- Born23 May 1944
- Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
- Playing StatusRetired
- Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1998
- International Tennis Hall Of Fame1986
“We felt at that stage we had probably one of the greatest Davis Cup teams of all time. We went with a quest to kill the Americans, and we killed them, five-zip, and I couldn’t have been happier!”
— John Newcombe , 2 Dec 2013
» Legendary Aussie Davis Cup team honoured in moving tribute
Australian 1973, 1975
Wimbledon 1967, 1970-71
United States 1967, 1973
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
French 1967, 1969, 1973
Wimbledon 1965-66, 1968-70, 1974
United States 1967, 1971, 1973
Mixed doubles champion
United States 1964
1963-1967, 1973, 1975-76
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
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.
Tennis may be a fiercely individual sport but many of the game’s groundbreaking feats have been team efforts. By SUZI PETKOVSKI
UPDATE: Lleyton Hewitt has been awarded Australia’s top tennis honour, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, at a gala celebration at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.
The star-studded champion Australian 1973 Davis Cup were tonight honoured for their exploits in a special presentation at the Newcombe Medal.