George Lott
Full nameGeorge Martin Lott
Country (sports) 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 HoF1964 (member page)
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 4 (1931, Züricher Sport)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1931)
WimbledonQF (1929, 1930, 1934)
US OpenF (1931)
Professional majors
US ProQF (1938)
Wembley ProQF (1935)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1931)
WimbledonW (1931, 1934)
US OpenW (1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonW (1931)
US OpenW (1929, 1931, 1934)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1929, 1930, 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 semifinals.[2] In 1931 Lott beat defending champion Doeg in the semi finals before losing to Ellsworth Vines in the final.[2] 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;[3][4] No. 6 by Pierre Gillon in 1930;[5] and in 1931 was ranked No. 4 by Züricher Sport.[1]

Lott was the men's tennis coach at DePaul University from 1969 until his death in Chicago on December 3, 1991.[6][7] He had been inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.[8]

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.[9][10]

Lott was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964.[11]

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1931 U.S. Championships Grass United States Ellsworth Vines 9–7, 3–6, 7–9, 5–7

Doubles (8 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1928 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Hennessey Australia Gerald Patterson
Australia Jack Hawkes
6–2, 6–1, 6–2
Win 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Doeg United States Berkeley Bell
United States Lewis White
10–8, 16–14, 6–1
Loss 1930 Wimbledon Grass United States John Doeg United States John Van Ryn
United States Wilmer Allison
3–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1930 U.S. National Championships Grass United States John Doeg United States John Van Ryn
United States Wilmer Allison
8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 13–15, 6–4
Win 1931 French Championships Clay United States John Van Ryn South Africa Vernon Kirby
South Africa Norman Farquharson
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Win 1931 Wimbledon Grass United States John Van Ryn France Jacques Brugnon
France Henri Cochet
6–2, 10–8, 9–11, 3–6, 6–3
Win 1933 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Lester Stoefen United States Frank Shields
United States Frank Parker
11–13, 9–7, 9–7, 6–3
Win 1934 Wimbledon Grass United States Lester Stoefen France Jean Borotra
France Jacques Brugnon
6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Win 1934 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Lester Stoefen United States Wilmer Allison
United States John Van Ryn
6–4, 9–7, 3–6, 6–4

Mixed doubles (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass United Kingdom Betty Nuthall United Kingdom Phyllis Covell
United Kingdom Bunny Austin
6–3, 6–3
Win 1931 Wimbledon Grass United States Anna McCune Harper United Kingdom Joan Ridley
United Kingdom Ian Collins
6–3, 1–6, 6–1
Win 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass United Kingdom Betty Nuthall United States Anna McCune Harper
United States Wilmer Allison
6–3, 6–3
Loss 1933 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Sarah Palfrey United States Elizabeth Ryan
United States Ellsworth Vines
9–11, 1–6
Win 1934 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Helen Jacobs United States Elizabeth Ryan
United States Lester Stoefen
4–6, 13–11, 6–2

Other tennis achievements

References

  1. ^ a b Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 1, 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. 18–19: 3–9. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Talbert, Bill (1967). Tennis Observed. Boston: Barre Publishers. pp. 106, 109. OCLC 172306.
  3. ^ "Tilden Ranks Fourth in London Telegraph Rankings", The Toledo News-Bee, September 19, 1929.
  4. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (November 20, 1930). "tennis and golf" (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai RT. II (21). Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 22, 1930). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. II (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor Irod. és Nyomdai R.T. 19–20: 375. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "George Lott, Tennis coach, 85" (obituary), The New York Times, Wednesday, December 4, 1991..
  7. ^ "Three-time Wimbledon winner George Lott dead at 85". UPI. December 3, 1991.
  8. ^ Hall of Fame – DePaul University Athletics.
  9. ^ McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited. pp. 25–26.
  10. ^ Howard Barry (January 26, 1935). "Tilden and Lott play tonight on Armory courts". Chicago Daily Tribune.
  11. ^ "Hall of Famers – George Lott". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.