Lew Hoad

  • Birth PlaceGlebe, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1995
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1980

Singles champion
Australian 1956
French 1956
Wimbledon 1956-57

Doubles champion
Australian 1953, 1956-57
French 1953
Wimbledon 1953, 1955-56
United States 1956

Mixed doubles champion
French 1954

Davis Cup

Admired for his dashing, attacking play, Lew Hoad was a feared foe on the court. Pancho Gonzalez was in awe of Hoad’s talent: “When Lew’s game was at its peak nobody could touch him.” In 1956 Hoad came within a match of completing the Grand Slam, but was defeated in the United States final by his “tennis twin”, Ken Rosewall. He had one last crack at the Grand Slam in 1957 (winning only Wimbledon), before turning pro in 1958. Hoad and Rosewall formed a formidable team in Davis Cup, the two 19-year-olds successfully defending the Cup in 1953 against the Americans. Between 1952 and 1956 Hoad was involved in four Davis Cup victories, all against the United States. Back pain forced him to cut short his career in the 1960s.

Lew Hoad in the news

Vale Jenny Staley Hoad
Australian tennis player Jenny Staley Hoad in play against Dorothy Knode on the second day of the Wimbledon Championships, London, 25th June 1957. (Photo by Reg Burkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
15 February, 2024

It is with a heavy heart that the Australian tennis community mourns the passing of Jenny Staley Hoad, whose place in the post-war golden age is part of legend.
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Lleyton Hewitt: Rich history inspiring Australian Davis Cup team
Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt at the 2022 Davis Cup Finals in Spain. Picture: Getty Images
25 November, 2022

Adding to the nation's Davis Cup proud history is driving Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt and his team at this week's finals in Spain.
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