Yvon Petra

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Yvon Petra
Full name Yvon Francois Marie Petra
Country  France
Born 8 March 1916
Cholon, French Indochina
Died 12 September 1984 (aged 68)
Paris, France
Turned pro 1948 (amateur tour from 1935)
Retired 1955
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record 19–4
Highest ranking No. 4 (1946, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1946)
Wimbledon W (1946)
US Open 4R (1936, 1937, 1938)
Professional majors
US Pro 1R (1950)
Career record 0–1
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1938, 1946)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1937)
Last updated on: 1 October 2012.

Yvon Petra (French pronunciation: ​[ivɔ̃ petʁa]; 8 March 1916 – 12 September 1984) was a French male tennis player. He was born in Cholon, French Indochina. He is best remembered as the last Frenchman to win the Wimbledon championships men's singles title (in 1946), beating Geoff Brown in five sets in the final. In doubles he won the French championships twice, in 1938 with Bernard Destremau, defeating the best pair in the world Budge-Mako, and in 1946 with Marcel Bernard. He also won two French national titles during World War II. He emigrated to the United States and worked as a tennis pro at the Saddle and Cycle Club in Chicago and a country club in Connecticut towards the end of his life. Petra was ranked World No. 4 for 1946 by A. Wallis Myers and World No. 8 for 1947 by Harry Hopman.[1][2]

He was the last man to wear long trousers in a Wimbledon final.


  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.