Jenő Zsigmondy

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Jenő Zsigmondy
Jeno Zsigmondy.jpg
Country (sports) Hungary
Born (1889-07-04)4 July 1889
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died 30 July 1930(1930-07-30) (aged 41)
Paris, France
Other tournaments
WHCC 2R (1914)
Olympic Games 2R (1908, 1912)
Other doubles tournaments
WHCC SF (1914)[1]
Olympic Games 2R (1908, 1912)
Last updated on: 24 October 2012.

Jenő Zsigmondy (4 July 1889 – 30 July 1930), also known as Jenő von Zsigmondy (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjɛnøː ˈʒiɡmondi]; Hungarian: Zsigmondy Jenő, French: Eugène de Zsigmondy, 4 July 1889 – 30 July 1930) was a Hungarian tennis player who was one of Hungary's top players in the early 20th century. The national champion in 1907, 1910 and 1911, he competed for Hungary at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.[2] He was a member of Budapesti Lawn Tennis Club.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Jenő Zsigmondy was born in 1889, son of lawyer and Aulic Councillor Jenő Zsigmondy sr. a member of the famous Zsigmondy family and Matild Bartolovics. He had a sister Viola and a brother Dezső. His first cousin twice removed was dentist Adolf Zsigmondy inventor of the Zsigmondy cross. His first cousin once removed, Adolf's son was Richard Adolf Zsigmondy a recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1926. His second first cousin once removed, Richard's brother Emil Zsigmondy was a mountaineer and eponym of the Zsigmondyspitze an Austrian mountain peak. His third first cousin once removed Karl Zsigmondy was the discoverer of the Zsigmondy's theorem in mathemathics.[4] His grandfather Pál was the one who established the first tennis court in Budapest capital of Hungary and brought croquet and tennis equipment from England.[5] His father was also a member of the Hungarian Parliament between 1927–1932.[6]

Tennis career[edit]

In 1907 he won the Hungarian Tennis Championships singles trophy for the first time.[7]

In 1909 he won the Hungarian Tennis Championships mixed doubles contest partnering Katalin Cséry, an achievement they repeated five more times afterwards.[3]

In 1910 he became the national champion in singles for the second time.[8]

In 1911 he successfully defended his national title.[7] He was defeated by Curt Brandis in the Hungarian Athletics Club international tournament.[9]

In 1912 he won the Tátralomnic championship.[7] That year he also clinched the Hungarian Athletics Club international championships as well.[10]

In 1913 Zsigmondy fell short to Béla von Kehrling for claiming his fourth national title although they won the doubles contest together.[11]

In the 1914 World Hard Court Championships in Saint Cloud in June he teamed up with Béla von Kehrling and reached the semifinals only losing to Arthur Gore and Algernon Kingscote of Great Britain in straight sets.[1] The same month he lost again to Kehrling in the Hungarian Lawn Tennis National Championships.[12]

Golf career[edit]

As a result of his fading health he had to give up tennis and started to pursue amateur golf.[13] In 3–7 June 1929 Zsigmondy won a couple of titles in the Wiener Golf-Club championships, including the mixed doubles alongside Mrs. Pollack von Parnau. In handicap contest (against bogey) he was defeated by G. Hänel. In the Grave-yard handicap he finished first with a score of (17) 19 greenen.[14] In September in the international golf challenge between Hungary and Germany Zsigmondy lost both of his matches in singles and mixed doubles. On the 7th of the same month he traveled to Vienna for the International Country Club of Lainz, but fell in the qualification rounds.[15] In October he reached the quarterfinal of the Hungarian International Golf Championships. In the Illés Gara Memorial Tournament I. Scratch contest and III. Handicap contest he finished sixth on both events. For the Zichy travelling trophy in mid-October he earned a shared second place in Bogey handicap.[16] In 1935 there was a Zsigmondy Jenő memorial golf contest, won by István von Rakovszky.

Personal life[edit]

He studied law and in early May 1913 he graduated becoming a lawyer.[11] He married Alice Gstettner, a singing master from Vienna. They had two daughters Magda and Éva.[4][17] He died on 30 July 1930 in Paris due to a disease.[13]


  1. ^ a b 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. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Mallon, Bill; Widlund, Ture (2002). The 1912 Olympic Games: results for all competitors in all events, with commentary. McFarland & Company. p. 313. ISBN 978-0-7864-1047-7. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Újjáéled a hagyomány" [Tradition renewed]. (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Tenisz Szövetség (Hungarian Tennis Federation). 9 June 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Renner, János (1943). Megemlékezés Zsigmondy Jenőről [Commemoration of Jenő Zsigmondy] (PDF) (Speech) (in Hungarian). Magyar Evangélikus Digitális Tár. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Kozák, Péter (2004). Illem, sport és divat [Ethics, sport and fashion]. 6 (in Hungarian). Viktória kiadó. ISBN 9638646225. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Magyar országgyülési almanach. Ötszáz magyar élet 1927–1932" [Hungarian Parliament Almanach. 500 Hungarian life 1927–1932.]. (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Országgyűlési Könyvtár. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Béla Kehrling, ed. (22 April 1932). "A jubiláris közgyűlés lefolyása" [Assembly for the silver jubilee of the Hungarian Tennis Association] (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. IV (3): 37–41. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Árvay, Sándor (2009). Magyar Teniszlexikon. Budapest, Hungary: RedaktorSport Bt. ISBN 978-963-06-7558-1. 
  9. ^ "A MAC nemzetközi versenyről: Zsigmondy letörése" [report from the MAC internationals: Zsigmondy's downfall] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. June 1911. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "A MAC. nemzetközi versenye" [MAC internationals] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. June 1912. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "A MOLSz. Bajnoki lawn-tennis versenye" [The Hungarian Lawn Tennis National Championships] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. June 1913. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Magyar bajnoki teniszverseny" [Hungarian Lawn Tennis National Championships] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. June 1914. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  13. ^ a b István Rakovszky (16 September 1930). "Zsigmondy Jenő halálára" [in requiem Jenő Zsigmondy] (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor Irod. és Nyomdai RT. II (17): 327–328. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (25 June 1929). "Golf" (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai Rt. I (4): 108. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (10 September 1929). "Golf" (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai Rt. I (9): 233–236. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (10 October 1929). "Golf" (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai Rt. I (11): 274–276. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mellinger Irma a kapocs" [Mellinger Irma, the connection]. (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Ministry of Human Resources. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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