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Oskar Kreuzer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameOskar•Kreuzer
Used nameOskar•Kreuzer
Born14 June 1887 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (GER)
Died3 May 1968 in Wiesbaden, Hessen (GER)
AffiliationsSC Frankfurt 1880, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
NOC Germany

Biography

Oskar Kreuzer first featured at the German International Championships in 1906, when he won the mixed doubles title, partnered by Nelly Schmöller, and made the final of the men’s doubles. Kreuzer was German Champion in singles in 1920 and in doubles in 1920 (with Ludwig, Count von Salm-Hoogstraeten) and 1922 and 1925, both with Otto Froitzheim. Kreuzer played Wimbledon in 1907-08, 1913, and 1927, also entering in 1910. In 1908 he won the All-England Plate, the consolation tournaments for those who lost in the first and second rounds. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics he won a bronze medal and, partnered by Otto Froitzheim, the World Championship on hard courts in 1912 and 1913. He played three Davis Cup ties in 1913-14 for Germany, winning one of five matches.

Kreuzer also played top level rugby, winning the 1910 German title with SC 1880 Frankfurt. In 1914 Kreuzer was playing a Davis Cup match for Germany in Pittsburgh (USA) when World War I erupted. On his return, along with Otto Froitzheim, their ship was stopped by the British Navy near Gibraltar, and the two were taken prisoner. They were kept in Gibraltar for several months before being sent to Britain as prisoners-of-war, where they remained until the war’s end. In marked contrast to his countryman, however, who had the privilege of being interned at Donnington Hall in Herefordshire, Kreuzer had to bide his time at a POW camp near Leeds.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Tennis GER Oskar Kreuzer
Singles, Men (Olympic) =16
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Friedrich-Wilhelm Rahe =11
1912 Summer Olympics Tennis GER Oskar Kreuzer
Singles, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Mieken Rieck DNS
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Otto Froitzheim DNS