Marcel Bernard

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Marcel Bernard
Country  France
Born (1914-05-18)18 May 1914
La Madeleine, Nord, France
Died 29 April 1994(1994-04-29) (aged 79)
Paris, France
Turned pro 1930 (amateur tour)
Retired 1956
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 5 (1946, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1946)
Wimbledon 3R (1934, 1937)
US Open 3R (1932)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1936, 1946)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1935, 1936)

Marcel Bernard (French pronunciation: ​[maʁsɛl bɛʁnaʁ]; May 18, 1914 in La Madeleine, Nord – April 29, 1994) was a French tennis player. He is best remembered for having won the French Championships in 1946 (reaching the semi-finals a further three times). He defeated Jaroslav Drobný in the finals by the score of 3–6, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–3.

In the same French Open (1946), Bernard also won the Men's Doubles with Yvon Petra. In the 1935 French Open, he won the Mixed Doubles with Lolette Payot. In the following French Open (1936), he also won the Mixed Doubles with Billie Yorke and the Men's Doubles with Jean Borotra. He played Davis Cup for France over a period spanning 21 years, from 1935 to 1956. Bernard was ranked World No. 5 for 1946 by A. Wallis Myers and World No. 9 for 1947 by Harry Hopman.[1][2]

Bernard later became president of the French Tennis Federation. The French Open Mixed Doubles Cup is now known as the "Coupe Marcel Bernard". His name is also commemorated at the Roland-Garros Stadium by the walkway "Allée Marcel Bernard" which leads to the Suzanne Lenglen Court.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles : 1 title[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1946 French Championships Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Drobný 3–6, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–3

Doubles : 2 titles, 1 runner-up[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1932 French Championships France Christian Boussus France Jacques Brugnon
France Henri Cochet
4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1936 French Championships France Jean Borotra United Kingdom Pat Hughes
United Kingdom Charles Tuckey
6–2, 3–6, 9–7, 6–1
Winner 1946 French Championships France Yvon Petra Argentina Enrique Morea
Ecuador Pancho Segura
7–5, 6–3, 0–6, 1–6, 10–8

Mixed doubles : 2 titles[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1935 French Championships France Lolette Payot France Sylvie Jung Henrotin
France Martin Legeay
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1936 French Championships United Kingdom Billie Yorke France Sylvie Jung Henrotin
France Martin Legeay
7–5, 6–8, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  2. ^ "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, 3 February 1947.

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