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Old July 8th, 2013, 08:38 AM   #1

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Wimbledon runner-up 1936


Andy Murray ended Britain's 77 year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion, in the process becoming the first British man in shorts to win the title.

The last British man to do so before him was Fred Perry in 1936, but the man he beat, Baron Gottfried von Cramm was rather interesting:
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_von_Cramm]Gottfried von Cramm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]


Blond and of Aryan appearance, the Nazi party wanted to exploit Freiharr von Cramm's success, but he refused to identify with them. His tennis success kept him out of prison despite his opposition to the Nazis. He was arrested and imprisoned for an affair with a male Jewish actor - a charge that might have gotten a lesser man killed in later years. Both he and his brother served in the German military, both on the Eastern front.

He won 2 French Open titles, and made four other Grand Slam finals (3 Wimbledon, 1 US Open), and was married to the Woolworth heiress for a few years. He was killed in a car accident in Egypt in 1976.

Ah, the days when you could see Barons, Nawabs and Maharajahs out on the field of sport.
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