General Robert
Bedard (Bédard)
Male
Canada
1931-09-13
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada


About

A native of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Robert Bedard was Canada's top ranked tennis player for an amazing eleven consecutive years. In 1952, Bedard was awarded a grant from the Quebec government to study at UCLA for six months; it was here that he was able to develop his skills and sharpen his game. Upon returning to Canada in 1953, Bedard made the Davis Cup team and placed seventh in men\'s singles at the Canadian Open. The following year, he ranked second, and in 1955 he claimed first place.

Bedard remained Canada's top-ranked tennis player from 1955 to 1965. In that time he claimed two Canadian Open singles titles, in 1957 and 1958, three doubles titles in 1955, 1957, and 1959, and one mixed doubles title in 1959. He also won a gold medal at the 1969 Canada Games.

Bedard was one of the few Canadians of his time to shine on the international tennis stage. During a three-month tour of Europe in 1957, he was a quarter-finalist in the Italian Open and reached the third round in both Wimbledon and the French Open. He claimed a silver medal at the 1959 Pan-American Games.

Upon retiring from the courts, Bedard entered into the field of education. He taught at Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec, as well as St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario, serving as headmaster at St. Andrew's from 1981-1997.

Upon his induction into Canada\'s Sports Hall of Fame, Bedard stated: "There is no doubt in my mind that the upward trajectory of my career as an educator has been the result of qualities of an abstract nature which sports inspired in me - discipline, concentration, will, and consistency." As an educator, Bedard recognized the power of sport as an educational tool as well as the importance of athletics in the development of many life-skills. What he gave to his sport, his sport gave back to him tenfold.



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Archive statistics 1952 - 1973
20
302
194


Tournament wins 1970 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1966 - Oakville Invitation (Amateur)
1965 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1965 - Oakville Invitation (Amateur)
1965 - Quebec Open (Amateur)
1962 - Woodland Park Invitaion (Amateur)
1962 - Oakville Invitation (Amateur)
1961 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1960 - Eastern Clay Court Championships (Open)
1959 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1959 - Adirondack Invitation (Amateur)
1958 - Canadian International Championships ()
1958 - Adirondack Invitation (Amateur)
1957 - North of England Hardcourts (Open)
1957 - Sutton Hard Courts (Open)
1957 - Canadian International Championships ()
1956 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1956 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1955 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1955 - Canadian International Championships ()


Tournaments WCT-Quebec - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Province of Quebec Championships - 1970 Canadian National Championships - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1967 British Hard Court Championships - 1967 Ontario Centennial - 1967 Canadian International Championships - 1966 Province of Quebec Championships - 1966 Quebec International Round Robin - 1966 Oakville Invitation - 1966 US Open - 1965 Canadian International Championships - 1965 Province of Quebec Championships - 1965 Oakville Invitation - 1965 Quebec Open - 1965 Canadian International Championships - 1964 Province of Quebec Championships - 1964 Verdun - 1964 US Open - 1963 Canadian International Championships - 1963 Eastern Canadian Championships - 1963 Province of Quebec Championships - 1963 Canadian International Championships - 1962 Oakville Invitation - 1962 Woodland Park Invitaion - 1962 Wimbledon - 1961 US Open - 1961 Canadian International Championships - 1961 Ontario Championships - 1961 Province of Quebec Championships - 1961 Blau-Weiss Club - 1961 US Open - 1960 Canadian International Championships - 1960 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1960 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1960 US Open - 1959 Canadian International Championships - 1959 Province of Quebec Championships - 1959 Adirondack Invitation - 1959 Pan American Games - 1959 US Open - 1958 Canadian International Championships - 1958 Adirondack Invitation - 1958 O'Keefe International Invitation - 1958 Wimbledon - 1957 Roland Garros - 1957 US Open - 1957 Canadian International Championships - 1957 Queens Club Tournament - 1957 Italian International Championships - 1957 British Hard Court Championships - 1957 Ontario Championships - 1957 Kent Championships - 1957 Surrey Championships - 1957 Province of Quebec Championships - 1957 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1957 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1957 North of England Hardcourts - 1957 Sutton Hard Courts - 1957 O'Keefe International Invitation - 1957 US Open - 1956 Canadian International Championships - 1956 Dixie Championships - 1956 Ontario Championships - 1956 Province of Quebec Championships - 1956 Caribbean Championships - 1956 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1956 Kingston International Invitation - 1956 O'Keefe International Invitation - 1956 Wimbledon - 1955 Monte Carlo - 1955 Roland Garros - 1955 US Open - 1955 Canadian International Championships - 1955 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1955 Nice - 1955 Sugar Bowl - 1955 Queens Club Tournament - 1955 French Covered Court Championships - 1955 Italian International Championships - 1955 Ontario Championships - 1955 Cannes Carlton 2nd Meeting - 1955 Kent Championships - 1955 Cannes Gallia - 1955 San Remo - 1955 Conde de Godo - 1955 Menton - 1955 Wiesbaden Championships - 1955 Province of Quebec Championships - 1955 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1955 Napoli - 1955 Genoa - 1955 Florence International - 1955 Asnieres Indoor - 1955 Wimbledon - 1954 Monte Carlo - 1954 Roland Garros - 1954 US Open - 1954 Canadian International Championships - 1954 Miami - 1954 Nassau Bowl - 1954 Queens Club Tournament - 1954 Italian International Championships - 1954 Dixie Championships - 1954 Championships of Berlin - 1954 Kent Championships - 1954 Florida State Championship - 1954 Florida West Coast - 1954 Province of Quebec Championships - 1954 University of Miami - 1954 Caribbean Championships - 1954 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1954 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1954 Austin Smith Championships - 1954 Hollywood Beach Invitation - 1954 Stuttgart - 1954 Masters Invitation - 1954 US Open - 1953 Canadian International Championships - 1953 Sugar Bowl - 1953 Province of Quebec Championships - 1953 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1953 Toronto Cricket Club Invitation - 1953 Canadian International Championships - 1952

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