General Raymond Jean
Rodel (Rôdel)
Male
France
1895-05-07
Bordeaux, France
1967-02-21
Lausanne, Switzerland


About

The piece below was translated and slightly adapted from the Wikipedia entry in French on Pierre Albarran, which can be viewed here: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Rodel

Raymond Rôdel was the son of two merchants, Albert-Jean Rôdel (b. 1863) and Marthe Marie Rôdel (née Houdemon; 1869-1938). On 8 October 1918, in Paris, Raymond Rôdel married Jeanne Marie Louise Galeotti, a composer and daughter of the Italian composer Cesare Galeotti. During World War One, Raymond Rôdel was a pilot/aviator with the French Armed Forces and had the rank of sergeant (“maréchal-des-logis”).

Between 1925 and 1939, Raymond Rôdel took part in the French International Championships fifteen times, reaching the fourth round in 1934. This left him as one of three French players remaining in the men’s singles draw along with Christian Boussus and André Merlin. Two years later he reached the same stage at the same tournament, having notably beaten the Englishman Frank Wilde and the Italian Henri Bolelli. After World War Two, Raymond Rôdel sent in an entry for the French International Championships five times between 1947 and 1953, but defaulted each time.

He also took part in the Wimbledon tournament twice, reaching the third round of the men’s singles event in 1929. In August 1934, Raymond Rôdel was ironically nicknamed “the top French male player” by the Paris-Midi newspaper after defeating his countryman André Martin-Legeay in the final of the men’s singles event at the Dieppe tournament. Martin-Legeay had previously defeated Christian Boussus and André Merlin, two members of the French Davis Cup team. In 1929, Raymond Rôdel took part in a tennis tour of Asia with Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon and Pierre-Henri Landry. This tour included stops in Japan and Vietnam.

In 1927, Raymond Rôdel suggested that the French Tennis Federation create a special section in its rankings of top French tennis players to allow former champions or members of French tennis teams to still be ranked should they wish to return to competition.

In 1937, Raymond Rôdel was an attaché with the general commission in charge of the Universal Exhibition held that year in Paris. He was also a member of the council of the International Tennis Federation and captain of the French tennis team during friendly matches. In addition, between 1941 and 1942, Raymond Rôdel was a general delegate with the Commission for Sports and Young People in Paris.

In 1943, Joseph Pascot, Commissioner General for Sport, appointed Raymond Rôdel President of the French Tennis Federation; he thus replaced René Lacoste who had too many professional commitments at the time. Rôdel remained in that position until 1944. He was also President of the Association of Girondins in Paris and then, after the war, of the Festivities Committee. In 1948, he created the National Active Committee for French Courtesy/Comité Actif National de la Courtoisie Française and the Committee for France/Comité de France, whose goals were to recognise personalities who contributed to the prestige of France.

As a journalist, Raymond Rôdel was editor of the newspapers Prestige français et mondanités and L’Écho de Quiberon. He also created a team competition for journalists who took part in sports; the cup awarded to the winners bore Rôdel’s name.



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Archive statistics 1919 - 1953
16
201
113


Tournament wins 1935 - Dinard (Amateur)
1935 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1934 - Granville (Amateur)
1934 - Biarritz (Amateur)
1934 - Dieppe (Amateur)
1933 - Reims (Amateur)
1932 - Biarritz (Amateur)
1930 - Le Havre (Amateur)
1930 - Biarritz (Amateur)
1929 - Lille (Amateur)
1928 - Soissons (Amateur)
1925 - Dinard (Amateur)
1925 - Bois de Boulogne (Amateur)
1925 - Soissons (Amateur)
1925 - Université Club (Amateur)
1923 - Critérium de France (Amateur)


Tournaments Roland Garros - 1953 Roland Garros - 1951 Roland Garros - 1950 Roland Garros - 1949 Roland Garros - 1947 International Club Matches - GBR - 1946 Tournoi de France - 1944 Roland Garros - 1939 French Covered Court Championships - 1939 Roland Garros - 1938 La Baule 2nd meeting - 1938 Roland Garros - 1937 Coupe de Noel - 1937 Paris International Championships - 1937 French Covered Court Championships - 1937 Asnieres Indoor - 1937 Coupe Stade-Racing - 1937 Roland Garros - 1936 Paris International Championships - 1936 Algiers - 1936 International Club Matches - FRA - 1936 Trouville - 1936 La Baule - 1936 Roland Garros - 1935 Paris International Championships - 1935 Dinard - 1935 Le Havre - 1935 Roland Garros - 1934 Paris International Championships - 1934 Dieppe - 1934 Biarritz - 1934 Pau - 1934 Granville - 1934 La Baule - 1934 Roland Garros - 1933 Coupe de Noel - 1933 Paris International Championships - 1933 French Covered Court Championships - 1933 Biarritz - 1933 Dinard - 1933 Pau - 1933 Reims - 1933 Roland Garros - 1932 Coupe de Noel - 1932 Paris International Championships - 1932 French Covered Court Championships - 1932 Biarritz - 1932 D'Aguillera - 1932 Wimbledon - 1931 Roland Garros - 1931 Coupe de Noel - 1931 Paris International Championships - 1931 French Covered Court Championships - 1931 Biarritz - 1931 Merano - 1931 Wimbledon - 1930 Roland Garros - 1930 Paris International Championships - 1930 Lille - 1930 Biarritz - 1930 Le Havre - 1930 Oostende - 1930 Hossegor - 1930 Calcutta South Club Invitation - 1930 Wimbledon - 1929 Roland Garros - 1929 Coupe de Noel - 1929 French Covered Court Championships - 1929 Lille - 1929 Le Havre - 1929 Trieste - 1929 Koshien Invitation Tournament - 1929 Tournoi du TC Flandres - 1929 Roland Garros - 1928 Coupe de Noel - 1928 Paris International Championships - 1928 Biarritz - 1928 Deauville - 1928 Soissons - 1928 Roland Garros - 1927 Paris International Championships - 1927 Dinard - 1927 Roland Garros - 1926 Paris International Championships - 1926 Roland Garros - 1925 Paris International Championships - 1925 Dinard - 1925 Vittel - 1925 Bois de Boulogne - 1925 Critérium de France - 1925 Soissons - 1925 Université Club - 1925 Paris International Championships - 1924 Critérium de France - 1923 Paris International Championships - 1922 Boulogne - 1922 Dinard - 1922 Critérium de France - 1922 Criterium de France Indoor - 1922 Paris International Championships - 1921 South of France Championships - 1921 World Hardcourt Championships - 1921 Coupe de Noel - 1920 Critérium de France - 1920 Racing Club de France Tournament - 1919

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