General Frederick Rudolph (Ted)
Schroeder
Male
United States of America
1921-07-20
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
2006-05-26
La Jolla, California, United States of America


About

"Ted" Schroeder was an American tennis player who won the two most prestigious amateur tennis titles, Wimbledon and the U.S. National.
He competed unabashedly, joyously and ferociously. A sinewy Californian who served-and-volleyed with craft and dexterity.

He was the No. 1-ranked American player in 1942. Between 1946 and 1949 was the No. 2 and the latter year saw Schroeder ranked World No. 1 by Pierre Gillou (president of the Fédération Française de Tennis).
He was born in Newark, New Jersey, but developed as a tennis player in Southern California under the guidance of Perry T. Jones.

Schroeder was an almost exact contemporary of Jack Kramer, having been born only 10 days earlier in 1921, and they began to play against each other as top boy players in the mid-1930s.
Schroeder's career is similar to Kramer's in that they both became top players whose careers were then interrupted by World War II. They were also lifelong friends and at least once Schroeder mortgaged his house on short notice in order to be able to lend an unsolicited $25,000 to Kramer. Schroeder, however, attended college for 4 years, the first two at the University of Southern California (USC), and the last two at Stanford University, while Kramer, apparently, spent only two years at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. After the war Kramer proved himself to be slightly better than Schroeder in the amateur ranks. Kramer then turned professional, where he immediately established himself as the best player in the world by demolishing the pro champion, Bobby Riggs, by 69 victories to 20 losses in the 1948 tour.

Riggs then semi-retired and became the promoter of the tour. He and Kramer decided that the only player who could oppose Kramer for a financially successful tour would be Schroeder. The youthful Pancho Gonzales was the reigning American amateur champion, due to his upset win at the U.S. Open Championships in 1948, but during his brief career had been beaten by Schroeder 8 matches out of 9. Schroeder, playing during vacation time from his job, won Wimbledon in June 1949. According to his obituary in the New York Times, he . . .
“ also captivated London as an outgoing, straightforward Yank smoking a corn-cob pipe and earned the nickname 'Lucky Ted' there for his five-set escapes. ”

Following his Wimbledon victory, Riggs and Kramer offered Schroeder $25,000 to turn pro after he won the up-coming 1949 U.S. Open. Schroeder agreed. But Gonzales upset their plans by beating the heavily favored Schroeder in a five-set final that lasted nearly five hours — it has been called the 11th greatest match of all time.
Gonzales lost the 1-hour and 15-minute first set 16–18 but finally managed to prevail in the 5th set. Kramer writes that in spite of his friendship with Schroeder, he has always felt that Schroeder subconsciously "tanked" the match, in order to avoid the rigors of the professional tour. In any event, Gonzales was now the two-time American champion and Kramer and Riggs were obliged to sign him, instead of Schroeder, to a professional contract.

He died in La Jolla, California at the age of 84.

Schroeder was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1966, (Literally two years before his old friend Jack Kramer.)



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Archive statistics 1938 - 1956
25
314
247


Tournament wins 1951 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1951 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1950 - Newport Casino (Amateur)
1949 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1949 - California State Championship (Open)
1949 - Palm Springs (Amateur)
1949 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1949 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1949 - Inland Empire Championships (Open)
1949 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1949 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1948 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1948 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1948 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1948 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1947 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1947 - California State Championship (Open)
1947 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1947 - Newport Casino (Amateur)
1946 - New Jersey State Championships (Open)
1942 - Texas Sectional Championships (Open)
1942 - US Open (Grandslam)
1941 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1940 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1939 - California Mid-Winter (Amateur)


Tournaments Pacific Southwest Championships - 1956 Utah State Championships - 1955 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1952 Victorian Championships - 1951 New South Wales Championships - 1951 Pacific Coast Championship - 1951 Southern California Championship - 1951 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1951 US Hard Courts - 1951 Newport Casino - 1950 US Clay Courts - 1950 Utah State Championships - 1950 Western States Championships - 1950 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1950 River Oaks Tournament - 1950 Wimbledon - 1949 US Open - 1949 California State Championship - 1949 Southern California Championship - 1949 Queens Club Tournament - 1949 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1949 River Oaks Tournament - 1949 La Jolla Tournament - 1949 Palm Springs - 1949 Inland Empire Championships - 1949 US Hard Courts - 1949 Monte Carlo - 1948 Newport Casino - 1948 Pacific Coast Championship - 1948 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1948 Southern California Championship - 1948 Sugar Bowl - 1948 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1948 California State Championship - 1947 Newport Casino - 1947 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1947 Southern California Championship - 1947 Sugar Bowl - 1947 US Clay Courts - 1947 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1947 Victorian Championships - 1946 Newport Casino - 1946 Southern California Championship - 1946 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1946 New Jersey State Championships - 1946 US vs. Australia exhibitions - 1946 Town House Invitational - 1946 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1943 US Open - 1942 California State Championship - 1942 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1942 Newport Casino - 1942 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1942 Sugar Bowl - 1942 Texas Sectional Championships - 1942 US Open - 1941 California State Championship - 1941 Newport Casino - 1941 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1941 Seabright Invitational - 1941 Southern California Championship - 1941 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1941 Sugar Bowl - 1941 US Clay Courts - 1941 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1941 River Oaks Tournament - 1941 New Jersey State Championships - 1941 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1941 New York State Championships - 1941 Triple A - 1941 US Open - 1940 Illinois State Championship - 1940 Nassau Bowl - 1940 Newport Casino - 1940 Pacific Coast Championship - 1940 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1940 Seabright Invitational - 1940 Southern California Championship - 1940 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1940 Sugar Bowl - 1940 US Clay Courts - 1940 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1940 Maryland State Championships - 1940 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1940 Beverly Hills - 1940 Triple A - 1940 US Open - 1939 Newport Casino - 1939 Utah State Championships - 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1939 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1939 California Mid-Winter - 1939 British Columbia Championship - 1938

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