General Marie Claude Maurice (Maurice)
Germot
Male
France
1882-11-17
Vichy, Allier, France
1958-08-06
Vichy, Allier, France


About

Maurice Germot was born on 17 November 1882, on rue d’Alquié in the central French city of Vichy. His parents were Philippe Alexandre Germot, a banker and businessman, and Marguerite Pauline Germot (née Paris). The Germot family, which owned several hotels, later brought the renowned manager of such establishments, Joseph Aletti, to Vichy to help run the family business. Aletti later became a shareholder in the Société des Grands Hôtels and subsequently head of the Aletti businesses in Vichy and Algiers.

Maurice Germot notably won the men’s singles title at the early French National Championships three times, in 1905, 1906 and 1910; this tournament was open only to French players and foreign players who were members of a French lawn tennis club. With his most frequent doubles partner, Max Decugis, Germot won the men’s doubles title at the same tournament ten times, in 1904, 1906-09, 1911-14 and 1920; this is the record for a pair. Germot also won the men’s doubles title at the French Covered Court Championships four times in a row, from 1910 to 1913.

Maurice Germot represented France in the Davis Cup team on three occasions, the first time being in 1905. His final win-loss totals in the Davis Cup were 1-6 in singles and 0-4 in doubles.

Maurice Germot took part in the outdoor lawn tennis events at the Olympic Games of 1908 in London, but had to withdraw from all events at an early stage. Four years later, at the indoor lawn tennis events at the Olympic Games of 1912 in Stockholm, Germot won the gold medal in the men’s doubles event with André Gobert. In the final they defeated the Swedes Carl Kempe and Gunnar Setterwall in four sets, 4-6, 14-12, 6-2, 6-4.

In 1913, Maurice Germot reached the final of the men’s singles event at the World Covered Court Championships, which that year were held in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. In the final he was beaten by the New Zealander Anthony Wilding, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. At the same tournament Germot and Max Decugis won the men’s doubles event, beating the Germans Curt Bergmann and Heinrich Kleinschroth in the final, 7-5, 2-6, 7-9, 6-3, 6-1. Eight years later, in 1921, when the World Covered Court Championships were held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Germot again won the men’s doubles event, this time with a different compatriot, William Laurentz. In the final they beat the Danes Paul Henriksen and Erik Tegner in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

During World War One, Maurice Germot served with the French Army. In the summer of 1915 he was injured when a shell exploded close to him while he was taking part in the Battle of Le Linge (aka the Battle of Lingekopf), in the Upper Rhine region in north-east France, close to the border with Germany. Germot was struck by shrapnel from the shell and lay on the ground for a long time, bleeding from the head. Fortunately, he was rescued in time and taken by ambulance to hospital, where he made a full recovery. Later in the war he acted as an interpreter.

Although remembered mainly as a top doubles player, Maurice Germot also enjoyed success in singles events, particularly those held in French coastal resorts during the summer. Small in stature, he was rather overpowered by physically stronger players, but was an excellent volleyer, hence his success in doubles events.

Maurice Germot died in his native city of Vichy in August 1958 at the age of 75. A street in that city now bears his name.



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Archive statistics 1899 - 1922
16
262
175


Tournament wins 1914 - Dieppe (Amateur)
1913 - Étretat (Amateur)
1912 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1911 - Bordeaux Tournament (Amateur)
1911 - Étretat (Amateur)
1911 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1910 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1910 - Étretat (Amateur)
1910 - French National Championships (Open)
1908 - Vichy (Amateur)
1908 - Étretat (Amateur)
1907 - Étretat (Amateur)
1906 - French National Championships (Open)
1905 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1905 - French National Championships (Open)
1904 - Étretat Jouet Challenge Cup (Amateur)


Tournaments French Covered Court Championships - 1922 World Covered Court Championships - 1921 Coupe de Noel - 1920 Barcelona International - 1920 French National Championships - 1920 French Covered Court Championships - 1919 Barcelona International - 1919 World Covered Court Championships - 1919 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1914-a Wimbledon - 1914 Dieppe - 1914 World Hardcourt Championships - 1914 French National Championships - 1914 Wimbledon - 1913 Paris International Championships - 1913 French Covered Court Championships - 1913 Bordeaux Tournament - 1913 World Hardcourt Championships - 1913 Barcelona International - 1913 Deauville - 1913 French National Championships - 1913 Étretat - 1913 World Covered Court Championships - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Cannes Championships - 1912 Paris International Championships - 1912 French Covered Court Championships - 1912 South of France Championships - 1912 Bordeaux Tournament - 1912 World Hardcourt Championships - 1912 Deauville - 1912 Le Havre - 1912 San Remo - 1912 French National Championships - 1912 Olympics Indoor - 1912 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1912 Racing Club de France Autumn - 1912 French Covered Court Championships - 1911 Bordeaux Tournament - 1911 Le Havre - 1911 French National Championships - 1911 Étretat - 1911 Parioli - 1911 French Covered Court Championships - 1910 Wiesbaden Cup - 1910 Le Havre - 1910 French National Championships - 1910 Étretat - 1910 Wiesbaden Championships - 1910 Brussel International Matches - 1910 Courcelles-Sapicourt - 1910 Montreux Territet - 1910 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1910 Paris International Championships - 1909 French National Championships - 1909 Étretat - 1909 Courcelles-Sapicourt - 1909 Wimbledon - 1908 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1908 Paris International Championships - 1908 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1908 French Switzerland Championships - 1908 French National Championships - 1908 Étretat - 1908 Championships of Lower Austria - 1908 Vichy - 1908 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1907 French Covered Court Championships - 1907 Étretat - 1907 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1906 Dieppe - 1906 French National Championships - 1906 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1905-a Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1905 French Covered Court Championships - 1905 Le Havre - 1905 French National Championships - 1905 Luzern - 1905 Paris International Championships - 1904 French Covered Court Championships - 1904 Dinard - 1904 European Championship - 1904 French National Championships - 1904 Étretat - 1904 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1904 Étretat Jouet Challenge Cup - 1904 Paris International Championships - 1903 Le Touquet July Meeting - 1903 Étretat - 1903 Paris International Championships - 1902 French Covered Court Championships - 1902 German International Championships - 1902 Homburg - 1902 French National Championships - 1902 Homburg Coronation Cup - 1902 Paris International Championships - 1901 French Covered Court Championships - 1901 European Championship - 1901 Étretat - 1900 French National Championships - 1899

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