General Friedrich Wilhelm
Rahe
Male
Germany
1888-04-16
Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
1949-02-18
Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German Democratic Republik


About

Rahe was born at Rostock in 16 April 1888 and grew up in the family house in Kröpeliner Straße 37. His grandfather, the entrepreneur Friedrich Rehmann, had founded a company for wholesale trade of food. Rehmann had three daughters of which the eldest, Emma, had married businessman Eduard Rahe, the parents of Friedrich Wilhelm.[1]

His family's wealth made it possible for Rahe to focus on leisure activities like playing tennis or driving expensive cars. At an age of 15, he took part in the German national tennis championships at nearby Heiligendamm but lost his initial match. In 1906, at the German open championships, he could reach the final but lost to Josiah Ritchie in straights set, winning only 5 games. Although he would later become finalist at the tournament in 1909 and again in 1922, he was never able to win it. However, He won the German national championships twice, in 1908 and 1913.[1]

Rahe competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in the men's singles tournament and in the men's doubles tournament together with Oscar Kreuzer. He lost in both competitions in the first round. In the Olympic field hockey tournament he was able to score the only German goal to defeat France to finish in fifth place.[2]

In 1913 he was runner-up at Wimbledon, losing the men's doubles final together with Heinrich Kleinschroth in four sets against the defending champions Herbert Roper Barrett and Charles P. Dixon. He reached the semifinals in singles at Wimbledon in 1909, and was a quarterfinalist in 1911 and 1912. In 1913, Rahe played in the Davis Cup together with Kleinschroth; the German team reached the semifinals before losing to the US. After the 1913 Wimbledon Championships, Rahe made a trip to South Africa where he played a couple of exhibition matches.

At the beginning of World War I, Rahe joined the German army and was assigned to the Kaiserliches Freiwilliges Automobil-Corps at the headquarters of the crown prince. Lieutenant Rahe was rewarded the Iron Cross 1st Class in early 1915. On 11 August 1915, he married Erna Kribben, sister of tennis player Curt Kribben. Their daughter Gisela was born in 1917.[1]

In 1916 Rahe came to the German delegation at Sofia where he stayed until the end of the war. Afterwards, he opened an art gallery in Berlin. He married for a second time, Liesel Witte, the daughter of a chemicals industrialist. After the International Lawn Tennis Federation had lifted the ban on German players for international tournaments in 1926, Rahe played a match in the 1927 German Davis Cup team.[1]

Rahe's last appearance as a tennis player was at the 1941 German senior championships, where he reached the final but lost to Max Hopfenheit. He died a few years afterwards, in 1949, and was buried in the cemetery Alter Friedhof at Rostock, which was then in the Soviet occupation zone. The family's food company was later nationalized by the ruling Socialist Unity Party.[1]



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Archive statistics 1904 - 1934
34
394
263


Tournament wins 1933 - Travemünde International (Amateur)
1929 - Dresden (Amateur)
1926 - Saint-Etienne (Amateur)
1926 - Warnemünde (Amateur)
1925 - Heiligendammer Cup (Amateur)
1925 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1925 - German International Covered Court Championships ()
1925 - Championships of Saxony (Amateur)
1925 - Warnemünde (Amateur)
1924 - Heiligendammer Cup (Amateur)
1924 - Warnemünde (Amateur)
1924 - Sopot (Amateur)
1923 - German International Covered Court Championships ()
1922 - German International Covered Court Championships ()
1922 - Dresden (Amateur)
1921 - Wiesbaden Championships (Amateur)
1921 - German International Covered Court Championships ()
1920 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1914 - Danish Covered Courts (Amateur)
1913 - Côte d'Azur Championships (Amateur)
1913 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1913 - Beaulieu (Open)
1912 - Heiligendammer Cup (Amateur)
1912 - Bilbao International (Open)
1911 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1911 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1911 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1911 - German National Championships (Amateur)
1911 - Côte d'Azur Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Prussian Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1909 - Wiesbaden Cup (Amateur)
1909 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1908 - German National Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Wiesbaden Championships - 1934 German International Championships - 1933 Travemünde International - 1933 Warnemünde - 1933 German International Covered Court Championships - 1932 German International Championships - 1932 Championships of Berlin - 1932 German International Championships - 1931 Championships of Berlin - 1931 Baden-Baden - 1931 Heiligendammer Cup - 1931 Gelb-Weiss T.C. International Championships - 1931 Chemnitz - 1931 Warnemünde - 1931 German International Championships - 1930 Championships of Berlin - 1930 Heiligendammer Cup - 1930 German International Championships - 1929 Dresden - 1929 Wimbledon - 1928 German International Championships - 1928 Championships of Berlin - 1928 German International Covered Court Championships - 1927 German International Championships - 1927 Championships of Berlin - 1927 German International Championships - 1926 Championships of Berlin - 1926 Heiligendammer Cup - 1926 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1926 Saint-Etienne - 1926 Warnemünde - 1926 German International Covered Court Championships - 1925 German International Championships - 1925 Prussian Championships - 1925 Championships of Berlin - 1925 Heiligendammer Cup - 1925 Championships of Saxony - 1925 Warnemünde - 1925 German International Covered Court Championships - 1924 German International Championships - 1924 Prussian Championships - 1924 Championships of Berlin - 1924 Championships of Hamburg - 1924 Heiligendammer Cup - 1924 Warnemünde - 1924 German International Covered Court Championships - 1923 German International Championships - 1923 Prussian Championships - 1923 Championships of Berlin - 1923 Budapest Championship - 1923 German International Covered Court Championships - 1922 German International Championships - 1922 Prussian Championships - 1922 Championships of Berlin - 1922 German National Championships - 1922 Heiligendammer Cup - 1922 Dresden - 1922 German International Covered Court Championships - 1921 Prussian Championships - 1921 Wiesbaden Cup - 1921 Wiesbaden Championships - 1921 German International Covered Court Championships - 1920 Netherlands International Championships - 1920 Championships of Berlin - 1920 Netherlands International Championships - 1919 Championships of Berlin - 1919 Prussian Championships - 1914 Davis Cup - Quarter-Finals - 1913-a Wimbledon - 1913 Monte Carlo - 1913 Beaulieu - 1913 Cannes Championships - 1913 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1913 Riviera Championships - 1913 Queens Club Tournament - 1913 South of France Championships - 1913 Cannes Métropole - 1913 World Hardcourt Championships - 1913 Barcelona International - 1913 Deauville - 1913 Menton - 1913 Wiesbaden Championships - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Queens Club Tournament - 1912 Prussian Championships - 1912 Championships of Berlin - 1912 Lille - 1912 World Hardcourt Championships - 1912 Wiesbaden Cup - 1912 Kent Championships - 1912 Deauville - 1912 Wiesbaden Championships - 1912 Heiligendammer Cup - 1912 Bilbao International - 1912 Wimbledon - 1911 Monte Carlo - 1911 Cannes Championships - 1911 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1911 Riviera Championships - 1911 Queens Club Tournament - 1911 South of France Championships - 1911 German International Championships - 1911 Prussian Championships - 1911 Championships of Berlin - 1911 French Switzerland Championships - 1911 Wien (Vienna) - 1911 Wiesbaden Cup - 1911 San Remo - 1911 Championships of Hamburg - 1911 German National Championships - 1911 Parioli - 1911 Championships of Berlin - 1910 London Covered Court Championships - 1910 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1910 Wimbledon - 1909 Monte Carlo - 1909 Cannes Championships - 1909 Riviera Championships - 1909 Queens Club Tournament - 1909 South of France Championships - 1909 German International Championships - 1909 Prussian Championships - 1909 Championships of Berlin - 1909 Cannes Métropole - 1909 Wiesbaden Cup - 1909 Kent Championships - 1909 Surrey Championships - 1909 Nottingham - 1909 Homburg - 1909 Baden-Baden - 1909 Championships of Hamburg - 1909 Luzern - 1909 South of England Championships - 1909 Wiesbaden Championships - 1909 British Covered Court Championships - 1909 Sheffield - 1909 Warwickshire Championships - 1909 Redhill - 1909 East Surrey Championships - 1909 Berkshire Championships - 1909 Dulwich Farm - 1909 Wimbledon - 1908 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1908 Queens Club Tournament - 1908 German International Championships - 1908 Wiesbaden Cup - 1908 European Championship - 1908 Mid-Kent Championships - 1908 Homburg - 1908 Baden-Baden - 1908 Championships of Hamburg - 1908 Wiesbaden Championships - 1908 British Covered Court Championships - 1908 London Covered Court Championships - 1908 German International Championships - 1907 Championships of Hamburg - 1907 Pöseldorf Prize - 1907 German International Championships - 1906 Championships of Hamburg - 1905 Pöseldorf Prize - 1905 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1904

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