Jack Nielsen (tennis)

Jack Fridtjof Charles Hücke Coucheron Nobel Nielsen (Norwegian pronunciation: [tʃɑk nɪlsɛn(ː)]) (3 August 1896 9 January 1981) was a Norwegian tennis player. He was a six-time national tennis champion of Norway.[3]

Jack Nielsen
Torleif Torkildsen (left) and Jack Nielsen (right) in the 1929 Davis Cup Tie against Hungary in Oslo
Country (sports)Norway
Born(1896-08-03)3 August 1896
Died9 January 1981(1981-01-09) (aged 84)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1929, 1930)
Olympic Games3R (1924)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1929)
Olympic GamesQF (1920)[1]
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (1930)[2]
Olympic Games2R (1924)
Team competitions
Davis Cup2R (Europe) (1930, 1931)
Last updated on: 21 February 2013.


He was born in Egersund to Peter Godtfried Albert Nielsen, a customs chief officer, and Karen Andrea Coucheron Aamodt.[4] He married Anne-Sofie Troye, daughter of a school principal in Trondheim. He was the father of skier Jack Nielsen.[4]

Nielsen graduated as a chemical engineer from the Dresden University of Technology in 1917. In 1921 he earned his doctorate in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on Hydrogenation. In 1924 he worked as a brewmaster in Copenhagen. In 1918-19 he became chemist in the Aktieselskab Northern Chromate Industrial. In 1922-31 he was employed by the Christiania Aktie Ølbryggeri Oslo's main beer brewery, where he was promoted the head distiller. Between 1932-46 he switched to Nora Industrier also in Oslo, then in 1946 he moved to the Trondheim subsidiary where he lived and worked as the administrative director to 1962 and managing director to 1965. He finished his last year of his civil career at the E. C. Dahls Brewery from where he retired in 1966. Apart from being the president of several regional and national brewer labor unions and mineral water distributors, he was also the president of the Norwegian Tennis Federation and the Oslo Tennis Club for several years. He also filled in for the governor seat of the Rotary International between 1963-1964.[4]

Tennis career

Nielsen participated at the 1920 Summer Olympics, where he placed fifth in doubles together with Conrad Langaard.[1] He also competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics.[4][5] He was a six-time national tennis champion of Norway.[3] In the Davis Cup he never won a single match. In 1922 he was a runner-up for the mixed title of the Hotel Métropole Cup of Cannes alongside Madeline O'Neill of Great Britain but eventually lost to the French duo of Suzanne Lenglen and Jean Borotra.[6] In 1930 he clinched the mixed doubles with his Danish partner Else Støckel of the Western Germany Championships at Krefeld by overcoming the couple of Ody Koopman and his wife.[7]


  1. "past olympics - Quarterfinals". itftennis.com. London, Great Britain: International Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  2. Béla Kehrling, ed. (June 10, 1930). "A francia bajnokságokról" [Report from the French Championships] (pdf). Tennisz és Golf. II (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor Irod. és Nyomdai RT. 11: 190. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. "Tennis – norgesmestere utendørs i single" [Tennis outdoors singles champions]. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo, Norway: Kunnskapsforlaget. 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  4. Steenstrup, Bjørn (2010) [1973]. Hvem er hvem? [Who's Who] (in Norwegian) (11th ed.). Oslo, Norway: Aschehoug. pp. 408–409. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. "Jack Nielsen". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  6. Albert Lejeune, ed. (April 9, 1922). "Tennis sur la Cote D'Azur" [Tennis at the Cote D'Azur]. Le Petit Niçois (in French). Nice, France: Borriglione. 43 (99): 2. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  7. J. Von Straten, ed. (July 17, 1930). "Lawntennis". Utrechts Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Utrecht, Netherlands: J.G. Goedhart. 38 (39). Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013.