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Hunt in 1943
Hunt in 1943, not long before his death
Joseph "Joe" Raphael Hunt (February 17, 1919–February 2, 1944) was a champion American tennis player of the late 1930s and early 1940s from Southern California. He became a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and, fifteen days short of his twenty-sixth birthday, was killed on a training mission off Daytona Beach, Floridamarker, when his Grumman Hellcat crashed for still-unknown reasons.

In 1943, he won the United States singles championshipmarker at Forest Hillsmarker while lying on the ground. 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. Hunt was unable to obtain leave from the Navy in 1944 in order to defend his title.

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

Grand Slam record

U.S. Championships

  • Singles champion: 1943


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