Henri Rochon

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Henri Rochon
Country  Canada
Born 12 March 1924
Montreal, Canada
Died 5 February 2005 (aged 80)
Montreal, Canada
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (1951)
US Open 4R (1951)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (1951)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1951)
Team competitions
Davis Cup FAm (1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955)

Henri Rochon (12 March 1924 – 5 February 2005) was a Canadian National tennis champion and Davis Cup tennis player.

Born in and resident to Montreal, Rochon won the Canadian Open, the precursor to today's Rogers Cup ATP 1000 Series event, in 1949, defeating fellow Canadian Lorne Main in the final. He was also a three-time finalist, losing to American William Tully in 1948; to Canadian Brendan Macken in 1950; and to fellow Québécois Robert Bédard.[1]

Rochon appeared in U.S. National Championship fourteen consecutive times in singles, beginning in 1945. His best result came in 1951 when he reached the fourth round. In that round he leveled his match with No. 5 seed Tony Trabert at a set all before falling in four.[2] In the same year he made his only Wimbledon Championships appearance, reaching the second round.[3]

In Davis Cup, Rochon played matches for Canada every year from 1946 through 1953 as well as in 1955 and 1956. All ties he played in, except for the last one, were home fixtures and took place at the Mount Royal Tennis Club in Montreal. (The final one was played away against the Caribbean, in Trinidad). As with other Canadians of that era, Rochon never beat an American or Australian player in 8 matches, losing all 24 sets. Against Mexico, his match win-loss record was 2 wins, 4 loses in singles and 1 and 1 in doubles, and as a team Canada featuring Rochon lost two ties to Mexico in the late 1940s before winning two in the 1950s. Canada's best result during that time was reaching the America zone Final five times - 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, and 1955. Each time, however, they would come up against either the U.S. or Australia. (At the time there were two zones - Europe and America, with the later being essentially a 'rest of the world' zone.)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis Canada HENRI ROCHON". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tennis Archives: Henri Rochon". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wimbledon Players Archive: Henri Rochon". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Player profile - Henri ROCHON (CAN)". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 

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