George Lott
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George Lott

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)
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1964 (member page)
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)
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)

Mixed doubles (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Other tennis achievements

  • Davis Cup team member - 1928-31, 1933-34
  • The first player, and one of only four (Bobby Riggs, Mats Wilander and Roger Federer being the other three), 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.


  1. ^ a b Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 1, 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf. III (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült K?-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. 18-19: 3-9. Retrieved 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 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 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 2012.

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