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Chapter One
Vratislav
Czech–German Emnity
Don Bosco Church
Depression of 1929
Chamberlain and Peace for Ever, 1938
Building a Bunker in the Cellar
“Krutsky! Come Out, You German Swine!”
Rape
Our NKVD Guest
Fighting a War and Killed on Motorcycle
Slavic Brotherhood – Common Enemy
The Republic, 1945–1948
Tennisport Prague
Stealing Identity to Escape
We Made a Successful Crossing Selb- 5km
Murder in the Displaced Persons Camp
“Vratislav, the Greek Was Looking for You.”
1949 Pavel Tigrid: “Do Not Have Any Illusions”
111 Furtherstrasse, Nuremberg across Palace of Justice
Denson and Rosenthal, Nazi Prosecutors
Documents
Jaroslav Cajka—Ludwigsburg, Germany
Zdenek Capek and Ethiopia
Bijouterie and Monsieur Dubois
The question which changed my life forever in 1948
Commissioner for Germany John McCloy
Staff Sergeant Herbert Zeese
Naples - Port Said
Aden -Colombo
Jakarta - Perth
Perth - Melbourne
Sydney
Meeting Harry Hopman
Problems for My Parents
Leaving Australia for the USA
Landing in America
Chapter Four: Not Enough Tennis Clubs in New York
“You Want to Teach?” “Build Them Yourself.”
River Club, New York
First Attempt to Build a Tennis Club
Rockaway Hunting Club 1887
Junior Players
Surprised by Sergeant Zeese
Bobby Riggs
C. V. Starr, Founder of A.I.U., Later A.I.G
Hank Greenberg, AIG
Introduction of Metal Raquets
Invitations and Challenges
William Burden
Bishop Fulton Sheen
Bishop Fulton Sheen
Lesson from Rolls Roycing with Vanderbilt
In St. Luke’s Hospital with Back Pain
Tennis Inc. Opening Day
Jack Kramer: “Freddie, nobody wants us.” 1966
Last Pro Tournament before 1968 Wimbledon Open
Entering Wimbledon, 45 Seniors Doubles, 1968
Doris – put me in the game this afternoon
Being Fired
C.V. Starr “I Will Not Support Your Failure”
The Pan Am Girl
Dr. Karel Steinbach personal physician to Jan Masaryk
Visits to Czechoslovakia
Memorable Flight: Two Days, Frankfurt - New York
Balmoral Club, Nassau
Twenty Cows for My Wife
God’s Country: Wyoming
Parker Ranch, Colorado
Czech Inventor of Mica Paper
Professor Krcma, 1970s
Winning Seniors
Vlastimil Koubek - A 1992 Reunion
Chapter Five: Learning about Auctions
I Owned a Moose
Bedrich Dlouhy, Czech Painter
Tennis courts Closed for the Art Show
A Struggling Artist
Fascinating Artist Chiang Er-Shih
Avery Brundeges Note Payable One Year Later
Partnership in collection at the Musee Cernuschi
Er-Shih on a Marble Table
The Only Remaining Mystery
Art Gallery at Tennisport
Chapter Six: Tennis Boom, West Park Racquet Club
Cedarhurst Tennis Club and Highway
And Final Achievement: Tennisport Inc. Seven Acres
The Mafia Guys
Skiing and Tennis Connections
Rich Girl, Unfortunate Love
Acapulco, Mexico
John McEnroe and Champions
Charity Events at Tennisport
Concorde to Paris for Lunch
Tennis pro and Cattle Rancher
Nicky Forstmann: “If You Can Afford it, so can I.”
The way to go, in Wyoming
Cowboys, the dying breed
1992 Eminent Domain, End of a Dream
Quotes from McEnroe, Wade, Courier, and Tessler
Paying Rent to city for my own property
Ironic - Tennisport Praha compere Tennisport N.Y
Investment with Viktor Kozeny
Before Azerbaijan
Interesting & Exciting Events During the Tennis Years
Joe L. and Buying Soccer Team Slavia Praha
Charleston Plantation
I used to play tennis
And few other tennis stories
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Jack Kramer: “Freddie, nobody wants us.” 1966

In 1966, when I had the Thirty-Fourth Street armory, Jack Kramer, the world famous player and promoter, approached me and asked me to put up fifteen thousand dollars in prize money for a tournament he wanted to organize early in 1967. He had eight professionals set to go but no place to host the tournament and no prize money to offer.

“Freddie, nobody wants us,” Kramer said. “Madison Square Garden does not want us. White Plains does not want us.”
I could not believe that a great and famous player like Jack Kramer was coming to me, an unknown immigrant, to ask if I would be interested in promoting the tournament. I thought about it for a little less than a minute, knew instantly that we could accommodate nearly four thousand people in the armory, and determined that I would make it happen. A few days later, I received a letter of confirmation from his manager, Mr. Wills. The players he was proposing were the most famous names in the game. We just needed to come up with the prize money. Since we did not have anyone who could sponsor us, I put up five thousand dollars myself and asked two of my friends—Lieberman, vice president of a gas company, and Zdenek Capek, the engineer friend who helped me design the roll-up mats for the armory—to invest five thousand dollars each.

I can still name the singles draw from the top down: Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Dennis Ralston, Butch Buchholz, Pancho Gonzalez, Pierre Barthes, Mike Davis, Andres Gimeno, Pancho Segura, and Cliff Drysdale. No one was willing to underwrite the event.
Jack Kramer: “Freddie, nobody wants us.” 1966

In 1966, when I had the Thirty-Fourth Street armory, Jack Kramer, the world famous player and promoter, approached me and asked me to put up fifteen thousand dollars in prize money for a tournament he wanted to organize early in 1967. He had eight professionals set to go but no place to host the tournament and no prize money to offer.

“Freddie, nobody wants us,” Kramer said. “Madison Square Garden does not want us. White Plains does not want us.”
I could not believe that a great and famous player like Jack Kramer was coming to me, an unknown immigrant, to ask if I would be interested in promoting the tournament. I thought about it for a little less than a minute, knew instantly that we could accommodate nearly four thousand people in the armory, and determined that I would make it happen. A few days later, I received a letter of confirmation from his manager, Mr. Wills. The players he was proposing were the most famous names in the game. We just needed to come up with the prize money. Since we did not have anyone who could sponsor us, I put up five thousand dollars myself and asked two of my friends—Lieberman, vice president of a gas company, and Zdenek Capek, the engineer friend who helped me design the roll-up mats for the armory—to invest five thousand dollars each.

I can still name the singles draw from the top down: Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Dennis Ralston, Butch Buchholz, Pancho Gonzalez, Pierre Barthes, Mike Davis, Andres Gimeno, Pancho Segura, and Cliff Drysdale. No one was willing to underwrite the event.

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