Sam Lee (tennis)

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Sam Lee (born 1914 or 1915[1] in Oregon) is a former NCAA champion tennis player.

As a youth tennis player, Lee reached as high as #7 in the U.S. tennis rankings for players 15 and under.[2] He attended Stanford University, and as a sophomore, won the 1933 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Joe Coughlin.[3] Lee won the Oregon state doubles championships with Elwood Cooke in 1936,[1][4] and the Oregon state singles championship in 1937.[5][6]

In 1942, Lee was called to service in World War II. In 1945, with Wimbledon suspended due to the war, Lee played in the "Military Wimbledon" tournament.[6] In 1947 and 1948, Lee and partner Emery Neale played in the Wimbledon doubles tournament.[6]

Lee was instrumental in promoting the construction of the Portland Tennis Center in the 1970s, and has served as president of the Multnomah Athletic Club.[2] He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame in 2000,[6] and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eggers, Kerry (May 4, 2004). "Mariner radio needs some editing". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Sam Lee profile". Oregon Tennis Historical Committee. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Men's Tennis: Past Champions". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Oregon State Tournament Men's Doubles Champions". Oregon Tennis Historical Committee. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Oregon State Tournament Men's Singles Champions". Oregon Tennis Historical Committee. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d "2000 USTA Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame Inductee Bios". United States Tennis Association. Archived from the original on May 18, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-26.