General Otto
Froitzheim
Male
Germany
1884-04-24
Strasburg, France
1962-10-29
Aachen, Germany


About

His father worked as a teacher at the local lyceum and his mother was the daughter of a doctor from the Rhineland. During his childhood, he practised several sports including athletics, swimming, ice skating and football. At the age of 16, he began playing tennis.

After graduating from school with the Abitur in 1901, Froitzheim began to study law at the University of Strasbourg. In 1902, he interrupted his studies for one year and served at the 138th infantry regiment at Strasbourg. In autumn 1903, following his military service, he continued his studies at the University of Bonn. In 1904, he passed the first law examination. In 1909, at an age of 25, he finished his studies with the second examination. Froitzheim then worked at the customs at Strasbourg.

Being kept a prisoner of war in an English detention camp for the duration of World War I, Frotzheim returned to Strasbourg in 1918 until Alsace-Lorraine was occupied by French forces. He then moved to Berlin, where he got a job in the police department with the task of fighting usury. Working as deputy police president at Cologne from 1923, he was assigned police president of Wiesbaden in autumn 1926. When the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, he was forced to quit because he refused to join the SA. However, with the support of Hermann Göring, who admired Froitzheim's successful international tennis career, Froitzheim was assigned vice president of the government at Aachen.

Froitzheim was engaged to Leni Riefenstahl, whom he had met in 1921, for some years and also had a love affair with Pola Negri in the 1920s. He died following a short, serious illness in October 1962.
In 1902, Froitzheim won his first tennis tournament, the championship of Alsace-Lorraine. Before World War I, he won the International German Championships in 1907 and from 1909 to 1911. At the 1908 Summer Olympics he won a silver medal in the men's singles tournament. Another of his greatest victories was the title at the inaugural World Hard Court Championships on clay in the Paris suburb of Saint-Cloud in 1912, beating his compatriot Oscar Kreuzer in the final in four sets. In 1914, he advanced to the final at the Wimbledon Championships, losing to Australian Norman Brookes in five sets. He was ranked World No. 4 in 1914 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.

At the end of July 1914, he and Oskar Kreuzer played the semifinal of the International Lawn Tennis Challenge at Pittsburgh against Australasia. When World War I broke out, the president of the local tennis club kept this from Froitzheim and Kreuzer as he didn't want to disrupt the match. The German team lost. On their way back to Germany, their Italian steamboat America was halted off Gibraltar by a British warship and they were placed in a prison in Gibraltar for several months before being sent to detention camps in England. While Kreuzer stayed at a camp near Leeds, officer Froitzheim was kept at Donnington Hall until the end of the war in 1918.

After the war, Froitzheim won the International German Championships again in 1921, 1922 and 1925. In 1927, at an age of 43, he reached the quarterfinals at the French Championships.

He sometimes used the pseudonym O. Roland.



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Archive statistics 1904 - 1933
77
431
336


Tournament wins 1930 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1930 - West German Championships (Amateur)
1929 - Bad Ems (Amateur)
1928 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1927 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1927 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1926 - Gelb-Weiss T.C. International Championships (Amateur)
1926 - Cologne International (Amateur)
1926 - International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area (Amateur)
1926 - Borussia Tournament (Amateur)
1926 - Sopot (Amateur)
1926 - German National Championships (Amateur)
1926 - Düsseldorf International Tournament ()
1925 - German International Championships ()
1925 - Düsseldorf International Tournament ()
1925 - French Switzerland Championships (Amateur)
1924 - Düsseldorf Tennis Games (Tennis-Wettspiele) (Amateur)
1924 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1923 - Borussia Tournament (Amateur)
1922 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1922 - Berliner Schlittschuh-Club (Amateur)
1922 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1922 - Borussia Tournament (Amateur)
1922 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1922 - German International Championships ()
1921 - Borussia Tournament (Amateur)
1921 - Rot-Weiss Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1921 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1921 - Dresden (Amateur)
1921 - German International Championships ()
1921 - Zürich Championships (Amateur)
1921 - Berliner Schlittschuh-Club (Amateur)
1921 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1921 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1920 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1920 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1920 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1920 - Championships of Saxony (Amateur)
1920 - Blau-Weiss Club (Amateur)
1920 - Homburg (Amateur)
1920 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1920 - Netherlands International Championships (Open)
1919 - South Germany Championships (Amateur)
1919 - Blau-Weiss Club (Amateur)
1919 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1919 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1919 - Homburg (Amateur)
1914 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1914 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1914 - Wien (Vienna) (Amateur)
1914 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Engadine Championships (Amateur)
1912 - World Hardcourt Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1912 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1911 - German International Championships ()
1911 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1910 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1910 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1910 - German International Championships ()
1909 - German International Championships ()
1909 - Homburg (Amateur)
1909 - South of England Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1909 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1909 - Courcelles-Sapicourt (Amateur)
1908 - Homburg (Amateur)
1908 - Mid-Kent Championships (Amateur)
1907 - Homburg (Amateur)
1907 - German International Championships ()
1906 - Championships of Saxony (Amateur)
1906 - Frankfurt am Main (Amateur)
1905 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1905 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1904 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)


Tournaments Baden-Baden - 1933 St. Moritz - 1932 German International Championships - 1932 Wiesbaden Championships - 1932 German International Championships - 1931 Homburg - 1931 Wiesbaden Championships - 1931 Stuttgart - 1931 Saarbrücken - 1931 Roland Garros - 1930 Championships of Berlin - 1930 Ciotat - 1930 Homburg - 1930 Baden-Baden - 1930 Wiesbaden Championships - 1930 West German Championships - 1930 Monte Carlo - 1929 German International Championships - 1929 Championships of Berlin - 1929 Merano - 1929 Homburg - 1929 Baden-Baden - 1929 Wiesbaden Championships - 1929 Bad Ems - 1929 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1928 German International Championships - 1928 Prussian Championships - 1928 Championships of Berlin - 1928 Baden-Baden - 1928 Wimbledon - 1927 Roland Garros - 1927 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1927 German International Championships - 1927 Championships of Berlin - 1927 Merano - 1927 Homburg - 1927 Baden-Baden - 1927 Wiesbaden Championships - 1927 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1927 Bad Neuenahr - 1927 German International Championships - 1926 Championships of Berlin - 1926 Homburg - 1926 German National Championships - 1926 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1926 Cologne International - 1926 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1926 Gelb-Weiss T.C. International Championships - 1926 Sopot - 1926 Borussia Tournament - 1926 Austrian International Championships - 1925 German International Championships - 1925 Championships of Berlin - 1925 French Switzerland Championships - 1925 Homburg - 1925 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1925 German International Championships - 1924 Wiesbaden Cup - 1924 Baden-Baden - 1924 Düsseldorf Tennis Games (Tennis-Wettspiele) - 1924 German International Championships - 1922 Prussian Championships - 1922 Championships of Berlin - 1922 German National Championships - 1922 Borussia Tournament - 1922 Copenhagen - 1921 German International Championships - 1921 Prussian Championships - 1921 Championships of Berlin - 1921 Wiesbaden Cup - 1921 Baden-Baden - 1921 Wiesbaden Championships - 1921 Zürich Championships - 1921 Dresden - 1921 Borussia Tournament - 1921 Rot-Weiss Autumn Tournament - 1921 Netherlands International Championships - 1920 Prussian Championships - 1920 Championships of Berlin - 1920 Wiesbaden Cup - 1920 Baden-Baden - 1920 Wiesbaden Championships - 1920 Championships of Saxony - 1920 Blau-Weiss Club - 1920 Bad Nauheim - 1920 Schierke - 1920 Netherlands International Championships - 1919 Prussian Championships - 1919 Championships of Berlin - 1919 Homburg - 1919 Blau-Weiss Club - 1919 South Germany Championships - 1919 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1914-b Wimbledon - 1914 French Covered Court Championships - 1914 Prussian Championships - 1914 Championships of Berlin - 1914 World Hardcourt Championships - 1914 Wien (Vienna) - 1914 Wiesbaden Cup - 1914 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1913-b Montreux Palace - 1913 World Hardcourt Championships - 1913 Wiesbaden Championships - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Austrian International Championships - 1912 Queens Club Tournament - 1912 German International Championships - 1912 Prussian Championships - 1912 Championships of Berlin - 1912 World Hardcourt Championships - 1912 Wiesbaden Cup - 1912 Wiesbaden Championships - 1912 Engadine Championships - 1912 German International Championships - 1911 Championships of Berlin - 1911 Wiesbaden Cup - 1911 Championships of Hamburg - 1911 Wimbledon - 1910 Queens Club Tournament - 1910 German International Championships - 1910 Championships of Berlin - 1910 Homburg - 1910 Baden-Baden - 1910 Championships of Hamburg - 1910 Brussel International Matches - 1910 Courcelles-Sapicourt - 1910 German International Championships - 1909 Homburg - 1909 Baden-Baden - 1909 Championships of Hamburg - 1909 Luzern - 1909 South of England Championships - 1909 Courcelles-Sapicourt - 1909 Wimbledon - 1908 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1908 German International Championships - 1908 Wiesbaden Cup - 1908 Mid-Kent Championships - 1908 Homburg - 1908 Baden-Baden - 1908 Championships of Hamburg - 1908 Wiesbaden Championships - 1908 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1908 German International Championships - 1907 Homburg - 1907 Baden-Baden - 1907 Championships of Hamburg - 1907 Pöseldorf Prize - 1907 Wiesbaden Cup - 1906 Homburg - 1906 Wiesbaden Championships - 1906 Championships of Saxony - 1906 Frankfurt am Main - 1906 Marienbad Cup - 1906 Marienbad Championships - 1906 Championships of Lower Austria - 1906 Wiesbaden Cup - 1905 Wiesbaden Championships - 1905 German International Championships - 1904 Baden-Baden - 1904 Championships of Hamburg - 1904 Pöseldorf Prize - 1904

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