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Greatest Tennis Players In USC History

Greatest Tennis Players In USC History
Since we will be releasing our short film on Steve Johnson this week, we wanted to see how he fits in with the other greatest tennis players in USC history.

The Program

USC's men's tennis program is one of the greatest in the country. The Trojans have won more NCAA team (21) and NCAA doubles (21) titles than any other school. USC has also claimed the second-most NCAA singles championships (15). Steve Johnson accounts for two of those singles titles. 

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Stan Smith
  • ​Former world No. 1 singles player
  • 7 Grand Slam titles, 10 final appearances, 90 career titles
  • Australian Open champion 1970 (doubles)
  • US Open champion: ​1971 (singles); 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980 (doubles) with Bob Lutz; 1967 (mixed)
  • Wimbledon champion: 1972 (singles)
  • Helped the United States win 7 Davis Cup Championships -- tied for best in history.
  • 3-time All-American
  • 1968 NCAA singles champion
  • 1967 and 1968 NCAA doubles champion (with Lutz)
  • Smith and Lutz are considered one of the greatest doubles teams of all time
  • Inducted into the ITA Men's Hall of Fame in 1984
  • Now best known for the tennis shoe that he wore while competing -- Adidas' all-time best-selling shoe: Adidas Stan Smith  


Bob Lutz
  • ​Reached as high as No. 5 in the world for singles
  • Considered one of the greatest doubles teams of all time with Stan Smith
  • 5 Davis Cup championships 
  • U.S. Open doubles champion: (with Stan Smith) 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980
  • Australian Open doubles champion: 1970 (with Stan Smith)
  • 53 career titles (44 doubles, 9 singles)
  • 1967 NCAA singles champion (over Smith)
  • Inducted into the ITA Men's Hall of Fame in 1984
Raul Ramirez
  • ​Former world No. 1 doubles player
  • Ranked as high as No. 4 in the world for singles
  • 60 doubles titles and 19 singles titles
  • French Open champion: 1975, 1977 (doubles)
  • Wimbledon champion: 1976 (doubles)

Dennis Ralston
  • ​Reached as high as No. 5 in the world for singles
  • Wimbledon champion: 1960 (doubles)
  • French Open champion: 1966 (doubles)
  • US Open champion 1961, 1962, 1963 (doubles)
  • Davis Cup champion as player in 1963; as coach in 1968-1971, champion again in 1972; captain in 1972-1975 
  • 1964 NCAA doubles champion
  • Inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1987

Steve Johnson
  • ​Current world No. 27 (singles) 
  • 2 career titles (1 singles, 1 doubles -- so far)
  • Olympic bronze medal (doubles with Jack Sock)
  • Current Davis Cup team member
  • Most decorated college tennis player ever
  • 4-time NCAA team champion
  • 2-time NCAA singles champion
  • Record 72-match winning streak

We'd say Johnson fits in with the greatest players in USC history just fine. 

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