George Lott

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George Lott
Full name George Martin Lott
Country  United States
Born (1906-10-16)October 16, 1906
Springfield, Illinois, IL, USA
Died December 3, 1991(1991-12-03) (aged 85)
Chicago, , IL, USA
Turned pro 1934 (amateur tour from 1924)
Retired 1946
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1964 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (1931, Züricher Sport)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1931)
Wimbledon QF (1929, 1930, 1934)
US Open F (1931)
Professional majors
US Pro QF (1938)
Wembley Pro QF (1935)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1931)
Wimbledon W (1931, 1934)
US Open W (1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1931)
US Open W (1929, 1931, 1934)
Last updated on: September 21, 2012.

George Martin Lott (October 16, 1906 – December 3, 1991) was an American tennis player and tennis coach who was born in Springfield, Illinois, United States. Lott is mostly remembered as being one of the greatest doubles players of all time. He won the U.S. title five times with three different partners: John Hennessey in 1928; John Doeg in 1929 and 1930; and Les Stoefen in 1933 and 1934. In 1934 Lott became a touring professional, thereby giving up his amateur status and the ability to play in Grand Slam tournaments. In 1929 and 1930 he was ranked World No. 6 and No. 7 by A Wallis Myers;[2][3] No. 6 by Pierre Gillon in 1930;[4] and in 1931 was ranked No. 4 by Züricher Sport.[1]

Lott was the men's tennis coach at DePaul University from 1969 until his death in Chicago on December 3, 1991.[5] He had been inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.[6]

Lott was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964.[7]

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles runner-up: 1931
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1929, 1931, 1934
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1933
  • Wimbledon
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1931, 1934
    • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1930
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1931

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1931 U.S. Championships United States Ellsworth Vines 9–7, 3–6, 7–9, 5–7

Doubles[edit]

Titles (8)[edit]

Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
1928 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Hennessey Australia Gerald Patterson
Australia Jack Hawkes
6–1, 6–2, 6–1
1929 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Doeg United States Berkely Bell
United States Lewis White
10–8, 16–14, 6–1
1930 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Doeg United States John Van Ryn
United States Wilmer Allison
8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 13–15, 6–4
1931 French Championships Clay United States John Van Ryn South Africa Vernon Kirby
South Africa Norman Farquharson
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
1931 Wimbledon Grass United States John Van Ryn France Jacques Brugnon
France Henri Cochet
6–2, 10–8, 9–11, 3–6, 6–3
1933 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Lester Stoefen United States Frank Shields
United States Frank Parker
11–13, 9–7, 9–7, 6–3
1934 Wimbledon Grass United States Lester Stoefen France Jean Borotra
France Jacques Brugnon
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
1934 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Lester Stoefen United States Wilmer Allison
United States John Van Ryn
6–4, 9–7, 3–6, 6–4

Other tennis achievements[edit]

  • Davis Cup team member – 1928–31, 1933–34
  • The first player, and one of only four (Bobby Riggs, Mats Wilander and Roger Federer being the other three), to win the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters four times: 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1932. Also won the doubles title in 1924 (with Jack Harris) and 1925 (with Thomas McGlinn) and was a singles finalist in 1926 and a doubles finalist (with Thomas Johnson) in 1927.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 1, 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt). 18–19: 3–9. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tilden Ranks Fourth in London Telegraph Rankings", The Toledo News-Bee, September 19, 1929.
  3. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (November 20, 1930). "tennis and golf" (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai RT) II (21). Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 22, 1930). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. II (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor Irod. és Nyomdai R.T.). 19-20: 375. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "George Lott, Tennis coach, 85" (obituary), The New York Times, Wednesday, December 4, 1991..
  6. ^ Hall of Fame – DePaul University Athletics.
  7. ^ "Hall of Famers – George Lott". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 

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