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Paul De Borman

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Full name: Paul Camille Marie Joseph Ghislain De Borman
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Bio Paul de Borman was a Belgian tennis player who was active during the early part of the 20th century. He is regarded as a pioneer of Belgian tennis. From 1946 to 1947 he was president of the International Tennis Federation.
De Borman was co-founder of the Royal Léopold Club in 1898. Between 1904 and 1919 he played in ten ties for the Belgian Davis Cup team, then called International Lawn Tennis Challenge. His best Davis Cup performance came in 1904 when, together with William le Maire de Warzée, they reached the final of the World Group in which they lost to the British Isles. That same year he reached the semifinal of the 1904 Wimbledon Championships in which he lost to Major Ritchie in straight sets.
In 1903, he won the Ostend International tournament beating American Clarence Hobart in the final.
De Borman was a nine-time Belgian national singles champion between 1898 and 1912 and 3 more titles in gentlemen's doubles and 2 titles in mixed doubles. Afterwards he became chairman of the tennis department at the Royal Léopold Club in Brussels. In his book "Lawn Tennis at Home and Abroad" (1903) A. Wallis Myers describes De Borman: "His style is not graceful, but he plays a strong game and is plucky in a match. He has a difficult reverse cut service and a great forehand drive, which he takes at the top of the bound with a straight arm, which causes the ball to shoot when it touches the ground."
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