General André Maurice Henri
Gobert
Male
France
1890-09-30
Paris, France
1951-12-06
Paris, France


About

According to William Tilden: "One of the most picturesque figures and delightfully polished tennis games in the world are joined in that volatile, temperamental player, Andre Gobert of France. He is a typically French product, full of finesse, art, and nerve, surrounded by the romance of a wonderful war record of his people in which he bore a magnificent part, yet unstable, erratic, and uncertain. At his best he is invincible. He is the great master of tennis. At his worst he is mediocre. Gobert is at once a delight and a disappointment to a student of tennis.

Gobert's service is marvellous. It is one of the great deliveries of the world. His great height (he is 6 feet 4 inches) and tremendous reach enable him to hit a flat delivery at frightful speed, and still stand an excellent chance of it going in court. He uses very little twist, so the pace is remarkably fast. Yet Gobert lacks confidence in his service. If his opponent handles it successfully Gobert is apt to slow it up and hit it soft, thus throwing away one of the greatest assets.

His ground strokes are hit in beautiful form. Gobert is the exponent of the most perfect form in the world to-day. His swing is the acme of beauty. The whole stroke is perfection. He hits with a flat, slightly topped drive, feet in excellent position, and weight well controlled. It is uniform, backhand and forehand. His volleying is astonishing. He can volley hard or soft, deep or short, straight or angled with equal ease, while his tremendous reach makes him nearly impossible to pass at the net. His overhead is deadly, fast, and accurate, and he kills a lob from anywhere in the court.

Why is not Gobert the greatest tennis player in the world? Personally I believe it is lack of confidence, a lack of fighting ability when the breaks are against him, and defeat may be his due. It is a peculiar thing in Gobert, for no man is braver than he, as his heroism during the War proved. It is simply lack of tennis confidence. It is an over- abundance of temperament. In victory Gobert is invincible, in defeat he is apt to be almost mediocre.

Gobert is delightful personally. His quick wit and sense of humour always please the tennis public. His courteous manner and genial sportsmanship make him universally popular. His stroke equipment is unsurpassed in the tennis world.

I unqualifiedly state that I consider him the most perfect tennis player, as regards strokes and footwork, in the world to-day; but he is, not the greatest player. Victory is the criterion of a match player, and Gobert has not proved himself a great victor.

Gobert is probably the finest indoor player in the world, while he is very great on hard courts; but his grass play is not the equal of many others. I heartily recommend Gobert's style to all students of the game, and endorse him as a model for strokes."



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Archive statistics 1909 - 1926
22
183
134


Tournament wins 1922 - British Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1921 - British Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1920 - British Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1920 - French Closed Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1920 - French National Championships (Open)
1920 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1919 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1919 - World Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1919 - Houlgate (Amateur)
1919 - Inter-Allied Tournament (Amateur)
1919 - Coupe Albert Canet (Amateur)
1919 - Deauville (Open)
1919 - Cabourg (Amateur)
1913 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Coupe Albert Canet (Amateur)
1912 - French Closed Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1912 - Olympics Indoor (Olympic Games)
1912 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1911 - French National Championships (Open)
1911 - Dieppe (Amateur)
1911 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1910 - Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) (Open)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1926 Wimbledon - 1925 Roland Garros - 1925 French Covered Court Championships - 1925 World Hardcourt Championships - 1923 Wimbledon - 1922 French Covered Court Championships - 1922 World Hardcourt Championships - 1922 French National Championships - 1922 British Covered Court Championships - 1922 Wimbledon - 1921 World Hardcourt Championships - 1921 Houlgate - 1921 French National Championships - 1921 British Covered Court Championships - 1921 Coupe Albert Canet - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 French Covered Court Championships - 1920 World Hardcourt Championships - 1920 French National Championships - 1920 British Covered Court Championships - 1920 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1920 Wimbledon - 1919 Cannes Championships - 1919 French Covered Court Championships - 1919 Houlgate - 1919 Davis Cup - Final - 1919 World Covered Court Championships - 1919 Cabourg - 1919 Coupe Albert Canet - 1919 Inter-Allied Tournament - 1919 French Covered Court Championships - 1914 World Hardcourt Championships - 1914 Davis Cup - Quarter-Finals - 1913-a Paris International Championships - 1913 French Covered Court Championships - 1913 World Hardcourt Championships - 1913 Coupe Albert Canet - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Paris International Championships - 1912 Queens Club Tournament - 1912 French Covered Court Championships - 1912 World Hardcourt Championships - 1912 French National Championships - 1912 Olympics Indoor - 1912 Coupe Albert Canet - 1912 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1912 French Closed Covered Court Championships - 1912 Wimbledon - 1911 Paris International Championships - 1911 French Covered Court Championships - 1911 French National Championships - 1911 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1911 Wimbledon - 1910 Queens Club Tournament - 1910 Surrey Championships - 1910 Gipsy - 1910 British Covered Court Championships - 1910 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1910 West Herts Championships - 1910 Middlesex Championships - 1910 East Surrey Championships - 1910 Brussel Invitational - 1910 Paris International Championships - 1909 French Covered Court Championships - 1909 French National Championships - 1909

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