John Newcombe

  • Age70
  • Born23 May 1944
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1998
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1986
“You look around at all the legends here and they are the ones who I grew up idolising and I find myself sitting up here on stage, it’s pretty humbling.”

— John Newcombe , 10 Oct 2014

» Newcombe elevated to Legend status

Singles champion
Australian 1973, 1975
Wimbledon 1967, 1970-71
United States 1967, 1973

Doubles champion
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
French 1967, 1969, 1973
Wimbledon 1965-66, 1968-70, 1974
United States 1967, 1971, 1973

Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1965
United States 1964

Davis Cup
1963-1967, 1973, 1975-76
Captain 1994-2000

John Newcombe was a rugged serve-volleyer and a great competitor. His most formidable weapons – serve, volley and forehand – were used to devastating effect. “Newk” captured seven Grand Slam singles titles, winning all but the French. Newcombe and Tony Roche won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together – more than any other men’s team in tennis history. Newcombe would eventually own 17 doubles majors by the end of his career. He was part of five winning Davis Cup teams, four successive victories between 1964 and 1967 and the all-star pro team of 1973. In 1994 Newcombe was named Davis Cup captain and led Australia to a 3-2 win over France in the 1999 final.

John Newcombe in the news

Newcombe Medal: Stosur gunning for fourth award
Sam Stosur holds the winner's trophy after winning her third Japan Women's Open title in Osaka; photo credit/Hiromasa Mano
21 November, 2014

Australia’s most decorated Newcombe Medallist, Sam Stosur, is again in the running to win the nation’s most prestigious individual prize.
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Newcombe Medal: Dellacqua’s career-best season recognised
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17:  Casey Dellacqua of Australia celebrates winning her third round match against Jie Zheng of China during day five of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
19 November, 2014

UPDATE: Casey Dellacqua's career-best season in 2014 has seen the 29-year-old honoured as a finalist for the prestigious Newcombe Medal.
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Newcombe Medal: Hewitt in line for back-to-back awards
Lleyton Hewitt, Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards 2013. GETTY IMAGES
18 November, 2014

Lleyton Hewitt will attempt to win the highest individual honour in Australian tennis for the second straight year at Monday night's Newcombe Medal.
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Kyrgios eyeing a bumper 2015
Nick Kyrgios serves during the ATP Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur; Getty Images
16 October, 2014

Eyeing off far greater spoils, Nick Kyrgios has no regrets about prematurely ending his spectacular 2014 campaign despite it potentially costing him an Australian Open seeding.
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