Pro tennis begins with...

Who started the pro tennis?

  • George Kerr

    Votes: 6 37.5%
  • Tom Pettitt

    Votes: 7 43.8%
  • Thomas Burke

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • Karel Kozeluh

    Votes: 8 50.0%
  • Roman Najuch

    Votes: 7 43.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 31.3%

  • Total voters
    16
  • Poll closed .

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Professional
George Kerr and Tom Pettitt?
Thomas Burke?
Karel Kozeluh or Roman Najuch?
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urban

Legend
I once read a memoir of German Roman Najuch , who was a friend of Max Schmeling and toured with Tilden, Vines and Nüsslein in the early 30s. The early pros, mostly out of middle class families, were primarily coaches, who earned their money with giving tennis lessons. It was this coaching, not a separate tour, which prevented them from the amateur events, where the rich and famous played on. I think the first real tours were organized by Cash and Carry Pyles and Vinnie Richards around 1926/27, with Suzanne Lenglen being the main attraction.
 

urban

Legend
Its in a German book "Tennis Faszination" by Paula Stuck-von Rezniceck, Munich 1968. The author was herself a German player out of the tennis-bound family Stuck. Najuch was a ball boy at the famous Rot-Weiß-Tennis Club at Berlin. Out of a poor family, he had to earn his money by giving tennis lessons. He tutored the young Gottfried von Cramm at Rot-Weiß, and together with Nüsslein, went on a pro tour with Tilden and Stoefen in 1931/32.
 

Rosebud

New User
I see, thanks. I believe Paula is (was?) daughter of Burghard von Reznicek ("Tennis das Spiel der Volker)? Incidentally: Najuch contributed three pages to that book, on the merits of a good training regime ('Ohne Fleiss Kein Preis'). Yes, I think I've come across the title which you mention, here or there. I have another title of hers: a little booklet on Gottfried von Cramm, printed in 1949 by Olympia-Verlag.
 

TennisExpert

New User
Its in a German book "Tennis Faszination" by Paula Stuck-von Rezniceck, Munich 1968. The author was herself a German player out of the tennis-bound family Stuck. Najuch was a ball boy at the famous Rot-Weiß-Tennis Club at Berlin. Out of a poor family, he had to earn his money by giving tennis lessons. He tutored the young Gottfried von Cramm at Rot-Weiß, and together with Nüsslein, went on a pro tour with Tilden and Stoefen in 1931/32.
Good info, thanks urban.
 
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