Cliff Sutter

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Cliff Sutter
Full name Clifford Samuel Sutter
Country  United States
Born August 31, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died May 24, 2000 (aged 89)
Barnstable, Massachusetts
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 5 (1932, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 4R (1933)
US Open SF (1932)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1933)
US Open F (1931)

Clifford Samuel Sutter (August 31, 1910 – May 24, 2000) was an American tennis player.

Personal life[edit]

Clifford Sutter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Fred W. Sutter, who died December 17, 1943 and resided at 5526 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans.

The Sutters' father, Fred Sutter, was a baker. His sons the Sutter brothers, Eddie, Cliff and Ernie, built their own grass tennis court next to their property on Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. Cliff Sutter became the only male New Orleanian to play the main draw singles at Wimbledon, in 1933, where he beat Germany's Baron Gottfried von Cramm (who would later win the French Championships twice, 1934 & '36, reach the Wimbledon final twice, 1935 & '36, and the U.S. final once, 1937). Cliff's younger brother Ernie, who like Cliff won the Intercollegiate singles twice in the 1930s, was severely wounded while serving in the U.S. Army in North Africa in 1943 during WWII, curtailing his tennis career. Ernie became a top lawyer with Shell Oil Co. after the war and eventually made a tennis comeback, winning the U.S. Veterans' Doubles Championship at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston with his brother Cliff in 1961.

There is no known relationship between the tennis players Cliff and Ernie Sutter of New Orleans and the John Sutter who operated a mill on the American Fork River near San Francisco, California when gold was found on the property in 1848 (that discovery at Sutter's Mill touched off the Gold Rush that started that year and exploded the next year, 1849).

Tennis career[edit]

Sutter played his collegiate tennis at Tulane University, where he won the NCAA singles championship in 1930 and 1932. In 1931, he won the singles championship and was a doubles finalist at the Cincinnati Masters. He also won the doubles title in Cincinnati in 1930 with his long-time tennis partner Maurice "Dukey" Bayon.[2]

At the U.S. National Championships, Sutter reached the semifinals in 1932 and the quarterfinals in 1930, 1933 and 1934.

Sutter was ranked World No. 5 for 1932 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[1]

His brother Ernie was also a tennis player. Ernie won the NCAA singles for Tulane twice, 1936-37, reached the quarterfinals in singles in Cincinnati in 1934, and once beat Bobby Riggs on clay in the River Oaks tournament in Houston, shortly before Riggs would win Wimbledon in 1939.


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 424.
  2. ^ New York Times website