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

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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Six finalists announced for Newcombe Medal
John Newcombe. GETTY IMAGES
11 November, 2015

Dylan Alcott, Casey Dellacqua, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Peers and Sam Stosur have been nominated as Newcombe Medal finalists for 2015.
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Gallery: Fred Stolle honoured
(L-R) John Newcombe, Fred Stolle and Lleyton Hewitt; John Anthony
10 July, 2015

The stars of Australian tennis past, present and future gathered during the Wimbledon fortnight to honour the 50th anniversary of the third of Fred Stolle's Wimbledon finals.
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