PLAYER PROFILE

Tony Roche

  • Age75
  • Born17 May 1945
  • Birth PlaceTarcutta, New South Wales
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1998
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1986
“Maybe in two or three years, if he continues to improve the way he has, he could be a real contender to win the French championships.”

— Tony Roche, 21 May 2016

» Roche assesses Aussie hopes in Paris

Singles champion
French 1966

Doubles champion
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, (January) 1977
French 1967, 1969
Wimbledon 1965, 1968-70, 1974
United States 1967

Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1966
Wimbledon 1976

Davis Cup
1964-67, 1974, 1976-78
Coach 1994-2000

Tony Roche achieved great success in doubles with his long-time partner and lifelong friend John Newcombe. The two snared 12 doubles majors together, including five Wimbledon championships in both the amateur and professional eras. Roche also won five Australian doubles, the last with Arthur Ashe. Roche possessed a lethal left-hand serve and crisp volleys – weapons that carried him to the 1966 French title – his only major singles win. He finished runner-up in five Grand Slam finals – twice at the French (1965 and 1967), twice in the United States (1969 and 1970) and once at Wimbledon (1968). All five losses were to fellow Aussies: Fred Stolle and Roy Emerson in Paris, Rod Laver at Wimbledon and the US Open, and Ken Rosewall also in New York. A keen Davis Cup player, Roche racked up a 14-5 win-loss record (7-3 singles, 7-2 doubles) and was a part of winning teams in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1977. After retiring, Roche became a highly successful coach, guiding the careers of world No.1 players Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer.

Tony Roche in the news

Celebrating US Open anniversaries of Aussie champions
Margaret Court, Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Stosur and Ken Rosewall are all celebrating US Open anniversaries this year. Pictures: Getty Images
31 August, 2020

Several Australian champions - of both today and yesteryear - are celebrating significant anniversaries of US Open triumphs this year.
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Social round-up: Social distancing hits, showcasing skills and puppy play
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Lizette Cabrera, Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell at the Queensland Tennis Centre. Picture: Instagram
21 May, 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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Tony Roche celebrated at Australian Open
Australian Davis Cup captains Wally Masur, John Fitzgerald John Newcombe, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter celebrate with Tony Roche; Fiona Hamilton
1 February, 2020

Past and present greats helped celebrate the achievements of renowned Australian player and coach Tony Roche at the annual Legends Lunch
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Roche honoured with inaugural ATP coaching award
Tony Roche at the Davis Cup official team dinner in Melbourne; SMP Images
21 December, 2019

Australian great Tony Roche has been named the first recipient of the Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award, as voted by ATP Tour coaches.
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