19 November 1930|
|Died||11 June 2011(aged 80)|
|Turned pro||1960 (amateur tour from 1948)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1953, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||4R (1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959)|
|Wimbledon||F (1953, 1955)|
|US Open||QF (1953)|
|Wembley Pro||1R (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966)|
|French Pro||1R (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||3R (1953, 1957)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1957)|
Kurt Nielsen (19 November 1930 – 11 June 2011) was a Danish tennis player. He was born in Copenhagen, and was the first Danish tennis player ever to have played in a Men's Singles final in a Grand Slam tournament.
Nielsen reached the singles finals of Wimbledon in 1953 (beating Ken Rosewall and Jaroslav Drobný before losing to Vic Seixas) and 1955 (beating Rosewall before losing to Tony Trabert). Both times he reached the final he was unseeded. Before this, he won the Boys' Singles at Wimbledon in 1947 (defeating Sven Davidson). Besides his successes at Wimbledon, he won the Boys' singles at the French Open, and reached senior quarterfinals in the US Open in 1953.
With Althea Gibson, Nielsen won the US Open mixed doubles in 1957, thereby becoming the first Dane to have ever won a Grand Slam event as a senior. During his long career he won around 30 international titles, played 96 Davis Cup matches for Denmark (with a 53–43 record), and holds the record of having won the most Danish national tennis championships (50). Nielsen turned professional in 1960, and played on the pro circuit.
After ending his active career, Nielsen held numerous honourable positions in leading international tennis associations, as well as being supervisor and referee at many Grand Slam events. He was a commentator on the Danish version of the TV channel Eurosport until late 2006.
Nielsen was the grandfather of Danish tennis player Frederik Løchte Nielsen. He followed his grandfather and became the second Dane to win a Grand Slam tournament at the 2012 Wimbledon men's doubles.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: (2 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||1953||Wimbledon||Grass||Vic Seixas||7–9, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1955||Wimbledon||Grass||Tony Trabert||3–6, 5–7, 1–6|
Mixed doubles: (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Winner||1957||US Open||Grass||Althea Gibson|| Darlene Hard
|Runner-up||1958||Wimbledon||Grass||Althea Gibson|| Lorraine Coghlan Robinson
Singles performance timeline
|Grand slam tournaments|
had turned pro
|U.S. National Championships||A||A||A||A||3R||QF||A||3R||A||4R||1R||A||A||11–5|
|U.S. Pro Tennis Championships||Absent;
had not turned pro
|French Pro Championship||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||0–6|
Note: 1 First round bye
- "Trabert is Seeded Top", The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September 1953.
- Dansk tennislegende er død, tv2.dk 11. juni 2011 (in Danish)
- "Wimbledon 1953". www.tennis.co.nf.
- "Rosewall Downs Kurt Nielsen". The Canberra Times. 15 September 1960. p. 32 – via National Library of Australia.
- Femte sæt, b.dk 17. februar 2011 (in Danish)
- F. Løchte tættere på Wimbledon, tv2.dk 20. juni 2007 (in Danish)
- Kurt Nielsen at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Kurt Nielsen at the International Tennis Federation
- Kurt Nielsen at the Davis Cup
- Kurt Nielsen at Tennisabstract.com
- Kurt Nielsen and Torben Ulrich (in dark sweater) play Tony Trabert and Vic Seixas at Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Frederiksberg, Denmark in 1954. Link to video stream.