Lester Stoefen

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Lester Stoefen
Full name Lester Rollo Stoefen
Country  United States
Born (1911-03-30)March 30, 1911
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Died February 8, 1970(1970-02-08) (aged 58)
La Jolla, CA, USA
Turned pro 1935 (amateur tour from 1930)
Retired 1942
Highest ranking No. 9 (1933, Pierre Gillou)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon QF (1933, 1934)
US Open SF (1933)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1935)
Wembley Pro SF (1935, 1937)
French Pro SF (1936, 1939)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1933)
US Open W (1933, 1934)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 4R (1934)
US Open F (1934)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1934Ch)

Lester Rollo Stoefen (March 30, 1911 in Des Moines, Iowa - February 8, 1970 in La Jolla, California) was an American tennis player of the 1930s.

Stoefen won three Grand Slam doubles titles: 1934 Wimbledon Championships, 1933 and 1934 U.S. National Championships. In 1933 he was ranked World No. 9 by Pierre Gillou (president of the Fédération Française de Tennis) and World No. 10 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[1][2]

In 1934 he played for the US Davis Cup team and won all his six matches, including the only match the US won in their defeat in the final against Great Britain.[3] Also in 1934 Stoefen won the U.S. Indoor Tennis Championship singles title, defeating Gregory Mangin in the final in three straight sets.[4]

Stoefen turned professional in 1935. He was the older brother of basketball player Art Stoefen.[5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]


Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
1933 U.S. National Championships Grass United States George Lott United States Frank Shields
United States Frank Parker
11–13, 9–7, 9–7, 6–3
1934 Wimbledon Grass United States George Lott France Jean Borotra
France Jacques Brugnon
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
1934 U.S. National Championships Grass United States George Lott United States Wilmer Allison
United States John Van Ryn
6–4, 9–7, 3–6, 6–4


  1. ^ a b "World's First Ten", The West Australian, September 18, 1933.
  2. ^ "Mr Wallis Myers' Ranking", The Sydney Morning Herald, September 22, 1933.
  3. ^ "Davis Cup - Lester Stoeffen". ITF. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sport: Indoor Champion". Time. March 26, 1934. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stanford Cage Star Praises his Brother". Standard-Examiner. 9 January 1936. p. 10. Retrieved December 14, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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