PLAYER PROFILE

John Newcombe

  • Age71
  • 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

The Wimbledon Buzz …
Jaymon Crabb is helping Lleyton Hewitt prepare for Wimbledon; supplied
12 June, 2015

As Lleyton Hewitt looks ahead to his last Wimbledon campaign, JAYMON CRABB is experiencing an inside view as his coach. He provides some insights on Hewitt's preparation.
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Recovering well, Stosur has Aussie glory in her sights
Sam Stosur celebrates a point during her second-round victory over Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open in Beijing; Getty Images
24 December, 2014

At full tilt for her first proper pre-season in three years, Sam Stosur refuses to believe the sun has set on her chances of a coveted Australian Open title.
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Newcombe Medal: highlights gallery
Darren Percival performs at the 2014 Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards; Fiona Hamilton
25 November, 2014

Check out highlights of the Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards from the glittering Palladium Ballroom at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex.
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Nick Kyrgios awarded 2014 Newcombe Medal
Nick Kyrgios wins the 2014 Newcombe Medal; Fiona Hamilton
24 November, 2014

UPDATE: Nick Kyrgios was tonight awarded Australia’s top tennis honour, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, capping a stunning breakout season for the teen from Canberra.
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