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Joseph Hunt

tennis player
Full name: Joseph Raphael Hunt
Nickname: Joe
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Bio Hunt played college tennis at the University of Southern California as a freshman and he went undefeated in singles and doubles play while in college during 1938, including the Ojai Tennis Tournament.
Joe was very athletic and he played football for a while. After enlisting, he attended the United States Naval Academy and joined the Navy football team as a running back during the 1940 season, he was given the game ball for the 1940 Army-Navy Game.
Hunt made the semi-finals at the 1939 and 1940 United States singles championships. Hunt represented the United States in the 1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge (now Davis Cup) challenge round against Australia. He played the doubles match partnering Jack Kramer which they lost to John Bromwich and Adrian Quist.

For U.S. Navy Lieutenant Joe Hunt, 1943 was the best of years. On leave from the Navy, he won the U.S. National Championships at Forest Hills by defeating the formidable Bill Talbert and the youthful Jack Kramer, which was no mean feat.
On match point Hunt collapsed with cramps while his opponent, Jack Kramer, hit a return that barely went long. Had it been in, most observers at the time felt that Kramer would have eventually won the match against Hunt. He was the U.S. No. 1 in 1943.
Hunt was unable to obtain leave from the Navy in 1944 in order to defend his title.

A semi-finalist at the U.S. Nationals in 1939 and 1940, Hunt played Davis Cup for his country in 1939. He broke into the U.S. top ten when he was 17 and won the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships twice.
His life ended tragically when he died in an air crash a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday.

Hunt was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1966.
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