General Torben
Ulrich
Male
Denmark
1928-10-04
Fredricksburg, Denmark


About

He was born on October 4, 1928, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Ulla (née Meyer) and tennis player Einer Ulrich. Torben played on the tennis tour from the late 1940s into the 1970s, and on the Tennis Grand Masters tour in the 1970s and 1980s. He became a professional tennis player when he signed a contract with the World Championship Tennis promoters in early 1969 at 40 years old. In 1976 he was the top-ranked senior player in the world. Ulrich played more than 100 Davis Cup matches for Denmark. In 1977, at a month shy of 49, he became the oldest Davis Cup player in history.

Ulrich apprenticed at Reuters news agency in Copenhagen in the late 1940s and began writing for Danish jazz magazines. In the 1950s he wrote primarily on music for the Danish newspapers Information and Politiken, wrote for contemporary jazz music trade journals and was co-editor (with Gustava Brandt and Bengt Janus) of the literary magazine Bazar. In the 1960s he had a weekly music column and wrote jazz reviews and roving reports on assorted cultural themes (with illustrator Klaus Albrectsen) for the Danish daily newspaper BT. In the 1970s he contributed to the music periodical M.M. and in the 1980s and 1990s returned to Information writing on music, film, athletics and culture. In 2003 an anthology of his writings from the 1940s to the 2000s, Jazz, bold & buddhisme, edited by Lars Movin, was published (in Danish) by Informations Forlag. Two books of his thin columns of poetry-like texts (in English) were published by Forlaget Bebop: "Terninger, tonefald: 12 Lines, 36 Off-lines" (2005) and "Stilhedens Cymbaler" (2007).

In the 1950s, Ulrich had a New Orleans-type jazz band, playing clarinet. In the 2000s he was invited to collaborate using voice and texts with the Copenhagen free-jazz trio Clinch (Claus Bøje on drums, Peter Friis Nielsen on bass guitar, Christer Irgens-Møller/keyboards); they released the 2006 album "Dice, Done" (also with Lotte Anker (saxophone) and Steffen Poulsen (electronica)). In 2005 he founded the collaborative improvised music group "Instead Of", composed of Lori Goldston, cello; Angelina Baldoz, trumpet and flutes; Jaison Scott, drums; and Ulrich on voice/texts and "bag of tricks", releasing in 2007 the album "Live on Sonarchy". In 2007 he began recording with Danish pianist Søren Kjærgaard, releasing three albums over the next six years: "Suddenly, Sound: 21 songlines for piano, drainpipe, etc." (2009), "Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished: 29 Proposals from the Towers of Babble" (2010) and “Meridiana: Lines Toward a Non-local Alchemy" (2014).

Ulrich began painting in 1971 when the Lions Club of Copenhagen asked a variety of politicians, actors, writers and others to make "a blue elephant" for a charity exhibit to benefit a senior center in Denmark. Instead, he explored what the imprint of the tennis ball might be, and in subsequent years created several series of works, "Imprints of Practice" and "Exsamplings of Play", using played tennis balls, skipped rope, and racquet frame and grip, primarily on rice paper. The works have been exhibited in Copenhagen, Paris, Dublin, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle, among others.

He has appeared in two Jørgen Leth films, Motion Picture (1969) and Moments of Play (1986). He co-directed (with Gil de Kermadec) and appeared in "The Ball and The Wall" (1988), and co-directed (with Rick New and Molly Martin) and appeared in "Body & Being: Before The Wall" (2002).

In 2011 Ulrich began development with choreographer-dancer Beth Graczyk and composer-musician Angelina Baldoz on the dance project "Cacophony for 8 Players", which premiered in 2014 in Seattle. Ulrich is director and a performer in the work.

In 1986 he received the Gerlev Prize from Gerlev Idrætshøjskole in Denmark for athletico-cultural contributions. In 2006 he received an award from Klara Karolines Fond, "for his inspiration to artists of many kinds and for his views on athletics, art and existence". In 2013 the Ulrich family received the Davis Cup Award.



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Archive statistics 1947 - 1975
29
803
453


Tournament wins 1972 - Essex Championships (Amateur)
1968 - Montana-Vermala (Open)
1965 - Villars (Amateur)
1965 - Danish Nationals (Closed) (Amateur)
1965 - St. Moritz (Amateur)
1965 - Kulm Carlton (Amateur)
1965 - St. Moritz Suvretta (Amateur)
1964 - Kulm Carlton (Amateur)
1964 - St. Moritz Suvretta (Amateur)
1960 - Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) (Open)
1959 - Beaulieu (Open)
1959 - Cannes Carlton (Amateur)
1958 - Asian Championships (Amateur)
1958 - Pakistan International Championships (Amateur)
1957 - Marseille (Amateur)
1957 - Danish Covered Courts (Amateur)
1956 - Danish Nationals (Closed) (Amateur)
1956 - Antwerpen International (Amateur)
1956 - Shell Prizes Handicap (Amateur)
1954 - Danish Covered Courts (Amateur)
1954 - Surrey (Open)
1954 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1953 - Stuttgart (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1952 - Coupe Pierre Gillou (Amateur)
1952 - Danish Nationals (Closed) (Amateur)
1951 - East of England Championships (Open)
1951 - Coupe de Noel (Amateur)
1951 - Antwerpen International (Amateur)
1948 - Danish Nationals (Closed) (Amateur)


Tournaments Charlotte - 1975 South Orange Open - 1975 WCT - La Costa - 1975 Camellia Festival Invitation - 1975 Downeast Classic - 1975 Jackson - 1975 US Open - 1974 Canadian International Championships - 1974 California State Championship - 1974 US Pro Championships - 1974 Charlotte - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - St. Louis - 1974 Atlanta Open - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1974 WCT - Hempstead - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 WCT - New Orleans - 1974 WCT - Orlando - 1974 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1973 Cincinnati - 1973 US Clay Courts - 1973 German International Covered Court Championships - 1973 River Oaks Tournament - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1973 Charlotte - 1973 Sao Paulo International - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 Milan Indoors - 1973 WCT - London - 1973 Louisville Open - 1973 WCT - Chicago - 1973 Washington Indoor - 1973 WCT - Vancouver - 1973 WCT Cologne - 1973 Denver - 1973 WCT-Cleveland - 1973 Rainier Classic - 1973 WCT - Copenhagen - 1973 Palmetto Tennis Classic - 1973 Chicago International Open - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 US Open - 1972 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1972 Kent Championships - 1972 Welsh Championships - 1972 Northumberland Championships - 1972 Essex Championships - 1972 South of England Championships - 1972 Madrid - 1972 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1972 Ilkley - 1972 Rothmans Tennis Spectacular - 1972 Clean Air Classic - second meeting - 1972 Australian Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1971 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 US Pro Championships - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 Auckland - 1971 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1971 Charlotte - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Midland Invitation - 1971 Wills Open Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Philadelphia Indoors - 1971 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1971 Bologna Indoor - 1971 Louisville Open - 1971 WCT-Quebec - 1971 WCT - Chicago - 1971 WCT - Vancouver - 1971 Aventura Classic - 1971 WCT Dallas - 1971 Aryamehr Cup - 1971 WCT Cologne - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Monte Carlo - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1970 Netherlands International Championships - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 North of England Championships - 1970 South of England Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Tucson - 1970 Wills Open Championships - 1970 WCT - St. Louis - 1970 Atlanta Open - 1970 Casablanca Pros - 1970 Dallas Morning News Classic - 1970 Howard Hughes Pro Invitation - 1970 Midland Open - 1970 Paris Indoor Open - Qualifying - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Swiss International Championships - 1969 Irish Championships - 1969 US International Indoor Championships - 1969 North of England Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1969 Macon Indoor - 1969 Real Madrid International - 1969 Omaha International - 1969 Moroccan International - 1969 Chicago Planters Pro Tourney - 1969 Stockholm Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 US Open - 1968 Canadian International Championships - 1968 Swiss International Championships - 1968 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1968 German International Covered Court Championships - 1968 US International Indoor Championships - 1968 Lugano - 1968 Montana-Vermala - 1968 South African Championships - 1968 Natal Championships - 1968 Scandinavian Championships - 1968 Philadelphia Open - 1968 Western Province - 1968 Macon Indoor - 1968 Concord Indoor Championships - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Empire State Indoors - 1968 Bastad - 1968 Orange Free State - 1968 King's Cup - Semi-Final b - 1968 US National Amateur Championships - 1968 Eastern Province - 1968 King's Cup - Quarter Final a - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 South Australian Championships - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 US Open - 1967 Victorian Championships - 1967 New South Wales Championships - 1967 Canadian International Championships - 1967 Nassau Bowl - 1967 Pacific Coast Championship - 1967 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1967 US Clay Courts - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1967 US International Indoor Championships - 1967 Championships of Berlin - 1967 South African Championships - 1967 Queensland Championships - 1967 Madrid - 1967 Philadelphia Open - 1967 Queensland Hardcourts - 1967 Concord indoor invitation - 1967 Border Championships - 1967 Lys International Grass Championships - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 Swiss International Championships - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 US International Indoor Championships - 1966 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1966 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1966 South African Championships - 1966 Madrid - 1966 Scandinavian Championships - 1966 Bastad - 1966 Travemünde International - 1966 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1966 Villars - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 St. Moritz - 1965 Swiss International Championships - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 French Covered Court Championships - 1965 German International Championships - 1965 Madrid - 1965 Kulm Carlton - 1965 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1965 Altamira International Invitation - 1965 Colombia International - 1965 Mexico International - 1965 Bastad - 1965 Masters Invitation - 1965 Gstaad - 1965 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1965 St. Moritz Suvretta - 1965 Villars - 1965 Trinidad International - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 US Open - 1964 St. Moritz - 1964 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1964 Nice - 1964 French Covered Court Championships - 1964 British Hard Court Championships - 1964 Hungarian International Championships - 1964 Danish Covered Courts - 1964 Kulm Carlton - 1964 Scandinavian Championships - 1964 Perth Amboy Invitation - 1964 Gstaad - 1964 Tunis International - 1964 Flanders - 1964 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1964 St. Moritz Suvretta - 1964 King's Cup - First Round c - 1964 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1963 Roland Garros - 1961 Wimbledon - 1960 Monte Carlo - 1960 Roland Garros - 1960 Cannes Carlton - 1960 Queens Club Tournament - 1960 German International Championships - 1960 Kent Championships - 1960 Baden-Baden - 1960 Madrid - 1960 Danish Covered Courts - 1960 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1960 Scandinavian Championships - 1960 Altamira International Invitation - 1960 Colombia International - 1960 Hanover International - 1960 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1960 Wimbledon - 1959 Monte Carlo - 1959 Roland Garros - 1959 Beaulieu - 1959 Cannes Carlton - 1959 Nice - 1959 Queens Club Tournament - 1959 Kent Championships - 1959 King's Cup - Second Round a - 1959 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1959 Stuttgart - 1959 USSR International Championships - 1959 Gregory Cup - 1959 Wimbledon - 1958 Roland Garros - 1958 Queens Club Tournament - 1958 French Covered Court Championships - 1958 German International Championships - 1958 South African Championships - 1958 Kent Championships - 1958 Asian Championships - 1958 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1958 Indian International Championships - 1958 Antwerpen International - 1958 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1958 South African Exhibitions - 1958 Pakistan International Championships - 1958 Wimbledon - 1957 Monte Carlo - 1957 Roland Garros - 1957 Cannes Carlton - 1957 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1957 Paris International Championships - 1957 French Covered Court Championships - 1957 Marseille - 1957 Cannes Gallia - 1957 Baden-Baden - 1957 King's Cup - Final - 1957 Danish Covered Courts - 1957 Scandinavian Championships - 1957 Aix-en-Provence - 1957 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1957 Sweden vs. Denmark - 1957 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1957 Brumana International - 1957 King's Cup - Semi-Final a - 1957 International Matches - Sweden - 1957 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1957 Vagn-Jacobsen Trophy - 1957 Wimbledon - 1956 Monte Carlo - 1956 Roland Garros - 1956 US Open - 1956 Paris International Championships - 1956 Copenhagen - 1956 Italian International Championships - 1956 South of France Championships - 1956 British Hard Court Championships - 1956 German International Championships - 1956 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1956 Antwerpen International - 1956 Brumana International - 1956 Shell Prizes Handicap - 1956 International Club Matches - Belgium - 1956 Blau-Weiss Club - 1956 O'Keefe International Invitation - 1956 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1956 Scandinavian Championships - 1955 Norway vs. Denmark - 1955 Scandinavian Cup b - 1955 H.I.K. Tournament b - 1955 Wimbledon - 1954 Monte Carlo - 1954 French Covered Court Championships - 1954 British Hard Court Championships - 1954 Danish Covered Courts - 1954 US vs. Denmark Exhibition - 1954 Surrey - 1954 King's Cup - Semi-Final a - 1954 Wimbledon - 1953 US Open - 1953 Newport Casino Tournament - 1953 French Covered Court Championships - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 German International Championships - 1953 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1953 King's Cup - Final - 1953 Danish Covered Courts - 1953 Scandinavian Championships - 1953 Stuttgart - 1953 International Club Matches - USA - 1953 H.I.K. International - 1953 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1953 Wimbledon - 1952 Roland Garros - 1952 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1952 Coupe Pierre Gillou - 1952 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1952 Wimbledon - 1951 Roland Garros - 1951 Coupe de Noel - 1951 Copenhagen - 1951 German International Championships - 1951 Danish International Championhips - 1951 Danish Covered Courts - 1951 East of England Championships - 1951 Sweden vs. Denmark - 1951 Copenhagen Indoor - 1951 Antwerpen International - 1951 Westerland Spa Second Meeting - 1951 Wimbledon - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1950 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1950 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1950 Scandinavian Championships - 1950 US vs. Denmark Exhibition - 1950 Copenhagen Indoor - 1950 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1950 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1950 Malmö - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1949 Cannes Carlton - 1949 Nice - 1949 Copenhagen - 1949 Nice 2nd Meeting - 1949 Barcelona International - 1949 San Remo - 1949 Beaulieu Second Meeting - 1949 Scandinavian Championships - 1949 Copenhagen Indoor - 1949 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1949 Copenhagen Indoor Invitation - 1949 Wimbledon - 1948 Roland Garros - 1948 Danish Covered Courts - 1948 Scandinavian Championships - 1948 Danish Nationals (Closed) - 1948 Copenhagen Indoor - 1947

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