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Robert Lutz (born August 29, 1947) is a former 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. Bud Collins ranked Lutz as world No. 7 in 1972.[1] Between 1967 and 1977, he was ranked among the top-10 American players eight times, with his highest ranking being No. 5 in both 1968 and 1970.

Bob Lutz
Country (sports) United States
Born (1947-08-29) August 29, 1947 (age 72)
San Clemente, California
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1970 (amateur tour from 1965)
Retired1982
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,165,276
Singles
Career record405–274
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1972, Bud Collins)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1971)
French Open4R (1971)
WimbledonQF (1969)
US Open4R (1967, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1982)
Other tournaments
WCT FinalsF (1972 w)
Doubles
Career record494–215
Career titles43
Highest rankingNo. 6 (April 30, 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1970)
French OpenF (1974)
WimbledonF (1974, 1980, 1981)
US OpenW (1968, 1974, 1978, 1980)

CareerEdit

Lutz won the 1967 NCAA singles title and, partnering Stan Smith, won the NCAA doubles crown in 1967 and 1968.

During his career he won nine singles titles, the most important being the U.S. Pro Tennis Championships in 1972 and the Paris Masters in 1978, and reached 15 other singles finals, including Cincinnati in 1974. He also won 43 doubles titles, 37 of which were won partnering Stan Smith, and reached 30 other doubles finals. With Smith he formed the only team to win the doubles title at U.S. Championships on four different surfaces (clay, grass, hard and indoor).[2] His doubles titles include the US Open in 1980, 1978, 1974, and 1968, the Australian Open in 1970 and Cincinnati in 1969. In addition, he played on five winning Davis Cup teams between 1968 and 1981 and had a 14–2 record playing doubles.[3] Lutz was nominated for the ITF Tennis Hall of Fame thanks to these achievements.[4]

Honors and personal lifeEdit

He was inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984.[5] Lutz, a 1971 University of Southern California graduate, was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2009.[6][7] He has been living in San Clemente since 1973 with his wife, Sharon, and their two daughters, Samantha and Allison.[8]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (9 titles, 15 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1968 U.S. Championships, Boston Grass   Arthur Ashe 6–4, 3–6, 10–8, 0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1971 Sacramento, U.S. Hard   Alex Olmedo 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 1971 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet (i)   Jeff Borowiak 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1971 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay   Manuel Orantes 4–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker 6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1972 Essen WCT, Germany Carpet (i)   Nikola Pilić 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1972 Rome, Italy Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 1973 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith 6–7, 6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1974 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Marty Riessen 6–7, 6–7
Winner 4. 1975 Tokyo WCT, Japan Carpet   Stan Smith 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1975 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Vijay Amritraj 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 8. 1975 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Stan Smith 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe 2–6, 6–0, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1976 Maui, U.S. Hard   Harold Solomon 3–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1977 Ocean City, U.S. Hard   Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1977 Washington Indoor, US Carpet (i)   Brian Gottfried 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1978 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Arthur Ashe 3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 1978 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Tom Gullikson 6–2, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 6. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Pat DuPré 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 7. 1980 Columbus, U.S. Hard   Terry Rocavert 6–4, 6–3
Winner 8. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard   Johan Kriek 6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 1980 Cologne, Germany Carpet (i)   Nick Saviano 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 15. 1983 Tampa, U.S. Carpet   Johan Kriek 2–6, 4–6

Doubles (43 titles, 30 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1968 US Open, New York Grass   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  Andrés Gimeno
11–9, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. 1969 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  Charlie Pasarell
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 1970 Australian Open, Sydney Grass   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
8–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1970 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–7, 2–6
Winner 4. 1970 Berkeley, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Roy Barth
  Tom Gorman
6–2, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1971 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Charlie Pasarell   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1971 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Arthur Ashe   Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay   Arthur Ashe   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard   Arthur Ashe   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
3–6, 6–1, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1972 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe   Roy Emerson
  John Newcombe
6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–4, 7–6
Winner 7. 1973 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Stan Smith   Frew McMillan
  Allan Stone
6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 1973 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 1974 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Dick Stockton
6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 1974 New Orleans WCT, U.S. Other   Stan Smith   Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1974 French Open, Paris Clay   Stan Smith   Dick Crealy
  Onny Parun
3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 8. 1974 Nottingham, England Grass   Stan Smith   Charlie Pasarell
  Erik van Dillen
4–6, 7–9
Runner-up 9. 1974 Wimbledon, London Grass   Stan Smith   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–8, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 1974 Boston, U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
  Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1974 Columbus, U.S. Hard   Tom Gorman   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
def.
Winner 12. 1974 US Open, New York Grass   Stan Smith   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
6–3, 6–3
Winner 13. 1974 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Syd Ball
6–4, 7–6
Winner 14. 1975 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 16. 1975 Houston, U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Mike Estep
  Russell Simpson
7–5, 7–6
Winner 17. 1975 Washington D.C., U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 18. 1975 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Stan Smith   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 19. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Tom Gorman
6–2, 6–4
Winner 20. 1976 Barcelona WCT, Spain Clay   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–3
Winner 21. 1976 Rome WCT, Italy Clay   Stan Smith   Dick Crealy
  Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1976 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Karl Meiler
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1976 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  Charlie Pasarell
4–6, 2–6
Winner 22. 1976 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 1977 Memphis, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–7, 6–7
Winner 23. 1977 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 14. 1977 Los Angeles PSW U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 24. 1977 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Bob Hewitt
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 25. 1977 Columbus, US Clay   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  Gene Mayer
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 26. 1977 Maui, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–4
Winner 27. 1977 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  Raymond Moore
6–3, 7–5, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 28. 1978 Springfield, U.S. Carpet   Stan Smith   Jan Kodeš
  Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–3
Winner 29. 1978 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  John McEnroe
6–7, 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 15. 1978 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Fred McNair
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 1978 World Doubles WCT, Kansas City Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
7–6, 4–6, 0–6, 3–6
Winner 30. 1978 US Open, New York Hard   Stan Smith   Marty Riessen
  Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 1978 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. 1978 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
3–6, 2–6
Winner 31. 1979 Denver, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
7–6, 6–3
Winner 32. 1979 Washington Indoor, U.S. Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Bob Carmichael
  Brian Teacher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 1979 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
1–6, 3–6
Winner 33. 1979 Newport, U.S. Grass   Stan Smith   John James
  Chris Kachel
6–4, 7–6
Winner 34. 1979 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Brian Gottfried   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 35. 1979 Cleveland, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Francisco González
  Fred McNair
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Ilie Năstase
6–1, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 21. 1979 US Open, New York Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
2–6, 4–6
Winner 36. 1979 Hong Kong Hard   Pat DuPré   Steve Denton
  Mark Turpin
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Pat DuPré   Mark Edmondson
  John Marks
1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 37. 1980 Tulsa, U.S. Hard (i)   Dick Stockton   Francisco González
  Fred McNair
2–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 38. 1980 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Wojtek Fibak
  Gene Mayer
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 23. 1980 Wimbledon, London Grass   Stan Smith   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 39. 1980 Stowe, U.S. Hard   Bernard Mitton   Ilie Năstase
  Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 40. 1980 US Open, New York Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
7–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 1980 Sawgrass Doubles, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 4–6, 6–2, 6–7
Winner 41. 1980 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Stan Smith   Heinz Günthardt
  Pavel Složil
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i)   Stan Smith   Heinz Günthardt
  Paul McNamee
7–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 42. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Stan Smith   Heinz Günthardt
  Paul McNamee
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 1981 Wimbledon, London Grass   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 1981 Stowe, U.S. Hard   Brian Gottfried   Johan Kriek
  Larry Stefanki
6–2, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 28. 1981 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   John McEnroe
  Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 29. 1981 Sawgrass Doubles, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith   Heinz Günthardt
  Peter McNamara
6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 30. 1982 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Fritz Buehning
  Johan Kriek
6–3, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 43. 1982 Hartford WCT, U.S. Carpet   Dick Stockton   Mike Cahill
  Tracy Delatte
7–6, 6–3

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (5 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1968 US Open Grass   Stan Smith   Arthur Ashe
  Andrés Gimeno
11–9, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 1970 Australian Open Grass   Stan Smith   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
8–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1974 French Open Clay   Stan Smith   Dick Crealy
  Onny Parun
3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 1974 Wimbledon Grass   Stan Smith   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–8, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1974 US Open (2) Clay   Stan Smith   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1978 US Open (3) Hard   Stan Smith   Marty Riessen
  Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1979 US Open Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1980 US Open (4) Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
7–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1980 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Stan Smith   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1981 US Open (2) Hard   Stan Smith   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Collins, Bud (2003). Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, p. 917.
  2. ^ Emery, David, ed. (1983). Who's Who in International Tennis. London: Sphere. p. 74. ISBN 9780722133200.
  3. ^ "Davis Cup player profile". International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  4. ^ "International Tennis Hall Of Fame Announces Ballot Names For 2010 Induction". Archived from the original on October 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "ITA Men's Hall of Fame". Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
  6. ^ Mark Garcia (July 17, 2009). "San Clemente's Lutz to be inducted into tennis hall of fame". The Orange County Register.
  7. ^ "USC Hall of Fame" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Tennis column: Q&A - Catching up with Bob Lutz". The Daily Courier. October 13, 2011.

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