PLAYER PROFILE

John Fitzgerald

  • Age58
  • Born28 December 1960
  • Birth PlaceCummins, South Australia
  • Playing StatusRetired
“The Gallipoli Youth Cup gives players the chance to compete at a first-class venue and also to honour those who served their country in war.”

— John Fitzgerald, 23 Apr 2014

» Gallipoli Youth Cup kicks off in Melbourne

Fitzgerald, who grew up on a farm in South Australia, began hitting against a brick wall as a four year old.

Although he won six singles titles, “Fitzy” was best known for his doubles prowess, being ranked No.1 in the world in July 1991.

He played most of his doubles with Swede Anders Jarryd. He won 30 doubles titles, including seven Grand Slam crowns (two French Opens, two Wimbledons, two US Opens and one Australian Open), and was a finalist at 31 other events.

He represented Australia in Davis Cup for 10 years, during which he compiled a 19-14 win–loss record and was a member of two championship teams (1983 and 1986).

His singles ranking peaked at No.25 in January 1989. Fitzgerald is married to Jenny, with whom he has two daughters, Elizabeth and Bridget, and a son, Patrick.

He later captained the Australian Davis Cup team for nine years from 2001 to 2010, leading the Aussies to the Davis Cup title in 2003 against Spain in Melbourne.

John Fitzgerald in the news

Fitzgerald to join the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08: John Fitzgerald speaks to the media during the Australian Open 2020 Launch at Melbourne Park on October 08, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
8 October, 2019

South Australian legend John Fitzgerald will be inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2020.
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Fitzgerald returns to roots to help unite drought affected areas
John Fitzgerald
8 May, 2019

Australian tennis legend John Fitzgerald heads to Wudinna Tennis Club as part of an initiative to unite drought affected communities through tennis.
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Peers, Kontinen defend ATP Finals title
John Peers (R) and Henri Kontinen hoist the trophy after winning the ATP Finals for a second straight year in London; Getty Images
20 November, 2017

Australia's John Peers and Finn Henri Kontinen have joined an illustrious list after defending their title at the ATP Finals in London.
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Tennis family mourns Andrew Florent
Andrew Florent in action at the Australian Open 2014 legends event; Getty Images
17 August, 2016

The tennis family remembers Andrew Florent, a true character of the men's tour and one of Australia's great doubles players.
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