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Daphne Jessie Akhurst

Daphne Jessie Akhurst

Born 22 April 1903
Died 9 January 1933
Place of birth Ashfield, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
Doubles champion
Australian 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2006

Daphne Akhurst captured five Australian singles and doubles titles and the mixed four times, an achievement that was unsurpassed until 1951 when Nancy Bolton won her sixth Australian title. Born in Ashfield, NSW, in 1903, Akhurst showed promise as a pianist growing up. She studied at the State Conservatorium of Music and become a music teacher but it was her achievements on court that she is best known for. In 1925 Akhurst was part of the first women's team to travel overseas. She competed at Wimbledon and made the quarterfinals. In 1928 she would make the semifinals in singles and doubles, and the final of the mixed doubles at The All England Club. During this period, Akhurst enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, winning the women's singles title at the Australian Championships in 1925, 1926, 1928 and 1929-1930. Akhurst died on 9 January 1933 of an ectopic pregnancy at the age of 29. The winner of the Australian Open women's singles final is presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Malcolm Anderson

Malcolm Anderson

Born 3 March 1935
Place of birth Theodore, Qld
Singles champion
United States 1957
Doubles champion
French 1957
Australian 1973
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1957
Representation
Davis Cup 1957-58, 1972-73
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2001
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000

In 1957, Malcolm Anderson was the first unseeded player to win the US National Singles Championship. In the same year he made the final of the Australian Championships, but lost to Ashley Cooper. In 1958 he made the finals of the US National Singles Championship and the Australian Championships, but lost both to Cooper. Anderson started to play tennis at the age of eight and became serious about the game in his teenage years. He represented Australia in Davis Cup in 1957, 1958, 1972 and 1973 (Australia won in 1957 and 1973). In 1957-1958, Anderson was at his peak, reaching his career-high ranking of No.2. Also in 1957, he captured the doubles title at the French National Championships with Ashley Cooper. But it would be a further 16 years before Anderson would taste major doubles success again, this time he captured the Australian Open doubles title alongside John Newcombe in 1973. In 2000, Anderson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

Nancye (Wynne) Bolton

Nancye (Wynne) Bolton

Born 10 June 1916
Died 9 November 2001
Place of birth Melbourne, Vic
Singles champion
Australian 1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
Doubles champion
Australian 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2001
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006

Nancy Bolton remembered for winning 20 Australian titles, the only woman to win more is Margaret Court with 21. In 1940, 1947 and 1948 she pulled off the rare feat of winning the singles, doubles and mixed titles. In 1938, Bolton became the first Australian woman to play in a US Championship final, she was 22. Bolton attained her career-high ranking of No.4 in 1947 and stayed in that position until 1949. Bolton was renowned for her powerful forehand and overall solid groundstrokes. She was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

 

Lesley (Turner) Bowrey

Lesley (Turner) Bowrey

Born 16 August 1942
Place of birth Trangie, NSW
Singles champion
French 1963, 1965
Doubles champion
Australian 1964, 1965, 1967
French 1964, 1965
Wimbledon 1964
United States 1961
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1962, 1967
Wimbledon 1961, 1964
Representation
Federation Cup 1963-65, 1967
Federation Cup Captain 1994-2000
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in August 1998
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997

Between 1961 and 1967, Lesley Bowrey won 13 major titles, including two French Open singles titles, seven doubles and four mixed. She was a runner-up on 14 occasions in Grand Slam tournaments. Bowrey participated in the inaugural Federation Cup competition in 1963 and represented Australia in 13 ties for 13 wins and six losses. She captained Australia's Fed Cup team between 1994 and 2000. In 1997, Bowrey was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In the same year she was presented with the Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award. This award is given to the female player who by character, sportsmanship, manners, and spirit of cooperation has contributed to the growth of the game of tennis. One year later, in 1998, Bowrey was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

John Bromwich

John Bromwich

Born 14 November 1918
Died 21 October 1999
Place of birth Kogarah, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1939, 1946
Doubles champion
Australian 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
Wimbledon 1948, 1950
United States 1939, 1949, 1950
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1938
Wimbledon 1947, 1948
United States 1947
Representation
Davis Cup 1937-1939, 1946-47, 1949-50
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1996
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984

John Bromwich is remembered for forging a highly successful doubles team with Adrian Quist. The pair was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984 thanks to their partnership, which yielded 10 major titles. A prolific doubles champion, Bromwich also tasted singles success, winning the Australian Championships singles title in 1939 and 1946, and came close to winning the men's singles final at Wimbledon in 1948. Eventually he lost that match in five sets to Bab Fakenburg. Bromwich was a member of Australia's successful Davis Cup squads in 1939 and 1950. He was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996.

Sir Norman Brookes

Sir Norman Brookes

Born 14 November 1877
Died 28 September 1968
Place of birth Melbourne, Vic
Singles champion
Australian 1911
Wimbledon 1907, 1914
Doubles champion
Australian 1924
Wimbledon 1907, 1914
United States 1919
Representation
Davis Cup 1905, 1907-09, 1912, 1914, 1920
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in June 1996
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977

Sir Norman Brookes, or "The Wizard" as he was known, was the first foreign male to win Wimbledon, a feat he accomplished in 1907. Brookes was known for his all-court game, which was a mixture of solid ground strokes backed up by a well-varied serve. Brookes won his home major in 1911 and three years later captured the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon. It was the first time he'd returned to the All England Club since his first win there seven years earlier. More doubles success followed for Brookes in the United States in 1919 and in Australia in 1924. Following his retirement, Brookes became a renowned tennis administrator. In 1926 he became the president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, a position he held until 1955. The men's singles trophy at the Australian Open, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, is named in his honour.

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

Born 27 May 1965
Place of birth Melbourne, Vic
Singles champion
Wimbledon 1987
Representation
Davis Cup 1983-90
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2003

Pat Cash's greatest on-court achievement was winning the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1987. After claiming the title he climbed into the stands to celebrate with his family and coach. This practice has now almost become de rigueur among Wimbledon winners. Cash made the final of the Australian Open twice - 1987 and 1988 - but lost on both occasions to Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander respectively. The Australian was a renowned serve and volleyer whose game flourished on grass. He was a regular Davis Cup representative for Australia and was a part of Australia's winning teams in 1983 and 1986. He finished with a 31-10 Davis Cup record over eight years.

 

 

 

 

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Born 15 September 1936
Place of birth Melbourne, Vic
Singles champion
Australian 1957, 1958
United States 1958
Wimbledon 1958
Doubles champion
Australian 1958
French 1957, 1958
United States 1957
Representation
Davis Cup 1957-58
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in August 1996
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996

Ashley Cooper was an attacking player with smooth ground strokes and poise at the net. In 1958 he came close to completing the Grand Slam, but fell in the semifinals at the French. He is one of only nine men to win three majors in a season. He won back-to-back Australian titles in 1957 and 1958, and featured in Australia's Davis Cup team in both years. In 1957 the Australians triumphed over the United States 3-2, but in 1958 the result was reversed, with the Americans defeating the Australians 3-2. In 1996 he was inducted into both the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to tennis.

Ashley Cooper

Margaret (Smith) Court

Born 16 July 1942
Place of birth Albury, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1960-1966, 1969-1971, 1973
French 1962, 1964, 1969-1970, 1973
United States 1962, 1965, 1969-1970, 1973
Wimbledon 1963, 1965, 1970
Doubles champion
Australian 1961-63, 65, 69-71, 73
French 1964-66, 73
Wimbledon 1964, 1969
United States 1963, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1963, 1964
French 1963-65, 69
Wimbledon 1963, 65-66, 68, 75
United States 1961-65, 69-70, 72
Representation
Federation Cup 1963-1965, 1968-1970
Federation Cup Captain 1965, 1968, 1971
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend 1998

Dubbed "The Arm" by Billie Jean King, Court amassed a list of tournament wins that is yet to be rivalled. She is one of only three players to complete the "boxed set" - by winning the singles, doubles and mixed titles at all four majors. A strong player known for her heavy ground strokes and powerful serve, Court collected 62 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed, her closest rival is Martina Navratilova with 56. In 1970, Margaret Court completed the Grand Slam, and is one of only three women to complete this feat. She finished the year as No.1 three times - 1969, 1970 and 1973.

Jack Crawford

Jack Crawford

Born 22 March 1908
Died 10 September 1991
Place of birth Albury, NSW

Singles champion
Australian 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935
French 1933
Wimbledon 1933
Doubles champion
Australian 1929, 1930, 1932, 1935
French 1935
Wimbledon 1935
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1931, 1932, 1933
French 1933
Wimbledon 1930
Representation
Davis Cup 1928, 1930, 1932-37, 1939
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in May 1997
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979

A stylish and sporting player, "Gentleman Jack" Crawford came within one set of completing the Grand Slam in 1933. He captured the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles, but fell in five sets in the United States final. Apart from singles success, Crawford also captured six doubles titles and five mixed doubles titles. He won three-straight Australian mixed titles with his wife, Marjorie Cox Crawford between 1931 and 1933. Crawford was a proud Davis Cup representative and finished with a 36-21 win-loss record. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mark Edmondson

Mark Edmondson

Born 24 June 1954
Place of birth Gosford, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1976
Doubles champion
Australian 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984
French 1985
Representation
Davis Cup 1977, 1979-1985
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2007

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2007, Mark Edmondson is famously remembered as the last Australian player to win the Australian Open. A rank outsider to win the title, world No.212 Edmondson came up against countryman John Newcombe in the final at Kooyong. Edmondson was unseeded, while Newcombe was the No.2 seed and fancied to win his third Australian singles title. But 21-year-old Edmondson had other ideas and overcame Newcombe in the final in four sets, 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-1. Edmondson went on to win five Grand Slam doubles titles and become a regular representative for his country in Davis Cup. He finished with a 19-10 win-loss record in Davis Cup.

 

 

Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson

Born 3 November 1936
Place of birth Blackbutt, Qld
Singles champion
Australian 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966,1967
French 1963, 1967
United States 1961, 1964
Wimbledon 1964, 1965
Doubles champion
Australian 1962, 1966, 1969
French 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
United States 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966
Wimbledon 1959, 1961, 1971
Representation
Davis Cup 1959-67
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1994
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982

Roy Emerson was a slim and athletic player whose career bridged the amateur and Open eras. He came close to completing the Grand Slam in 1964 but fell in the quarterfinals to Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli. Emerson played during what was considered Australia's golden period of tennis. He played in eight winning Davis Cup teams, an incredible achievement. A gifted doubles player, Emerson had a reputation for being able to make any partner look good. Emerson won doubles titles at all of the majors at least three times, proving his skill on all surfaces. Emerson was famously quoted as saying: "You should never complain about an injury. We believe that if you play, then you aren't injured, and that's that."

Neale Fraser

Neale Fraser

Born 3 October 1933
Place of birth Melbourne, Vic
Singles champion
United States 1959, 1960
Wimbledon 1960
Doubles champion
Australian 1957, 1958, 1962
French 1958, 1960, 1962
Wimbledon 1959, 1961
United States 1957, 1959, 1960
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1959
Wimbledon 1962
United States 1958, 1959, 1960
Representation
Davis Cup 1955-1963
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in March 1994
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984

Neale Fraser was a strong player known for his tough ground strokes and big serve. He was a driven competitor and was known for his athleticism. Fraser won three singles titles, but it was in doubles that he racked up the majors. In 1959 and 1960 he dominated the United States Championships, winning the singles, doubles and mixed titles in both years. He was a committed Davis Cup player and finished with an imposing 18-3 win-loss record. Fraser's commitment to Davis Cup included 23 years as non-playing captain. Fraser guided Australian teams to four titles in 1973, 1977, 1983 and 1986. In 2008 he was awarded the ITF's highest accolade - the Philippe Chatrier award for outstanding achievements in tennis.

Ken Fletchcer

Kenneth Norman Fletcher

Born 15 June 1940
Died 11 February 2006
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Doubles champion
French 1964
Wimbledon 1966
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1963, 1964
French 1963, 1964, 1965
Wimbledon 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968
United States 1963
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2012

Ken Fletcher's greatest career achievement was capturing the mixed doubles Grand Slam in 1963, winning all four major titles with Margaret Court. The pair enjoyed a fruitful partnership that bore 10 major mixed doubles titles throughout the 1960s. Fletcher also enjoyed great success in the men's tandem form of the game, winning the 1964 French Open title with Roy Emerson before claiming the Wimbledon crown in 1966 with John Newcombe. Despite never winning a major singles title Fletcher compiled an impressive singles CV, reaching the 1963 Australian Open final, entering Wimbledon that same year as the No.3 seed, and winning 37 career titles. He held match points in the 1966 Wimbledon semifinals before eventually falling to Manolo Santana. Fletcher, a popular and respected player and "larrikin" by nature, he coached at the All England Club and in Hong Kong during the 1970s. After losing a battle with cancer in 2006, Fletcher was posthumously inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2012.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Born 31 July 1951
Place of birth Griffith, NSW

Singles champion
Australian 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
French 1971
Wimbledon 1971, 1980
Doubles champion
Australian 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976
Wimbledon 1974
Mixed doubles champion
French 1972
Representation
Fed Cup 1970, 1972-76, 1982
Fed Cup Captain 2002-2004
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1994
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend

Evonne Goolagong Cawley was ranked in the top 10 for nine years and climbed to the top of the rankings for one week in 1976. She won four consecutive Australian championships between 1974 and 1977 and finished her career with 13 majors. A player renowned for her grace and speed around the court, Goolagong Cawley started playing as a young girl by hitting a ball against a wall with an apple crate board. Goolagong Cawley came close to completing a career Grand Slam, the US Open was the only major to elude her. She lost four consecutive finals there between 1973 and 1976. She did, however, win Wimbledon as a mother in 1980, becoming only the second woman in history to do so.

Lew Hoad

Lew Hoad

Born 23 November 1934
Died 3 July 1994
Place of birth Glebe, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1956
French 1956
Wimbledon 1956, 1957
Doubles champion
Australian 1953, 1956, 1957
French 1953
Wimbledon 1953, 1955, 1956
United States 1956
Mixed doubles champion
French 1954
Representation
Davis Cup 1952-1956
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1995
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980

A player who was admired for his 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 he came close to completing the Grand Slam, but was defeated in the United States final by countryman Ken Rosewall. He had one last crack at the Grand Slam in 1957 (winning only Wimbledon), so then decided to turn pro in 1958. Hoad and Ken Rosewall formed a formidable reputation in Davis Cup ties, with 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 over the United States. His career was cut short in the 1960s due to a back problem.

Harry Hopman

Harry Hopman

Born 12 August 1906
Died 27 December 1985
Place of birth Glebe, NSW
Doubles champion
Australian 1929, 1930
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939
United States 1939
Representation
Davis Cup 1928, 1930, 1932, 1938-1939
Davis Cup Captain 1938, 1939, 1950-1969
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in December 1996
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978

Harry Hopman was a successful doubles and mixed doubles player, who amassed seven majors in a 10-year period. Hopman is best known as Australia's most successful Davis Cup captain of all time. Hopman guided Australian teams to 16 cups between 1939 and 1967. A strong believer in fitness, Hopman inspired his Davis Cup teams to great heights during his tenure as captain. Hopman was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978. He has been further honoured by having the Hopman Cup named after him.

 

 

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Born 9 August 1938
Place of birth Rockhampton, Qld
Grand Slam 1962, 1969
Singles champion
Australian 1960, 1962, 1969
French 1962, 1969
United States 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969
Doubles champion
Australian 1959, 1960, 1961, 1969
French 1961
Wimbledon 1971
Mixed doubles champion
French 1961
Wimbledon 1959, 1960
Representation
Davis Cup 1958-1962, 1973
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1993
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend

Dubbed "Rocket" Rod Laver by then Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, Laver was the second man to complete the Grand Slam in 1962 after American Don Budge first won all four majors in a season. In 1969, Rocket became the only person to win the Grand Slam twice. A powerful left-hander who sent the ball hurtling over the net laden with topspin, Laver was a driven competitor whose attacking play won him many titles. He dominated the 1960s, winning 17 of his 20 titles in this decade. Laver racked up a formidable 20-4 win-loss record in Davis Cup ties and was part of five winning teams during his career. In January 2000, centre court at Melbourne Park was named Rod Laver Arena in honour of Laver's achievements.

Thelma (Coyne) Long

Thelma (Coyne) Long

Born 14 October 1918
Place of birth Sydney, NSW
Singles Champion
Australian 1952, 1954
Doubles champion
Australian 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955
French 1956
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002

Thelma Long was the winner of 20 majors over a 22-year period. She was especially successful in doubles, capturing 12 Australian doubles titles. Long still holds the record as the oldest Australian singles champion, she was 35 years and 8 months old in 1954 when she won her second Australian singles Championship. She also holds the record for winning the most Australian doubles titles (12). And she makes up one half of the team that holds the record for winning the most Australian doubles titles (10) with Nancye Wynne Bolton. In 1960, Long became a coach and was mentor to many junior players in her home state of New South Wales. In 1985 Tennis NSW awarded Long with life membership of the state association. In 2000, she was awarded the Australian Sports medal and in 2002 she was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

Ken McGregor

Ken McGregor

Born 2 June 1929
Died 1 December 2007
Place of birth Adelaide
Grand Slam (doubles) 1951
Singles champion
Australian 1952
Doubles champion
Australian 1951, 1952
French 1951, 1952
Wimbledon 1951, 1952
United States 1951
Mixed doubles champion
United States 1950
Representation
Davis Cup 1950-1952
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999

Winner of nine titles, McGregor completed the doubles Grand Slam in 1951 with compatriot Frank Sedgman. The pair won seven consecutive majors together from 1951 to 1952 - a feat that has never been equalled. McGregor was a tall, strong serve and volleyer who was a surprise selection in Australia's 1950 Davis Cup team. The selection was proved correct when McGregor won his first singles rubber and helped the Australians to victory over the Americans. Between 1950 and 1952 McGregor made the final of the Australian Championships, winning it once in 1952 when he beat his doubles partner, Sedgman. McGregor retired from tennis at 25 to play Australian Rules football, playing five seasons for West Adelaide in the SANFL. McGregor was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.

John Newcombe

John Newcombe

Born 23 May 1944
Place of birth Sydney, NSW
Singles champion
Australian 1973, 1975
Wimbledon 1967, 1970, 1971
United States 1967, 1973
Doubles champion
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
French 1967, 1969, 1973
Wimbledon 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
United States 1967, 1971, 1973
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1965
United States 1964
Representation
Davis Cup 1963-1967, 1973, 1975, 1976
Davis Cup Davis Cup Captain 1994-2001
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986

As a player, John Newcombe was strong, athletic and a great competitor. His serve, volley and forehand were his most formidable weapons and he used them to devastating effect. He helped himself to seven Grand Slam singles titles, winning all bar the French. John Newcombe and Tony Roche won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together - more than any other men's team in tennis history. Newcombe would eventually claim 17 doubles majors by the end of his career. He was part of four winning Davis Cup teams, four of which were successive victories between 1964 and 1967. In 1994 he was named Davis Cup captain and led Australia to a 3-2 win over France in the 1999 Davis Cup final.

Gerald Patterson

Gerald Patterson

Born 17 December 1895
Died 13 June 1967
Place of birth Preston, Vic
Singles champion
Australian 1927
Wimbledon 1919, 1922
Doubles champion
Australian 1914, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927
Mixed doubles champion
Wimbledon 1920
Representation
Davis Cup 1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928
Davis Cup Captain 1946
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in August 1997
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989

Tall and well-built, Gerald Patterson played a strong serve-and-volley game that won him three major singles. Patterson was known as the "Human Catapult" for his powerful serve that many of the top players had trouble returning. Nephew of Dame Nellie Melba, who was Patterson's No.1 fan, he was somewhat ahead of his time, using a steel racquet strung with wire in 1925. He also enjoyed great success representing Australia in Davis Cup and amassed a 32-14 win-loss record (singles 21-10, doubles 11-4) and was part of the winning team in 1919.

Adrian Quist

Born 23 January 1913
Died 17 November 1991
Place of birth Medindie, SA

Singles champion
Australian 1936, 1940, 1948
Doubles champion
Australian 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
French 1935
Wimbledon 1935, 1950
United States 1939
Representation
Davis Cup 1933-1939, 1946, 1948
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in May 1998
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984

Best known as one half of the successful doubles duo "Bromwich and Quist", Adrian Quist showed he was a talented singles player as well, winning three Australian titles. Quist won 10 successive Australian doubles titles - a record that still stands today. The last eight of those he won with John Bromwich, while the first two were secured with Don Turnbull. With an all-court game and sharp volleys, Quist was also an important member of Australia's Davis Cup team. He played important roles in the 1939 championship team, winning the doubles with Bromwich and then winning his reverse singles rubber in five sets against American great Bobby Riggs.

Patrick Rafter

Patrick Rafter

Born 28 December 1972
Place of birth Mt Isa, Qld

Singles champion
United States 1997, 1998
Doubles champion
Australian 1999
Representation
Davis Cup 1994-2001
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006

Popular both on and off the court, Pat Rafter captured back-to-back US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 - the only Australian to complete this feat in the Open era. Rafter was well known for his serve and volley style, which suited the grass courts of Wimbledon where he was a dual finalist in 2000 and 2001 and semifinalist in 1999. He also made the semis at the Australian and French Opens. Rafter was revered for his sportsmanship, which saw him awarded with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 1998 and four ATP Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Awards in 1997 and 1999-01. A winner of 11 ATP singles titles and 10 doubles titles, including Australian Open 1999 (w/Jonas Bjorkman, SWE), Rafter was also a regular inclusion in Australia's Davis Cup teams between 1994 and 2001. He finished with a 21-11 win-loss record (18-10 singles, 3-1 doubles).


Tony RocheTony Roche
Born 17 May 1945
Place of birth Tarcutta, NSW

Singles champion
French 1966
Doubles champion
Australian 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976
French 1967, 1969
Wimbledon 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
United States 1967
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1966
Wimbledon 1976
Representation
Davis Cup 1964-1967, 1974, 1976-1978
Davis Cup coach 1994-2000
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986

Tony Roche enjoyed startling success on the doubles court with his long-time partner John Newcombe. The two snared 12 major doubles titles together, including five Wimbledon championships. Roche possessed a difficult left-hand serve and was an attacking volleyer. These skills helped him claim the 1966 French title - his only major singles win. He finished runner-up on several occasions - twice at the French (1965 and 1967, twice in the United States (1969 and 1970) and once at Wimbledon (1968). 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 the 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1977 Australian Davis Cup wins. After retiring, Roche became a successful coach and has mentored world No.1 players including Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer.

Mervyn RoaseMervyn Rose
Born
23 January 1930
Place of birth Coffs Harbour

Singles champion
Australian 1954
French 1958
Doubles champion
Australian 1954
United States 1952, 1953
Wimbledon 1954
Mixed doubles champion
Wimbledon 1957
Representation
Davis Cup 1950-1954, 1957
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001

In 1954 Rose won the singles and doubles titles at his home major - the Australian Championships. He represented Australia in two Davis Cup ties - both finals against the United States. On both occasions Australia won the Davis Cup. A winner of seven Grand Slam titles, Mervyn Rose enjoyed a successful career first as a player and later as a coach. He has coached players including Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Eleni Daniilidou and Nadia Petrova. In 2001 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and one year later he was made a member of the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

Ken RosewallKen Rosewall
Born 2 November 1934
Place of birth Sydney, NSW

Singles champion
Australian 1953, 1955, 1971, 1972
French 1953, 1968
United States 1956, 1970
Doubles champion
Australian 1953, 1956, 1972
French 1953, 1968
Wimbledon 1953, 1956
United States 1956, 1969
Mixed doubles champion
United States 1956
Representation
Davis Cup 1953-1956, 1973, 1975
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1995
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980

Rosewall, "Muscles" to his friends, was one of the Australian greats of tennis. In a career that continued into his 40s, Rosewall amassed a collection of 18 major titles and achieved a career doubles Grand Slam. One of the finest players to not win Wimbledon, Rosewall made it to the final at The All England Club on four occasions (1954, 1956, 1970 and 1974). While he wasn't the strongest player on court, Rosewall used placement and court speed to make up for any lack of physical presence. He was well known for his enviable backhand, balance and excellent anticipation. He famously teamed with Lew Hoad - the pair was born 21 days apart - to defend the Davis Cup in 1953. Rosewall finished with an impressive 19-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup and was a member of the winning Australian teams in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1973.

Frank SedgmanFrank Sedgman
Born
29 October 1927
Place of birth Mont Albert, Vic

Singles champion
Australian 1949, 1950
Wimbledon 1952
United States 1951, 1952
Doubles champion
Australian 1951, 1952
French 1951, 1952
Wimbledon 1948, 1951, 1952
United States 1950, 1951
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1949 1950
French 1951, 1952
Wimbledon 1951, 1952
United States 1951, 1952
Representation
Davis Cup 1949-1952
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1996
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979

It only took Frank Sedgman four years to amass 22 major titles. It would be an understatement to say that Sedgman dominated for a few years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Out of the 24 major trophies on offer in 1951 and 1952, Sedgman won 16 of them, including a doubles Grand Slam in 1951 with countryman Ken McGregor. Quick around the court, Sedgman was known for his impeccable net play. An exponent of the serve-and-volley game, Sedgman was extremely fit. He made his first foray in Davis Cup competition in 1949 and helped Australia to the final, where they lost 4-1 to the Americans. The following year, Sedgman and co. turned the tables on the Americans, winning the cup 4-1. Sedgman helped Australia to retain the Cup in 1951 and 1952 and finished with a 25-3 win-loss record.

Fred StolleFred Stolle
Born 8 October 1938
Place of birth Hornsby, NSW

Singles champion
French 1965
United States 1966
Doubles champion
Australian 1963, 1964, 1966
French 1965, 1968
Wimbledon 1962, 1964
United States 1965, 1966, 1969
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961, 1964, 1969
Representation
Davis Cup 1964-1966
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1997
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985

Tall and competitive, Fred Stolle was known for his powerful serve, accurate volleys and fluid backhand. He won all four doubles majors, but was unable to replicate this feat in singles. He was runner-up at Wimbledon three times (1963, 1964 and 1965) and twice at the Australian Championships (1964 and 1965). Stolle enjoyed success in Davis Cup competition and was part of Australia's winning teams in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He finished with a 13-3 win-loss record (10-2 singles, 3-1 doubles). Following his retirement, Stolle swapped his racquet for the microphone and has enjoyed a successful career as a TV commentator. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1997.

Brian TobinBrian Tobin
Born 5 December 1930
Place of birth Perth, WA

Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2004
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003

Achievements
President International Tennis Federation 1991-1999
President Tennis Australia 1977-1989
Council Tennis Australia 1965-1989
Men's Professional Tennis Council 1982-1989
Women's Professional Tennis Council 1983-1985
Federation Cup Captain 1964-1967
Australian Top 10 ranked player 1956-1962
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame 2003
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame January 2004

Brian Tobin has dedicated over 40 years of his life to tennis. During this time he was President of Tennis Australia between 1977 and 1989 and was President of the ITF between 1991 and 1999.

 



Wendy TurnbullWendy Turnbull
Born
26 November 1952
Place of birth Brisbane, Qld

Doubles champion
French 1979
Wimbledon 1978
United States 1979, 1982
Mixed doubles champion
French 1979, 1982
Wimbledon 1983, 1984
United States 1980
Representation
Fed Cup
Olympics Seoul 1988 Doubles bronze medal (w/Elizabeth Smylie, AUS)
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009

Turnbull turned pro in 1975 and was quickly nicknamed "Rabbit'' by her peers, such was her foot speed around the court. In an illustrious career she made the final of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon. Turnbull's consistency on the Tour was exceptional, achieving a top 10 year-end world ranking for eight consecutive years (1977-1984) and a year-end top 20 ranking for 10 straight years (1977-1986). She achieved her highest singles ranking in January 1985. In doubles she paired with Kerrie Reid to win the 1978 Wimbledon crown, with Betty Stove to win the 1979 US and French titles, and with Rosemary Casals to win the 1982 US Open. She also made another 11 major doubles finals, won five mixed doubles titles and teamed with Liz Smylie to win the bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Todd WoodbridgeTodd Woodbridge

Born 2 April 1971

Place of birth Sydney, NSW

Doubles champion
Australian 1992, 1997, 2001
French 2000
Wimbledon 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
United States 1995, 1996, 2003
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1993
French 1995
Wimbledon 1994
United States 1990, 1993, 2001

Representation
David Cup 1991-99, 2001-2005
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in Jan 2010Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend 2008

Woodbridge formed half of arguably the most successful doubles combination in history, pairing with compatriot Mark Woodforde to win 11 Grand Slam doubles titles and five straight Wimbledon titles (both records) as well as an Olympic gold medal at Atlanta in 1996. From 1996 to 1997 the "Woodies" came within one match of holding all four major doubles titles simultaneously, winning the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open trophies before falling in the French Open final. Woodforde retired shortly after the pair claimed the 2000 Roland Garros title - completing their Grand Slam set - and Woodbridge began a successful partnership with Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman that reaped a further five major doubles titles. Part of Australia's winning Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003, Woodbridge retired after the 2005 Wimbledon championships with a record-breaking 83 doubles titles. He also proved an adept singles player, peaking at world No.19 in May 1997, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals the same year and winning two career singles titles.

Mark WoodfordeMark Woodforde

Born 23 September 1965

Place of birth Adelaide, SA

Doubles champion

Australian 1992, 1997
French 2000
Wimbledon 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000
United States 1989, 1995, 1996
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1992, 1996
French 1992
Wimbledon 1993
United States 1992

Representation
David Cup 1988-89, 1993-2000

Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in Jan 2010
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend 2008

Woodforde combined with fellow Aussie Todd Woodbridge to form one of the greatest doubles combinations in history - their records include 11 Grand Slam doubles titles and five straight Wimbledon trophies. Alongside Woodbridge, Woodforde also won Olympic gold in 1996 at Atlanta and silver at Sydney in 2000, won 14 doubles rubbers in Davis Cup play and was part of the winning Australian team in 1999. In singles, Woodforde's highlights included an Australian Open semifinal in 1996, a career-best ranking of No.19 in April 1996, and four titles. Woodforde retired at the end of the 2000 season with 67 doubles titles (61 won as one half of the "Woodies") and alongside Woodbridge has since been inducted into the Australian Tennis, International Tennis and Sport Australia halls of fame.

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