Hendrik Timmer (tennis)

Hendrik Timmer (tennis)

Hendrik Timmer
Country (sports)  Netherlands
Born (1904-02-08)8 February 1904[1]
Utrecht, Netherlands[1]
Died 13 November 1998(1998-11-13) (aged 94)[1]
Bilthoven, Netherlands[1]
Turned pro 1923 (amateur tour)[2]
Highest ranking No. 6 (1930, Bill Tilden)[3][4]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1927, 1929)
Wimbledon QF (1927, 1929)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (1924)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1928, 1930)
Olympic Games 1R (1924)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 4R (1933, 1936)
Team competitions
Davis Cup FEu (1925)

Hendrik ("Henk") Timmer (Dutch pronunciation: ; 8 February 1904 – 13 November 1998) was a Dutch sportsman, who primarily played tennis. Born in Utrecht, Timmer also won golf tournaments, became Dutch squash champion, played badminton and hockey. He died aged 94 in Bilthoven, four days before his former doubles partner Kea Bouman. Apart from being a Dutch tennis champion, he was Swiss, Welsh and Scottish indoors champion as well.


  • Tennis career 1
  • Playing style 2
  • Other sports achievements 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Tennis career

He began his tennis career at the age of 19 when he won his first Dutch national championships.[2][6] He scored his first international victory over Donald Greig in a mixed international team match between the Netherlands and Great Britain in 1923.[7] The next year he drew international attention when he was featured in the championship match for the Swiss covered courts title in St. Moritz defeating the Hungarian champion Béla von Kehrling in five sets.[8] At the 1924 Paris Olympics he won a bronze medal in the tennis' mixed doubles event, partnering Kea Bouman. He entered the inaugural British Hard Court Championships making it to the quarterfinal stage.[9]

He reached the quarterfinal of the Wimbledon Championships in 1927 and 1929. In both years he lost to Frenchman, and eventual winner, Henri Cochet. In 1927 he was barely recovered from a broken leg, which he suffered four-month prior to the tournament and thus lost in five sets, after winning the first two sets,[10] and in 1929 in three straight sets.[11] He was a 9 times national tennis champion of Netherlands having two four-years streak between 1927–30 and 1932–35.[6] He also won eight national doubles title and five mixed doubles titles as well.[12]

In 1926 he was the mixed doubles challenger for the international edition of the Dutch championships pairing with Irma Kallmeyer, but was overcome by the couple of Julie Stroink-Cords and De Beer.[13] In 1929 he was a finalist of the Dutch international championships with his partner Wilbur Coen losing to the American champions Bill Tilden and Frank Hunter.[14] In the same tournament Timmer reached the semifinal where he was eliminated by Hunter in three sets.[14] Next year he faced Tilden again in an unsuccessful doubles final rematch; that time Timmer teamed with compatriot Arthur Diemer-Kool, while Tilden chose Daniel Prenn.[15] He also lost the mixed doubles final with Else Støckel to Roderich Menzel and Margaretha Dros-Canters.[15] A week later he met Menzel again for the singles trophy of the Grand Hotel Panhans Championships in Semmering where he was beaten in three straight sets.[15] In October he celebrated a triple crown feat at the Welsh Covered Courts Championhship in Llandudno where he clinched the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles.[16] In November he won the Lowland Championships of England in Peebles.[17] He endorsed the doubles final partnering Francis Fisher.[17]

He missed the whole 1931 season because of an illness.[18] In early 1932 he suffered from

External links

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  2. ^ a b c "Henk Timmer". nocnsf.nl (in Dutch).  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "Tennis Rankings".  
  5. ^ "Obituaries" (PDF). Bulletin du Comité International Olympique (Olympic Review) (Los Angeles:  
  6. ^ a b "Nationale kampioenen sinds 1899" [National champions since 1899]. knltb.nl (in Dutch).  
  7. ^ "Lawn-tennis". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch) ( 
  8. ^ "A Dutch tennis champion".  
  9. ^ "Tennis" (PDF). The Hawera Star. XLVIII (Southern Taranaki). 21 June 1924. p. 11. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cochet Beats Dutch Tennis Star in 5 Sets".  
  11. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. pp. 298, 302.  
  12. ^ "Sir Henry, de alleskunner; HENK TIMMER 1904–1998" [Sir Henry, the all-rounder; HENK TIMMER 1904–1998]. nrc.nl (in Dutch).  
  13. ^ "Lawntennis".  
  14. ^ a b "Americans abroad".  
  15. ^ a b c  
  16. ^  
  17. ^ a b "Lowland Championships".  
  18. ^  
  19. ^ "Wimbledon tennis results".  
  20. ^ "Crawford" (pdf).  
  21. ^ "Sportsnippers" [Sport bits] (PDF). De Sumatra Post (in Dutch) 34 (147) (Medan). 29 June 1932. p. 6. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Illustratie pagina" [Illustrated page] (PDF).  
  23. ^ a b c "de internationale kampioenschappen" [The international championships] (PDF).  
  24. ^ De Lang, ed. (13 June 1933). "Lawntennis" (PDF). Het Vaderland (in Dutch) (Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands: C.M. Schilt). Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Artens en De Stefani in den eindstrijd" [Artens and De Stefani in the final] (PDF).  
  26. ^ "Lawntennis".  
  27. ^ "Australia Leads in Tennis Tie".  
  28. ^ "De tenniswedstrijd Nederland-Cambridge" [The tennismatch Netherlands-Cambridge]. Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch) (Leiden, Netherlands: B.W. Menkhorst) 79 (24,032): 10. 1 August 1938. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  29. ^ "Oud-tennisser Timmer (94) overleden" [Former tennis player Timmer (94) deceased].  
  30. ^  
  31. ^  
  32. ^ a b c d e f g Kools, Frank (6 July 1996). "Aflevering 1: tennisser Henk Timmer (92)" [Episode 1: tennis Henk Timmer (92)].  
  33. ^ "Gerard Scheurleer". tennismuseum.nl (in Dutch). Hilversum, Netherlands: robertblom.nl marketing- en communicatie. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  34. ^ a b "Nationale Ranglijsttoernooien – Henk Timmer Circuit" [National Ranking Tournaments – Henk Timmer Circuit]. knltb.nl (in Dutch).  
  35. ^ "Noordwijkse Golfweek" [Golfweek of Noordwijk] (PDF).  
  36. ^ "Golf". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch) ( 
  37. ^ "Princess Juliana of Holland Likes Tennis".  


Timmer was born on 8 February 1904 to an English teacher father.[32] His wife was Annetje Timmer.[32] He worked as an insurance agent for a major company.[32] Apart from playing tennis he also coached the Dutch royalty for free including Juliana of the Netherlands.[37]

Personal life

In 1941 he won the national squash championships.[34] In speed skating he completed the Elfstedentocht three times.[34] In golf he won the De Golfbag Cup of Noordwijk in 1934.[35] The next year he won the Noordwijk Golf Club first prize in an 18 holes against bogey match.[36] During his golf career he claimed ten golf titles.[32]

Other sports achievements

His main weapon was his pure and hard backhand.[29] His only weakness was his service, a shot that lacked strength and character.[2] In 1934 Harry Hopman named him "one of the best hardcourt players of the world".[30] Bill Tilden praised his stroke technique and described him as an all-court player, who adapted a "French" tennis style.[31] Timmer considered himself a baseline player.[32] He was coached by former Davis Cup player Gerard Scheurleer.[32][33] He practised three times a week with Davis Cup partner Christiaan van Lennep.[32]

Playing style

[28], a victory of only two sets.Kenneth Gandar-Dower He fought one of his last matches in 1938 against [27] He had to skip the 1937 season as a result of rheumatism in his shoulder.[26]