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

Legends react to postage stamp honour
Australian tennis legends (L-R) Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Pat Cash, Ashley Cooper, Fred Stolle, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche and Frank Sedgman pose after being honoured on a postage stamp as recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award; Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
10 February, 2016

The group of 11 Australian tennis legends who received the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award were thrilled with the honour of appearing on their own postage stamp.
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Aussie tennis legends immortalised on stamps
Ken Rosewall. Tennis Australia
10 February, 2016

Eleven Australian tennis legends will appear on their own postage stamp after becoming recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award.
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A game for life
Lleyton Hewitt supports Nick Kyrgios at the 2015 US Open; Getty Images
21 January, 2016

Fans need not wallow as Lleyton Hewitt leaves the professional game; not only will he retain a strong presence as Australia’s Davis Cup captain but his profound influence will…
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Stars step out in style at 2015 Newcombe Medal
Lleyton and Bec Hewitt at 2015 Newcombe Medal. Photo: Getty Images
23 November, 2015

The blue carpet was not only the place to be seen at 2015 Newcombe Medal, it was an interview hot spot too.
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