Jaroslav Drobny

October 12, 1921
September 13, 2001
Place of Birth:
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

A versatile athlete who played both tennis and ice hockey in his native Czechoslovakia, Drobny was deeply admired for his tricky left-handed serve and his considerable finesse on the court. In 1954, the burly Czech refugee-who would eventually become a British citizen-was showered with much affection when he ruled on the lawns of Wimbledon at 32, adding that major singles title to the two French Championship crowns he already owned. He was enduringly popular with galleries wherever he competed.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1951-52
  • Doubles Champion 1948
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1948


  • Singles Champion 1954

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1946-49
  • World Hockey Amateur Championship 1947
  • Olympic Silver Medalist in Hockey