Karel Koželuh

March 07, 1895
April 27, 1950
Place of Birth:
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:

Vinnie Richards once described Karel Koželuh as “the Fred Astaire of the courts, with faultless ground strokes and a safecracker’s touch at the net.” Koželuh was a revered champion in the professional game during the 1920s and 1930s. He swept six French Professional Singles Championships in a row from 1925-30 and won that prestigious event again in 1932. He was a three time U.S. Pro Singles winner and also took top honors at the European Professional Tour Championships and the World Professional Championships.

Career Achievements

  • French Pro Singles Champion 1925-30, 1932
  • European Pro Tour Champion 1932
  • U.S. Pro Singles Champion 1929, 1932, 1937
  • World Pro Tennis Title 1925
  • Due to "professional status," Koželuh was never allowed to play amateur events such as Wimbledon and the US National Championships