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John Newcombe
Country Australia
Date of birth 23 May 1944 (1944-05-23) (age 65)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 183 cm
Weight 80 kg
Turned pro 1968
Retired 1981
Plays Right-handed; one-handed backhand
Career prize money US$1,062,408
Int. Tennis HOF 1986 (member page)
Career record 429–136
Career titles 68 including 32 in the open era listed in the ATP Website
Highest ranking No. 1 (3 June 1974)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1973, 1975)
French Open QF (1969)
Wimbledon W (1967, 1970, 1971)
US Open W (1967,1973)
Career record 332–113
Career titles 33
Highest ranking No. 1
Australian Open W (1965, 1967,1971, 1973, 1976)
French Open W (1967, 1969, 1973)
Wimbledon W (1965, 1966, 1968-1970, 1974)
US Open W (1967, 1971, 1973)
Last updated on: 22 January 2007.
For additional information on John Newcombe, please see John Newcombe career statistics.

John David Newcombe, AO, OBE (born 23 May 1944; Sydney, Australia) is a former World No. 1 tennis champion.



A natural athlete, as a boy Newcombe played several sports until devoting himself to tennis. He was the Australian junior champion in 1961, 1962 and 1963 and became a member of Australia's Davis Cup winning team in 1964. He won his first Grand Slam major in 1965 by taking the Australian Championships doubles title with fellow Australian Tony Roche. That same year, the duo won the Wimbledon doubles title. They would team up to win the Australian doubles championship three more times, Wimbledon another four times and the US Championships in 1967, the French Championships in 1967 and the French Open 1969. Together, Newcombe and Roche won 12 Grand Slam titles, more than any other men's team in tennis history.

Newcombe's powerful serve and volley was the backbone of his attacking game. To the delight of fans, and the surprise of his opponent, he frequently came up with a second-serve ace. His play made him the No. 1 amateur in the world in 1967 according to Lance Tingay (Rex Bellamy ranked him No. 2 amateur behind Roy Emerson) (and the true No. 1 in the world was Rod Laver, a professional player). As a pro, Newcombe was the joint world number one player in 1970 and 1971. In singles play, he was a two time winner of the Australian Open, a three time winner of Wimbledon, and the US Open twice.

As member of Lamar Hunt's, "World Championship Tennis" professional tour group, and part of the players union, he was banned by the International Tennis Federation from competing in the 1972 Wimbledon championships and he boycotted the event in 1973. Very popular with the fans, Newcombe's absence resulted in urgent negotiations that ultimately resolved the issues.

John Newcombe was the last of the Australians who dominated tennis in the 1950s and 1960s. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, included Newcombe in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time,[1] and also considered Newcombe to have the best second serve in tennis history.

John hosted the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games (Australian broadcast) for Channel 10.


  • He served as President of the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1977 and 1978.
  • Overall, he won 26 Grand Slam major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
  • Newcombe and Rod Laver are the only players to ever win both the US Open and Wimbledon men's singles titles as an amateur and as a professional. The grass surfaces favored his game and the French Open's clay surface was the only major singles championship he never won. However, he did take the French doubles title on three occasions.
  • In 1986, his achievements were recognized with his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Still active in tennis, he was made captain of Australia's Davis Cup team in 1995.
  • He is an Australian Living Treasure.
  • He runs the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch & Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas.
  • Notoriously, he was revealed to be President George W. Bush's drinking companion on the night of September 4, 1976, when he was charged with driving under the influence.[2] This controversy surfaced during the 2000 US Presidential Election.


  1. ^ In his 1979 autobiography Kramer considered the best player ever to have been either Don Budge (for consistent play) or Ellsworth Vines (at the height of his game). The next four best were, chronologically, Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Bobby Riggs, and Pancho Gonzales. After these six came the "second echelon" of Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Gottfried von Cramm, Ted Schroeder, Jack Crawford, Pancho Segura, Frank Sedgman, Tony Trabert, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, and Jimmy Connors. He felt unable to rank Henri Cochet and René Lacoste accurately but felt they were among the very best.
  2. ^ Newcombe recalls Bush's brush with law

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Preceded by
Ilie Năstase
World No. 1
3 June 1974 - 28 July 1974
Succeeded by
Jimmy Connors

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