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George Martin Lott (October 16, 1906 - December 2, 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. In 1934 Lott became a touring professional, thereby giving up his amateur status and the ability to play in Grand Slam tournaments.

Lott died in Chicago, where, at the time of his death, he was the tennis coach at DePaul University.[1]

Lott was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964.[2]

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Grand Slam record

  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles runner-up: 1931
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1929, 1931, 1934
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1933
  • Wimbledon
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1931, 1934
    • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1930
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1931

Grand Slam singles finals

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Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1931 U.S. Championships Flag of the United States.svg Ellsworth Vines 7–9, 6–3, 9–7, 7–5

Other tennis achievements

  • Davis Cup team member - 1928-31, 1933-34
  • The first player, and one of only three (Bobby Riggs and Mats Wilander being the other two), to win the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters four times: 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1932. Also won the doubles title in 1924 (with Jack Harris) and 1925 (with Thomas McGlinn) and was a singles finalist in 1926 and a doubles finalist (with Thomas Johnson) in 1927.

References

  1. ^ New York Times, December 4, 1991: Obituary of George Lott, Tennis coach, 85. URL last accessed 2007-05-03.
  2. ^ International Tennis Hall of Fame: George Martin Lott, Jr. URL last accessed 2007-05-03.

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