General John David
Newcombe
Male
Australia
1944-05-23
Sydney, NSW, Australia


About

When good mates John Newcombe and Tony Roche, a potent Australian pair, won the Wimbledon doubles of 1965, it was the start not only of an extraordinary string of major titles for Newcombe but also for the two of them as a unit. Two years earlier, Newcombe, at 19, attracted international attention as one of the youngest Aussies ever to play Davis Cup. He was selected for the finale to play singles against the U.S. Though beaten by both Dennis Ralston and Chuck McKinley during a 3-2 U.S. victory Newcombe served notice that he was a player to reckon with when he pushed Wimbledon champion McKinley to four hard sets in the decisive fifth match.

Newcombe and the left-handed Roche, one of the great doubles teams in history, won five Wimbledons together (1965, '68, '69, '70, '74) a modern record until countrymen Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde edged ahead of them with six. (The English Doherty brothers won eight between 1897 and 1905, and the English Renshaw brothers won seven between 1880 and 1889.) Newcombe and Roche also won the U.S. in 1967, the French in 1967, '69, and the Australian in 1965, '67, '71, '76.

It was in singles, though, that Newcombe made his name. He and Rod Laver are the only players to win the men's singles at Forest Hills and Wimbledon as amateurs and pros. Newcombe, the last amateur champion at Wimbledon beat Willy Bungert in 1967 and repeated in 1970 over Ken Rosewall, and 1971 over Stan Smith. In all Newcombe, a 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander, won 25 major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles to stand second behind Roy Emerson (28) in the list of all-time male championships.

John David Newcombe was born May 23, 1944, in Sydney, and was more interested in other sports as a youngster. Not until he was 17 did a career in tennis appeal to him. But he was powerful, athletic and extremely competitive, and Australian Davis Cup Capt. Harry Hopman was glad when Newcombe turned his full attention to tennis. Newcombe helped Hopman win four Cups, 1964-67. He then returned to Cup play in 1973 for Capt. Neale Fraser when all pros were reinstated, joining perhaps the strongest team ever, alongside Laver, Ken Rosewall and Mal Anderson. In the finale that year Newcombe and Laver were overpowering. Both beat Stan Smith and Tom Gorman in singles, and teamed in crushing Smith and Erik van Dillen, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, in the doubles during a 5-0 Australian victory that ended five-year possession of the Cup by the U.S. Newk's lead off taming of Smith, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, set the tone, and he and Laver took it out of reach. Newcombe also played in the World Cup in 1970, the inaugural of the since disbanded team match between the Aussies and the U.S., and helped win five of those Cups for his country.

Newcombe's serve, forehand and volleying were the backbone of his attacking game, which was at its best on grass. His heavy serve was possibly the best of his era. Grass was the setting for his foremost singles wins, the three Wimbledons plus two U.S. Championships at Forest Hills in 1967 and 1973, a tight victory over Jan Kodes. "You're only as good as your second serve and first volley," was the motto of this intelligent, fun-loving Aussie, and he lived up to it. Newcombe regretted missing successive Wimbledons of 1972 and 1973 when he felt he might have added to his string. In 1972 he was a member of the World Championship Tennis pro troupe that was banned because of the quarrels between its leader, Lamar Hunt, and the ITF. In 1973, Newcombe was a member of the players union, ATP, which unselfishly boycotted Wimbledon in another dispute with the ITF. The following year he stretched his Wimbledon match win streak to 18 before losing to Rosewall in the quarter-finals. That year Newcombe won the World Championship Tennis singles over an adolescent Bjorn Borg.

Newcombe felt, "I'm at my best in a five-set match, especially if I get behind. My adrenaline starts pumping." This was evident in two of his outstanding triumphs, both over Stan Smith, a strong rival for world supremacy in the early 1970s, in the 1971 Wimbledon final and the 1973 Davis Cup finale, rating the latter as his finest performance. In 1967, he was the No. 1 amateur in the world and, in 1970 and 1971, No. 1 of all. He was one of the first to sign a contract to play World Team Tennis (with Houston) in 1974, his presence helping give the new league credibility, although he played just that one season.

His best pro season was 1971, when he won five of 19 singles tourneys on a 53-14 match record. He totaled 73 pro titles, 32 in singles, 41 in doubles, and won $1,062,408. Overall, amateur and pro, he won 66 singles titles. Newcombe was named to the Hall of Fame, along with Roche, in 1986. He is married to former German player Angelika Pfannenburg and was appointed Australian Davis Cup captain in 1995, winning the 2000 Cup over Spain.

John was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.



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Archive statistics 1960 - 1980
76
1370
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Tournament wins 1980 - Toyota Tournament of Champions (Open)
1975 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1974 - WCT - New Orleans (WCT Circuit)
1974 - WCT Finals (WCT Circuit)
1974 - Maui Island Holidays Classic (Grand Prix Circuit)
1974 - Japan International Championships (Amateur)
1974 - WCT - La Costa (WCT Circuit)
1974 - Australian Indoors (Open)
1974 - Gunze International ()
1974 - Tucson - ATP (ATP)
1974 - WCT - St. Petersburg (WCT Circuit)
1974 - WCT - Orlando (WCT Circuit)
1973 - Palmetto Tennis Classic ()
1973 - Chatswood (Open)
1973 - Djakarta Raya Open (Open)
1973 - US Open (Grandslam)
1973 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1972 - Colonial Pro Invitation (WCT Circuit)
1972 - WCT Alamo (WCT Circuit)
1972 - Las Vegas (WCT Circuit)
1972 - WCT - Vancouver (WCT Circuit)
1972 - WCT - Gothenburg (WCT Circuit)
1972 - Johannesburg Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1972 - WCT - St. Louis (WCT Circuit)
1971 - WCT - Chicago (WCT Circuit)
1971 - WCT Dallas (WCT Circuit)
1971 - Canadian International Championships ()
1971 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1971 - Philadelphia Indoors (Open)
1971 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1970 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1970 - North of England Championships (Open)
1970 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1970 - Casablanca Pros (Professional)
1969 - British Hard Court Championships (Open)
1969 - Italian International Championships ()
1968 - Transvaal Pros (WCT Circuit)
1968 - German International Championships ()
1968 - Kimberley Pros (WCT Circuit)
1968 - East London Pros (WCT Circuit)
1968 - Durban Pros (Professional)
1968 - Evansville Pro Tennis Classic (Professional)
1968 - Cannes Pro Championship Second edition (Professional)
1968 - Bakersfield Pro Championships (Professional)
1967 - New York Indoor (Amateur)
1967 - South Australian Championships ()
1967 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1967 - Welsh Championships (Amateur)
1967 - Hoylake & West Kirby (Amateur)
1967 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1967 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1967 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1967 - San Antonio Invitation (Amateur)
1967 - Colombia International (Amateur)
1967 - US Open (Grandslam)
1967 - Deauville (Open)
1966 - Kent Championships (Open)
1966 - South Australian Championships ()
1966 - Trinidad International (Amateur)
1966 - Montana-Vermala (Open)
1965 - Netherlands International Championships (Open)
1965 - New South Wales Hard Court Championships (Amateur)
1965 - Tasmanian Championships (Amateur)
1965 - Australian Hard Courts Championship (Amateur)
1965 - Kent Championships (Open)
1965 - New South Wales Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Kent Championships (Open)
1964 - South Australian Championships ()
1964 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)
1963 - St. Moritz (Amateur)
1963 - Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships (Amateur)
1963 - South Australian Championships ()
1963 - Australian Capital Territory Championships (Amateur)
1963 - Elbe Cup (Amateur)
1962 - New South Wales Hard Court Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments World Cup - 1980 Australian Indoors - 1980 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1980 Toyota Tournament of Champions - 1980 Hong Kong Open - 1979 Australian Indoors - 1979 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1979 Wimbledon - 1978 Queens Club Tournament - 1978 Italian International Championships - 1978 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1978 US International Indoor Championships - 1978 River Oaks Tournament - 1978 German International Championships - 1978 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1978 Indian Wells - 1978 WCT - St. Louis - 1978 Washington Indoor - 1978 World Cup - 1978 Las Vegas - 1978 Manila International - 1978 Australian Indoors - 1978 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1978 Guadalajara Open - 1978 Nations Cup - 1978 Birmingham Open - 1978 WCT - Forest Hills - 1978 Australian Open - 1977-2 New South Wales Championships - 1977 Queens Club Tournament - 1977 World Invitation Tennis Classic - 1977 Australian Indoors - 1977 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1977 Gunze International - 1977 Australian Open - 1976 Wimbledon - 1976 Roland Garros - 1976 Canadian International Championships - 1976 Italian International Championships - 1976 Indian Wells - 1976 Charlotte - 1976 Chicago Pro Championships - 1976 Washington Indoor - 1976 World Cup - 1976 Las Vegas - 1976 Australian Indoors - 1976 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1976 Gunze International - 1976 WCT - Memphis - 1976 Perth Open - 1976 Pacific Land Players - 1976 Toronto International - 1976 WCT Challenge Cup - 1976 Michigan Pro Championships - 1976 Australian Open - 1975 Japan International Championships - 1975 Hong Kong Open - 1975 World Cup - 1975 Las Vegas - 1975 Manila International - 1975 Australian Indoors - 1975 Tucson - ATP - 1975 Gunze International - 1975 Jackson - 1975 Perth Open - 1975 New South Wales Championships - 1974B Australian Open - 1974 Wimbledon - 1974 US Open - 1974 New South Wales Championships - 1974 Japan International Championships - 1974 Nottingham - 1974 ATP World Tour Finals - 1974 Charlotte - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - St. Louis - 1974 Atlanta Open - 1974 WCT Finals - 1974 Hong Kong Open - 1974 World Cup - 1974 Las Vegas - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 Manila International - 1974 Australian Indoors - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1974 WCT - Hempstead - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 WCT - New Orleans - 1974 WCT - Orlando - 1974 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1974 South Pacific - 1974 Gunze International - 1974 Australian Open - 1973 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 New South Wales Championships - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Queens Club Tournament - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 Japan International Championships - 1973 ATP World Tour Finals - 1973 Hong Kong Championships - 1973 Fort Worth - 1973 Djakarta Raya Open - 1973 Louisville Open - 1973 World Cup - 1973 Aryamehr Cup - 1973 Las Vegas - 1973 Chatswood - 1973 World Invitation Tennis Classic - 1973 Palmetto Tennis Classic - 1973 Chicago International Open - 1973 Manila International - 1973 Australian Indoors - 1973 Australian Open - 1972 US Open - 1972 River Oaks Tournament - 1972 US Pro Championships - 1972 Philadelphia Open - 1972 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1972 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1972 Charlotte - 1972 Washington Open - 1972 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1972 WCT - St. Louis - 1972 WCT Finals - 1972 WCT - Toronto - 1972 Louisville Open - 1972 WCT-Quebec - 1972 WCT - Chicago - 1972 WCT - Vancouver - 1972 World Cup - 1972 WCT - Miami - 1972 WCT-Hilton Head - 1972 Denver - 1972 Las Vegas - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 WCT Alamo - 1972 WCT - Tokyo - 1972 WCT Essen - 1972 WCT European Finals - 1972 WCT - Gothenburg - 1972 Johannesburg Open - 1972 Australian Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1971 US Open - 1971 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Swiss International Championships - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 US Pro Championships - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1971 Wills Open Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Philadelphia Indoors - 1971 WCT Finals - 1971 WCT - Chicago - 1971 Rothman International Tournament - 1971 Aventura Classic - 1971 World Cup - 1971 WCT Dallas - 1971 Aryamehr Cup - 1971 Baton Rouge Pros - 1971 Sea Pines Pros - 1971 Australian Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1970 US Open - 1970 Victorian Championships - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 North of England Championships - 1970 Welsh Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Midland Pros - 1970 South Texas Pros - 1970 Wills Open Championships - 1970 WCT - St. Louis - 1970 Atlanta Open - 1970 Casablanca Pros - 1970 Australian Round Robin Pro Tour - 1970 WCT - London - 1970 Dunlop Slazenger International Open - 1970 Dallas Morning News Classic - 1970 Howard Hughes Pro Invitation - 1970 National Tennis Classic - 1970 Fort Worth Pros - 1970 WCT - Vancouver - 1970 World Cup - 1970 Australian Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1969 Monte Carlo - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 New South Wales Championships - 1969 Canadian International Championships - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1969 British Hard Court Championships - 1969 US Pro Championships - 1969 Belgian International Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Auckland - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Burger King Challenge Cup - 1969 Oakland Pros - 1969 Los Angeles Professional Championships - 1969 Garden Challenge Trophy Open - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Milwaukee Pros - 1969 Chicago Planters Pro Tourney - 1969 Atlanta Open - 1969 Howard Hughes Open - 1969 Paris Indoor - 1969 Vienna Professional - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 US Open - 1968 Swiss International Championships - 1968 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1968 US Pro Championships - 1968 German International Championships - 1968 French Professional Championship - 1968 Madison Square Garden Pro Championships - 1968 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1968 Kansas City Vass Championships - 1968 St. Louis Vass Championships - 1968 Miami Pro Championships - 1968 Shreveport LA Pro Championships - 1968 Houston Pro Championships - 1968 New Orleans Pro Championships - 1968 Tulsa Pro Championships - 1968 San Diego Pro Championships - 1968 Los Altos Hills Pro Championships - 1968 Bakersfield Pro Championships - 1968 Fresno Pro Championships - 1968 Evansville Pro Tennis Classic - 1968 WCT Twin Cities Championships - 1968 Buffalo Pro Championships - 1968 Baltimore Pro Championships - 1968 Transvaal Pros - 1968 Johannesburg Pros - 1968 Durban Pros - 1968 East London Pros - 1968 Port Elizabeth Pros - 1968 Cape Town Pros - 1968 Kimberley Pros - 1968 Wembley Professional Championships - 1968 Swedish Professional Championships - 1968 Cannes Pro Championship Second edition - 1968 Vienna Professional - 1968 Australian Open - 1967 Wimbledon - 1967 South Australian Championships - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 US Open - 1967 New South Wales Championships - 1967 California State Championship - 1967 Nassau Bowl - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Italian International Championships - 1967 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1967 River Oaks Tournament - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Queensland Championships - 1967 Deauville - 1967 Welsh Championships - 1967 Conde de Godo - 1967 Roehampton Grass Courts - 1967 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1967 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1967 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1967 Altamira International Invitation - 1967 Colombia International - 1967 Mexico International - 1967 Curacao International - 1967 New York Indoor - 1967 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1967 Dallas Invitation - 1967 Knokke Le-Zoute - 1967 San Antonio Invitation - 1967 Hoylake & West Kirby - 1967 Australian Open - 1966 Wimbledon - 1966 South Australian Championships - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 US Open - 1966 Victorian Championships - 1966 New South Wales Championships - 1966 Swiss International Championships - 1966 Pacific Coast Championship - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 River Plate Championships - 1966 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1966 River Oaks Tournament - 1966 Montana-Vermala - 1966 German International Championships - 1966 Queensland Championships - 1966 Kent Championships - 1966 Welsh Championships - 1966 Baden-Baden - 1966 Tasmanian Championships - 1966 Bavarian International Championships - 1966 Western Australia Championships - 1966 Altamira International Invitation - 1966 Colombia International - 1966 Mexico International - 1966 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1966 Dallas Invitation - 1966 San Antonio Invitation - 1966 Saltsjoebaden - 1966 Helsinki International - 1966 Trinidad International - 1966 Australian Open - 1965 Wimbledon - 1965 South Australian Championships - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 Victorian Championships - 1965 New South Wales Championships - 1965 Swiss International Championships - 1965 Austrian International Championships - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 Italian International Championships - 1965 Netherlands International Championships - 1965 German International Championships - 1965 Queensland Championships - 1965 Kent Championships - 1965 Baden-Baden - 1965 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1965 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1965 Tasmanian Championships - 1965 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1965 New South Wales Hard Court Championships - 1965 Gstaad - 1965 Malaysian International Championships - 1965 Florence International - 1965 Penang - 1965 Australian Open - 1964 Wimbledon - 1964 South Australian Championships - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 US Open - 1964 Victorian Championships - 1964 New South Wales Championships - 1964 Canadian International Championships - 1964 Swiss International Championships - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 Italian International Championships - 1964 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1964 Championships of Berlin - 1964 Queensland Championships - 1964 Kent Championships - 1964 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1964 Auckland - 1964 New South Wales Hard Court Championships - 1964 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1964 Reggio Calabria - 1964 Queensland Hardcourts - 1964 Australian Open - 1963 Wimbledon - 1963 South Australian Championships - 1963 Roland Garros - 1963 US Open - 1963 Victorian Championships - 1963 New South Wales Championships - 1963 St. Moritz - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 Netherlands International Championships - 1963 German International Championships - 1963 Championships of Berlin - 1963