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Robert Falkenburg (born January 29, 1926) is a former American amateur tennis player and entrepreneur. He is best known for winning the Men's Singles at the 1948 Wimbledon Championships and for introducing soft ice cream and American fast food to Brazil
Brazil
in 1952. He is the founder of the Brazilian fast food chain "Bob's."[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Tennis
Tennis
career 3 Wimbledon titles 4 Hall of Fame Inductions 5 Bob's
Bob's
restaurants 6 Golf career 7 Later life 8 Grand Slam finals

8.1 Singles (1 title) 8.2 Doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

9 Performance timeline 10 References

10.1 Sources

11 External links

Early life[edit] Falkenburg was born in New York City on January 29, 1926 and grew up in Los Angeles, California in a tennis playing family.[3] His parents, Eugene "Genie" Lincoln Falkenburg (an engineer involved in the construction of the Hoover Dam) and Marguerite "Mickey" Crooks Falkenburg were amateur tennis players. While employed by Westinghouse, Eugene was transferred to South America, where he moved with his wife and three children to São Paulo, Brazil. There Mickey won the state tennis championship in 1927.[4][5] Mickey was always involved in tennis. In The Game: My 40 Years in Tennis, tennis champion Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
wrote that Mickey Falkenburg was "the first person to ever suggest to him the idea of a team-tennis league," a league which he later created.[6] Bob's
Bob's
sister, Jinx Falkenburg,[3] a famous American film star/model was also an amateur tennis player and his brother Tom had a successful tennis career as well.[5] Falkenburg started to play tennis in 1936 when he was 10 years old. Like other players from Southern California, he frequently played at The Los Angeles Tennis
Tennis
Club in Hollywood, which was located very close to the family home. Bob also played at the Bel-Air Country Club, where he won the junior tennis tournament in 1937. As a youngster he participated in different tournaments around the city.[7] Tennis
Tennis
career[edit] In 1942 and 1943 while attending Fairfax High School, Falkenburg won the National Interscholastic singles title and won the national doubles title with his brother, Tom.[8] In 1943, Bob became the Los Angeles city singles title holder. The following year he claimed the United States
United States
doubles crown with Don McNeill at Forest Hills, New York.[9] In 1943 Bob became one of the youngest players to enter the US Top 10 amateur ranks. He remained in the US Top 10 for 5 years, whilst he was ranked as high as World No. 7 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.[1] From 1944 to 1945, during World War II
World War II
Falkenburg served in the military as an air cadet. Being enlisted in the service, however, did not put a complete halt to his tennis career and he continued to occasionally play while in the Air Force. In 1946, while attending the University of Southern California, he won the NCAA singles and doubles titles. He teamed again with his brother Tom to capture that NCAA doubles final.[7][10] Bob was very agile and was known for his powerful serves. At the age of 20 he was considered to have "the fastest serve in tennis."[6] After marrying a Brazilian, he moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1950, where he played on the 1954 and 1955 Brazilian Davis Cup
Davis Cup
teams.[8][11] Wimbledon titles[edit] In 1947 he paired with Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
and together they won the Wimbledon doubles title.[12] A year later, in 1948, Falkenburg reached the pinnacle of his tennis career by winning the Wimbledon singles championship. He won the acclaimed tennis crown, after winning 3 of 5 sets against Australian John Bromwich, who after having taken the fourth set, was confident he would beat Falkenburg. Bromwich had a match point at 5-3 in the fifth set, but Falkenburg fought his way back and did something that tennis players rarely do; he saved three match points and went on to win 7-5 in the fifth set.[8][12][13][14][15] Falkenburg won Wimbledon because he was not only a great tennis player, but a great strategist. Fellow tennis player Tom Brown, who was a runner up in the 1947 Wimbledon Championships described Falkenburg's competitive approach, "He would review the situation, figure out what was likely, and take chances."[12] Hall of Fame Inductions[edit] Falkenburg has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, including the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 1974, the Intercollegiate Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame in 1985, the Fairfax High School Hall of Fame in 1999, the USC Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Bob's
Bob's
restaurants[edit] Main article: Bob's Falkenburg was offered a $100,000-a-year professional tennis contract. He turned it down, however, and instead decided to open an ice cream and fast food business in Brazil. With $10,000 and a few ice cream machines he brought from the United States, he was set to open his ice cream shop. It was not easy for him to start his business. He encountered numerous import restrictions, as the Brazilian government would not allow him to import the ingredients to make soft ice cream. He then figured out how to make his own ice cream mixes and toppings. Facing many obstacles to open his business in Rio de Janeiro, Falkenburg never gave up on his idea. Very soon after opening the first ice cream shop near the famed Copacabana beach front in 1952, his business became a huge success. Falkenburg was the first person to introduce soft ice cream to Brazil.[2] A year later, the ice cream shop became a fast food restaurant. The restaurant, called "Bob's," was the first fast food restaurant in South America. Bob's
Bob's
menu includes traditional American food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and sundaes. Because it offered new tastes and a modern look, Bob's
Bob's
became a hit with the Brazilian glitterati, making Bob's
Bob's
the most prosperous food business in Brazil[16] and giving Falkenburg earnings far greater than what he would have made as a professional tennis player. Today, Bob's
Bob's
has over 1,000 locations in Brazil, as well as franchises in 4 other countries.[2][17] Golf career[edit] Falkenburg not only found success on the tennis court and fast food industry, but he also had a successful amateur golf career. He played in many international golf championships and won the Brazilian amateur championship three times. He took part in renowned golf tournaments including the Bob Hope Desert Classic, where his team won in 1967; the Bing Crosby Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, where he played several times; the Eisenhower Cup, where he played for Brazil
Brazil
in Rome in 1964, Mexico City in 1966 and Melbourne in 1968;[18] and the British Amateur Golf Championship, where he led the American contingent on the first qualifying round after having a hole-in-one at Carnoustie, Scotland.[19] Bob had a total of 14 holes-in-one during his life. He also participated as an amateur in various European golf championships in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and several Scandinavian countries.[2] Later life[edit] In 1970 the Falkenburgs moved back to Southern California and, in 1974 at the age of 48, he sold the "Bob's" chain (which at the time had 12 stores) to Libby of Brazil
Brazil
(later acquired by Nestlé). Retired in Los Angeles, Bob spent a lot of time playing golf at the Bel-Air Country Club, where he would often play with former Laker player and good friend Jerry West
Jerry West
and others. Later Falkenburg went on to become the president of the club. He and his wife currently reside in Santa Ynez, California.[2][7] Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Winner 1948 Wimbledon Grass John Bromwich 7–5, 0–6, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5

Doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1944 U.S. Championships Grass Don McNeill Pancho Segura Bill Talbert 7–5, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1

Runner-up 1945 U.S. Championships Grass Jack Tuero Gardnar Mulloy Bill Talbert 10–12, 10–8, 10–12, 2–6

Winner 1947 Wimbledon Grass Jack Kramer Tony Mottram Bill Sidwell 8–6, 6–3, 6–3

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950–1953 1954 1955

Grand Slam Tournaments

Australian A A A A A A A A A A A

French A A A A A A A A A 4R A

Wimbledon A A A A A QF W QF A 3R A

U.S. 2R 2R QF QF SF QF QF A A A 2R

References[edit]

^ a b United States
United States
Lawn Tennis
Tennis
Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis
Tennis
(First Edition), p. 426. ^ a b c d e "Why Bob's
Bob's
is Brazilian, But Bob is Not". Street Smart Brazil.  ^ a b "Jinx Falkenburg". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen.  ^ "Marguerite Wagstaff, Painter, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. October 17, 1990.  ^ a b Kelly, Charles J. (2009). Tex McCrary : Wars, Women, Politics : An Adventurous Life Across the American Century. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books. p. 43. ISBN 978-0761844556.  ^ a b Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
with Frank Deford (1981). The Game : My 40 years in Tennis. London: Deutsch. p. 97. ISBN 0233973079.  ^ a b c Sarah Edworthy (June 26, 2013). " Bob Falkenburg – Champion at Wimbledon and in Business". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.  ^ a b c David L. Porter, ed. (1995). Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: 1992–1995 Supplement for Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. pp. 639–640. ISBN 978-0313284311.  ^ Astheysawit ^ "Men's Tennis". USC Trojan Athletics. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24.  ^ " Davis Cup
Davis Cup
– Player profile". ITF.  ^ a b c Brown, Tom (2007). As Tom Goes By : A Tennis
Tennis
Memoir. McKinleyville, California: Fithian Press. pp. 15–17. ISBN 978-1564744654.  ^ "Falkenburg Wins Wimbledon Title Defeating Bromwich in Five Sets". The Montreal Gazette. Jul 3, 1948. p. 9.  ^ "Wimbledon Title to Falkenburg". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 3 July 1948. p. 1 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "The Wimbledon Finals". British Pathé.  ^ The National Enquirer Newspaper – March 1st, 1966 issue- Pg. 26 ^ "American Sells Burgers, Shakes To Brazilians". Observer-Reporter. Sep 29, 1971.  ^ "Ex-Netter Says More Pressure In Tourney Golf". Times Daily. Oct 27, 1966.  ^ "US Qualifiers Are Paced By Falkenburg". Lodi News-Sentinel. Jul 1, 1966. 

Sources[edit]

The Game — My 40 Years in Tennis
Tennis
(1979) — Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
with Frank Deford (ISBN 0-399-12336-9)

External links[edit]

Bob Falkenburg at the Association of Tennis
Tennis
Professionals Bob Falkenburg at the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation Bob Falkenburg at the Davis Cup Bob Falkenburg at the International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon gentlemen's singles champions

(1877) Spencer Gore (1878) Frank Hadow (1879) John Hartley (1880) John Hartley (1881) William Renshaw (1882) William Renshaw (1883) William Renshaw (1884) William Renshaw (1885) William Renshaw (1886) William Renshaw (1887) Herbert Lawford (1888) Ernest Renshaw (1889) William Renshaw (1890) Willoughby Hamilton (1891) Wilfred Baddeley (1892) Wilfred Baddeley (1893) Joshua Pim (1894) Joshua Pim (1895) Wilfred Baddeley (1896) Harold Mahony (1897) Reginald Doherty (1898) Reginald Doherty (1899) Reginald Doherty (1900) Reginald Doherty (1901) Arthur Gore (1902) Laurence Doherty (1903) Laurence Doherty (1904) Laurence Doherty (1905) Laurence Doherty (1906) Laurence Doherty (1907) Norman Brookes (1908) Arthur Gore (1909) Arthur Gore (1910) Anthony Wilding (1911) Anthony Wilding (1912) Anthony Wilding (1913) Anthony Wilding (1914) Norman Brookes (1915–18) No competition (due to World War I) (1919) Gerald Patterson (1920) Bill Tilden (1921) Bill Tilden (1922) Gerald Patterson (1923) Bill Johnston (1924) Jean Borotra (1925) René Lacoste (1926) Jean Borotra (1927) Henri Cochet (1928) René Lacoste (1929) Henri Cochet (1930) Bill Tilden (1931) Sidney Wood (1932) Ellsworth Vines (1933) Jack Crawford (1934) Fred Perry (1935) Fred Perry (1936) Fred Perry (1937) Don Budge (1938) Don Budge (1939) Bobby Riggs (1940–45) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Yvon Petra (1947) Jack Kramer (1948) Bob Falkenburg (1949) Ted Schroeder (1950) Budge Patty (1951) Dick Savitt (1952) Frank Sedgman (1953) Vic Seixas (1954) Jaroslav Drobný (1955) Tony Trabert (1956) Lew Hoad (1957) Lew Hoad (1958) Ashley Cooper (1959) Alex Olmedo (1960) Neale Fraser (1961) Rod Laver (1962) Rod Laver (1963) Chuck McKinley (1964) Roy Emerson (1965) Roy Emerson (1966) Manuel Santana (1967) John Newcombe

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon gentlemen's doubles champions

1884: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1885: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1886: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1887: Herbert Wilberforce / Patrick Bowes-Lyon 1888: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1889: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1890: Joshua Pim
Joshua Pim
/ Frank Stoker 1891: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1892: Ernest Lewis
Ernest Lewis
/ Harry S. Barlow 1893: Joshua Pim
Joshua Pim
/ Frank Stoker 1894: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1895: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1896: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1897: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1898: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1899: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1900: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1901: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1902: Sydney Smith / Frank Riseley 1903: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1904: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1905: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1906: Sydney Smith / Frank Riseley 1907: Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Anthony Wilding 1908: Anthony Wilding
Anthony Wilding
/ Major Ritchie 1909: Arthur Gore / Herbert Barrett 1910: Anthony Wilding
Anthony Wilding
/ Major Ritchie 1911: André Gobert
André Gobert
/ Max Decugis 1912: Herbert Barrett / Charles Dixon 1913: Herbert Barrett / Charles Dixon 1914: Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Anthony Wilding 1915–18: No competition (due to World War I) 1919: R. V. Thomas / Pat O'Hara Wood 1920: R. Norris Williams
R. Norris Williams
/ Chuck Garland 1921: Randolph Lycett / Max Woosnam 1922: James Anderson / Randolph Lycett 1923: Leslie Godfree / Randolph Lycett 1924: Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Vincent Richards 1925: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ René Lacoste 1926: Jacques Brugnon
Jacques Brugnon
/ Henri Cochet 1927: Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Bill Tilden 1928: Jacques Brugnon
Jacques Brugnon
/ Henri Cochet 1929: Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn 1930: Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn 1931: George Lott / John Van Ryn 1932: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon 1933: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon 1934: George Lott / Lester Stoefen 1935: Jack Crawford / Adrian Quist 1936: Pat Hughes / Raymond Tuckey 1937: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako 1938: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako 1939: Elwood Cooke
Elwood Cooke
/ Bobby Riggs 1940–45: No competition (due to World War II) 1946: Tom Brown / Jack Kramer 1947: Bob Falkenburg / Jack Kramer 1948: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Frank Sedgman 1949: Pancho Gonzales
Pancho Gonzales
/ Frank Parker 1950: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Adrian Quist 1951: Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman 1952: Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman 1953: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall 1954: Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Mervyn Rose 1955: Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Lew Hoad 1956: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall 1957: Budge Patty
Budge Patty
/ Gardnar Mulloy 1958: Sven Davidson / Ulf Schmidt 1959: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser 1960: Rafael Osuna / Dennis Ralston 1961: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser 1962: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Fred Stolle 1963: Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox 1964: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Fred Stolle 1965: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
/ Tony Roche 1966: Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ John Newcombe 1967: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Frew McMillan

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U.S. National Championships men's doubles champions

(1881) Clarence Clark / Frederick Winslow Taylor (1882) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1883) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1884) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1885) Richard Sears / Joseph Clark (1886) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1887) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1888) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Valentine Hall (1889) Henry Slocum / Howard Taylor (1890) Valentine Hall / Clarence Hobart (1891) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1892) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1893) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1894) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1895) Malcolm Greene Chace
Malcolm Greene Chace
/ Robert Wrenn (1896) Carr Neel
Carr Neel
/ Sam Neel (1897) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1898) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1899) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1900) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1901) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1902) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1903) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1904) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1905) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1906) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1907) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1908) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1909) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1910) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1911) Raymond Little / Gus Touchard (1912) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1913) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1914) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1915) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1916) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1917) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Throckmorton (1918) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1919) Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Gerald Patterson (1920) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1921) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1922) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1923) Brian Norton
Brian Norton
/ Bill Tilden (1924) Howard Kinsey
Howard Kinsey
/ Robert Kinsey (1925) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1926) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1927) Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Bill Tilden (1928) George Lott / John F. Hennessey (1929) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1930) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1931) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1932) Ellsworth Vines
Ellsworth Vines
/ Keith Gledhill (1933) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1934) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1935) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1936) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1937) Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm
/ Henner Henkel (1938) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1939) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Adrian Quist (1940) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1941) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1942) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1943) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Frank Parker (1944) Bob Falkenburg / Don McNeill (1945) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1946) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1947) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1948) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1949) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Bill Sidwell (1950) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Frank Sedgman (1951) Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Mervyn Rose
Mervyn Rose
/ Vic Seixas (1953) Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Mervyn Rose (1954) Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Tony Trabert (1955) Kosei Kamo / Atsushi Miyagi (1956) Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall (1957) Ashley Cooper / Neale Fraser (1958) Alex Olmedo / Ham Richardson (1959) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1960) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1961) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1962) Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox (1963) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1964) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1965) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1966) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1967) John Newcombe
John Newcombe

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