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John Alexander
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Nickname(s) JA
Country  Australia
Residence Australia
Date of birth 4 July 1951 (1951-07-04) (age 58)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 81 kg
Turned pro 1968
Retired 1985
Plays Right-handed;
Career prize money $1,214,079
Singles
Career record 506–364
Career titles 7
Highest ranking 8 (15 December 1975)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (1973, 1977)
French Open 4R (1975, 1978, 1983)
Wimbledon 4R (1969, 1978)
US Open 4R (1971, 1973)
Doubles
Career record 448–300
Career titles 27
Highest ranking 30 (3 January 1983)
Last updated on: 24 January 2007.

John Gilbert Alexander OAM (born July 4, 1951 in Sydney) is a former professional touring tennis player.

During an ATP tour career spanning the late 1960s to mid 1980s, Alexander won 7 singles titles and 27 doubles titles. He achieved a career best singles ranking of World No. 8 in December 1975. The 6'3, 180 lb (82 kg) Alexander is the youngest player ever to represent Australia in Davis Cup. He also was one of the longest serving Davis Cup players; he played Davis Cup from 1968 to 1980.

Alexander appeared on the Australian TV series of Gladiators as a referee in the mid-1990s. He is currently captain of the Australian Federation Cup team and a sports commentator for Australian and British television networks. Alexander is known for his extensive knowledge (historical and technical) of tennis.

More recently Alexander has been pursuing a conservative political career. In September 2009, he unsuccessfully contested preselection in the blue-ribbon seat Liberal of Bradfield, left vacant by Brendan Nelson. In December 2009 he won Liberal preselection for the federal seat of Bennelong, which was held for 33 years by former prime minister John Howard until he lost it to Maxine McKew in November 2007.

Alexander was married to Rosemary Brown, a former swimmer, for almost 10 years. They have three children;: Emily (1990), Georgia (1991) and Charles (1994). He currently lives in Sydney's northern suburbs.

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Career finals

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Singles wins

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 17 February 1975 Fort Worth, USA Hard United States Dick Stockton 7–6(2) 4–6 6–3
2. 31 March 1975 Tucson, USA Hard Romania Ilie Nastase 7–5 6–2
3. 31 July 1977 North Conway, USA Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 2–6 6–4 6–4
4. 7 May 1979 Nations Cup, Germany Clay Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6–2 6–0
5. 23 July 1979 Louisville, USA Hard United States Terry Moor 7–6 6–7 3–3 RET
6. 13 December 1982 Sydney, Australia Grass Australia John Fitzgerald 4–6 7–6 6–4
7. 10 January 1983 Auckland, New Zealand Hard New Zealand Russell Simpson 6–4 6–3 6–3

Singles runner-ups

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 9 August 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 4–6 7–9 4–6
2. 18 January 1971 Hobart, Australia Hard Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 6–7 3–6 6–4 3–6
3. 15 May 1971 Tehran, Iran Clay United States Marty Riessen 7–6 1–6 3–6 6–7
4. 2 December 1972 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Australia John Newcombe 1–6 6–7
5. 23 April 1973 Gothenberg, Sweden Carpet United States Stan Smith 7–5 4–6 2–6
6. 16 September 1973 Seattle, USA Netherlands Tom Okker 5–7 4–6
7. 15 April 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Andrew Pattison 3–6 5–7
7. 24 March 1975 Atlanta WCT, USA Carpet United Kingdom Mark Cox 3–6 6–7(3)
8. 20 July 1975 Chicago, USA Carpet United States Roscoe Tanner 1–6 7–6 6–7
9. 14 March 1977 St. Louis WCT, USA Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 6–7(5) 2–6
10. 30 July 1978 Louisville, USA Clay United States Harold Solomon 2–6 2–6
11. 31 July 1978 North Conway, USA Clay United States Eddie Dibbs 4–6 4–6
12. 9 October 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Mark Edmondson 4–6 6–7

Doubles titles (28)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia Phil Dent Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Czech Republic Jan Kodeš
10–8, 6–2, 6–4
2. 1971 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Australia Phil Dent Australia Mal Anderson
Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 7–6, 7–6
3. 1971 Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Andrés Gimeno Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Allan Stone
6–4, 7–5, 7–9, 6–4
4. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Phil Dent Australia John Newcombe
Netherlands Tom Okker
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
5. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Australia Phil Dent United States Frank Froehling
United States Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–4
6. 1972 Bretton Woods, U.S. Hard Australia Fred Stolle Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United States Cliff Richey
7–6, 7–6
7. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
6–4, 6–3
8. 1973 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Australia Phil Dent Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
9. 1973 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
10. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Australia Phil Dent Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
11. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Australia Phil Dent Spain Manuel Orantes
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
12. 1975 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Phil Dent Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
13. 1975 San Antonio WCT, U.S. Hard Australia Phil Dent United Kingdom Mark Cox
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
14. 1975 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Australia Phil Dent Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Cliff Drysdale
6–1, 6–4
15. 1975 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Australia Phil Dent United States Mike Cahill
United States John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
16. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia Phil Dent Poland Wojtek Fibak
Germany Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–4
17. 1976 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia Phil Dent United States Jimmy Connors
United States Billy Martin
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
18. 1977 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent South Africa Bob Hewitt
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 7–6
19. 1977 Washington D.C., U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 7–5
20. 1977 Louisville, U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent Australia Chris Kachel
Australia Cliff Letcher
6–1, 6–4
21. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Phil Dent Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
7–6, 2–6, 6–3
22. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Australia Phil Dent United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 7–6
23. 1978 Atlanta, U.S. Hard United States Butch Walts United States Mike Cahill
Mexico Marcello Lara
3–6, 6–4, 7–6
24. 1978 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet Australia Phil Dent United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
25. 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Phil Dent Australia Syd Ball
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
26. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Fitzgerald United States Andy Andrews
United States John Sadri
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
27. 1982 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia John Fitzgerald Australia Cliff Letcher
Australia Craig Miller
6–4, 7–6
28. 1983 Bristol, England Grass Australia John Fitzgerald United States Tom Gullikson
United States Johan Kriek
7–5, 6–4

Doubles runner-ups

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Australian Open A 2R 2R 3R 1R SF 3R A A SF QF 1R 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R 1R
French Open 3R 1R 1R 2R A 1R A 4R A A 4R A A A 1R 4R 2R A
Wimbledon 2R 4R 2R 2R A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 4R 3R A 1R 2R 2R 1R A
US Open A 2R A 4R 2R 4R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R A 1R 1R A A A

A = Did not participate

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