Cliff SutterTennis, 1929-33
Tulane University

Inducted: 1980

  • A New Orleans native who won the NCAA singles championship in 1930 and 1932 while competing for Tulane University.
  • In 1931, he won the singles championship and was a doubles finalist at the Cincinnati Masters. He also won the doubles title in Cincinnati in 1930.
  • Won the Southern Conference Singles Championship in 1929 and 1930 and the SEC Championship in 1932.
  • The first New Orleanian to play the main draw singles at Wimbledon, defeating Germany's Baron Gottfried von Cramm in 1933.
  • A member of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1933, defeating Ricardo Tapia in a match against Mexico.
  • A semifinalist and a four-time quartterfinalist at the U.S. Nationals and ranked in the top top 10 five times between 1930 and 1934.
  • Went on to serve in multiple tennis administrative roles, including President of the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, working to expand the game to the public schools and parks.
  • Competing with his wife, Suzanne, captured the national platform tennis mixed doubles championship in 1960.
  • Won the U.S. Veteran's Doubles Championship at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston in 1961 while competing with his brother Ernie.
  • Also a member of the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Born Aug. 31, 1910 and died May 24, 2000 at the age of 89.
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