The Trojan family lost one of its beloved members on Friday, June 14th with the passing of tennis star Gene Mako at age 97. Mako was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 1999 because of his contributions to the strong legacy of USC men's tennis. He was the 1934 NCAA singles and doubles champion and also won titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Mako dominated on the court for the Trojans in 1934, 1936, and 1937 and went on to find success in international singles and doubles play. He partnered with Don Budge to win back to back Wimbledon crowns and two U.S. Open titles. At the peak of his career, in 1938, he was ranked No. 8 in the world and No. 3 in the U.S.