PLAYER PROFILE

John Fitzgerald

  • Age59
  • 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, “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

Kids to make a ‘racquet’ as tennis roadshow returns
MAKING A RACQUET: Doubles champion John Peers gifts a new tennis racquet to a first year primary school student in Perth. Picture: Tennis Australia
4 August, 2020

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow returns in 2020, delivering brand new tennis racquets to first year primary school age children across all Australian states and…
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Home Court Tennis: Building Skills, Creating Conversation
HomeCourtTennis
2 June, 2020

As HomeCourtTennis helps young players increase activities and important skillsets, Aussie favourites John Fitzgerald and John Millman are joining in the conversation.
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Social round-up: Memories of Roland Garros
Ash Barty in action at Roland Garros in 2019. Picture: Getty Images
28 May, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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John Fitzgerald enters Australian Tennis Hall of Fame
John Fitzgerald, Australian Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, with Tennis Australia Chair Jayne Hrdlicka at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
26 January, 2020

John Fitzgerald, a former world No.1 doubles player and past Davis Cup captain, joins a long list of Australian legends in the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.
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