Bob Lutz

Robert ("Bob") Lutz (born August 29, 1947, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) was a top amateur and professional tennis player of the 1960s, '70s and early '80s. 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 the US Professional in Boston in 1972, and reached 15 other singles finals, including the Toyko Open in 1975. 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 1968, 1974, 1978, and 1980, the Australian Open in 1970. They were finalists at Wimbledon 3 times. In 1981, he won 3 tournaments and reached the quarterfinals at the US Open. He retired from the ATP Tour in 1982 ranked #14 in the world, but continued to play in the 35's and other senior events until the age of 55. In fact, with his partner Smith, they won the US Open in the 35's, 45's, and 55's to compliment their 4 Tour US Open titles!

Lutz was a member of 5 victorious Davis Cup teams in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1979 and his record is 1-0 in singles and 14-2 in doubles.

Lutz, a University of Southern California graduate, was the NCAA Singles Champion is 1967 and the NCAA Doubles Champion with Stan Smith in 1967 and 1968. He was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted into the Southern California Hall of Fame in 2009 with his doubles partner Stan Smith. He has been nominated for the International Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.

He has been living in San Clemente since 1973 with his wife Sharon and his two daughters, Samantha and Allison. He is an owner of the Rancho San Clemente Tennis and Fitness Club.

 

 Singles titles (9)

 Singles runner-ups (15)

 Doubles titles (43)

 Doubles runner-ups (30)

 

At Wimbledon, many years ago!