John Doeg

JOHN DOEG (U. S. A.)

Born: 7/12/1908 Died: 27/4/1978

US Open 1930

Californian John Doeg was a nephew of great women's player May Sutton. He was a left hander with a powerful serve and also had a viciously spun serve that allowed him time to get to the net to put away the easy volley. He made his debut in the US Championships in 1927 when, as the eight seed, he lost in the opening round to Kenneth Appel. The following year he beat Bunny Austin in the third round before losing to George Lott in the quarters. In 1929 he beat Austin, the top foreign seed, in the quarters before extending Bill Tilden to five sets in the semis. At Wimbledon in 1930 Doeg made the semis before losing to Wilmer Allison. At the US Championships he beat Frank Hunter in five sets in the quarters before a famous 10-8,6-3,3-6,12-10 triumph over Tilden in the semis. In the final Doeg overcame Frank Shields in four sets to take his first Grand Slam title. Defending his title the following year, Doeg beat Shields in the quarters before losing to Lott in the semis in straight sets. Then Doeg retired at the age of just 23. He attempted a comeback in 1939, reaching the third round of the US, where he lost an epic five setter to Adrian Quist. He made his last appearance the following year, losing in the second round to Edwin Amark in five sets. Though his career was brief, Doeg will long be remembered as being the last man to beat Bill Tilden in a Grand Slam event. He died in 1978 at the age of 69.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Allison 0-1, A.Quist 0-1, B.Tilden 1-1

John Doeg's Grand Slam record

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