General Ladislav (Laci)
Legenstein
Male
Austria
1926-11-19
Cakovec, Yugoslavia


About

He is a Croatian–born Austrian former tennis player.
He was born in Čakovec, Croatian (then Kingdom Serbs, Croats, Slovenes). Both his parents were successful table tennis players and Ladislav also practised this sport in his youth, followed by football and volleyball (OK Mladost Čakovec). He started playing tennis on a court near his school and focused on this sport when he went to study in Zagreb. In 1955 he left Yugoslavia.

His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event was reaching the fourth round at the 1959 French Championships. In the third round he defeated 20-year-old Rod Laver in five sets but lost in the next round in straight sets to Ian Vermaak. Legenstein participated in five Wimbledon Championships but never made it past the first round in the singles event. Together with Torben Ulrich he reached the semifinal of the 1959 Wimbledon Championships doubles event in which they lost in straight sets to first–seeded and eventual champions Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser.

In July 1956 Legenstein was the finalist at the singles event of the international tennis tournament in Travemünde, West Germany. In the final Ken Rosewall proved too strong, defeating him in three sets. In 1957 Legenstein became the singles champion at the inaugural International Dutch Championships, played at 't Melkhuisje in Hilversum. As a stateless player he defeated Fred Dehnert in the final with the loss of only two games. He also won the mixed doubles event with Mrs. Blaise. In 1958 he won the doubles title with Vladimir Petrovic and successfully defended the mixed doubles title with Mrs. Blaise. In 1959 he again reached the singles final but this time lost in straight sets to Jacques Brichant. In August 1959 he was runner–up at the Austrian Championships, losing in the final in straight sets to Budge Patty.

In April 1960 Legenstein gained the Austrian citizenship which was granted due to the ancestry of his father. In September 1960 he won the singles and doubles title at the Canadian Championships. In the singles he defeated Warren Woodcock in the final in straight sets and in the doubles he teamed up with Peter Scholl and won the final against Woodcock and Whitney Reed in straight sets. Legenstein played in six ties for the Austria Davis Cup team from 1960 through 1962 and reached the second round of the Europe zone during these years. He has a Davis Cup record of nine wins and six losses.

From 1964 to 1974 he worked as a tennis coach at the Heidelberger Tennisclub. Legenstein played on the seniors tour and became the singles and doubles champion in the 75+ category at the 2001 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual Championships. He continued to play senior tournaments until 2010 when, aged 83, he participated in the 34th Int. European Tennis Championships for Seniors.



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Archive statistics 1950 - 1975
13
383
221


Tournament wins 1966 - European Pro Tournament (Professional)
1961 - Kitzbühel - Consolation (Amateur)
1961 - Freiburg (Amateur)
1960 - Canadian International Championships ()
1959 - Bochum International (Amateur)
1958 - Bavarian National Championships (Amateur)
1958 - Lübeck (Amateur)
1957 - Madrid Cup (Amateur)
1957 - Bielefeld (Amateur)
1957 - Hanover International (Amateur)
1956 - Ingolstadt (Amateur)
1956 - Bielefeld (Amateur)
1956 - Herrenalb (Amateur)


Tournaments St. Moritz - 1975 Coral Beach Club Invitation - 1973 Bermuda Championships - 1972 German Professional International Championships - 1969 German Professionals International Indoor Champion - 1967 European Pro Tournament - 1966 German Professional International Championships - 1966 European Pro Tournament - 1965 German Professional International Championships - 1965 Monte Carlo - 1964 German International Covered Court Championships - 1964 Aix-en-Provence - 1964 Slazenger Professional - 1964 Wimbledon - 1963 Monte Carlo - 1963 Austrian International Championships - 1963 Nice - 1963 French Covered Court Championships - 1963 German International Covered Court Championships - 1963 German International Championships - 1963 Kitzbühel - 1963 Travemünde International - 1963 Graz - 1963 Leverkusen International - 1963 Bad Neuenahr - 1963 Freiburg - 1963 Darmstadt - 1963 Nice - Qualifying - 1963 Wimbledon - 1962 Monte Carlo - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 Austrian International Championships - 1962 Nice - 1962 German International Covered Court Championships - 1962 German International Championships - 1962 Championships of Berlin - 1962 Kitzbühel - 1962 Travemünde International - 1962 Pörtschach Championships - 1962 Freiburg - 1962 Bad Nauheim - 1962 Darmstadt - 1962 Wimbledon - 1961 Monte Carlo - 1961 Austrian International Championships - 1961 Nice - 1961 German International Covered Court Championships - 1961 German International Championships - 1961 Championships of Berlin - 1961 Wien (Vienna) - 1961 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1961 Baden-Baden - 1961 Wiesbaden Championships - 1961 Bavarian International Championships - 1961 Graz - 1961 Pörtschach Championships - 1961 Bielefeld - 1961 Wolfsburg - 1961 Nuremberg International - 1961 Freiburg - 1961 Darmstadt - 1961 Augsburg - 1961 Kitzbühel - Consolation - 1961 Wimbledon - 1960 Roland Garros - 1960 US Open - 1960 Canadian International Championships - 1960 Pacific Coast Championship - 1960 Italian International Championships - 1960 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1960 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1960 German International Championships - 1960 Cologne International - 1960 Kitzbühel - 1960 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1960 Austrian National Championships - 1960 Bad Neuenahr - 1960 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 1960 Wachau International - 1960 Krems - 1960 Wimbledon - 1959 Monte Carlo - 1959 Roland Garros - 1959 Austrian International Championships - 1959 Cannes Carlton - 1959 Nice - 1959 Netherlands International Championships - 1959 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1959 German International Championships - 1959 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1959 Wiesbaden Championships - 1959 Lausanne - 1959 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1959 Stuttgart - 1959 Gstaad - 1959 Travemünde International - 1959 Graz - 1959 Bochum International - 1959 Bremen - 1959 Linz - 1959 Kerala State Championships - 1959 Roland Garros - 1958 Austrian International Championships - 1958 German International Covered Court Championships - 1958 German International Championships - 1958 Wiesbaden Championships - 1958 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1958 Asian Championships - 1958 Stuttgart - 1958 Kitzbühel - 1958 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1958 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1958 Indian International Championships - 1958 Dortmund International - 1958 Coupe Albert Canet - 1958 Bochum International - 1958 Bielefeld - 1958 Madrid Cup - 1958 Freiburg - 1958 Lübeck - 1958 Bavarian National Championships - 1958 German International Covered Court Championships - 1957 German International Championships - 1957 Championships of Berlin - 1957 Wiesbaden Championships - 1957 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1957 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1957 Stuttgart - 1957 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1957 Travemünde International - 1957 Graz - 1957 Hanover International - 1957 Coupe Albert Canet - 1957 Bielefeld - 1957 Bad Neuenahr - 1957 Barcelona International Christmas - 1957 Madrid Cup - 1957 Berlin International Covered Courts - 1957 Freiburg - 1957 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 1957 Ingolstadt - 1957 German International Championships - 1956 Stuttgart - 1956 Travemünde International - 1956 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1956 Hanover International - 1956 Dortmund International - 1956 Bochum International - 1956 Bielefeld - 1956 Bad Neuenahr - 1956 Barcelona International Christmas - 1956 Freiburg - 1956 Herrenalb - 1956 Ingolstadt - 1956 Bad Kissingen - 1956 Augsburg - 1956 Marienburg International - 1956 San Remo - 1955 Bielefeld - 1955 Bad Nauheim - 1955 Herrenalb - 1955 Bad Reichenhall - 1955 Ingolstadt - 1955 Bad Kissingen - 1955 Marienburg International - 1955 German International Championships - 1954 Trento International - 1954 Dortmund International - 1954 Bielefeld - 1954 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 1954 Bad Kissingen - 1954 Marienburg International - 1954 Elbe Cup - 1954 San Remo - 1953 Marienburg International - 1953 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1950

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