John Newcombe

  • Age78
  • 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

A Wimbledon dream: Goolagong Cawley and Newcombe look back
Evonne Goolagong and John Newcombe were crowned Wimlbedon singles champions in 1971; Getty Images
3 July, 2021

On the 50th anniversary of their 1971 Wimbledon singles triumphs, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and John Newcombe reflect on a golden era for the sport.
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Barty awarded 2019 Newcombe Medal
Ash Barty (R) is presented with the 2019 Newcombe Medal by John Newcombe. (Getty Images)
2 December, 2019

For the third year running, Ash Barty takes out Australian tennis' highest honour -- this time after a banner season highlighted by her first major title and world No.1…
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Laver feted 50 years after his 1969 slam
Rod Laver at US Open 2019, 50 years after he won the title in 1969 (Getty Images)
5 September, 2019

The legendary Rod Laver says he wouldn't have achieved what he has in tennis had he not left the amateur ranks in 1962 to join the sport's 'big boys'.
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Goolagong Cawley ‘proud’ of new No.1 Barty
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Evonne Goolagong Cawley; Getty Images
24 June, 2019

Evonne Goolagong Cawley says new world No.1 Ash Barty is an "inspirational example to all Australians". 
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