PLAYER PROFILE

John Newcombe

  • Age70
  • 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

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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Blue carpet highlights
Sam Stosur, Alicia Molik and Casey Dellacqua on the blue carpet at the 2014 Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards; Elizabeth Xue Bai
24 November, 2014

Current Aussie stars and legends of the game got dressed up and walked the blue carpet for the cameras at the Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards.
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Newcombe previews Australian Tennis Awards
John Newcombe, Melbourne, Newcombe Medal, 2013. TENNIS AUSTRALIA
24 November, 2014

Upon arriving in Melbourne this morning ahead of the Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards, John Newcombe spoke to the media about the awards and the state of Australian tennis…
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