Gene Mako

January 24, 1916
June 14, 2013
Place of Birth:
Budapest, Hungary
United States
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 9
U.S. Singles Ranking: 3

A close friend and doubles partner of Don Budge, who beat him in the final of the 1938 U.S. Singles Championship, Mako was skilled enough on his own to become the third best tennis player in his nation. But his finest hours were spent in partnership with Budge. A finely balanced team, they collected two U.S. crowns and two at Wimbledon. Mako joined Budge on two victorious American Davis Cup teams, and played top level doubles through the late 1930s despite a serious injury to his shoulder which diminished his power on serve.

Grand Slam Record


  • Doubles Champion 1937-38

US National Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1936, 1938
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1936

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1935-38