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]

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]

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

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss1931 U.S. Championships Grass Flag of the United States.svg Ellsworth Vines 9–7, 3–6, 7–9, 5–7

Doubles (8 titles)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win 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
Win 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
Win 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
Loss 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
Win 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

Other tennis achievements

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