View Full Version : COCHET playing obscure PRO matches with GREATS

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
04-23-2009, 11:38 PM
Yesterday I received a book which made my day.
If you look at Ray Bowers's accounts you will see that Budge-Vines-Tilden-Stoefen made a European 4-man tour (succession of either traditional 4-man tourneys with a first round and a final, or 4-man round robin events) in the summer 1939 and that they made a stop at Bordeaux (France), Villa Primrose just after the World Pro Champs on clay at Roland Garros. At Bordeaux the incomplete results given by Bowers were as follows : Budge d. Stoefen 61 97 and Tilden d. Vines 64 62.

What I learnt in the book (about Bordeaux and the "La Villa Primrose stadium", clay courts) is that Budge and Tilden played against each other in the mentioned tournament (unfortunately there is no result) and that the dates of that pro tournament at Bordeaux were July 5-6, 1939. So for the moment nothing very interesting.

But what made my day was that the third day at Bordeaux the Americans played a team event against France. France beat the USA 2-1 on July 7, 1939 :
- the old Ramillon beat a tired Tilden (after the Roland and Bordeaux tournaments) 64 86 (Robert Ramillon wasn't a great player but he was a good player who in rare occasions could beat any top player),
- Cochet d. a tired ... Budge 63 57 75 : in the report it was stated that this was the first time these players played against each other. This is the information that made my day. Until now I didn't know that both players had met. And though Cochet was past his prime he was still able to beat the best player in the world (on clay).
The main information in the account was that Cochet temporized the rallies because he knew that he couldn't rival Budge in powerful and fast exchanges. Cochet even led at the start of the second set after having captured the 1st set,
- in the doubles Budge-Vines d. Cochet-Ramillon 62 62 (the French according to the report being outpowered by the athletic Americans).

My main question is : has anyone other match results between Budge and Cochet ? I don't think because the 4 Americans (and Budge in particular) continued their European tour outside France and that on September 1, the WWII began. Knowing that Cochet was reinstated amateur in 1941 (with the Borotra "laws") it is very unlikely that both players met again later.

A subsidiary question : I think Cochet has never beaten Vines (both in the amateur and pro circuits). Is it 100% true ?

Other player whom Cochet met : Nüsslein.
As pc1 recalled McCauley stated that Cochet and Nüsslein met ten times (the Czech winning all the sets) but in McCauley's or Bowers' account only 3 matches are listed. Has anyone any info about the 7 matches left between these players ?

04-24-2009, 01:24 AM
Great information!

Thanks Carlo!

04-24-2009, 02:40 AM
A subsidiary question : I think Cochet has never beaten Vines (both in the amateur and pro circuits). Is it 100% true ?


I don't know if it's 100% true but according to Vines "I never regarded Cochet as that tough. I played him 12 times as an amateur and professional and never lost to him, probably because his game style was made to order for me. I could attack his serve and also take the net on mine. Tilden had trouble with him because he didn't play enough net. To beat Cochet you had to get in or he'd be on top of you with his incredible on-the-rise approach shots. I also believe his penchant for no-man's-land-midcourt-was ill advised when I was driving well off both sides."

I find that Vines was generally honest in his opinions and I would think that he would know whether Cochet ever defeated him or not. I can see Vines perhaps getting the amount of times they play wrong but from this paragraph I would think Cochet never defeated him.

Fascinating information that you gave Carlo. What book was it from?

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
04-24-2009, 03:17 AM
see below ...

04-24-2009, 03:42 AM

I can't think of any other meetings off the top of my head between Cochet and the greats you mentioned. I do have some interviews of Perry, Budge and Vines but I don't recall specific matches they mentioned. I know Perry mentioned he played Cochet often and that he led the series but I don't recall if he mentioned any scores.

Thank you for the information on the book.

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
04-24-2009, 03:45 AM
I think that Vines always beat Cochet because he won their 3 amateur meetings in 1932-1933 and because in Ray Bowers' and McCauley's pro results Vines was always the winner but as you can note for the Cochet-Budge meeting there are still many hidden results.

From memory Vines even beat Cochet more than 12 times because he beat him 3 times in the amateur ranks as said just before but also at least 10 times (in 10 meetings) in the USA-France team tour held early in 1934. In mid-May began the US tourneys season and Vines beat Cochet at least (because Bowers didn't give all the results) at The Eastern Pro Championships, New York. Then as Bowers stated "Cochet and Plaa, who were earning little money as losing semi-finalists, had already started back to France".
Then apparently Vines and Cochet never met once again :
- Cochet played little in the second half of 1934 (being ill around Garros tournament).
- In 1935 Cochet made his world tour sponsored by the French government.
- From 1936 to 1938 Vines didn't play any tourney,
- In 1939 the only occasion of a meeting would have been Garros (but Cochet lost to Tilden) and Bordeaux but Vines wasn't chosen as a singles player (see above).

So except hidden results among the last US tourneys played by Cochet in 1934 (and some unknown event in France when the 4 US men toured in Europe) Vines beat Cochet 14 times (3 amateur meetings, 10 pro team events, 1 pro tourney).

As Vines stated (according to your post) perhaps Cochet's game suited Elly but Vines was a bit lucky to face a Cochet a bit over the hill (first meeting in 1932) and only once on clay (except of course any obscure match) where Cochet extended Vines to 5 sets in Davis Cup dead-rubber match. It is likely that if Vines had met Cochet at his prime and on every surface, Cochet would have won a few matches.

I bought the book
"La Villa Primrose
un siècle d'histoire sportive à Bordeaux (1897-1997)"
on the French site of e B a y (I spell it with separation otherwise the word is blanked, note that I do the same below for the url address) and received it just yesterday so I just had time to skim through a few pages.
As very often in French sources there are no details and I have deduced my infos after about half an hour of research though the first page I opened when I took that book was that of the pro team event between France and the USA.

Could I deduce from you and SgtJohn's posts that you have no knowledge of other obscure pro meetings (not registered in Bowers' or McCauley's works) between Cochet and other greats of the time (Nüsslein, Vines, Budge, Tilden, Perry) ?

I don't know how to insert an image in that forum so I give you the Url link of the image of the book cover :
http://i11.e b a yimg.com/07/i/001/40/73/ec40_1_sbl.JPG (I recall that I've written this url address with some blanks not existing in the true address)

In that book there is for instance the complete draw of the Bordeaux tournament won by Wilding in 1908.

Other point not related to that one : I've edited my post about "The most talented player" by adding a few words about Philippoussis and Nalbandian.

04-24-2009, 04:40 AM
Hello Carlo,

Its very interesting reading stuff you post everytime. I'm collecting as complete as possible all pre 1968 results and publish them on my site, www.tennisarchives.com
Im very interested in the draw of the 1908 Bordeaux tournament. Is it possible to send me a scan of that draw. I would be most grateful!!

Hope to hear from you
mail: idzznew (at) yahoo.co.uk

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
04-26-2009, 11:50 PM
Hello Idzznew, thanks for the congratulations.

The Bordeaux tournament was open for the first time in 1907 for players not club members so you can imagine that the field wasn’t that strong (in 1908 the only good entry was Wilding and the only other player who later became a good player was Jean Samazeuilh (Wilding's opponent in the first round, and future winner of the French (amateur) Closed Championships in 1921).
I have no scanner but I’m not sure you would see the (scanned) draw because in my book this is a photo of the handwritten draw and I can’t decipher all the characters.
Often the first name of a player isn’t given which is annoying because some of the players were relatives so I added it whenever I had some presumption elsewhere (for instance there were many Samazeuilhs playing tennis : brothers, father …).
So I give you what I can read and deduce or understand :
1st round (round of 14) :
Wilding d. Jn (I guess “Jean”) Samazeuilh 60 60 / Bertie Seward d. Pujol 60 61 / (possibly Jean) Montariol d. Derazey (I’m not sure of the “r” in Derazey) 62 61 / Henri de Clouet d. Mény w.o. / Weber d. H. Lawton w.o. / Delalande d. Porte (once again I’m not sure of the “r” in Porte) w.o. / Jques (I guess “Jacques”) Samazeuilh d. Chandezon 62 63 / Daniel Lawton bye
Quarters :
Wilding d. Bertie Seward (a real tennis player who chopped all his strokes and who slightly bothered Anthony at times, in fact in Bordeaux era many tennis players came from real tennis, lawn tennis ancestor) 61 64 / Montariol d. Henri de Clouet 63 61 / Weber d. Delalande 62 63 / Daniel Lawton d. Jques (I guess “Jacques”) Samazeuilh 63 06 75
Semis :
Wilding d. Montariol 60 62 / Daniel Lawton d. Weber 26 62 64
Final :
Wilding d. Daniel Lawton 62 60 61

So you can note that the draw was mainly composed of local Bordelais players with only Wilding as an international player (he lost only 10 games in 4 matches) so that event was probably the equivalent of a modern "Futures" tourney except that in these events no Top20 player (as was Wilding at the time) is allowed to enter.

Because I’ve seen in your site that there are no Garros 1936 results for Cramm I suggest you to look at some old Garros results at
http://www.fft.fr/rolandgarros/default.asp?id=1562 PALMARES 1925-2006.
There are a few errors as in 1962 (Phillips-Moore beat Constantin Nastase and not Ilie his famous younger brother), 1957 (Gimeno probably beat Henri Pellizza and not Pierre his elder who was professional) and in 1938 where all the results from “A. Baworowski (9) 61 57 61 61” to “D. Budge (1) 61 62 64” are displaced : you have to come down a notch for each of these results. Thus the right results of the round of 64 in the lower part of the draw are “B. Panker d. L. Chevallier w.o.” and “A. Baworowski (9) d. B. Berthet 61 57 61 61” to “D. Budge (1) d. A. Gentien 61 62 64”. And in the round of 32 “A. Baworowski (9) d. B. Panker w.o.”,
however it's quite interesting.

04-27-2009, 12:08 AM
Hi Carlo,

Thanks so much for your reply. I wll add the results as soon as I can. Thanks for pointing me to errors. Im always happy with that because ofcoure I want the site to become as complete and accurate as possible. Ive just started the site and naturally there are tons of reults and players to be added. I have the complete single results of all grandslams and ofcourse the Mccauley book for the proffesional results. So give me a little more time and hopefully some helping hands and the site will grow rapidly.
I already recive results from the US by DavidD and european results from a dutch contact. I can do with Australian results so if possible they are always wellcome.

Thanks again

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
04-29-2009, 02:46 AM
Hi Alex,
I've seen in your site the following result at Wimby 1936 :
Budge, James Donald (Don) d. Leseuer, Jean (6-1 6-1 6-1).

If I'm not wrong the true names are
Budge, John Donald (Don)
Lesueur, Jean

And you're right about Feret, Paul in the English transcription but in French it's Féret, Paul

04-29-2009, 10:42 AM
Thanks again Carlo,

I changed the errors. It's good having somebody helping to develope the site


Q&M son
08-22-2009, 05:17 PM
Great thread, great reading.
Bump for share again.