General Paul Camille Marie Joseph Ghislain
de Borman
Male
Belgium
1879-12-01
Sint-Joost-ten-Noode, Belgium
1948-04-21
Oostende, Belgium


About

Paul de Borman was a Belgian tennis player who was active during the early part of the 20th century. He is regarded as a pioneer of Belgian tennis. From 1946 to 1947 he was president of the International Tennis Federation.
De Borman was co-founder of the Royal Léopold Club in 1898. Between 1904 and 1919 he played in ten ties for the Belgian Davis Cup team, then called International Lawn Tennis Challenge. His best Davis Cup performance came in 1904 when, together with William le Maire de Warzée, they reached the final of the World Group in which they lost to the British Isles. That same year he reached the semifinal of the 1904 Wimbledon Championships in which he lost to Major Ritchie in straight sets.
In 1903, he won the Ostend International tournament beating American Clarence Hobart in the final.
De Borman was a nine-time Belgian national singles champion between 1898 and 1912 and 3 more titles in gentlemen's doubles and 2 titles in mixed doubles. Afterwards he became chairman of the tennis department at the Royal Léopold Club in Brussels. In his book "Lawn Tennis at Home and Abroad" (1903) A. Wallis Myers describes De Borman: "His style is not graceful, but he plays a strong game and is plucky in a match. He has a difficult reverse cut service and a great forehand drive, which he takes at the top of the bound with a straight arm, which causes the ball to shoot when it touches the ground."



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Archive statistics 1896 - 1922
20
178
123


Tournament wins 1919 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1913 - Belgian International Championships ()
1913 - Westende Tournament (Amateur)
1913 - Oostende (Amateur)
1912 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1911 - Oostende (Amateur)
1911 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Westende Tournament (Amateur)
1909 - Den Haag (The Hague) (Amateur)
1905 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1905 - Belgian International Championships ()
1904 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1903 - Oostende (Amateur)
1903 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1902 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1901 - Spa (Amateur)
1900 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1899 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)
1899 - Spa (Amateur)
1898 - Belgian National Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1922 Wimbledon - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1919-a Swiss International Championships - 1919 Davis Cup - Quarter-Finals - 1914-a Wimbledon - 1914 World Hardcourt Championships - 1914 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1913-a Wimbledon - 1913 Paris International Championships - 1913 Lille - 1913 World Hardcourt Championships - 1913 Westende Tournament - 1913 Belgian International Championships - 1913 Oostende - 1913 Gent - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 World Hardcourt Championships - 1912 Deauville - 1912 Oostende - 1912 Belgian National Championships - 1912 Wimbledon - 1911 Oostende - 1911 Belgian National Championships - 1911 Netherlands International Championships - 1910 Westende Tournament - 1910 Oostende - 1910 Den Haag (The Hague) - 1910 Brussel International Matches - 1910 Brussel Invitational - 1910 Middelkerke - 1910 Wimbledon - 1909 Oostende - 1909 Den Haag (The Hague) - 1909 Lille - 1908 Oostende - 1908 Tournoi du TC Flandres - 1907 Wimbledon - 1905 Belgian International Championships - 1905 Belgian National Championships - 1905 Wimbledon - 1904 Gipsy - 1904 Oostende - 1904 Davis Cup - Final - 1904 Belgian National Championships - 1904 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1904 Belgian International Championships - 1903 Homburg - 1903 Oostende - 1903 Homburg International Championship - 1903 Belgian National Championships - 1903 Wimbledon - 1902 Belgian International Championships - 1902 Oostende - 1902 Belgian National Championships - 1902 Oostende - 1901 Spa - 1901 Netherlands International Championships - 1900 German International Championships - 1900 European Championship - 1900 Belgian International Championships - 1900 Homburg - 1900 Oostende - 1900 Belgian National Championships - 1900 Netherlands International Championships - 1899 Belgian International Championships - 1899 Spa - 1899 Belgian National Championships - 1899 Netherlands International Championships - 1898 Belgian National Championships - 1898 Belgian National Championships - 1897 Belgian National Championships - 1896

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