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rufus_smith
04-06-2012, 07:41 AM
Fun tennis quiz question that I got from watching Davis Cup on TV:
In 1914 Dick Williams beat Karl Behr 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the US Nationals (US Open). There was something very unusual about this match-up of players. What was it?

treblings
04-06-2012, 08:25 AM
Fun tennis quiz question that I got from watching Davis Cup on TV:
In 1914 Dick Williams beat Karl Behr 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the US Nationals (US Open). There was something very unusual about this match-up of players. What was it?

both survived the sinking of the´Titanic´

rufus_smith
04-06-2012, 11:36 AM
both survived the sinking of the´Titanic´

Yup, both were on the Titantic, both survived, only 19% of men on the Titantic survived, and they ended up playing each other in the US Open. An amazing feat of chance.

treblings
04-06-2012, 12:19 PM
Yup, both were on the Titantic, both survived, only 19% of men on the Titantic survived, and they ended up playing each other in the US Open. An amazing feat of chance.

i think they also played davis cup together.
would be interesting to know whether they knew each other when they were aboard the Titanic.