Robert ("Bob") Falkenburg
(born on January 29, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY
, United States
) is a former American male tennis
player and businessman of German
descent. He is best remembered for his victory at the Wimbledon Championships
Falkenburg suffered from a respiratory problem that was no hindrance in his everyday life but that handicapped him somewhat as an athlete. He therefore developed a method of pacing himself during matches, concentrating on winning only sets in which he was clearly ahead. If he fell behind, he would make little effort to win that particular set, a trait that particularly annoyed British sports fans. As tennis great Jack Kramer
, Falkenburg's near contemporary, has written: "A typical Falkenburg victory reads like this: 6–4, 0–6, 6–4, 0–6, 7–5." He would also find opportunities during a match to fall to the court in order to catch his breath. "At Wimbledon the general impression was that Falkenburg was a bad sport," writes Kramer.
Falkenburg attended the University of Southern California
in Los Angeles, California
. He was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame.
In 1948 Falkenburg played the Australian John Bromwich
for the championship. He won the first and third sets but hardly made an effort to win the second and fourth sets. In the fifth set Bromwich had two match points on his serve at 5–2. He came to the net for a volley... Read More