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

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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Newcombe elevated to Legend status
John Newcombe during a press conference at Wimbledon 2014; Getty Images
10 October, 2014

John Newcombe has been named a Legend of Australian Sport at a gala celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
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PWID profile: Kelly Wren
Kelly Wren (R) poses with Australian tennis legend Neale Fraser after winning the award for Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability at the 2011 Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards; Tennis Australia
7 August, 2014

Being the main focus of her life, tennis has opened multiple doors for Kelly Wren including high-level competitive opportunities, full-time employment, the chance to meet stars…
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Kyrgios hailed as breath of fresh air
Nick Kyrgios celebrates a winning point against world No.1 Rafael Nadal on Centre Court in the fourth round of WImbledon; Getty Images
4 July, 2014

Tennis champions past and present have hailed Nick Kyrgios' emergence at Wimbledon as a breath of fresh air for the sport and a turning point for Australian tennis.
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