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Anthony Dalton Roche
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Nickname(s) Tony
Country  Australia
Residence N/A
Date of birth 17 May 1945 (1945-05-17) (age 64)
Place of birth Wagga Wagga, Australia
Height 5'10 (177 cm)
Weight 175 lbs (79 kg)
Turned pro N/A
Retired N/A
Plays Left-handed; one-handed backhand
Career prize money US$529,199
Int. Tennis HOF 1986 (member page)
Singles
Career record 235–114
Career titles 7
Highest ranking 8 (16 November 1975)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (1964)
French Open W (1966)
Wimbledon F (1968)
US Open F (1969, 1970)
Doubles
Career record 208–94
Career titles 18
Highest ranking 748 (25 June 1984)
Last updated on: 26 January 2007.

Anthony "Tony" Dalton Roche (born 17 May 1945) is a former professional Australian tennis player, born in Tarcutta. He played junior tennis in the New South Wales regional city of Wagga Wagga.[1] He is also very well known for coaching multi-grand slam winning World Number Ones Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Roger Federer and currently, Lleyton Hewitt.

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Playing career

Roche grew up playing in Australia under the tutelage of Harry Hopman, who also coached other Australian tennis players such as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.

A left-hander, Roche had a successful singles and double career. He won one singles Grand Slam tournament - the 1966 French Open at Roland Garros. He was five times the runner-up at Grand Slam tournaments - the French Championships in 1965 and 1967, Wimbledon in 1968, and the US Open in 1969 and 1970. With John Newcombe, he won 12 Grand Slam men's doubles tournaments.

In 1968, Roche turned professional, signing with World Championship Tennis, joining other pros like Cliff Drysdale, Nikki Pilic, and Roger Taylor to form the "Handsome Eight".

Perhaps one of his greatest achievements came in 1977, being called up to play singles in the finals of the Davis Cup tournament versus Italy, nearly 10 years since he had last played for Australia. In the tie, Roche upset top Italian Adriano Panatta 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 to lead Australia to a 3–1 victory, winning the Davis Cup. Shoulder and elbow injuries cut short his career after having finished in the top 10 for six consecutive years.

Coaching career

After completing his playing career Roche has developed a highly successful career as a tennis coach. Ivan Lendl hired Roche as a full-time coach for Roche's advice on volleying. (Lendl dreamed of winning Wimbledon, and because Roche had been a fine grass court player, he sought his tutelage.) Roche also coached former World No. 1 Patrick Rafter from 1997 to the end of his career in 2002. Roche coached current World No. 1 Roger Federer from 2005 to 12 May 2007. It is reputed this was on a "handshake agreement" with no contract - Roche was paid by the week. Federer hired Roche for the opposite reason that Lendl hired him: to work on his clay court game (as Roche had won the French Open). He is currently coaching two-time Grand Slam singles titlist Lleyton Hewitt, who is aiming to get his career back on track after a number of unsuccessful years on the ATP Tour.[2] Tony Roche also coaches many junior players at Sydney Olympic Park, in preparation for their ATP junior qualification pro tours, starting in November.

Honours

Roche entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside doubles partner and close friend John Newcombe in 1986.

Major finals

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Grand Slam finals

Singles: 6 (1-5)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1965 French Championships Clay Australia Fred Stolle 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay Hungary István Gulyás 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1967 French Championships Clay Australia Roy Emerson 6–1, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1968 Wimbledon Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1969 US Open Grass Australia Rod Laver 7–9, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1970 US Open Grass Australia Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3

Doubles: 15 (13-2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1964 French Championships Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 1965 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Fred Stolle
3–6, 4–6, 13–11, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1965 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Fletcher
South Africa Bob Hewitt
7–5, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1966 Australian Championships (2) Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Fred Stolle
7–9, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 12–10
Winner 1967 Australian Championships (2) Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Bill Bowrey
Australia Owen Davidson
3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–8, 8–6
Winner 1967 French Championships Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
6–3, 9–7, 12–10
Winner 1967 US Championships Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Bill Bowrey
Australia Owen Davidson
6–8, 9–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1968 Wimbledon (2) Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia Ken Rosewall
3–6, 8–6, 5–7, 14–12, 6–3
Winner 1969 French Open (2) Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1969 Wimbledon (3) Grass Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–5, 11–9, 6–3
Winner 1970 Wimbledon (4) Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
10–8, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 1971 Australian Open (3) Grass Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
Winner 1974 Wimbledon (5) Grass Australia John Newcombe United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
8–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1976 Australian Open (4) Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7–6, 6–4
Winner 1977 Australian Open (January) (5) Grass United States Arthur Ashe United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 5 (2-3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1965 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Judy Tegart Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Ken Fletcher
12–10, 6–3
Winner 1966 Australian Championships Grass Australia Judy Tegart Australia Robyn Ebbern
Australia William Bowrey
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1967 Australian Championships Grass Australia Judy Tegart Australia Lesley Turner
Australia Owen Davidson
9–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1969 Wimbledon (2) Grass Australia Judy Tegart United Kingdom Ann Haydon
Australia Fred Stolle
6–2, 6–3
Winner 1976 Wimbledon Grass France Françoise Durr United States Rosemary Casals
United States Dick Stockton
6–3, 2–6, 7–5

Grand Slam record

Australian Championships/Open

  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1977 (Jan.)
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1966
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1966
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1967

French Championships/Open

  • Singles champion: 1966
  • Singles runner-up: 1965, 1967
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1967, 1969
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1964

Wimbledon

  • Singles runner-up: 1968
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1976
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1965, 1969

U.S. Championships/Open

  • Singles runner-up: 1969, 1970
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1967

Open-Era singles titles (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1969 Sydney, Australia Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–4, 4–6, 9–7, 12–10
2. 1969 Auckland, New Zealand Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
3. 1969 Hamburg, Germany Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 6–1, 5–7, 8–6, 7–5
4. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
5. 1970 Boston, U.S. Hard Australia Rod Laver 3–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. 1972 Washington WCT, U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen 3–6, 7–6, 6–4
7. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
8. 1976 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass United States Dick Stockton 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. 1978 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States John McEnroe 8–6, 9–7

Singles runner-ups (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1968 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
2. 1968 Hobart, Australia Grass Australia Fred Stolle 6–3, 0–6, 6–4, 6–1
3. 1969 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia Rod Laver 7–5, 7–5, 6–4
4. 1969 Rome, Italy Clay Australia John Newcombe 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
5. 1969 U.S. Open, New York Grass Australia Rod Laver 7–9, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
6. 1970 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia Rod Laver 6–3, 8–6, 6–2
7. 1970 U.S. Open, New York Grass Australia Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
8. 1974 Bombay, India Clay New Zealand Onny Parun 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
9. 1975 Nottingham, England Grass Netherlands Tom Okker 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
10. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass United States Vitas Gerulaitis 6–7, 6–1, 6–1, 7–5

Doubles titles (18)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1968 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
3–6, 8–6, 5–7, 14–12, 6–3
2. 1969 French Open, Paris Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
3. 1969 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–5, 11–9, 6–3
4. 1970 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
10–8, 6–3, 6–1
5. 1970 Louisville, U.S. Hard Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
8–6, 5–7, 6–4
6. 1971 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
7. 1971 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
7–6, 7–6
8. 1971 Rome, Italy Clay Australia John Newcombe Spain Andrés Gimeno
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
6–4, 6–4
9. 1971 Tehran WCT, Iran Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–4, 6–7, 6–1
10. 1972 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
7–6, 6–2
11. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Newcombe United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
6–3, 1–6, 7–6
12. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Mexico Raúl Ramírez Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
13. 1974 Wimbledon, London Grass Australia John Newcombe United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
8–6, 6–4, 6–4
14. 1976 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7–6, 6–4
15. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Gene Mayer
6–3, 7–5
16. 1977 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Arthur Ashe United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 6–4
17. 1977 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Australia John Newcombe Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
18. 1978 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Australia John Newcombe Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
6–4, 6–3

Runner-ups (13)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1968 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–4, 7–5
2. 1968 Hobart, Australia Grass Australia Fred Stolle Australia Mal Anderson
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 1–6, 6–4
3. 1969 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
8–6, 6–4
4. 1971 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
5. 1972 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 7–6
6. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe United States Arthur Ashe
United States Robert Lutz
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
7. 1972 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
8. 1972 Las Vegas WCT, U.S. Hard Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
DEF
9. 1972 Washington WCT, U.S. Clay Australia John Newcombe Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
10. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Spain Manuel Orantes Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
11. 1974 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Australia John Newcombe Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–4, 6–4
12. 1977 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Australia Ross Case Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–4, 6–4
13. 1977 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Australia Ross Case Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–4, 6–1

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