Ernest M. Sutter
March 6, 2013 By Billy E. Crawford
Ernie Sutter was born in New Orleans and resided on Loyola Street. The family members included his mother and father, a sister, and two brothers. The family members, along with friends, built two grass tennis courts next to their property. All three brothers, Cliff, Ed and Ernie stared in tennis at Tulane University in uptown New Orleans.
- 1936 & ’37 he was the NCAA Singles Champion (NOTE: he and his brother Cliff (1930, ’32) are the only brothers in history to each win NCAA Singles Championships.
- 1936 & ’37 he was SEC #1 Singles Champion
- 1937 he and his doubles partner, Joe Abrams, were SEC Doubles Champions
- Famed coach Emmett Pare’ was his coach.
- Also in 1936 he won:
- Western States Tournament defeating Julius Heldman 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
- Southern Championship defeating Charles Harris 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 6-3
- Mid-Dexie Championships defeating Ramsey Potts 6-3, 6-8, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
- In 1937 he won:
- Southern Intercollegiate defeating Burtz Boulware 6-1, 6-1
- A finalist to Wilmer Allison in the Spring Lake Invitational
- A finalist to Bobby Riggs in the Fox River Valley Championship
- A finalist to Arthur Hendrix in the Mid-Dixie Championship
In 1943, during World War II, Ernest Sutter was wounded serving in the United States Army in North Africa.
The Tulane yearbook, the Jambalaya, describes the 1944 Tulane tennis season very well. ”Lt.Ernie Sutter, brother to Cliff, was the “informal” coach of the team. After being wounded in North Africa, he returned home from the war and took the job as net coach voluntarily. (coach Pare’ was serving in the Navy in the years ’44 and ’45.) The entire squad was made up of Naval students, including Gary Albertine, Walter Russell, Harcourt Waters, Adair Watters, Arnold Lefkovits, Herbert Baker, and Sidney Jones.”
The following year’s Jambalaya states: ”For the second straight year, the Green Wave racqueteers performed under the tutelage of Ernie Sutter, former Southern Collegiate Champion, who gave his time while studying in the College of Law. The captain was #1 Harcourt Waters, #2 Alan Bartlett, a freshman, was one of the Wave’s finest performers (lost only 1 match to Howard McCall of Georgia Tech.) He would have taken part in the National net competition, representing Tulane, except for a call from the Navy after the regular season ended.
In 1961 he and his brother Cliff won the United States Veteran’s Doubles Championship in Boston, Mass.
In 1984, he and Cliff were inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame, a member of the first class. (along with the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club.)
1988 he was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame
1996 he was inducted into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame
Ernie became a top lawyer with Shell Oil after college.