Titanic survivors Richard Williams and Karl Behr

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  1. krosero

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    The Titanic went down a hundred years ago today. There are a few articles about these two tennis players.

    Behr was able to make it into one of the first lifeboats. Williams stayed on the ship till the end with his father, and was washed off into the freezing water.

    Great article here on how Williams survived: http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2012-04-15/richard-williams-tennis-titanic-100th-anniversary

     
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    Behr and Williams first met aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, according to the article below which also describes their five-set match at Longwood a few months later.

    http://www.history.com/news/2012/04/11/titanics-tennis-star-survivors/

     
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    Outstanding! I nominate Krosero for the title of: Chief Executive TT Historian.
     
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    Even the ATP has an article. Apparently a "Tennis and the Titanic" exhibit has opened at Newport.

    http://m.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/04/Features/Titanic-Tennis-Exhibition.aspx

     
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    Hah! I'm not climbing aboard that ship! :)
     
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    what about tennis players killed in a ship during WWI and WWII.?

    or, on ground or air battles?

    I just know about Wilding.I also find amusing the story about Tappy Larsen, although I am not sure if it was during WWII or Korea War.
     
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    Henner Henkel died in WWII. i think on the eastern front, but not sure
     
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    Thanks.Wasn´t he RG champion and Von Cramm´s DC teammate?
     
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    yeah... 1937 French Champion, played DC and doubles with von Cramm often. died in the Battle of Stalingrad.
     
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    Krosero, thanks, great post.
    is there a book about Richard Williams that you can recommend?
     
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    Impressing and shocking.
     
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  13. krosero

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    there may be though I don't know myself of one
     
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    Apparently that was some match between Behr and Williams at Longwood, only three months after Titanic's sinking. Behr, whose career Williams had followed and admired, won 0-6, 7-9, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

    Here's a snippet from the New York Times, which unfortunately does not elaborate on why the match was so highly regarded.

    BOSTON, July 17. -- R.N. Williams of Philadelphia, National clay court champion, was defeated by Karl H. Behr of New York at the Longwood Cricket Club singles championship tournament to-day in a five-set match. The contest between the two, both of whom are survivors of the Titanic disaster was declared by old-timers to be one of the hardest fought tennis battles seen during the twenty-two years of tournaments at Longwood.​
     
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    Richard Norris Williams is a fascinating character to me. Even Bill Tilden has nothing but the highest admiration for him. He was according to some accounts very gifted as a tennis player and his highest level was unbelievable. You add that he was a rich millionaire in the early 1900's who survived the Titanic and that's some story. You add that he won several majors and it's more interesting.
     
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    If you made a short list of players who were not known for consistency but whose highest level was sometimes described as unbeatable, Williams would have to be on it, along with others like Vines and Hoad.
     
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    Incredible how he defied a doctor and started walking around the Carpathia, to save his legs.
     
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