PLAYER PROFILE

Fred Stolle

  • Age80
  • Born 8 October 1938
  • Birth PlaceHornsby, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1997
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1985

Singles champion
French 1965
United States 1966

Doubles champion
Australian 1963-64, 1966
French 1965, 1968
Wimbledon 1962, 1964
United States 1965-66, 1969

Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961, 1964, 1969

Davis Cup
1964-66

Tall and competitive, Fred Stolle was known for his powerful serve, accurate volleys and fluid backhand. He won all four doubles majors, and contested singles finals at all the Grand Slams, winning at Paris in 1965 and New York in 1966. Stolle was runner-up at Wimbledon three times (1963, 1964 and 1965) and twice at the Australian Championships (1964 and 1965). He lost to Chuck McKinley in his first Wimbledon final and to doubles partner Roy Emerson in the other four deciders. Stolle enjoyed success in Davis Cup and was part of Australia’s winning teams in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He finished with a 13-3 win-loss record (10-2 in singles, 3-1 in doubles). Following his retirement, Stolle swapped his racquet for a microphone and settled into a long and successful career as a TV commentator.

Fred Stolle in the news

Champions King, Laver reunite at Aussie BBQ
Billie Jean King (L) and Rod Laver at the annual Tennis Australia barbecue, 50 years on since winning the 1968 Wimbledon singles titles; Getty Images
9 July, 2018

At a function honouring an Australian tennis legend - an annual tradition during the Wimbledon fortnight - Rod Laver and Billie Jean King reminisced about their landmark triumphs…
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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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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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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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