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Robert ("Bob") Lutz (born August 29, 1947, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA) 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. In 1972 Lutz was briefly the World No. 7 ranked male player in the world. Between 1967 and 1977 he was ranked among the top-10 American players 8 times, with his highest ranking being number 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 U.S. 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. [1] He was nominated for the ITF Tennis Hall of Fame thanks to these achievements.[2]

Lutz, a University of Southern California graduate, was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

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Singles titles (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1971 Sacramento, U.S. Hard Peru Alejandro Olmedo 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
2. 1971 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet United States Jeff Borowiak 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1
3. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
4. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–4
5. 1978 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Tom Gullikson 6–2, 6–2, 7–6
6. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Pat Du Pré 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
7. 1980 Columbus, U.S. Hard Australia Terry Rocavert 6–4, 6–3
8. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard South Africa Johan Kriek 6–3, 6–1
9. 1980 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) United States Nick Saviano 6–4, 6–0

Singles runner-ups (15)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1968 U.S. National Championships, Boston Grass United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 6–3, 8–10, 6–0, 6–4
2. 1971 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
3. 1972 Essen WCT, Germany Carpet Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6
4. 1972 Rome WCT, Italy Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6
5. 1973 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith 7–6, 7–6, 4–6, 6–4
6. 1974 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen 7–6, 7–6
7. 1975 Columbus, U.S. Hard India Vijay Amritraj 6–4, 7–5
8. 1975 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 7–6, 6–2
9. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Clay United States Arthur Ashe 6–2, 0–6, 6–3
10. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 6–3
11. 1976 Maui, U.S. Hard United States Harold Solomon 6–3, 5–7, 7–5
12. 1977 Ocean City, U.S. Hard United States Vitas Gerulaitis 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
13. 1977 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet United States Brian Gottfried 6–1, 6–2
14. 1978 Columbus, U.S. Clay United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 6–4
15. 1983 Tampa, U.S. Carpet United States Johan Kriek 6–2, 6–4

Doubles titles (43)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1968 U.S. Open, New York Grass United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
Spain Andrés Gimeno
11–9, 6–1, 7–5
2. 1969 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–3, 6–4
3. 1970 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
8–6, 6–3, 6–4
4. 1970 Berkeley, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Roy Barth
United States Tom Gorman
6–2, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
5. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
6. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 7–6
7. 1973 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard United States Stan Smith South Africa Frew McMillan
Australia Allan Stone
6–1, 6–4, 6–4
8. 1973 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet United States Stan Smith Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6, 6–0
9. 1974 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton
6–3, 3–6, 7–6
10. 1974 New Orleans WCT, U.S. Other United States Stan Smith Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
11. 1974 Boston, U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
12. 1974 U.S. Open, New York Grass United States Stan Smith Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 6–3
13. 1974 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Syd Ball
6–4, 7–6
14. 1975 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
15. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
16. 1975 Houston, U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith United States Mike Estep
New Zealand Russell Simpson
7–5, 7–6
17. 1975 Washington D.C., U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
18. 1975 Columbus, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
19. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Tom Gorman
6–2, 6–4
20. 1976 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay United States Ramsey Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–3
21. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Clay United States Stan Smith Australia Dick Crealy
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
22. 1976 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
23. 1977 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–5
24. 1977 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith South Africa Bob Hewitt
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
25. 1977 Columbus, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States Gene Mayer
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
26. 1977 Maui, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–4
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
28. 1978 Springfield, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–3
29. 1978 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States John McEnroe
6–7, 7–5, 6–1
30. 1978 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Stan Smith United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
31. 1979 Denver, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
7–6, 6–3
32. 1979 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Brian Teacher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6
33. 1979 Newport, U.S. Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John James
Australia Chris Kachel
6–4, 7–6
34. 1979 Columbus, U.S. Clay United States Brian Gottfried United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
35. 1979 Cleveland, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith Paraguay Francisco González
United States Fred McNair
6–3, 6–4
36. 1979 Hong Kong Hard United States Pat Du Pré United States Steve Denton
United States Jeff Turpin
6–3, 6–4
37. 1980 Tulsa, U.S. Hard (i) United States Dick Stockton Paraguay Francisco González
United States Fred McNair
2–6, 7–6, 6–2
38. 1980 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Gene Mayer
6–2, 7–5
39. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard South Africa Bernard Mitton Romania Ilie Nastase
United States Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–3
40. 1980 U.S. 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
41. 1980 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
6–1, 6–2
42. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
43. 1982 Hartford WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Dick Stockton United States Mike Cahill
United States Tracy Delatte
7–6, 6–3

Doubles runner-ups (30)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1970 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–2
2. 1971 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Charlie Pasarell Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–4
3. 1971 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Arthur Ashe United States Tom Gorman
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 6–3
4. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 1–6, 7–6
5. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay United States Arthur Ashe Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 6–3
6. 1972 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia John Newcombe
7–6, 7–6
7. 1974 French Open, Paris Clay United States Stan Smith Australia Dick Crealy
New Zealand Onny Parun
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1
8. 1974 Nottingham, England Grass United States Stan Smith United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 9–7
9. 1974 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
8–6, 6–4, 6–4
10. 1974 Columbus, U.S. Hard United States Tom Gorman India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
DEF
11. 1976 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet United States Ramsey Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
12. 1976 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–4, 6–2
13. 1977 Memphis, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
14. 1977 Los Angeles PSW, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–4
15. 1978 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 6–3
16. 1978 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–7, 6–4, 6–0, 6–3
17. 1978 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
18. 1978 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Stan Smith Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
19. 1979 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–1, 6–3
20. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Romania Ilie Năstase
1–6, 6–3, 7–6
21. 1979 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–2, 6–4
22. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Pat Du Pré Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
6–1, 3–6, 6–4
23. 1980 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
7–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
24. 1980 Sawgrass Doubles, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–4, 2–6, 7–6
25. 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
26. 1981 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Stan Smith United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
27. 1981 Stowe, U.S. Hard United States Brian Gottfried South Africa Johan Kriek
United States Larry Stefanki
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
28. 1981 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Stan Smith United States John McEnroe
United States Ferdi Taygan
7–6, 6–3
29. 1981 Sawgrass Doubles, U.S. Clay United States Stan Smith Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Peter McNamara
7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 5–7, 6–4
30. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Mexico Raúl Ramírez United States Fritz Buehning
United States Johan Kriek
3–6, 7–6, 6–3

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