SIDO, Ferenc (HUN)
Born: 18/04/1923 in Patta / TCH
Deceased: 06/02/1998 in Budapest/HUN
ITTF Hall of Fame: Induction 1995
Sido was the last World Champion who used a hard bat.
He was known for the power of his play, he was often likened to a bulldozer because of his attacking style of play. A forehand early in the rally followed by a mighty backhand was very much his trademark. He started to play table tennis when 11 years old.
1949 World Champion in Men’s Teams and Mixed Doubles (with Gizella Farkas/HUN)
1950 World Champion in Men’s Doubles (with Ferenc Soos/HUN) and Mixed Doubles (with Gizella Farkas/HUN)
1952 World Champion in Men’s Teams and Mixed Doubles (with Angelica Rozeanu/ROU)
1953 World Champion in Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles (with Joszef Koczian) and Mixed Doubles (with Angelica Rozenau/ROU)
1958 European Champion in Men’s Teams
1960 European Champion in Men‘s Doubles (with Zoltan Berczik/HUN)
1st place in Mens’s Singles:
Hungary: 1947 / 1948
Hungarian National Championships:
Men’s Singles: 1947/1948/1951/1953/1954
Men’s Doubles: 1946/1947/1948/1950 with Ferenc Soos, 1951/1953/1955 with Jozsef Koczian, 1960 + 1961 with Zoltan Berczik.
Mixed Doubles: 1941 + 1942 with Sari Kolosvari, 1944/1949/1950/1951/1956 with Gizella Farkas, 1958 + 1961 with Eva Koczian.
Hungarian Teams Championships:
1st place with:
1948 / 1949 with Mezőkémia SE
1950 with Központi Lombik SK
1952 with Budapest I.
1954 with Budapesti Vörös Meteor SK
ITTF: 1st place 1953
ETTU: 2nd place 1958