- Born28 December 1960
- Birth PlaceCummins, South Australia
- Playing StatusRetired
“It is a true honour for me to be in the same space as my friends and my heroes.”
— John Fitzgerald, 26 Jan 2020
» John Fitzgerald enters Australian Tennis Hall of Fame
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 – his singles ranking peaked at No.25 in January 1989 – “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 each at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, 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).
He was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2020.
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
Queensland's Archie Graham was among 18 players to win a national title at the 2023 Australian Tennis Championships in Melbourne.
The Australian Open trophies will visit more than 20 Victorian communities in coming months as part of AO on the Road.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined Casey Dellacqua and John Fitzgerald to celebrate a major milestone at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club.
Nine Australian men, led by No.19 Alex de Minaur, are currently ranked inside the world's top 90 in the ATP Tour singles rankings.