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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.

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Freddie Botur was born as Vratislav Botur in Ostrava, Czech republic 1922. In 1948, Freddie fled his homeland to Germany after communist took the Czech Government. As Czech refugee he had a job with the US Army special service, playing tennis at the Palmengarten T.C in Frankfurt, that was his first exposure using tennis to make a few dollars then becoming a tennis teacher. He migrated to Australia where he took odd jobs to survive, but continued to play tennis as often as possible, he became occasional hitter with students and professionals for Harry Hopman. Freddie immigrate to the United States in 1952. His first job was in Westchester, NY at the New Rochelle Shore Club. Winning a local Tennis Teachers tournament, Freddie was offered a job at The River Club in Manhattan. He taught there for 12 years while simultaneously teaching at The Rockaway Hunting Club in Long Island during summer. His teaching career and clientele offered him to travel the world as a private coach to an influential businessman. Freddie opened Tennis Inc. in the Armory on 34th Street and Park Avenue in 1963 with 4 courts. He promoted the United States Professional tournaments and the Virginia Slims. Within 5 years the Armory was sold to a developer and Freddie found new hope in a site on 97th Street and Columbus Avenue where he opened West Park Racket Club with 11 outdoor courts in 1965, which operated for 7 years at which point his lease was not renewed. Freddie also opened a club right under the Queensborough Bridge on 59th Street and York Avenue called Tennis 59. Operating 8 courts under a bubble for only 6 months per year, after 7 years his lease was not renewed. He opened another club with 11 courts called Cedarhurst Tennis Club in 1973 near JFK. After 5 years, he was forced to close its doors as well. He founded in 1972 Tennisport Inc. its doors was open on seven acres in Long Island City Queens over looking Manhattan. Boasting16

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