John ‘Johnny’ Doeg is known as being the fourth ever left handed US tennis champ. In his career, he has a US Singles titles and several doubles. He was also a finalist for the Wimbledon doubles and was member of the Davis Cup. Doeg is also most known for having prevented a reigning tennis champion from getting another singles title.
Born John Thomas Godfray Hope Doeg in December 07, 1908, he was a formidable left handed, 6 foot player. He was born in Mexico and he grew up in California. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the early 1960s. He was the fourth left handed American Tennis player to win a singles title in the US Open during the 1930s. Other left-handed players include Beals Wright, Bob Wrenn and Lindley Murray. His US Open singles win against Tilden was the latter’s last Forest Hills bid.
In his junior career, he won the Junior Singles title in 1926. In 1929, Doeg won a Doubles tithe during the US open. He did the same thing the following year. He was also a member of the US team during the Davis Cup in 1930. In the same year, he was ranked No. 1 un the US Tennis ranking and No. 4 in the world . A year before that in 1929, he had secured the No. 7 spot in the Tennis World Ranking. He remained in the US top 10 ranking from 1927 to 1931. His opponents feared him because of his unrelenting speed and strength. He could easily wear his opponents down with consecutive hits.
Doeg was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1962. He spent the remainder of his life in California and he died in Redding in 1978.