FRANJO PUNČEC - CROATIAN TENNIS PLAYER, STRIKER STATE
World tennis champion and one of the best Croatian sportsmen 20th century.
Started to play tennis on the courts Čakovec sports club, and the first coach was his Geza Legenstein. Already 1931st he was the junior champion of Yugoslavia. Senior champion and the first tennis player on the national ranking was since 1933. to 1940. year. With Joseph Palade was champion in doubles 1934th and in 1936. year. Punčec Francis was the first Croatian tennis player on the world ranking, which in 1939. year due to the fourth place.
Punčec Francis was a member of the tennis section CWC Concordia Zagreb. He was a member of the national team of Yugoslavia, in 1939. she won first place in the Davis Cup European zone. For Davis Cup team has played 26 times and the number of wins is the most successful individual. Twice, 1938. and 1939. , was semi-finalist at Wimbledon, losing both times winners of the future. He won the international tournament in Monte Carlo and the International Championship of Scandinavia 1938th, International Championship of India 1940th Egypt and International Championships 1948th year. Since 1947. he lived in Cairo, and then until his death in 1985. in Johannesburg.
His name is called a tennis club in Cakovec.
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