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Olympic medal record
Men’s ice hockey
Silver 1948 Team Competition

Jaroslav Drobný (October 12, 1921, Prague – September 13, 2001, London) was an amateur tennis champion as well as being an ice hockey player for the Czechoslovakian national team. He left Czechoslovakia in 1949 and traveled on an Egyptian passport before becoming a citizen of Great Britain in 1959, where he died in 2001.

He was a silver medallist with the Czechoslovakian ice hockey team in the 1948 Olympics.

As a tennis player he was good enough as early as 1946 to be able to beat Jack Kramer in the round of 16 at Wimbledon before losing in the semi-finals. In 1951 and 1952 he won the French Open, defeating in the final Eric Sturgess and then retaining the title the following year against Frank Sedgman. Drobný was the losing finalist at Wimbledon in both 1949 and 1952 before finally winning it in 1954 by beating Ken Rosewall for the title, the first left-hander to capture Wimbledon.

Drobný was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1983. He died in Tooting, London.


Grand Slam record

Australian Championships

  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1950

French Championships

  • Singles champion: 1951, 1952
  • Singles runner-up: 1946, 1948, 1950
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1948
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1950
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1948


  • Singles champion: 1954
  • Singles runner-up: 1949, 1952
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1951

Grand Slam finals


Singles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1946 French Championships Clay France Marcel Bernard 3–6, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1948 French Championships Clay United States Frank Parker 6–4, 7–5, 5–7, 8–6
Runner-up 1949 Wimbledon Grass United States Ted Schroeder 3–6, 6–0, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1950 French Championships Clay United States Budge Patty 6–1, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5
Winner 1951 French Championships Clay South Africa Eric Sturgess 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1952 French Championships (2) Clay Australia Frank Sedgman 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1952 Wimbledon Grass Australia Frank Sedgman 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1954 Wimbledon Grass Australia Ken Rosewall 13–11, 4–6, 6–2, 9–7

In popular culture

Ivan Blatný wrote a poem called Wimbledon which addresses Drobný [1].


  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2009). "Ice Hockey: Men". In The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 23.


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