General Jan
Kodes (Kodeš)
Male
Czechoslovakia
1946-03-01
Praha, Czechoslovakia


About

Across the early 1970s, Jan Kodeš was among the most prideful competitors in the game of tennis and more accomplished than many realized. Taking back-to-back titles on his favorite clay court surface at the French Open in 1970 (beating Željko Franulović in the final in straight sets) and again in 1971 (this time defeating Ilie Năstase in the final in four sets), he was not willing to rest on those laurels.
Kodeš never played the Australian Open but he was twice the runner-up at the US Open, in 1971 (losing to Stan Smith) and 1973 (he lost in five sets to John Newcombe) and also won on the lawns of Wimbledon in 1973. Although 13 of the top 16 players, and 81 players in total, did not play Wimbledon in that year because of a boycott over the ILTF banning Nikola Pilić from that Wimbledon. Kodeš beat home favorite Roger Taylor in the semifinals in five sets and Alex Metreveli in the final in three straight sets.

Kodeš reached his highest tour ranking of World No. 5 in September 1973. During his career, he won a total of 9 top-level singles titles and 17 doubles titles.
For 12 years he was the No. 1 player for his home country of Czechoslovakia, and he proudly represented his nation in a record 96 rubbers across 15 years of Davis Cup play, finishing runner-up in the team competition in 1975 and as the champions in 1980.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1990, in 2013 he received Czech fair play award from Czech Olympic Committee.



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Archive statistics 1963 - 1981
32
972
636


Tournament wins 1976 - Swiss International Covered Courts (ATP)
1975 - Madrid Open (ATP)
1973 - WCT Cologne (WCT Circuit)
1973 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1973 - Brumana International (Amateur)
1972 - Czechoslovakian Nationals (Open)
1972 - Yugoslavian International Championships (Amateur)
1972 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1971 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1971 - Czechoslovakian International Championships (Open)
1971 - Catania (Open)
1970 - Czechoslovakian Nationals (Open)
1970 - St. Petersburg Masters Invitation (Open)
1970 - Czechoslovakian International Championships (Open)
1970 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1969 - Czechoslovakian Nationals (Open)
1969 - Brazilian International (Amateur)
1969 - Chile International (Open)
1969 - Sao Paulo International (Amateur)
1969 - Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation (Amateur)
1968 - Coupe Marcel Poree (Open)
1967 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1967 - Czechoslovakian Nationals (Open)
1967 - Czechoslovakian International Championships (Open)
1967 - Trofeo Bonfiglio (Open)
1967 - Czechoslovakian Test Tournament (Amateur)
1967 - Lyon Covered Court Championships (Open)
1966 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1966 - Coupe Maurice Bivort (Amateur)
1966 - Ostrava (Amateur)
1966 - Czechoslovakian Test Tournament (Amateur)
1966 - Brussels Cup (Amateur)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1981 Roland Garros - 1981 Netherlands International Championships - 1981 Belgian International Championships - 1981 Stuttgart - 1981 Florence International - 1981 Ulm - 1981 Lagos - 1981 Cologne Indoor Open - 1981 Fürth - 1981 San Remo Challenger - 1981 Wimbledon - 1980 Roland Garros - 1980 Canadian International Championships - 1980 Austrian International Championships - 1980 Cincinnati - 1980 US Clay Courts - 1980 German International Championships - 1980 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1980 Conde de Godo - 1980 Bavarian International Championships - 1980 Madrid Open - 1980 Bologna Indoor - 1980 Sofia Open - 1980 Vienna International Indoor - 1980 Sao Paulo Cup - 1980 Wimbledon - 1979 Roland Garros - 1979 US Open - 1979 Canadian International Championships - 1979 US Clay Courts - 1979 Netherlands International Championships - 1979 US Pro Championships - 1979 German International Championships - 1979 Belgian International Championships - 1979 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1979 Conde de Godo - 1979 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1979 Bavarian International Championships - 1979 Stuttgart - 1979 Austrian International Indoor Championships - 1979 Lagos - 1979 Cologne Indoor Open - 1979 Baron de Vidal Cup - 1979 Porsche Grand Prix - 1979 Czechoslovak Indoor Circuit - Leg 2 - 1979 Wimbledon - 1978 Monte Carlo - 1978 Roland Garros - 1978 Austrian International Championships - 1978 Nice - 1978 Italian International Championships - 1978 German International Championships - 1978 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1978 Conde de Godo - 1978 Aix-en-Provence - 1978 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1978 Madrid Open - 1978 Stuttgart - 1978 Philadelphia Indoors - 1978 Milano Indoors - 1978 Vienna International Indoor - 1978 Stockholm Open - 1978 Cologne Indoor Open - 1978 Remscheid International Indoor - 1978 Springfield Classic - 1978 Austria Satellite - Leg 1 - 1978 Wimbledon - 1977 Monte Carlo - 1977 Roland Garros - 1977 US Open - 1977 Canadian International Championships - 1977 Austrian International Championships - 1977 Italian International Championships - 1977 River Oaks Tournament - 1977 Conde de Godo - 1977 Scandinavian Championships - 1977 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1977 Abierto Mexicano - 1977 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1977 Madrid Open - 1977 Gstaad - 1977 Philadelphia Indoors - 1977 Oviedo - 1977 WCT - London - 1977 Columbus Open - 1977 Baltimore International Indoors - 1977 Birmingham International Indoor - 1977 Vienna International Indoor - 1977 Stockholm Open - 1977 Wembley Indoor - 1977 Ocean City CBS Invitational - 1977 Hittfeld International - 1977 Monte Carlo - 1976 Roland Garros - 1976 US Open - 1976 Canadian International Championships - 1976 Austrian International Championships - 1976 Nice - 1976 Italian International Championships - 1976 German International Championships - 1976 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1976 Conde de Godo - 1976 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1976 Bavarian International Championships - 1976 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1976 Gstaad - 1976 Philadelphia Indoors - 1976 WCT - St. Louis - 1976 Atlanta Open - 1976 Toronto Indoor - 1976 Aviles - 1976 Rotterdam - 1976 Birmingham International Indoor - 1976 WCT - Stockholm - 1976 Madrid - Il Trofeo Gilette - 1976 Wimbledon - 1975 Roland Garros - 1975 US Open - 1975 Canadian International Championships - 1975 Austrian International Championships - 1975 US International Indoor Championships - 1975 British Hard Court Championships - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1975 German International Championships - 1975 Nottingham - 1975 Conde de Godo - 1975 Bavarian International Championships - 1975 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1975 New York Indoor - 1975 Madrid Open - 1975 Brumana International - 1975 Hampton - 1975 WCT - London - 1975 Vienna International Indoor - 1975 Arkansas International - 1975 Boca West International - 1975 Ridgefield Open - 1975 Stockholm Open - 1975 Dewar Cup - 1975 Graz Indoor - 1975 Wimbledon - 1974 Roland Garros - 1974 US Open - 1974 Italian International Championships - 1974 River Oaks Tournament - 1974 US Pro Championships - 1974 Nottingham - 1974 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1974 Conde de Godo - 1974 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1974 Madrid Open - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - London - 1974 WCT Finals - 1974 WCT- Sao Paulo - 1974 Bologna Indoor - 1974 Aryamehr Cup - 1974 Denver - 1974 WCT - Tokyo - 1974 CBS Classic - 1974 WCT - Barcelona - 1974 WCT - Palm Desert - 1974 Acapulco - 1974 Stockholm Open - 1974 Wimbledon - 1973 South Australian Championships - 1973 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1973 River Oaks Tournament - 1973 Conde de Godo - 1973 ATP World Tour Finals - 1973 Charlotte - 1973 Madrid Open - 1973 US Hard Courts - 1973 Brumana International - 1973 Milano Indoors - 1973 WCT - London - 1973 Washington Indoor - 1973 WCT - Vancouver - 1973 WCT Cologne - 1973 Denver - 1973 WCT-Cleveland - 1973 WCT - Copenhagen - 1973 Pedralbes - 1973 Prague Open - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 US Open - 1972 Canadian International Championships - 1972 Nice - 1972 Paris International Championships - 1972 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1972 US Clay Courts - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1972 German International Championships - 1972 Conde de Godo - 1972 Madrid - 1972 ATP World Tour Finals - 1972 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1972 Dewar Cup Finals - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Monte Carlo - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Nice - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 US Clay Courts - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1971 Macon Indoor - 1971 Catania - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Hampton - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 Austrian International Championships - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Italian International Championships - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 German International Championships - 1970 Argentina International Championships - 1970 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1970 Conde de Godo - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 ATP World Tour Finals - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Altamira International Invitation - 1970 Colombia International - 1970 Curacao International - 1970 Thunderbird Invitation - 1970 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1970 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1970 Charlotte - 1970 Bastad - 1970 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1970 Ostrava - 1970 Seattle Open Invitation - 1970 Denver International Open - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 Netherlands International Championships - 1969 US International Indoor Championships - 1969 German International Championships - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Macon Indoor - 1969 Altamira International Invitation - 1969 Colombia International - 1969 Curacao International - 1969 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1969 Charlotte - 1969 South American Championship - 1969 Bastad - 1969 Sao Paulo International - 1969 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1969 Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation - 1969 Omaha International - 1969 Garden Challenge Trophy Open - 1969 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1969 Brazilian International - 1969 Concurso International - 1969 Chile International - 1969 båstad Champions Cup - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 Italian International Championships - 1968 Netherlands International Championships - 1968 US International Indoor Championships - 1968 German International Championships - 1968 Chilean National Championships - 1968 Bavarian International Championships - 1968 Asian Championships - 1968 Macon Indoor - 1968 Kingston International Invitation - 1968 Altamira International Invitation - 1968 Colombia International - 1968 Curacao International - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1968 South American Championship - 1968 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1968 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1968 King's Cup - Semi-Final a - 1968 Asian Clay Courts - 1968 King's Cup - Consolation -Third Place - 1968 Coupe Centropa - under 23's - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 Monte Carlo - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 Cannes Championships - 1967 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 French Covered Court Championships - 1967 Italian International Championships - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1967 Aix-en-Provence - 1967 Czechoslovakian Test Tournament - 1967 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1967 Trofeo Bonfiglio - 1967 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1967 King's Cup - First Round a - 1967 King's Cup - Semi-Final b - 1967 Sassari International - 1967 King's Cup - Consolation -Third Place - 1967 Lys International Grass Championships - 1967 King's Cup - Second Round f - 1967 King's Cup - Quarter Final c - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Monte Carlo - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 Nice - 1966 Italian International Championships - 1966 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1966 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1966 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1966 Aix-en-Provence - 1966 Czechoslovakian Test Tournament - 1966 USSR International Championships - 1966 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1966 King's Cup - First Round a - 1966 Ostrava - 1966 Brussels Cup - 1966 Bratislava - 1966 Coupe de Galea - 1966 King's Cup - Second Round c - 1966 King's Cup - Consolation -Third Place - 1966 Coupe Maurice Bivort - 1966 Coupe Centropa - under 23's - 1966 Nice - 1965 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1965 King's Cup - Second Round a - 1965 Czechoslovakian Nationals - 1965 Czechoslovakia National Indoors - 1965 Coupe de Galea - 1965 Coupe Maurice Bivort - 1965 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1964 Coupe de Galea - 1964 Budapest International Indoors - 1964 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1963 Zinnowitz - 1963

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