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Yvon Petra

Yvon Petra
File:Yvon Petra 1938.jpg
Full name Yvon Francois Marie Petra
Country 23x15px France
Born 8 March 1916
Cholon, French Indochina
Died 12 September 1984 (aged 68)
Paris, France
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Turned pro 1948 (amateur tour from 1935)</td></tr>
Retired 1955</td></tr>
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)</td></tr>
Career record {{#property:P564}}</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 4 (1946, A. Wallis Myers)[1]</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1946)</td></tr>
Wimbledon W (1946)</td></tr>
US Open 4R (1936, 1937, 1938)</td></tr>
Professional majors</td></tr>
US Pro 1R (1950)</td></tr>
Career record {{#property:P555}}</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1938, 1946)</td></tr>
Wimbledon QF (1947)</td></tr>
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1937)</td></tr>
Wimbledon F (1937)</td></tr>
US Open

F (1937)</td></tr></table>

Yvon Petra (Template:IPA-fr; 8 March 1916 – 12 September 1984) was a French male tennis player. He was born in Cholon, French Indochina. He is best remembered as the last Frenchman to win the Wimbledon championships men's singles title (in 1946), beating Geoff Brown in five sets in the final. In doubles he won the French championships twice, in 1938 with Bernard Destremau, defeating the best pair in the world Budge-Mako, and in 1946 with Marcel Bernard. In 1938 he won the singles and doubles title at the French Covered Court Championships.[2] He was a prisoner of war in World War II and after his release won three French national titles from 1943 through 1945.[3][4] He emigrated to the United States and worked as a tennis pro at the Saddle and Cycle Club in Chicago and a country club in Connecticut towards the end of his life. Petra was ranked World No. 4 for 1946 by A. Wallis Myers and World No. 8 for 1947 by Harry Hopman.[1][5] He was the last man to wear long trousers in a Wimbledon final.

Petra joined the tour of professional players in 1948.[6]

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1946 Wimbledon 23x15px Geoff Brown 6–2, 6–4, 7–9, 5–7, 6–2

Doubles (2 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1938 French Championships 23x15px Bernard Destremau 23x15px Don Budge
23x15px Gene Mako
3–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–1
Winner 1946 French Championships 23x15px Marcel Bernard 23x15px Enrique Morea
23x15px Pancho Segura
7–5, 6–3, 0–6, 1–6, 10–8

Mixed doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1937 French Championships 23x15px Simonne Mathieu 23x15px Marie Luise Horn
23x15px Roland Journu
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1937 Wimbledon 23x15px Simonne Mathieu 23x15px Alice Marble
23x15px Don Budge
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1937 U.S. Championships 23x15px Sylvie Jung Henrotin 23x15px Sarah Palfrey
23x15px Don Budge
2–6, 10–8, 0–6


  1. 1.0 1.1 United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  2. G.P. Hughes, ed. (1947). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1947. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 281. 
  3. Harold Bubil (23 December 1974). "Petra: POW Camp to Wimbledon Champ". Sarasota Journal. pp. 1–D, 4–D. 
  4. Henry D. Fetter (6 June 2011). "The French Open During World War II: A Hidden History". The Atlantic. 
  5. "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, 3 February 1947.
  6. McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited. p. 47. 

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