Ashley Cooper

  • Born15 September 1936
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • Playing StatusDeceased
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1996
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1991

Singles champion
Australian 1957, 1958
United States 1958
Wimbledon 1958

Doubles champion
Australian 1958
French 1957, 1958
United States 1957

Davis Cup

Ashley Cooper was an attacking player with smooth ground strokes and poise at the net. In 1958 his only loss in the Grand Slams came in the semifinals at the French. He was only the sixth man to win three or more majors in a season. Melbourne-born but raised in Queensland, Cooper won back-to-back Australian titles in 1957 and 1958, and featured in Australia’s Davis Cup team in both years. In 1957 the Australians triumphed over the United States 3-2, but in 1958 the result was reversed, with the Americans defeating the Australians 3-2. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2007, Cooper was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to tennis.

Ashley Cooper in the news

Rising Australian players awarded Ashley Cooper Scholarships
Petra Hule in action at Australian Open 2023. Picture: Tennis Australia
3 May, 2023

Eight players have been awarded Ashley Cooper Scholarships, including South Australia's Petra Hule.
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Cooper legacy to help young Aussies deliver on their potential
Ashley Cooper. Tennis Australia
23 June, 2022

New Ashley Cooper Scholarship established to help young elite athletes deliver on their potential.
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Vale Ashley Cooper, an Australian tennis legend
Two-time Australian champion Ashley Cooper at Australian Open 2017; Getty Images
22 May, 2020

Two-time Australian champion and far-sighted administrator Ashley Cooper AO, who has passed away at age 83, is being remembered as a giant of the game.
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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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