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Leif Rovsing

Full name: Ludvig Leif Sadi Rovsing
Gender: Male
Born: July 27, 1887 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Died: June 17, 1977 in Ordrup, Gentofte, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Affiliations: KB, København (DEN)
Country: DEN Denmark
Sport: Tennis

Biography

Leif Rovsing played singles and doubles at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. He competed at Wimbledon for the only time in 1910, losing early in singles and doubles. Between 1907-16 Rovsing was a five-time Danish doubles champion. In 1923 he and [Erik Tegner] lost in the final of the World Covered Court Championships in Barcelona.

Rovsing’s father died in 1910, leaving him a fortune which he invested wisely, which left him ample resources to devote to his tennis. But in 1917 his career was derailed when the Danish Tennis Association banned him for homosexuality. This ban stayed in effect until 1921, when it was eased, but in 1923 the Danish Association again excluded him from tournaments. Over the next few years, Rovsing fought this in courts, but in 1928 the Danish High Court upheld the ruling to exclude him from tournaments.

This began the cause that occupied the rest of his life. Rovsing wrote, lectured, traveled, and did all he could to speak out on gay rights, especially to allow homosexuals to compete in sports. He used his fortune to support this cause. In the 1950s he wrote for gay journals. In 1955 Rovsing was arrested for having sex with a minor under 18-years-old. He was detained but eventually convicted on some of the charges, with Rovsing given a suspended sentence of 30 days in jail. Rovsing spent his last seven years in a nursing home and died in 1977. Despite what they had done to him he left his entire fortune to the Danish Tennis Fund.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Men's Singles Denmark DEN 17T
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Men's Doubles Denmark-3 DEN 9T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Denmark DEN Round Three Match #4 2 1912-06-29 Wennergren (SWE) 3, Rovsing (DEN) 2 2
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Denmark DEN Round Two Match #8 AC Rovsing (DEN) walkover

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Denmark-3 DEN Victor Hansen Round Two Match #2 2 1912-06-30 RUS 3, DEN-3 1 1
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Tennis Denmark-3 DEN Victor Hansen Round One Match #5 AC DEN-3 walkover
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