PLAYER PROFILE

John Newcombe

  • Age72
  • Born23 May 1944
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1998
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1986
“it’s a really strong field, and it’s been hard for us to decide who comes out as the winner … (we have) four worthy challengers for the Newcombe Medal and I’ll be proud to announce the winner tonight.””

— John Newcombe , 24 Nov 2014

» Newcombe previews Australian Tennis Awards

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

Kokkinakis’ battle of mind and body
Thanasi Kokknakis in action during his sole competitive outing of the year at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Getty Images
2 December, 2016

Lleyton Hewitt says Thanasi Kokkinakis remains only a "touch and go" prospect to make a comeback this summer despite the 20-year-old's eagerness to return.
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Alcott awarded 2016 Newcombe Medal
2016 Newcombe Medallist Dylan Alcott (R) wht John Newcombe; Getty Images
28 November, 2016

Paralympic gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott has completed an incredible 2016 season by winning the Newcombe Medal.
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Finalists announced for Newcombe Medal
John Newcombe, Newcombe Medal
21 November, 2016

Alcott, Gavrilova, Millman, Peers, Stosur and Thompson nominated for Newcombe Medal 2016.
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New nomination process for Newks
Newcombe Medal winner Sam Groth (R) and John Newcombe; Getty Images
2 September, 2016

In 2016 a new nomination process for the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards has been introduced.
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