LONDON — Jaroslav Drobny, who won three Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the 1950s and an Olympic medal in hockey, died Thursday at his London home. He was 79.
A left-hander who wore glasses on the court, Drobny won consecutive French Opens in 1951 and '52 after losing three previous finals.
In 1954, at age 33, Drobny won Wimbledon by beating 19-year-old Ken Rosewall 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7.
At Wimbledon, he lost a five-set final to Ted Schroeder in 1949 and a four-set final against Frank Sedgman three years later.
Drobny also won three Italian Open singles titles in the 1950s.
After retiring in 1960, he ran a sports shop in London. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983.