18 September 1917|
22 September 1986 (aged 69)|
München, West Germany
|Turned pro||1939 (amateur tour)</td></tr>|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)</td></tr>|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1948, John Olliff)</td></tr>|
|Grand Slam Singles results</tr>|
|French Open||W (1947)</td></tr>|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results</tr>|
József Asbóth (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjoːʒɛf ɒʃboːt]; Hungarian: Asbóth József; September 18, 1917 in Szombathely – September 22, 1986) was a Hungarian male tennis player. Born in a family of railway workers, he is best remembered for being the first Hungarian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title, at the 1947 French Open (where he was seeded fifth). Asbóth also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1948. Hungary's Communist government had let him leave the country only after the personal warrant of the Swedish King Gustaf V that Asbóth would return to his homeland and wasn't going to emigrate. In 1941, he was a member of the Hungarian team that won the Central European Cup. Asbóth was ranked World No. 8 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph in 1948 (and No. 9 in 1947).
In 1993 a street was named after Asbóth in Szombathely, the city where he was born.
Grand Slam singles finals