George Lott

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George Lott
Full nameGeorge Martin Lott
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Born(1906-10-16)October 16, 1906
Springfield, Illinois, United States
DiedDecember 3, 1991(1991-12-03) (aged 85)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Turned pro1934 (amateur tour from 1924)
Retired1946
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1964 (member page)
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 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)

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. At the U. S. championships singles in 1928, Lott beat Christian Boussus and John Doeg before losing to Frank Hunter in the semi finals. [2] In 1931 Lott beat defending champion Doeg in the semi finals before losing to Ellsworth Vines in the final. [3] 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; [4] [5] No. 6 by Pierre Gillon in 1930; [6] and in 1931 was ranked No. 4 by Züricher Sport. [1]

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Lott was the men's tennis coach at DePaul University from 1969 until his death in Chicago on December 3, 1991. [7] [8] He had been inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. [9]

DePaul University private university in Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago City in Illinois, United States

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He signed a professional contract in November 1934 with promoter Bill O'Brien and in January 1935, at Madison Square Garden, started a series of head-to-head matches against Bill Tilden and by March trailed him 5–26. [10] [11]

Bill Tilden American tennis player

William Tatem Tilden II, nicknamed "Big Bill," was an American male tennis player. He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Tilden was the World No. 1 player for six years from 1920 through 1925. He won 15 Major singles titles including ten Grand Slam events, one World Hard Court Championships and four professional majors. He was the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920. He also won a record seven U.S. Championships titles.

Lott was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964. [12]

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Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1931 U.S. Championships Grass Flag of the United States.svg Ellsworth Vines 9–7, 3–6, 7–9, 5–7

Doubles (8 titles)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner 1928 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Hennessey Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack Hawkes
6–1, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Doeg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Berkeley Bell
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lewis White
10–8, 16–14, 6–1
Winner 1930 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Doeg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Van Ryn
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Wilmer Allison
8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 13–15, 6–4
Winner 1931 French Championships Clay Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Van Ryn Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Vernon Kirby
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Norman Farquharson
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1931 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Van Ryn Flag of France.svg Jacques Brugnon
Flag of France.svg Henri Cochet
6–2, 10–8, 9–11, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1933 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lester Stoefen Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frank Shields
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frank Parker
11–13, 9–7, 9–7, 6–3
Winner 1934 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lester Stoefen Flag of France.svg Jean Borotra
Flag of France.svg Jacques Brugnon
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 1934 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lester Stoefen Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Wilmer Allison
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John Van Ryn
6–4, 9–7, 3–6, 6–4

Mixed doubles (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Betty Nuthall Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phyllis Covell
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bunny Austin
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1931 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Anna McCune Harper Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joan Ridley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Collins
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Betty Nuthall Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Anna McCune Harper
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Wilmer Allison
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1933 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sarah Palfrey Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Elizabeth Ryan
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ellsworth Vines
9–11, 1–6
Winner 1934 French Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Jacobs Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Elizabeth Ryan
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lester Stoefen
4–6, 13–11, 6–2

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