John Newcombe

  • Age79
  • 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

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


Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
Roland Garros 1967, 1969, 1973
Wimbledon 1965-66, 1968-70, 1974
United States 1967, 1971, 1973


Australian 1965
United States 1964


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 except Roland Garros. Newcombe and Tony Roche won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together – more than any other men’s team in tennis history until the emergence of Bob and Mike Bryan.

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

Purcell determined to keep it interesting at Australian Open 2024
Max Purcell. Picture: Tennis Australia
15 January, 2024

With his serve-and-volley game, several Australian greats are predicting Max Purcell to continue making giant strides in 2024.
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Aussie legends predict top-10 breakthrough for De Minaur in 2024
Alex de Minaur at Australian Open 2023. Picture: Tennis Australia
19 December, 2023

Todd Woodbridge and John Newcombe believe Australia's Alex de Minaur will soon break into the world's top 10.
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Alex de Minaur awarded the 2023 Newcombe Medal
Alex de Minaur wins the 2023 Newcombe Medal
11 December, 2023

Australia's top-ranked singles player, Alex de Minaur, is the winner of the coveted Newcombe Medal at the 2023 Australian Tennis Awards.
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Australian Tennis Awards 2023: News from the blue carpet
Aussie couple Daria and Luke Saville on the blue carpet at the 2023 Australian Tennis Awards. Picture: Getty Images
11 December, 2023

Aussie couple Daria and Luke Saville were among the stars walking the blue carpet at the 2023 Australian Tennis Awards this evening.
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