Re: 1949 results
September 16-18, Tennismeisterschaften der Ostzone/East German Closed Outdoor Championships, Leipzig, East Germany (Clay)
Venue: Zentrale Sportgemeinschaft Industrie-Mitte am Ziegeleiweg
Draw of 32
1R: Irmgard Hallbauer d. Frl Polzin 6-2 6-2
1R: Frl Volgmann d. Frl Flad default
1R: Frl Siebert d. Frl Voss 6-4 6-1
1R: Frl Jacke d. Frl Görs 6-0 10-8
1R: Frl Stein d. Frl Elbel 6-1 6-3
1R: Frl Kinel d. Frl Volkmann 12-10 11-9
1R: Paula Seiffert d. Frl Heidmann default
1R: Frl Stübinger d. Frl Becker 6-0 6-1
1R: Anneliese Timme d. Frl Trommlitz 6-1 6-0
1R: Frau Müller-Hahn d. Frl Lehmann 6-2 6-0
1R: Frl Mente d. Frl Schröder 6-3 6-4
1R: Frl Aster d. Frl Frick 6-2 6-2
1R: Ursula Hörselmann d. Frl Schmid 6-1 7-5
1R: Frl Bley d. Frl Neubauer 6-4 8-6
1R: Frl Hobohm d. Frl Kisse 6-1 6-3
1R: Ursula Heidemüller d. Frl Barz 6-2 6-1
2R: Hallbauer d. Volgmann 6-0 6-0
2R: Siebert d. Jacke 6-2 6-2
2R: Stein d. Kinel 6-2 6-2
2R: Stübinger d. Seifert 6-3 0-6 6-0
2R: Timme d. Müller-Hahn 6-3 8-6
2R: Aster d. Mente 6-0 6-1
2R: Hörselmann d. Bley 6-1 6-1
2R: Heidemüller d. Hobohm 6-3 7-5
QF: Hallbauer d. Siebert 6-0 6-4
QF: Stübinger d. Stein 6-3 6-4
QF: Timme d. Aster 1-6 6-2 6-2
QF: Heidemüller d. Hörselmann 6-3 6-2
SF: Hallbauer d. Stübinger 6-3 6-0
SF: Heidemüller d. Timme 6-3 6-2
FI: Irmgard Hallbauer d. Ursula Heidemüller 6-2 6-4
Notes: Irmgard Hallbauer and her future husband, Wolfgang Jacke, also won the mixed doubles event at this tournament, which was effectively the first edition of the East German Closed Outdoor Championships. A women’s doubles event might also have been part of the programme, which also featured some junior events. The early rounds of these latter events were held at the Bruno-Plache-Stadium in Probstheida, while the finals were also held at the Zentrale Sportgemeinschaft Industrie-Mitte, a sports club located at am Ziegeleiweg in Leipzig.
An overview of tennis in East Germany (1949-90)
From the very beginning the East German authorities invested half-heartedly in tennis. In accordance with the communist ethos, the focus was more on team sports and Olympiad-type events and competitions where the winners were usually awarded medals. There were two training centres for tennis players in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the early years of the state’s existence, one each in Berlin and Halle. These were both closed circa 1968. Even before then there had been very few coaches to help East German tennis players develop their talents.
Due to the lack of real investment in tennis, it was also very difficult for East German tennis players to keep pace with their western counterparts or, indeed, with players from communist countries where tennis had a higher status. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 meant that from then on East German tennis players had virtually no opportunity of travelling to western countries to take part in tournaments. The only truly international competition in which East German tennis players ever took part was the men’s Galea Cup. No East German players were able to take part in either the Davis Cup or the Federation Cup, in particular because of the NATO blockade and the refusal of certain countries to grant visas.
In 1969, the East German authorities enforced the new “Leistungssportbeschluss” or “Resolution on Performance Sports”, according to which most Olympic summer and winter sports would receive increased funding and other sports would receive less. The aim here was to guarantee that athletes from the GDR would perform better at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 than athletes from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). One result of the enforcement of this new resolution was that tennis effectively became enshrined as a third-class sport in East German law.
The history of tennis in East Germany is therefore largely one of neglect, lost opportunities, the effect of politics on sport, and unfulfilled talent.
Last edited by Rollo; Apr 18th, 2018 at 07:04 PM.