Jan Kodeš

March 01, 1946
Place of Birth:
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 4

Across the early 1970s, Jan Kodeš was among the most prideful competitors in the game of tennis and more accomplished than many realized. Taking back-to-back titles on his favorite clay court surface at the French Open in 1970 and 1971, he was not willing to rest on those laurels. Kodeš twice made it to the final of the US Open on grass in 1971 and 1973 and also won on the lawns of Wimbledon in 1973.  For 12 years he was the No. 1 player for his home country of Czechoslovakia, and he proudly represented his nation in a record 96 rubbers across 15 years of Davis Cup play, finishing runner-up in the team competition in 1975 and as the champions in 1980.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1970-71


  • Singles Champion 1973

US Open

  • Singles Finalist 1971, 1973

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1964-80
  • Davis Cup Team Captain 1982-87