Melbourne, VIC, 21 December 2019 |

Tony Roche has been named the recipient of the inaugural Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award as part of the ATP Tour’s 2019 awards.

Roche, the legendary Australian player who won the French Open in 1966 as well as 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, was honoured with the award after winning the majority of the vote from ATP coaches.

As explained on, Roche was “unanimously selected as the winner of this new award (and) exemplifies excellence, leadership, respect, and a true love for the sport of tennis and the art of coaching.”

The award, to be presented every two years, also “showcases someone who has inspired generations of young players and fellow coaches to grow the sport of tennis.”

Working alongside captain John Newcombe — with whom he won 12 major doubles titles — Roche was Australia’s Davis Cup coach from 1994 to 2000, during which time Australia won the title (in 1999 over France in Nice).

He also worked individually with several star players including Ivan Lendl, Pat Rafter, Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt.