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Frederick Krais

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Full name: Frederick V. Krais
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Bio KRAIS Frederick V., Jr. A National Tennis Titlist who won more than 200 sanctioned tournaments during his lifetime, including the USTA National Boys 18 Indoor Championship with Richard Shipp in 1939 and the USTA Eastern Father-Son Championships with his father Frederick V. Krais, Sr. in 1954 and 1957.
He was the son of Frederick V. Krais, Sr., a founding member of the United States Lawn Tennis Umpires Association, and his wife Emily Baker Lovell Krais, a descendant of George F. Baker, who was the founder of the First National Bank of New York.

Krais was raised in Pelham Manor, NY and began playing tennis at the Pelham Country Club. He won many tournaments as a Junior in both New York and New England, where his family maintained a summer home in Rockport, MA, including the New York State Championship in 1940. He also represented the United States in Junior Davis Cup Competition.
Krais graduated from Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY and Fordham University in New York, where he was both Captain and MVP of their outstanding tennis team. He also competed in the National Championships at Forest Hills.
Prior to graduating college, Krais served in the Fifth Army in Italy during WWII, for which he received four battle stars.
When the war was over, he and Budge Patty paired to win the Mediterranean Doubles Championship, the precursor to the Italian Open which was played in Rome in 1945. After completing college in 1947, Krais spent a year in Florida playing tennis exhibitions, often organized by his cousin Jack March, a close friend of Fred Perry's and well known promoter of the sport, and played with such tennis greats as Donald Budge, Bobby Riggs and Alice Marble.
He also won the Bermuda Championship at the Coral Beach Club in 1960.

Krais then pursued a career in media sales, working for ABC Network and the Detroit News. He moved to Lighthouse Point, FL in 1983 and retired as President of Communications Publishers, Inc. in 1992. He was a 50 year member of the New York Athletic Club.
He was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, FL, where he served as an Elder, a Stephen Minister and on the Council of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida.
A descendant of Captain Benjamin Hallett, who served in the Revolutionary War, and the pilgrim John Howland, Krais was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution; the Society of Colonial Wars; the General Society of the War of 1812; and was serving as Governor of the Isaac Allerton Chapter of the Society of the Mayflower descendants in Palm Beach, FL at the time of his death. He is survived by his daughter, Christine Krais Schott, of Forest Hills Gardens, NY; two grandchildren, Whitney Lovell Schott and Meredith Baker Schott; and his companion of 35 years, Frances Perry Weigel, of Lighthouse Point, FL.
His marriage to the former Janet McCarthy ended in divorce. A private graveside service was held on December 14th at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY, by the Reverend Jack Noble; with Military Honors provided by the Veteran Corps of Artillery in the state of New York, of which Krais was also a longtime member.

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