Béla von Kehrling

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The native form of this personal name is Kehrling Béla. This article uses the Western name order.
Béla von Kehrling
Bela von Kehrling.jpg
Country Hungary
Born (1891-01-25)25 January 1891
Spišská Sobota, Austria-Hungary
Died 26 April 1937(1937-04-26) (aged 46)
Budapest, Hungary
Turned pro 1910 (amateur tour)[1]
Retired 1933[1]
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career titles 312 (1931)[2]
Highest ranking No. 10 (1929, Bill Tilden)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1926, 1929)
Wimbledon QF (1929)
Other tournaments
WHCC QF (1913, 1914)
Olympic Games 4R (1924)[4]
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open QF (1926, 1929)
Wimbledon SF (1925, 1926)[5]
Other Doubles tournaments
WHCC SF (1914)[6]
Olympic Games 2R (1912)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1926, 1927)
Béla von Kehrling
Medal record
Table Tennis
Competitor for  Hungary
World Table Tennis Championships
Silver London 1926 Doubles
Gold London 1926 Team

Béla von Kehrling (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbeːla ˈkeːɐ̯linɡ]; Hungarian: Kehrling Béla; 25 January 1891 – 16 April 1937) was a Hungarian tennis, table tennis, and football player but eventually a winter sportsman familiar with ice-hockey and occasionally competing in bobsleigh.[7] He competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics and the 1924 Summer Olympics.[8]

Just like Fred Perry, he played both tennis and table tennis professionally. In 1926 he played in the first table tennis World Cup final in London with Zoltán Mechlovits in doubles but lost to Roland Jacobi (who won the singles title) and Dániel Pécsi. He was also featured in the Hungarian team that won gold in team competition.[9] Originally he wasn't part of the national team. While the Hungarians unanimously swept all of the medals after Roland Jacobi's singles and doubles success he suddenly been reported of the death of his father thus he decided to travel home. The substitute player was Béla von Kehrling who had to beat Munio Pillinger of Austria to have the team medal as well. He did so and completed the flawless victory for Hungary.[7] In the end he took two medals in the table tennis world championships, one gold and one silver.

In 1924 he won the German Tennis Championships (now called German Open Hamburg). The following year he was back in the finals but then lost against Otto Froitzheim. The same year he won Hungarian tennis Championships (which he did 13 times altogether counting only the singles). In July 1933 Von Kehrling won the doubles and mixed doubles title at the Dutch Championships.[10]

"Züricher Sport" newspaper ranked Kehrling as No. 10 in the European Top 10 rankings in 1931.[11]

In conjunction with his sports activity he was the vice-president of the Hungarian Tennis Association[12] and the editor-in-chief of its official magazine the bimonthly "Tennis and Golf".[2]

Table tennis career[edit]

Béla Kehrling on a 1965 Hungarian postal stamp
  • International Masters Cup
    • 1927 Berlin – 1st place doubles (with Zoltán Mechlovits)

Tennis career[edit]

Notable singles wins[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Majors (0)
Consolation tournaments (2)
International Championships (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
1. 1920 Kassa[13] N/A Hungary Kamill Fittler N/A
1. 1923 Gotheborg Games[b] Outdoors Germany Oscar Kreuzer 4–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
2. 1923 Merano[14] N/A Germany Otto Froitzheim 11–9, 8–6, 6–0
3. 1924 Hamburg N/A Germany Louis Maria Heyden 8–6, 6–1, 9–7
2. 1925 All England Plate[a] Grass France Roger George 6–3, 6–4
4. 1926 Monaco Clay United Kingdom Charles Kingsley 6–4, 6–1, 6–3
5. 1926 Nice[15] N/A N/A N/A
6. 1926 Beaulieu[15] N/A N/A N/A
7. 1926 Cannes[16] N/A United Kingdom Charles Kingsley 7–5, 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
8. 1927 Monaco clay Denmark Erik Worm walkover
9. 1931 Budapest N/A Japan Hyotare Sato 6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
10. 1931 French Riviera Championships N/A Republic of Ireland George Lyttleton-Rogers 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
11. 1932 Budapest N/A
12. 1932 San Remo N/A Republic of Ireland George Lyttleton-Rogers 6–3, 6–3, 6–3[2]

Runner-up[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
1. 1924 Switzerland[17] Netherlands Hendrik Timmer 3 sets to 2
2. 1925 Hamburg Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–4, 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
3. 1928 Monaco clay France Henri Cochet 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
4. 1929 Bordighera clay Italy Giorgio De Stefani 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
5. 1930 Zagreb clay France Emmanuel Du Plaix 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
6. 1930 Budapest clay Czechoslovakia Roderich Menzel 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2[18]
7. 1931 Bordighera clay Republic of Ireland George Lyttleton-Rogers 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 0–6, 6–4
8. 1932 Cannes Spain Enrique Maier 6–4, 7–9, 6–1, 6–4
9. 1933 Cannes Weimar Republic Gottfried von Cramm 8–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6
  • a The All England Plate was a tournament played by the losers of the first two rounds of the Wimbledon Men's Singles tournament.[19]
  • b The Göteborg Games were A "mini-Olympics" held for the defeated nations of World War I who were defected from the 1924 Summer Olympics.[20]

Davis Cup[edit]

Europe Zone
Round Date Opponents Final match score Venue Surface Match Opponent Rubber score
2R 16–18 May 1924  Denmark 2–3 Copenhagen N/A Singles 2 Einer Ulrich 10–8, 6–0, 6–4 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Björn Thalbitzer / Einer Ulrich 5–7, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5, 5–7(L)
Singles 4 Axel Petersen 6–2, 6–4, 6–3 (W)
1R 8–10 May 1925  France 0–5 Budapest clay Singles 2 René Lacoste 3–6, 3–6, 3–6 (L)
Doubles (with Aurél Kelemen) Jean Borotra / René Lacoste 4–6, 2–6, 10–8, 3–6(L)
Singles 4 Jean Borotra 6–8, 6–1, 6–4, 6–2 (W)
2R 16–18 May 1926  Argentina 2–3 Barcelona clay Singles 1 Guillermo Robson 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Kálmán Kirchmayer) Enrique Obarrio / Guillermo Robson 2–6, 4–6, 3–6(L)
Singles 5 Enrique Obarrio 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 (W)
2R 13–15 May 1927  Italy 2–3 Budapest N/A Singles 1 Umberto De Morpurgo 7–5, 4–6, 4–6, 7–5, 1–6 (L)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Umberto De Morpurgo / Giorgio De Stefani 3–6, 5–7, 6–8 (L)
Singles 5 Clemente Serventi 6–2, 6–1, 6–4 (W)
1R 4–6 May 1928  Norway 5–0 Christiana N/A Singles 1 Rolf Christoffersen 6–1, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Rolf Christoffersen / Torleif Torkildsen 6–2 6–2 4–6 6–0 (W)
Singles 4 Torleif Torkildsen 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
2R 18–20 May 1928  Netherlands 2–3 Noordwijk clay Singles 2 Arthur Diemer-Kool 7–5, 4–6, 2–6, 6–1, 1–1 Ret. (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) Hendrik Timmer / Ody Koopman 6–1, 4–6, 2–6, 5–7 (L)
Singles 4 Hendrik Timmer 3–6, 4–6, 3–6 (L)
1R 10–12 May 1929  Norway 4–1 Oslo N/A Singles 2 Jack Nielsen 11–9, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Torleif Torkildsen / Jack Nielsen 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 (W)
Singles 5 Torleif Torkildsen 6–1, 6–2, 6–1 (W)
2R 14–16 May 1929  Monaco 3–2 Budapest N/A Singles 2 Vladimir Landau 6–4, 6–4, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Jenő Péteri) René Gallepe/Vladimir Landau 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, 8–10 (L)
Singles 4 René Gallepe 6–0, 6–3, 6–1 (W)
QF 7–9 June 1929  Netherlands 3–2 Budapest clay Singles 1 Arthur Diemer-Kool 6–2, 6–1, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Imre Takáts) Hendrik Timmer / Arthur Diemer-Kool 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6 (L)
Singles 5 Hendrik Timmer 8–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 (W)
SF 14–16 June 1929  Great Britain 2–3 Budapest clay Singles 1 Colin Gregory 5–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–2, 6–3 (W)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Colin Gregory / Ian Collins 2–6, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6 (L)
Singles 4 Bunny Austin 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 (W)
1R 2–4 May 1930  Japan 0–4 Budapest clay Singles 1 Takeichi Harada 6-2, 3-6, 6-8, 2-6 (L)
Doubles (with Pál Aschner) Tamino Abe / Takeichi Harada 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 (L)
Singles 5 Yoshiro Ota 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-6 suspended (U)
1R 1–3 May 1931  Italy 1–4 Budapest clay Singles 2 Umberto De Morpurgo 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) Alberto del Bono / Umberto De Morpurgo 6-8, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7 (L)
Singles 5 Giorgio de Stefani 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 (L)
1R 3–5 May 1932  Finland 5–0 Budapest clay Singles 1 Ali Biaudet 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) Bo Grotenfeld / Ali Biaudet 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 (W)
Singles 5 Bo Grotenfeld 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 (W)
2R 19–21 May 1932  Ireland 1-4 Dublin grass Singles 2 Edward McGuire 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 (W)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) George Lyttleton-Rogers / Edward McGuire 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 3-6 (L)
Singles 5 George Lyttleton-Rogers 0-6, 3-6, 3-6 (L)
1R 5–7 May 1933  Japan 0–5 Budapest clay Singles 2 Ryosuki Nunoi 6-4, 6-8, 3-6, 1-6 (L)
Singles 4 Jiro Sato 6-4, 6-8, 3-6, 1-6 (L)
Qualifying Rounds Play-off 28–30 July 1933  Belgium 2-3 Brussels Singles 1 André Lacroix 1-6, 5-7, 2-6 (L)
Doubles (with Emil Gábori) André Lacroix / Leopold de Borman 6-2, 1-6, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6 (L)
Singles 5 Leopold de Borman 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 (W)

Football career[edit]

Number Opponent Venue Attendance Type Date Result Goals scored
1. Austrian Empire Austria Budapest 12.000–16.000 Friendly match 4 October 1914 2–2[21] 0
2. Austrian Empire Austria Vienna N/A Friendly match 8 November 1914 2–1[22] 1
3. Austrian Empire Austria Vienna 1.200 Friendly match 3 October 1915 4–2[23] N/A
4. Austrian Empire Austria Hütteldorf 8000 Friendly match 7 May 1916 1–3[24] 0

Ice hockey career[edit]

Number Club affiliation Opponent Venue Type Date Result Goals scored
1. BKE Austrian Empire Wiener Eislaufverein Vienna International match March 1915 14–2[25] several
2. BKE Austrian Empire Wiener Eislaufverein Vienna International match December 1915 7–3[26] 2
3. BKE Austrian Empire Wiener Eislaufverein Budapest Csáky Challenge Cup February 1917 2–7[27] 2
4. BKE Germany Leipziger SC Budapest Csáky Challenge Cup January 1925 3–3[28] 1
5. BKE Czech Republic LTC Prague Tátrafüred Grand Hotel Challenge Cup January 1928 5–2[29] 0

Personal life[edit]

Béla Kehrling married Magda Schlauch. She occasionally played tennis as well and wrote articles to the newspaper published by her husband. They had one son named Béla Kehrling, Jr, born in 1917 in Budapest who served as an Ensign in the cavalry brigade of the Hungarian Army in 1944.[30] They had another son named Tamás who was born in 1924 and died in 1999.[31]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kehrling Béla visszavonul" [Bela Kehrling retires] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1933. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Béla Kehrling, ed. (1932). Tennisz és Golf (PDF). IV (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt) 3: 41 http://epa.oszk.hu/02100/02127/00057/pdf/EPA02127_tennis_es_golf_1932_4_003.pdf |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (10 November 1929). Tennisz és Golf (PDF) (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai RT) I (13): 309 http://epa.oszk.hu/02100/02127/00013/pdf/EPA02127_tennis_es_golf_1929_1_013.pdf |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "2008 Olympic Tennis Event Media Guide" (PDF). International Tennis Federation. 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Christiaan van Lennep". tennismuseum.nl (in Dutch). Hilversum, Netherlands: robertblom.nl marketing- en communicatie. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  6. ^ J. Funke, ed. (8 June 1914). "Lawntennis" (pdf). Het Nieuws Van den Dag (in Dutch) (Amsterdam, Netherlands: C. Easton) (13,649): 13. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Árpád gimnázium. 11. Első hírességeink. "1910–1919". arpad.sulinet.hu (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Ministry of National Development of Hungary. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Béla von Kehrling Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  9. ^ "Idrott i Ungern". ae-learning.se. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Buitenlanders tennis kampioen van Nederland". De Revue der Sporten. p. 4. 
  11. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (1 October 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt). 18–19: 377. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (28 February 1931). Tennisz és Golf (PDF). III (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda. Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt.) 3–4: 5, 12–13, 20 http://epa.oszk.hu/02100/02127/00040/pdf/EPA02127_tennis_es_golf_1931_3_003_4.pdf |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Szlovenszkó lawntennisz bajnokságai" [Slovakia's International Lawn Championships] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1920. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kehrling győzelmei Meránban" [Kehrling's victories in Meran] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. October 1923. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Copa Davis, El match Argentina - Hungría" [Davis Cup, The match Argentina - Hungary]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish) (Barcelona, Spain: Carlos Godó Valls): 18. 16 May 1926. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Beaulieu Tournament". New Zealand: Evening Post. 23 February 1926. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "A Dutch tennis champion". New Zealand: Evening Post. 26 April 1924. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Menzel elhódította Kehrlingtől a magyar teniszbajnokságot" (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. September 1930. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Lawn Tennis". New Zealand: Evening Post. 22 June 1929. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Kehrling újabb győzelme Göteborgban" [Kehrling newest victory in Göteborg] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. July 1923. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  21. ^ Dániel Sulyok (2009). "Magyarország – Ausztria 2 : 2, 1914.10.04" [Hungary – Austria 2 : 2, 1914.10.04] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Netkert Tech. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Magyarország – Ausztria 2:1" [Hungary – Austria 2:1] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. November 1914. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  23. ^ "1915 Osztrák Magyar" [1915 Austria – Hungary] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: WordPress. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  24. ^ "Ausztria – Magyarország 3:1" [Austria – Hungary 3:1] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. May 1916. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "A magyar jéghockey-csapat győzelme" [Victory of the Hungarian Ice-hockey team] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. March 1915. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  26. ^ "A BKE hockey-csapatának bécsi győzelme" [Vienna triumph of BKE] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. December 1915. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  27. ^ "A Csáky-vándordíj" [Csáky Challenge Cup] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. February 1917. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  28. ^ "A Csáky-vándordíj: BKE – Leipziger SC 3:3 (2:0)" [Csáky Challenge Cup BKE – Leipziger SC 3:3 (2:0)] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. January 1925. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  29. ^ "A BKE fölényesen győzte le az LTC Prága csapatát" [Overwhelming victory of BKE over LTC Prague] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. January 1928. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  30. ^ Hungarian Army (20 July 1944). "Személyes Ügyek" [Personal affairs]. Hungarian Armed Forces Bulletin. LXXI. (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Pallas Részvénytársaság Nyomdája) 1: 639. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Tomb of Béla Kehrling in Farkasréti Cemetery [7/5-1-30].

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