Yvon Petra

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Yvon Petra
Yvon Petra 1938.jpg
Full nameYvon Francois Marie Petra
Country (sports) France
Born8 March 1916
Cholon, French Indochina
Died12 September 1984(1984-09-12) (aged 68)
Paris, France
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1948 (amateur tour from 1935)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF2016 (member page)
Career record179-65 (73.3%) [1]
Career titles18 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 4 (1946, A. Wallis Myers)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenSF (1946)
WimbledonW (1946)
US Open4R (1936, 1937, 1938)
Professional majors
US Pro1R (1950)
Career record0–1
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1938, 1946)
WimbledonQF (1947)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1937)
WimbledonF (1937)
US OpenF (1937)

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. In 1938 he won the singles and doubles title at the French Covered Court Championships.[3] He was a prisoner of war in World War II and after his release won three Tournoi de France titles from 1943 through 1945.[4][5] 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.[2][6] He was the last man to wear long trousers in a Wimbledon final and was the last Frenchman to win the singles title.[7]

Petra joined the tour of professional players in 1948.[8] He was inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016.[9]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1946 Wimbledon Grass Australia Geoff Brown 6–2, 6–4, 7–9, 5–7, 6–2

Doubles (2 titles)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1938 French Championships Clay France Bernard Destremau United States Don Budge
United States Gene Mako
3–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–1
Win 1946 French Championships Clay France Marcel Bernard Argentina Enrique Morea
Ecuador Pancho Segura
7–5, 6–3, 0–6, 1–6, 10–8

Mixed doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1937 French Championships Clay France Simonne Mathieu Germany Marie-Louise Horn
France Roland Journu
7–5, 7–5
Loss 1937 Wimbledon Grass France Simonne Mathieu United States Alice Marble
United States Don Budge
4–6, 1–6
Loss 1937 U.S. Championships Grass France Sylvie Jung Henrotin United States Sarah Palfrey
United States Don Budge
2–6, 10–8, 0–6


  1. ^ a b Garcia, Gabriel. "Yvon Petra: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  3. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1947). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1947. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 281.
  4. ^ Harold Bubil (23 December 1974). "Petra: POW Camp to Wimbledon Champ". Sarasota Journal. pp. 1-D, 4-D.
  5. ^ Henry D. Fetter (6 June 2011). "The French Open During World War II: A Hidden History". The Atlantic.
  6. ^ "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, 3 February 1947.
  7. ^ Paul Newman (15 July 2016). "Remembering Yvon Petra: Hall of Famer, WWII veteran and Wimbledon champion". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.
  8. ^ McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited. p. 47.
  9. ^ "Class of 2016". International Tennis Hall of Fame. March 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-21.

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