General Peter
Pokorny
Male
Austria
1940-07-25
Graz, Austria


About

Pokorny began as a 6-year-old with the tennis sport, brought numerous Styrian and Austrian youth championship titles. The Grazer - with his 12 years- competed among the youth team of the ASV Graz (U18!), then he was already 14 years old in the final of the Styrian U18 Championships and 1965, 1966 and 1968 Austrian state governor. He won over two dozen Styrian championship titles. In the years of 1965, 1966 and 1968, the Grazer took the state champion title in men's singles, over 20 more in various categories. Only the Austrian team championship title was denied him with his clubs ASV Graz and GAK. In 1963 he celebrated his Davis Cup debut against Israel (5-0) and remained until 1973 he was an integral part of the Austrian Davis Cup team. In the traditional neighborhood duel against Germany in May 1971 they narrowly lost to Germany (the runner-up of 1970!) in one of the most exciting Austrian Davis Cup ties of all time. Peter Pokorny defeated the Wimbledon finalist Wilhelm Bungert after a hard fight and awarded match balls in the fifth set. The year before, 1970, it came to a historic 3: 2 away win against the former tennis greats England where on the side of Hans Kary the then overpowering Englishmen in Edinburgh were defeated by Austrians. Only the French could stop the Austrian team (after the ÖTV the home right was bought (!)) in the home Stade Roland Garros. Speaking of Roland Garros: In the Grand Slam tournaments, his best singles result at the majors was reaching the second round at the 1971 French Open after a first round win against Bob Giltinan. In the second round he lost to Nicola Pietrangeli in four sets. At Wimbledon, he qualified for the main singles draw in 1966, 1969 and 1973 but did not manage to make it past the first round. Pokorny's best Grand Slam hihglight was a 1/8 final with a Pachta at Wimbledon in mixed doubles.

His biggest single success celebrated Pokorny with the victory at the German Indoor Championships in Bremen (one of the largest indoor tournaments of the time) in 1973 after a five-sets victory in the final against Tadeusz Nowicki and with the finals in Lyon (two of the biggest indoor tournaments in Europe at that time).

In the second half of the seventies, Pokorny dedicated himself to the profession and the family, before he returned with the Schi-Tennis World Champion title in 1980 (a second, equally bizarre world title won the Graz 2005, when he became senior tennis champion in Carinthia).

Pokorny played in 14 ties for the Austrian Davis Cup team between 1963 and 1974 and had a 8–25 win/loss record. In the years 1981 and 1982 Pokorny worked as captain for the ÖTV (Austrian Tennis Federation) Davis team and in 1983 he was 42 years (!) once again in the final of the Austrian Indoor Championships.

As a senior player Pokorny won many European and World Championships.
Pokorny has been on the Veterans Tour of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) since 1986 and is well on the way to becoming one of the most successful senior players of all time. Numerous world and European championship titles as well as innumerable national team and individual titles already make Pokorny the best Austrian tennis player in history.
To the 100 European Championship titles, of which over 40 in men's singles
12 Team World Championship titles with ÖTV selection (Austria Cup, Cramm Cup, Britannia Cup, Crawford Cup, Grant Cup)
12 World Cup men's doubles title
11 World Cup men's singles titles
3 World Cup mixed doubles titles
This unique list of success also made him the most successful Austrian senior player of all times in November 2006, and he is already among the top 3 in all international statistics, and the trend is rising.

With his club crews Peter Pokorny conquered among others:

Team championship titles in Austria, Germany and Italy
over 20 team European Cup victories.

In addition, the Grazer player took international champion titles in Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Spain and Switzerland.

On the occasion of the French Open 2008, Peter Pokorny was awarded the European Lifetime Senior Champion Award by the European Tennis Federation - an award that requires at least 5 world championships and 10 European titles!

Since March 2015, the Grazer is also an honorary member of the IC of Great Britain.

Peter Pokorny was the fourth winner to receive the ITF Seniors Lifetime Achievement Award from ITF President David Haggerty at Wimbledon in 2019 for at least 10 individual and 10 Team World titles.



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Archive statistics 1960 - 1978
14
334
154


Tournament wins 1975 - Zurich International Indoors (Open)
1975 - Bad Ragaz ()
1975 - Seefeld ()
1975 - Salzburg championships (Amateur)
1973 - Zell Am See (Open)
1973 - German International Covered Court Championships ()
1972 - Austrian Indoor Grand Prix (Amateur)
1969 - Zurich International Indoors (Open)
1968 - Austrian Indoor Grand Prix (Amateur)
1968 - Austrian National Championships ()
1966 - Cannes Gallia (Amateur)
1966 - Austrian National Championships ()
1966 - Cannes LTC Winter Meeting (Amateur)
1965 - Austrian National Championships ()


Tournaments Zurich International Indoors - 1978 Austrian International Championships - 1976 Austrian National Championships - 1976 Unterhaching General - 1976 Zurich International Indoors - 1976 Austrian International Championships - 1975 Montana-Vermala - 1975 Bad Ragaz - 1975 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1975 Seefeld - 1975 Salzburg championships - 1975 Gars Am Kamp International - 1975 Zurich International Indoors - 1975 Austrian International Championships - 1974 Scandinavian Championships - 1974 Valencia Open - 1974 Austrian National Championships - 1974 Vienna International Indoor - 1974 Zurich International Indoors - 1974 Wimbledon - 1973 Austrian International Championships - 1973 German International Covered Court Championships - 1973 Championships of Berlin - 1973 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1973 Sicilian International Championships - 1973 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1973 Zell Am See - 1973 Austrian National Championships - 1973 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1973 Tyrol Championships - 1973 Grado Invitation - 1973 Vienna International Indoor - 1973 Senigallia - Qualifying - 1973 Austrian International Championships - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 Austrian National Championships - 1972 Lower Saxony International - 1972 Kassel - 1972 Bad Kissingen - 1972 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1972 Reggio Emilia - 1972 Karlstadt - 1972 Roland Garros - 1971 Austrian International Championships - 1971 Beaulieu - 1971 Nice - 1971 French Covered Court Championships - 1971 German International Covered Court Championships - 1971 Belgian International Championships - 1971 Menton - 1971 Scandinavian Championships - 1971 Bavarian International Championships - 1971 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1971 Travemünde International - 1971 King's Cup - First Round b - 1971 Austrian National Championships - 1971 Ingolstadt - 1971 Lyon (Winter) - 1971 Grado Invitation - 1971 Marktredwitz General Tournament - 1971 Monte Carlo - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 Austrian International Championships - 1970 Nice - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 French Covered Court Championships - 1970 German International Covered Court Championships - 1970 Netherlands International Championships - 1970 German International Championships - 1970 Championships of Berlin - 1970 Menton - 1970 Sicilian International Championships - 1970 Bavarian International Championships - 1970 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1970 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1970 Travemünde International - 1970 Lyon International - 1970 Nice Mediterranean T.C. - 1970 King's Cup - First Round b - 1970 Bielefeld - 1970 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1970 Croatian International Championships - 1970 Monte Carlo TC International - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 Austrian International Championships - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 German International Covered Court Championships - 1969 Netherlands International Championships - 1969 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1969 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1969 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1969 Sicilian International Championships - 1969 Napoli - 1969 Bavarian International Championships - 1969 Bavarian International Covered Court Championships - 1969 Catania - 1969 Reggio Calabria - 1969 Ortisei - 1969 Pörtschach Championships - 1969 Leverkusen International - 1969 Austrian National Championships - 1969 Senigallia - 1969 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1969 Croatian International Championships - 1969 Zurich International Indoors - 1969 Monte Carlo - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 Beaulieu - 1968 Cannes Championships - 1968 Italian International Championships - 1968 Netherlands International Championships - 1968 South of France Championships - 1968 Menton - 1968 Aix-en-Provence - 1968 Bavarian International Covered Court Championships - 1968 Kitzbühel - 1968 Israel Spring International Championships - 1968 Israel International Invitation - 1968 Haifa Invitation - 1968 Austrian National Championships - 1968 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1968 Austrian International Championships - 1967 Cannes Championships - 1967 Bavarian International Championships - 1967 Austrian National Championships - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Monte Carlo - 1966 Austrian International Championships - 1966 Beaulieu - 1966 Cannes Championships - 1966 Championships of Berlin - 1966 Cannes Gallia - 1966 Baden-Baden - 1966 Menton - 1966 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1966 Aix-en-Provence - 1966 Bavarian International Championships - 1966 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1966 Cannes Montfleury - 1966 Stuttgart - 1966 Kitzbühel - 1966 Austrian National Championships - 1966 Cannes LTC Winter Meeting - 1966 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1966 Tyrol Championships - 1966 Monte Carlo - 1965 Cannes Carlton - 1965 Cannes Championships - 1965 Nice - 1965 German International Championships - 1965 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1965 Cap d 'Antibes - 1965 Pörtschach Championships - 1965 Austrian National Championships - 1965 Austrian Indoor Grand Prix - 1965 Elbe Cup - 1965 Monte Carlo - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 Austrian International Championships - 1964 Nice - 1964 Kent Championships - 1964 Cannes Gallia - 1964 San Remo - 1964 Menton - 1964 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1964 US Open Qualifying - 1964 Bavarian International Championships - 1964 Pörtschach Championships - 1964 St. Moritz - 1963 Austrian International Championships - 1963 Cannes Carlton - 1963 Nice - 1963 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1963 Graz - 1963 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1963 Zagreb Championships - 1963 Monte Carlo Class A - 1963 Brussels Cup - 1963 Nice - Qualifying - 1963 Ljubljana - 1963 Cannes Championships - 1962 Barcelona Covered Courts - 1962 King's Cup - First Round d - 1962 Bavarian International Championships - 1961 USSR International Championships - 1961 Coupe Centropa - under 23's - 1961 St. Moritz - 1960 Kulm Carlton - 1960 St. Moritz Suvretta - 1960 Adelboden - 1960

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