e also played, among others He played football, table tennis or golf, and practiced skating, but he was successful in tennis. In 1947, he was in the top ten juniors of the country for the first time, and in 1950 he won the Polish U18 Championship. He won the first title in the seniors' singles in Wrocław in 1953, defeating Józef Piątek in five sets, although his rival was already leading 6: 2, 6: 2, 5: 2 and 40-15 with own service!
Among older tennis fans in our country, a discussion continues to this day: who was better - him or Władysław Skonecki. The dispute, as usual on such occasions, is rather academic, the more that they were separated by more than 12 years of age difference, so in direct clashes the younger Licis had it easier. The same Skonecki persuaded him to emigrate in sports (in his footsteps), because this was the only way to make an international career in tennis. Licis hesitated for a long time, but finally, in May 1960, he refused to return to Poland from his Roland Garros trip and stayed in France for good. By the decision of the PZT, he was then disqualified for life, which of course did not prevent him from appearing in the most important tournaments - he repeatedly competed at Wimbledon and in Paris. In 1960, Roland Garros was eliminated in the first round in five sets with Rod Lager (who already headed for the Grand Slam that season, which he finally did for the first time two years later), but triumphed in a consolation tournament, defeating Martin Mulligan (a Wimbledon finalist a month later ) and Bob Hewitt.
He studied at the Sorbonne, worked with youth in the French Tennis Federation (he led, among others, the French junior team at the unofficial Orange Bowl world championship, Patrice Dominguez left one of his training groups). He later worked as a tennis coach in Évian in the south of France and combined it with another passion for sports - golf, where he eventually became a professional (26th place in the French ranking). In 1973 he was granted French citizenship. His tennis partners included famous politician Jacques Chaban-Delmas (Prime Minister of France in 1969–1972).
In 2001 - on the initiative of former activists Kordian Tarasiewicz and editor Czesław Ludwiczek - the penalty of disqualification was symbolically canceled by the PZT, and three years later Andrzej Licis participated in the international tournament of veterans in Katowice.
Club: Pogoń / Stal / Baildon Katowice.
Australian Open: Never played.
Roland Garros - single: 4 times 1/32 finals (1957, 1960, 1961 and 1964), 5 times 1/64 (1958, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966).
Wimbledon - single: 1/32 finals (1958), 6 times 1/64 (1957, 1960, 1963-1965 and 1967); Doubles: 1/16 (with Władysław Skonecki 1957).
US National - single: 1/32 finals (1962).
Davis Cup: 1956–1960; 10 matches, 10 wins / 9 defeats - single 10/9, doubles 0/0.
Wins over the world's top competitors: Wilhelm Bungert, Ashley Cooper, Jaroslav Drobný, Pierre Darmon, Sven Davidson, Bob Hewitt, Alfred Huber, Martin Mulligan, Kurt Nielsen, Nicola Pietrangeli, Orlando Sirola.
PZT classification: 5th (1951), 8th (1952), 2nd (1953), 3rd (1954), 2nd (1955), 1st (1956), 2nd (1957, 1958), 3-4 . (1959).
Polish champion titles (without MMP): 9.
National MP - single: 4 times winner (1953 and 1956–1958) and finalist (1955); doubles: finalist (with Wiesław Gąsiorek 1958); mix: twice winner (with Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 1956 and 1959).
Hall MP - single: 3 times winner (1953, 1956 and 1958) and 2 times finalist (1954 and 1957).
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