup - 1954 Wimbledon - 1953 Monte Carlo - 1953 Roland Garros - 1953 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1953 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1953 Lyon International - 1953 Marienburg International - 1953 Wimbledon - 1952 Roland Garros - 1952 Cannes Carlton - 1952 San Remo - 1952 Wiesbaden Championships - 1952 Saarbrücken - 1952 Kitzbühel - 1952 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1952 Eastern Mediterranean Championships - 1952 Blackpool - 1952 Wimbledon - 1951 Monte Carlo - 1951 Beaulieu - 1951 Cannes Championships - 1951 Italian International Championships - 1951 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1951 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1951 German International Championships - 1951 West of England Championships - 1951 Cortina D'Ampezzo - 1951 Worcestershire Championships - 1951 Wimbledon - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1950 Roland Garros - 1950 Austrian International Championships - 1950 Nice - 1950 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1950 Beaulieu Second Meeting - 1950 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1950 Wien Blau Weiss TCV - 1950 Wimbledon - 1949 Monte Carlo - 1949 Roland Garros - 1949 Austrian International Championships - 1949 Cannes Carlton - 1949 Nice - 1949 Nice 2nd Meeting - 1949 Beaulieu Second Meeting - 1949 Asian Championships - 1949 Rapallo - 1949 Opatija - 1949 Wimbledon - 1948 Roland Garros - 1948 Belgian International Championships - 1948 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1948 Brussel Racing Club - 1948 Opatija - 1948 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1947 Oostende - 1947 Praha (Prague) - 1947 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1947 Hungarian Covered Courts - 1947 Wimbledon - 1946 Roland Garros - 1946 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1946 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1946 Durham County Championships - 1946 Italian International Championships - 1940 San Remo - 1940 Alassio - 1940 Sicilian International Championships - 1940 Genoa - 1940 Taormina - 1940 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1940 Wimbledon - 1939 Roland Garros - 1939 US Open - 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1939 Wimbledon - 1938 Roland Garros - 1938 Irish Championships - 1938 French Covered Court Championships - 1938 Argentina International Championships - 1938 Welsh Championships - 1938 Scandinavian Championships - 1938 Wimbledon - 1937 Irish Championships - 1937 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1937 South African Championships - 1937 Yugoslavia vs. South Africa Test Matches - 1937 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1937 Varese - 1937 Wimbledon - 1936 Roland Garros - 1936 French Covered Court Championships - 1936 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1936 German International Covered Court Championships - 1936 Danish Covered Courts - 1936 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1936 Malmö - 1936 Wimbledon - 1935 Roland Garros - 1935 Italian International Championships - 1935 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1935 German International Championships - 1935 All India Championships - 1935 India International Championships - 1935 Southern India Championships - 1935 Italian International Championships - 1934 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1934 German International Championships - 1934 India International Championships - 1934 Elbe Cup - 1934 Weisser Hirsch Championships - 1934 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1933

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