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Ladislav Žemla

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 0 0
Silver 0 0
Bronze 1 1
Total 1 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameLadislav•Žemla
Used nameLadislav•Žemla
Other namesRázný
Born6 November 1887 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
Died18 June 1955 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
AffiliationsI. ČLTK Praha, Praha (CZE)
NOC Bohemia Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

Biography

Ladislav Žemla played in five Olympic tennis tournaments (1906, 1908, 1912, 1920, 1924), and was the first tennis player to do so. In fact, Žemla held the record for most appearances in tennis until Arantxa Sánchez Vicario played her fifth Olympics in 2004, and the record was not broken until Leander Paes played in his sixth Olympic tournament at London in 2012.

Žemla was twice a winner of the Budapest Championship, in 1906 and 1909. He also won the 1921 Hainz Memorial. In the 1900s he played at the Austrian International, and the Praha Invitational, making the semis in Austria in 1905. Žemla played once at Wimbledon, in 1926, losing in the third round of singles, the third round of doubles, and the second round of mixed. He also played at the 1922-23 World Hard Court Championships, losing in the third round in 1923.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1906 Intercalated Games Tennis BOH Ladislav Žemla
Singles, Men (Intercalated) =14
Doubles, Men (Intercalated) Zdeněk Žemla 3 Bronze
1908 Summer Olympics Tennis BOH Ladislav Žemla
Singles, Men (Olympic) =16
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Zdeněk Žemla DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Tennis BOH Ladislav Žemla
Singles, Men (Olympic) 4
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Jaroslav Just 4
1920 Summer Olympics Tennis TCH CZE Ladislav Žemla
Singles, Men (Olympic) =17
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Milada Skrbková 3 Bronze
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Karel Ardelt =9
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis TCH CZE Ladislav Žemla
Singles, Men (Olympic) =33
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Jan Koželuh =9

Olympic family relations