PLAYER PROFILE

John Newcombe

  • Age74
  • Born23 May 1944
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1998
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1986
“Never be afraid to dream - dreams are fun. And to try to follow them is even a lot more fun and try and make them become successful.”

— John Newcombe , 15 Nov 2018

» John Newcombe offers advice to his younger self

Singles champion
Australian 1973, 1975
Wimbledon 1967, 1970-71
United States 1967, 1973

Doubles champion
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
French 1967, 1969, 1973
Wimbledon 1965-66, 1968-70, 1974
United States 1967, 1971, 1973

Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1965
United States 1964

Davis Cup
1963-1967, 1973, 1975-76
Captain 1994-2000

John Newcombe was a rugged serve-volleyer and a great competitor. His most formidable weapons – serve, volley and forehand – were used to devastating effect. “Newk” captured seven Grand Slam singles titles, winning all but the French. Newcombe and Tony Roche won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together – more than any other men’s team in tennis history. Newcombe would eventually own 17 doubles majors by the end of his career. He was part of five winning Davis Cup teams, four successive victories between 1964 and 1967 and the all-star pro team of 1973. In 1994 Newcombe was named Davis Cup captain and led Australia to a 3-2 win over France in the 1999 final.

John Newcombe in the news

Barty, De Minaur joint winners of Newcombe Medal
Alex De Minaur (L) and Ashleigh Barty pose with their Newcombe Medals at Melbourne's Palladium Ballroom (Getty Images)
26 November, 2018

Highlighting an incredible year for Australian tennis, Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur were on Monday night presented with the Newcombe Medal - the first time the medal has…
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Stellar year celebrated at Australian Tennis Awards
(L-R) John Millman, Destanee Aiava, Rinky Hijikata and Sam Stosur at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards (Andrew Tauber/Tennis Australia)
26 November, 2018

Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur, Casey Dellacqua, Darren Cahill, Destanee Aiava and Rinky Hijikata were among 16 award winners on Monday night at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis…
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John Newcombe offers advice to his younger self
John Newcombe. Tennis Australia
15 November, 2018

As part of an ongoing series on ABC's 7.30 current affairs program, Australian tennis legend John Newcombe discusses the importance of balance, friends you can trust and the…
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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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