George Lansing "Butch" Seewagen (born June 13, 1946) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
|Full name||George Lansing Seewagen|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||June 13, 1946|
New York City, United States
|Highest ranking||No. 87 (October 15, 1973)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||1R (1970)|
|US Open||3R (1967, 1971)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||2R (1973)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1970, 1972)|
|US Open||2R (1968, 1971, 1976)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||SF (1966)|
He was born in New York City on June 13, 1946, to George and Clella Seewagen. His father was the tennis coach at St. John’s University and a former player, who played against Don Budge at the 1936 U.S. National Championships.
An Orange Bowl winner in 1959, Seewagen was only 17 when he made his first appearance at the US National Championships. He was a member of the United States Junior Davis Cup team from 1963 to 1965.
At Rice University he twice received NCAA All-American honours, in 1967 and 1968. He won the 1969 United States Amateur Championships in a closely fought final against Zan Guerry, which he won 6–4 in the fifth set.
He defeated both Jimmy Connors and Jan Kodeš during the 1972 Grand Prix tennis season. His win over Connors came en route to a quarter-final appearance in the Tanglewood International Tennis Classic and he beat Kodeš in South Orange, where he also reached the quarter-finals. As a doubles player he was runner-up at two Grand Prix tournaments, the Swedish Open in 1971 and Roanoke International Tennis Tournament in 1973.
In 1975 he suffered a groin injury which left him unable to walk for nine months.
Grand Prix career finalsEdit
Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||1971||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Jaime Pinto-Bravo|| Ilie Năstase
|Runner-up||2.||1973||Roanoke, United States||Hard||Ian Fletcher|| Jimmy Connors
Juan Gisbert, Sr.
- Gill McShea, Nancy. "USTA Eastern Hall of Fame : 2005 Inductees". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "Hat-Trick Attempt by Laver". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 23 June 1970. p. 22. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "Seewagen Still In Tanglewood Race". The Evening Independent. July 28, 1972. p. 5C. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "New Yorker Ousts Kodes In 3 Sets". Reading Eagle. August 23, 1972. p. 61. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "Connors keeps Roanoke title". Independent. Long Beach. January 22, 1973. p. 32. Retrieved 18 December 2015.