as the Clown Prince of Table Tennis, the acrobatic Bellak
World Championship gold medals, including
six Swaythling Cups (Men’s World Championships as a
member of the Hungarian National
Team) between 1928 and
1938. The Swaythling victories
came in 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934,
1935, and 1938.
Bellak won the World
Mixed Doubles title in 1938
with W. Woodhead of Great
Britain. He also captured the
U.S. Men’s Singles in 1938; the
U.S. Men’s Doubles in 1937,
1939, and 1943; and the U.S. Mixed Doubles in 1941.
The Clown Prince moniker
was not always a compliment,
and many thought his clowning
antics prevented Bellak
from greater competitive success.