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Bob Lutz and Stan Smith Among 2009 SCTA Hall of Fame Class

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Bob Lutz and Stan Smith, former ITA All-Americans and
doubles partners at the University of Southern California.

Photos courtesy of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Newport, Rhode Island.

The Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame will hold a gala dinner/induction on July 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to honor this year’s inductees.

This year’s class includes: Bob Falkenburg, Robert Lansdorp, Bob Lutz, Peggy Michel, Stan Smith and Pat Yeomans.

Among this year’s inductees are Bob Lutz and Stan Smith, both former members of the Southern California men’s tennis team, both former ITA All Americans, who paired together to achieve a #1 world ranking in doubles.

Stan Smith is a former ITA All-American who, with his partner Bob Lutz, was one of the most successful doubles teams of all time. Together, they won many major titles all over the world. Smith also won many singles titles, including the Wimbledon championship once and the US Open championship once. In 1972, he was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player.

Smith played collegiate tennis at the University of Southern California, where he was a three-time ITA All-American and won the 1968 NCAA singles championship and the 1967 and 1968 doubles titles.

Bob Lutz was one of the leading players of the 1970s and one of the great doubles players in the history of tennis, Lutz won 44 Open Era doubles titles and was a finalist in 29 events.

A member of five championship Davis Cup teams for the United States, with an undefeated record in the Challenge Round finals, he stormed the courts with his stamina and style. Besides his doubles titles, Bob netted nine singles during his career on the pro tour.

Joining forces with Stan Smith, this acclaimed team won the US Open four times on four different surfaces: grass, clay, hard and indoor. They won the Australian Open once and were three-time Wimbledon finalists. They hold an impressive 13-1 winning Davis Cup record and are considered to be one of the top 10 teams in the history of the sport.

Both inductees were also inducted into the ITA Men’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

For more information on the dinner call, (310) 208-3838 and speak with Martha Katsufrakis. Click here to register for the dinner online.