PLAYER PROFILE

John Fitzgerald

  • Age60
  • 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

Social round-up: Christmas celebrations and summer preparations
FESTIVE: Luke Saville and Daria Gavrilova. Picture: Instagram
31 December, 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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Tennis legend John Fitzgerald headed to Mallacoota for Rally as One
HELPING HAND: Former world No.1 doubles star John Fitzgerald at a Rally as One event in Cobargo this week. Picture: Tennis Australia
4 December, 2020

The Australian Open and Australian Tennis Foundation’s national Rally as One initiative continues with a visit to the Victorian town of Mallacoota.
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Flashback Friday: Australia’s 2003 Davis Cup victory
CHAMPIONS: Todd Woodbridge, Mark Philippoussis, captain John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs celebrate their Davis Cup victory in 2003. Picture: Getty Images
27 November, 2020

In our Flashback Friday series, we look back at Australia’s thrilling 2003 Davis Cup final triumph against Spain in Melbourne.
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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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