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Landislav Hecht
Born August 31, 1909
Zsolna, Upper Hungary
Died May 27, 2004 (aged 94)
New York City, NY
Nationality Czechoslovakia

Landislav Hecht (August 31, 1909 – May 27, 2004) was a Jewish professional tennis player, well known for representing Czechoslovakia in the Davis Cup during the 1930's.

He was born in Zsolna, Upper Hungary in 1909, and developed a successful tennis career, some considering him to be the best tennis player in Europe immediately before the Second World War.[1] He then fled to the United States before Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, working in a munitions factory [2] during World War II. After the war he continued his tennis career, becoming a #1 ranked player in the eastern United States. He continued on starting toy and paintbrush businesses, and later in life was honored by the city of Bratislava, having a new multisport stadium named after him in 1966.



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