PLAYER PROFILE

Tony Roche

  • Age74
  • 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

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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John Millman and Alex De Minaur to lead Davis Cup team against Austria
Australia's John Millman reacts after a returning a ball to Belgium's David Goffin during the Davis Cup tennis semifinal match between Belgium and Australia in Brussels on September 15, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
4 September, 2018

The Australian side for the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Austria next week has been named.
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Roche assesses Aussie hopes in Paris
(L-R) Bernard Tomic, Sam Stosur and Nick Kyrgios; Getty Images
21 May, 2016

On the 50th anniversary of his 1966 Roland Garros singles triumph, Australian legend Tony Roche breaks down the chances of this year's Aussie seeds in Paris.
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Gallery: official Davis Cup dinner
A general view of the Davis Cup official team dinner in Melbourne; SMP Images
2 March, 2016

The Australian and US teams gathered for the official teams' dinner on Thursday night ahead of their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie at Kooyong.
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