Joe Hunt

JOE HUNT (U. S. A.)

Born: 17/2/1919 Died: 2/2/1944

US Open 1943

Joe Hunt's career was short but it included a Grand Slam title. Hunt had a good physique and was a hard worker. He was a serve volley player with a particularly good smash. He made his Grand Slam debut at the US Championships in 1936, where he lost in the third round to Don Budge. He made the quarters the following year but lost to Budge again. In 1938 Hunt beat Yvon Petra in the fourth round before losing in the quarters to John Bromwich in four sets. In 1939 he went one round better, with wins over Jack Kramer in the second round, Jack Crawford in the third round and Don McNeill in the quarters before losing to Bobby Riggs in four sets in the semis. He reached the semis again in 1940 and led Riggs two sets to one before losing in five. Then Hunt was enlisted into the US Army and was given leave to compete in the US Championships in 1943. He took full advantage by beating Frank Parker in straight sets in the quarters, Bill Talbert in four sets in the semis and Jack Kramer in the final in four sets to take his first Grand Slam title. Hunt died less than six months later in a flying accident at the age of just 24. A career that had promised so much would never be realised.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Bromwich 0-1, D.Budge 0-2, J.Crawford 1-0, J.Kramer 2-0, D.McNeill 1-0, F.Parker 1-0, Y.Petra 1-0, B.Riggs 0-2

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1936 US 3 1937 US 5 1938 US 5 1939 US 6 1940 US 6 1943 US 8


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