General Stanley Roger (Stan)
Smith
Male
United States of America
1946-12-14
Pasadena, CA, United States of America


About

One of the great Davis Cup competitors, Stan Smith added the U.S. (1971) and Wimbledon (1972) titles to his laurels, and, with Bob Lutz, was part of one of the preeminent doubles teams. Smith, who overcame teenage awkwardness to become a feared 6-foot-4 foe with crashing serves and volleys, may have hit his zenith on alien clay. That was in Bucharest in 1972 as the U.S. won a fifth consecutive Cup, and he supplied the clinching victory - the insuperable third point - for a fifth time. That's a Davis Cup record to which he added in 1979, with Lutz, in the 5-0 victory over Italy at San Francisco. Stan was in at the finish of seven Cup victories, tying him with Bill Tilden for a U.S. high. And he had a smaller share of an eighth Cup, in 1981, when he and Lutz took a doubles over Ivan Lendl and Tom Smid; the Cup adieu for Stan and Bob, at Flushing Meadow - in the win over Czechoslovakia en route to the final.

A notable sportsman, he had to "concentrate so hard I got a headache," he said after the three-day ordeal at the hands of a loud partisan crowd and overly patriotic line judges in Bucharest. It was an extended, rocky campaign during which Smith won seven of eight singles and, with Erik van Dillen, all five doubles. Stan scored the clinching point in each of five matches and nailed down two of the most dramatic singles victories ever by an American in the finale. Romania, loser to the U.S. in the 1969 and 1971 showdowns, appeared the favorite on home earth, but Smith shocked Ilie Nastase on the slow court to lead off, and then out-battled the sly, combative Ion Tiriac in a tense five-set struggle. Knowing that he had to hit outright winners well away from the lines to make sure of the points, Smith did just that to storm through a last-set bagel and send the U.S. safely ahead, 3-1, in the 3-2 victory.

Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Pasadena, Calif., he grew up there and was an All-American at the University of Southern California, where he won the U.S. Intercollegiate singles (1968) and, with Lutz, doubles in 1967 and 1968. During an 11-year Davis Cup career that began in 1968, embracing 24 engagements, he was on the winning side 22 times, and 16 times provided the clinching point: Three times in singles, 13 times in doubles (nine with Lutz, four with van Dillen). He and Lutz won 13 of 14 Cup matches together. As the U.S. ran up a record Cup streak of 17 victories from 1968 to the finale of 1973, Smith was involved in 14, the clincher in 12. His 1972 Wimbledon triumph over Nastase, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, was one of the outstanding finals, and his 1971 defeat of Jan Kodes at Forest Hills, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5-3), was the first U.S. final to conclude in a tie-breaker. Smith and Lutz won the U.S. doubles four times, the Australian once.

In a career spanning the amateur and open eras, he was one of five centurions, winning at least 100 pro titles overall in singles and doubles. Stan hit the century with 39 singles, 61 doubles, and made $1,774,881 in career prize money. Eleven times between 1967 and 1980 he was in the U.S. Top Ten, No. 1 four years, 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Six straight times from 1970 he was in the World Top Ten, No. 1 in 1972.
Stan was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1987. He served in the U.S. Army.

In September 2011, Stan became the president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Bio Courtesy Bud Collins



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Archive statistics 1963 - 1983
66
1213
883


Tournament wins 1980 - WCT - Frankfurt Open (WCT Circuit)
1980 - Vienna Invitational (Open)
1979 - Vienna International Indoor ()
1979 - Cleveland Grand Prix (Grand Prix Circuit)
1979 - Hilton Head Exhibition (Open)
1978 - Vienna International Indoor ()
1978 - Atlanta Open ()
1977 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1975 - Australian Indoors (Open)
1974 - WCT - Hempstead ()
1974 - WCT - St. Louis (WCT Circuit)
1974 - Nottingham (Open)
1974 - Chicago International Open (Open)
1973 - Philadelphia Open (WCT Circuit)
1973 - Atlanta Open ()
1973 - WCT - St. Louis (WCT Circuit)
1973 - WCT - Munich (WCT Circuit)
1973 - Belgian International Championships ()
1973 - WCT - Gothenburg (WCT Circuit)
1973 - WCT Finals (WCT Circuit)
1973 - Bastad (Open)
1972 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1972 - Clean Air Classic (Open)
1972 - Hampton (Grand Prix Circuit)
1972 - Washington Indoor (Grand Prix Circuit)
1972 - Central California Championships (Open)
1972 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1972 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1972 - Stockholm Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1972 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1971 - Caribe Hilton International Championships (Amateur)
1971 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1971 - Kent Championships (Open)
1971 - Paris International Championships (Open)
1971 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1971 - US Open (Grandslam)
1970 - Stockholm Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1970 - Midland International Indoors (Open)
1970 - Hampton (Grand Prix Circuit)
1970 - ATP World Tour Finals (ATP)
1970 - Nottingham (Open)
1970 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1969 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1969 - Dallas Invitation (Amateur)
1969 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1969 - US National Amateur Championships (Amateur)
1969 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1969 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1969 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1969 - Hawaiian Davis Cup Classic (Open)
1969 - Coupe Albert Canet (Amateur)
1968 - Intercollegiate Championships (Amateur)
1968 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1968 - Dewar Cup Finals (Open)
1968 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1968 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1968 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1967 - Southern California Intercollegiates (Amateur)
1967 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1967 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1967 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1967 - Intermountain Western Indoors (Amateur)
1966 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1966 - Western Collegiate Indoors (Amateur)
1965 - Tucson Racquet Club Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Pasadena Metropolitan (Amateur)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1983 US Open - 1983 Wimbledon - 1982 US Open - 1982 Wimbledon - 1981 US Open - 1981 Wimbledon - 1980 US Open - 1980 Pacific Coast Championship - 1980 Cincinnati - 1980 Queens Club Tournament - 1980 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1980 US International Indoor Championships - 1980 Palm Springs - 1980 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1980 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1980 Philadelphia Indoors - 1980 Washington Indoor - 1980 Denver - 1980 Las Vegas - 1980 Birmingham International Indoor - 1980 Vienna International Indoor - 1980 Vienna Invitational - 1980 WCT - Frankfurt Open - 1980 Palm Harbor - 1980 Wimbledon - 1979 Roland Garros - 1979 US Open - 1979 Cincinnati - 1979 Queens Club Tournament - 1979 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1979 US International Indoor Championships - 1979 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1979 Indian Wells - 1979 Hall of Fame Championships - 1979 Philadelphia Indoors - 1979 New Orleans International - 1979 Washington Indoor - 1979 Denver - 1979 Las Vegas - 1979 Birmingham International Indoor - 1979 Vienna International Indoor - 1979 WCT - New Orleans - 1979 Stockholm Open - 1979 Cologne Indoor Open - 1979 Wembley Indoor - 1979 Cleveland Grand Prix - 1979 Hilton Head Exhibition - 1979 Warsaw Indoor - 1979 Wimbledon - 1978 Roland Garros - 1978 US Open - 1978 Canadian International Championships - 1978 Pacific Coast Championship - 1978 US International Indoor Championships - 1978 Kent Championships - 1978 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1978 Indian Wells - 1978 Atlanta Open - 1978 Paris Indoor - 1978 Hartford - 1978 Milan Indoors - 1978 Louisville Open - 1978 Washington Indoor - 1978 Denver - 1978 Vienna International Indoor - 1978 North Conway - 1978 Stockholm Open - 1978 Wembley Indoor - 1978 Springfield Classic - 1978 Birmingham Open - 1978 Australian Open - 1977-2 Wimbledon - 1977 Roland Garros - 1977 US Open - 1977 New South Wales Championships - 1977 Pacific Coast Championship - 1977 Southern California Championship - 1977 Queens Club Tournament - 1977 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1977 US International Indoor Championships - 1977 US Pro Championships - 1977 South African Championships - 1977 Nottingham - 1977 Japan Open - 1977 Indian Wells - 1977 Washington Open - 1977 Oviedo - 1977 Hampton - 1977 Washington Indoor - 1977 Columbus Open - 1977 Denver - 1977 Las Vegas - 1977 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1977 North Conway - 1977 Stockholm Open - 1977 Wembley Indoor - 1977 Springfield Classic - 1977 La Costa International - 1977 Australian Open - 1976 Wimbledon - 1976 US Open - 1976 Pacific Coast Championship - 1976 Cincinnati - 1976 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1976 River Oaks Tournament - 1976 US Pro Championships - 1976 South African Championships - 1976 Kent Championships - 1976 Nottingham - 1976 Indian Wells - 1976 Washington Open - 1976 Philadelphia Indoors - 1976 Paris Indoor - 1976 Louisville Open - 1976 Columbus Open - 1976 Las Vegas - 1976 Rotterdam - 1976 WCT - Barcelona - 1976 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1976 WCT - Memphis - 1976 Stockholm Open - 1976 Dewar Cup - 1976 WCT - Indianapolis - 1976 Lagos - 1976 WCT - Rome - 1976 Wembley Indoor - 1976 Wimbledon - 1975 Roland Garros - 1975 US Open - 1975 New South Wales Championships - 1975 Cincinnati - 1975 River Oaks Tournament - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1975 Nottingham - 1975 Western Australia Championships - 1975 Washington Open - 1975 Philadelphia Indoors - 1975 Atlanta Open - 1975 WCT - Toronto - 1975 Washington Indoor - 1975 Columbus Open - 1975 World Cup - 1975 Las Vegas - 1975 WCT - Tokyo - 1975 Australian Indoors - 1975 CBS Classic - 1975 Tucson - ATP - 1975 Gunze International - 1975 WCT - Fort Worth - 1975 WCT - San Antonio - 1975 WCT - Memphis - 1975 Louisville Pro - 1975 Wimbledon - 1974 Roland Garros - 1974 US Open - 1974 Pacific Coast Championship - 1974 Italian International Championships - 1974 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1974 US Pro Championships - 1974 Nottingham - 1974 Charlotte - 1974 Washington Open - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - St. Louis - 1974 Atlanta Open - 1974 WCT Finals - 1974 Louisville Open - 1974 World Cup - 1974 Las Vegas - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 World Invitation Tennis Classic - 1974 Chicago International Open - 1974 CBS Classic - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1974 WCT - Hempstead - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 WCT - New Orleans - 1974 WCT - Orlando - 1974 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Coast Championship - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1973 US Pro Championships - 1973 Belgian International Championships - 1973 ATP World Tour Finals - 1973 Philadelphia Open - 1973 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1973 Bastad - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 WCT - St. Louis - 1973 Atlanta Open - 1973 Paris Indoor - 1973 WCT Finals - 1973 WCT - Toronto - 1973 World Cup - 1973 WCT - Miami - 1973 WCT-Hilton Head - 1973 Las Vegas - 1973 WCT - La Costa - 1973 WCT - Munich - 1973 WCT - Gothenburg - 1973 World Invitation Tennis Classic - 1973 Stockholm Open - 1973 Johannesburg Open - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 US Open - 1972 Nice - 1972 Paris International Championships - 1972 Queens Club Tournament - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1972 US International Indoor Championships - 1972 British Hard Court Championships - 1972 Central California Championships - 1972 Conde de Godo - 1972 Madrid - 1972 ATP World Tour Finals - 1972 Hampton - 1972 Dewar Cup Finals - 1972 Washington Indoor - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Los Angeles Inernational - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Paris International Championships - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1971 Argentina International Championships - 1971 Kent Championships - 1971 Belgian International Championships - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1971 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1971 Charlotte - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Bastad - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Australian Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1970 Monte Carlo - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 US Open - 1970 Victorian Championships - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 Championships of Berlin - 1970 Nottingham - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1970 Tasmanian Championships - 1970 ATP World Tour Finals - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1970 Macon Indoor - 1970 Thunderbird Invitation - 1970 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1970 Washington Open - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 Midland International Indoors - 1970 Hampton - 1970 Dunlop Slazenger International Open - 1970 Columbus Open - 1970 Carolinas International Classic - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Victorian Championships - 1969 Pacific Coast Championship - 1969 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1969 Southern California Championship - 1969 Cincinnati - 1969 US Clay Courts - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1969 US International Indoor Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1969 Balboa Bay Club Invitation - 1969 Dallas Invitation - 1969 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1969 Coupe Albert Canet - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Washington Open - 1969 US National Amateur Championships - 1969 Howard Hughes Open - 1969 Denver VASS Invitation - 1969 Hawaiian Davis Cup Classic - 1969 Ancona - 1969 Stockholm Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 US Open - 1968 Pacific Coast Championship - 1968 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1968 Southern California Championship - 1968 US Clay Courts - 1968 Western States Championships - 1968 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1968 US International Indoor Championships - 1968 Central California Championships - 1968 Queensland Championships - 1968 British Covered Court Championships - 1968 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1968 Pittsburgh Indoor - 1968 Thunderbird Invitation - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Intercollegiate Championships - 1968 US Hard Courts - 1968 Desert Inn Invitation - 1968 Pacific Coast Professionals - 1968 US National Amateur Championships - 1968 Dewar Cup Finals - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 US Open - 1967 Swiss International Championships - 1967 Nassau Bowl - 1967 Southern California Championship - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1967 US International Indoor Championships - 1967 Montana-Vermala - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Bavarian International Championships - 1967 Philadelphia Open - 1967 Thunderbird Invitation - 1967 Fresno Pro Championships - 1967 US Hard Courts - 1967 Intermountain Western Indoors - 1967 Southern California Intercollegiates - 1967 Elbe Cup - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 US Open - 1966 Nassau Bowl - 1966 Newport Casino Tournament - 1966 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1966 Southern California Championship - 1966 US Clay Courts - 1966 Western States Championships - 1966 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1966 US International Indoor Championships - 1966 Triple A - 1966 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1966 Buffalo Indoor - 1966 Intercollegiate Championships - 1966 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1966 US Hard Courts - 1966 Western Collegiate Indoors - 1966 Tucson Racquet Club Invitation - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 US Open - 1965 California State Championship - 1965 Nassau Bowl - 1965 Newport Casino Tournament - 1965 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1965 Southern California Championship - 1965 Sugar Bowl - 1965 US Clay Courts - 1965 Western States Championships - 1965 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1965 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1965 West of England Championships - 1965 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1965 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1965 Ojai Championships - 1965 Balboa Bay Club Invitation - 1965 Tucson Racquet Club Invitation - 1965 Desert Invitation - 1965 California State - Qualifying - 1965 US Open - 1964 Newport Casino Tournament - 1964 Southern California Championship - 1964 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1964 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1964 Pasadena Metropolitan - 1964 Baltimore Invitation - 1964 Palm Desert Invitation - 1964 Newport - Consolation - 1964 Pacific Southwest Qualifying - 1964 Canadian International Championships - 1963 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1963 Pacific Southwest Qualifying - 1963

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