18 September 1917|
|Died||22 September 1986
München, West Germany
|Turned pro||1939 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1948, John Olliff)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||W (1947)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||SF (1947)|
József Asbóth (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjoːʒɛf ɒʃboːt]; Hungarian: Asbóth József; 18 September 1917 – 22 September 1986) was a Hungarian male tennis player. Born in a family of railway workers, he is best remembered for being the first Hungarian tennis and the first player from Eastern Europe to win a Grand Slam singles title, at the 1947 French Open (where he was seeded fifth). As of today, he is still the only Hungarian male player who won a Grand Slam title in singles. Asbóth also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1948. Hungary's Communist government had let him leave the country only after the personal warrant of the Swedish King Gustaf V that Asbóth would return to his homeland and wasn't going to emigrate. In 1941, he was a member of the Hungarian team that won the Central European Cup. Asbóth was ranked World No. 8 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph in 1948 (and No. 9 in 1947).
In 1993 a street was named after Asbóth in Szombathely, the city where he was born.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 title)
|Winner||1947||French Championships||Clay||Eric Sturgess||8–6, 7–5, 6–4|
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- Árvay, Sándor (2009-01-05). "Bajnokaink" [Our champions] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Tenisz Szövetség [Hungarian Tennis Association]. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- "Asbóth József" (in Hungarian). Webpage of the city of Szombathely, Hungary. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
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