Bob Lutz (tennis)

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Bob Lutz
Country United States United States
Born (1947-08-29) August 29, 1947 (age 66)
San Clemente, California
Height 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m)
Turned pro 1970
Retired 1982
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,165,276
Singles
Career record 387-261 (Open era)
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 7 (1972, Bud Collins)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1971)
French Open 4R (1971)
Wimbledon QF (1969)
US Open 4R (1967, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1982)
Doubles
Career record 494-215
Career titles 43
Highest ranking No. 1 (1974)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1970)
French Open F (1974)
Wimbledon F (1974, 1980, 1981)
US Open W (1968, 1974, 1978, 1980)
Last updated on: June 12, 2012.

Robert ("Bob") Lutz (born August 29, 1947, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US) was a top amateur and professional tennis player of the 1960s and 1970s. He and his longtime partner Stan Smith were one of the best doubles teams of all time. Together they won many major titles all over the world. Bud Collins ranked Lutz as World No. 7 in 1972.[1] Between 1967 and 1977 he was ranked among the top-10 American players 8 times, with his highest ranking being No. 5 in both 1968 and 1970.

Lutz won nine singles titles, the most important being in Paris in 1978, and reached 15 other singles finals, including the Cincinnati in 1974. He also won 43 doubles titles, many with Stan Smith, and reached 30 other doubles finals. His doubles titles include the US Open in 1980, 1978, 1974, and 1968, the Australian Open in 1970 and Cincinnati in 1969. In addition, he also played on 5 winning Davis Cup teams and had a 14-2 record playing doubles in Davis Cup ties.[2] He was nominated for the ITF Tennis Hall of Fame thanks to these achievements.[3]

Lutz, a University of Southern California graduate, was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He has been living in San Clemente since 1973 with his wife, Sharon, and their two daughters, Samantha and Allison.

Singles titles (9)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1968 US National Championships, Boston Grass United States Arthur Ashe 6–4, 3–6, 10–8, 0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1971 Sacramento, US Hard Peru Alejandro Olmedo 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 1971 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet United States Jeff Borowiak 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1971 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 4–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1972 Boston WCT, US Hard Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1972 Essen WCT, Germany Carpet Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1972 Rome WCT, Italy Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 1973 Philadelphia WCT, US Carpet United States Stan Smith 6–7, 6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1974 Cincinnati, US Hard United States Marty Riessen 6–7, 6–7
Winner 4. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1975 Columbus, US Hard India Vijay Amritraj 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 8. 1975 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 2–6, 6–0, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1976 Maui, US Hard United States Harold Solomon 3–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1977 Ocean City, US Hard United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1977 Washington Indoor, US Carpet United States Brian Gottfried 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1978 Columbus, US Clay United States Arthur Ashe 3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 1978 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Tom Gullikson 6–2, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 6. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Pat Du Pré 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 7. 1980 Columbus, US Hard Australia Terry Rocavert 6–4, 6–3
Winner 8. 1980 Stowe, US Hard South Africa Johan Kriek 6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 1980 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) United States Nick Saviano 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 15. 1983 Tampa, US Carpet United States Johan Kriek 2–6, 4–6

Doubles titles (43)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1968 US Open, New York Grass United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
Spain Andrés Gimeno
11–9, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. 1969 Cincinnati, US Clay United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 1970 Australian Open, Sydney Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
8–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1970 Los Angeles, US Hard United States Stan Smith Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–7, 2–6
Winner 4. 1970 Berkeley, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Roy Barth
United States Tom Gorman
6–2, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1971 Dallas WCT, US Carpet United States Charlie Pasarell Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1971 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Arthur Ashe United States Tom Gorman
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, US Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1972 Louisville WCT, US Clay United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1972 Boston WCT, US Hard United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
3–6, 6–1, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1972 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia John Newcombe
6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 7–6
Winner 7. 1973 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard United States Stan Smith South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Allan Stone
6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 1973 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet United States Stan Smith Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 1974 Atlanta WCT, US Clay United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton
6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 1974 New Orleans WCT, US Other United States Stan Smith Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1974 French Open, Paris Clay United States Stan Smith Australia Dick Crealy
New Zealand Onny Parun
3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 8. 1974 Nottingham, England Grass United States Stan Smith United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Erik Van Dillen
4–6, 7–9
Runner-up 9. 1974 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–8, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 1974 Boston, US Clay United States Stan Smith West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1974 Columbus, US Hard United States Tom Gorman India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
DEF
Winner 12. 1974 US Open, New York Grass United States Stan Smith Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 6–3
Winner 13. 1974 San Francisco, US Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Syd Ball
6–4, 7–6
Winner 14. 1975 Fort Worth WCT, US Hard United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 16. 1975 Houston, US Clay United States Stan Smith United States Mike Estep
New Zealand Russell Simpson
7–5, 7–6
Winner 17. 1975 Washington D.C., US Clay United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 18. 1975 Columbus, US Hard United States Stan Smith West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 19. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Tom Gorman
6–2, 6–4
Winner 20. 1976 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–3
Winner 21. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Clay United States Stan Smith Australia Dick Crealy
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1976 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1976 Las Vegas, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
4–6, 2–6
Winner 22. 1976 Los Angeles, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 1977 Memphis, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–7, 6–7
Winner 23. 1977 Washington Indoor, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 14. 1977 Los Angeles PSW, US Carpet United States Stan Smith South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 24. 1977 Las Vegas, US Hard United States Stan Smith South Africa Bob Hewitt
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 25. 1977 Columbus, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States Gene Mayer
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 26. 1977 Maui, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–4
Winner 27. 1977 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
South Africa Raymond Moore
6–3, 7–5, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 28. 1978 Springfield, US Carpet United States Stan Smith Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–3
Winner 29. 1978 Washington Indoor, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States John McEnroe
6–7, 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 15. 1978 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 1978 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
7–6, 4–6, 0–6, 3–6
Winner 30. 1978 US Open, New York Hard United States Stan Smith United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 1978 San Francisco, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. 1978 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
3–6, 2–6
Winner 31. 1979 Denver, US Carpet United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
7–6, 6–3
Winner 32. 1979 Washington Indoor, US Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Brian Teacher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 1979 New Orleans, US Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
1–6, 3–6
Winner 33. 1979 Newport, US Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John James
Australia Chris Kachel
6–4, 7–6
Winner 34. 1979 Columbus, US Clay United States Brian Gottfried United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 35. 1979 Cleveland, US Hard United States Stan Smith Paraguay Francisco González
United States Fred McNair
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 1979 Cincinnati, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–1, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 21. 1979 US Open, New York Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 4–6
Winner 36. 1979 Hong Kong Hard United States Pat Du Pré United States Steve Denton
United States Jeff Turpin
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Pat Du Pré Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 37. 1980 Tulsa, US Hard (i) United States Dick Stockton Paraguay Francisco González
United States Fred McNair
2–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 38. 1980 Las Vegas, US Hard United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Gene Mayer
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 23. 1980 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 39. 1980 Stowe, US Hard South Africa Bernard Mitton Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 40. 1980 US Open, New York Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
7–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 1980 Sawgrass Doubles, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 4–6, 6–2, 6–7
Winner 41. 1980 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Paul McNamee
7–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 42. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 1981 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 1981 Stowe, US Hard United States Brian Gottfried South Africa Johan Kriek
United States Larry Stefanki
6–2, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 28. 1981 Cincinnati, US Hard United States Stan Smith United States John McEnroe
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 29. 1981 Sawgrass Doubles, US Clay United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Peter McNamara
6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 30. 1982 La Costa WCT, US Hard Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Fritz Buehning
United States Johan Kriek
6–3, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 43. 1982 Hartford WCT, US Carpet United States Dick Stockton United States Mike Cahill
United States Tracy Delatte
7–6, 6–3

Grand Slam Men's Doubles Finals (5 wins, 5 losses)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1968 US Open United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
Spain Andrés Gimeno
11–9, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 1970 Australian Open United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
8–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-Up 1974 French Open United States Stan Smith Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Onny Parun
3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-Up 1974 Wimbledon United States Stan Smith Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–8, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1974 US Open (2) United States Stan Smith Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1978 US Open (3) United States Stan Smith United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-Up 1979 US Open United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1980 US Open (4) United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
7–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-Up 1980 Wimbledon (2) United States Stan Smith Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-Up 1981 US Open (2) United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Collins, Bud (2003). Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, p. 917.
  2. ^ "Davis Cup: Bob Lutz". Retrieved 200-09-14. 
  3. ^ "International Tennis Hall Of Fame Announces Ballot Names For 2010 Induction". Retrieved 200-09-14. 

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