Former US, Wimbledon champ Ted Shroeder dies
I'd never heard of him, but it's nice to learn more about the pre-Open champions. Hope others do as well.
Schroeder, Wimbledon and U.S. champion in '40s, dies at 84
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Ted Schroeder, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the 1940s, died Friday at age 84.
Schroeder, elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1966, died at home in La Jolla, Calif., after a battle with cancer, the hall said.
In 1942, Schroeder won college titles in singles and doubles for Stanford, and won the singles and mixed doubles at the United States National Championships, the precursor to the U.S. Open. He also made the 1949 final there, losing to Pancho Gonzalez 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 -- the most games for a final in tournament history.
Schroeder was the 1949 Wimbledon singles champion. He won three U.S. men's doubles championships with Jack Kramer, in 1940-41 and 1947, was ranked in the top 10 in the world from 1946-51 -- reaching No. 2 from 1946-49 -- and won four Davis Cup titles.
A regular spectator at Wimbledon in recent years, Schroeder would often criticize the modern game and its emphasis on power over finesse, saying too many men on the tour today hit the ball hard without trying to properly set up points.
He was at the Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary celebration in 2004, and last attended Wimbledon that year. Declining health prevented him from making the trip to England in 2005.
He is survived by three sons, a brother and two sisters, the hall said.
Updated on Friday, May 26, 2006 4:00 pm EDT