John David Newcombe, AO, OBE (born 23 May 1944) is a former tennis player from Australia who is one of the few men to have attained a world No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles. At the majors, he won seven singles titles and a former record 17 men's doubles titles. He also contributed to five Davis Cup titles for Australia during an age when Davis Cup was deemed as significant as the majors. Tennis magazine rated him the 10th best male player of the period 1965–2005.
John Newcombe c. 1974
|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Born||23 May 1944|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Turned pro||1967 (amateur tour from 1960)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1986 (member page)|
|Career record||552–198 (73.6%)|
|Career titles||68 (including 34 listed by the ATP)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1967, Lance Tingay)|
No. 1 (3 June 1974) per ATP
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1973, 1975)|
|French Open||QF (1965, 1969)|
|Wimbledon||W (1967, 1970, 1971)|
|US Open||W (1967, 1973)|
|Tour Finals||SF (1973, 1974)|
|WCT Finals||W (1974)|
|Career record||333–115 (74.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1965)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976)|
|French Open||W (1967, 1969, 1973)|
|Wimbledon||W (1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974)|
|US Open||W (1967, 1971, 1973)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1965)|
|French Open||F (1965)|
|US Open||W (1964)|
|Davis Cup||W (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973)|
Newcombe played several sports as a boy before devoting himself to tennis. He was the Australian junior champion from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of Australia's Davis Cup winning team in 1964. He won his first Grand Slam title 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 teamed 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 in 1969. They won 12 Grand Slam titles, which remained the all-time record for a men's doubles team until 2013, when it was surpassed by Bob and Mike Bryan.
Newcombe's powerful serve and volley was the backbone of his attacking game. He frequently came up with a second-serve ace. He was the top ranked amateur in the world in 1967 according to Lance Tingay, although Rex Bellamy ranked him second behind Roy Emerson. As a professional, Newcombe was the joint world No. 1 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 a two-time winner of the US Open.
In January 1968, he signed a three-year professional contract with Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis (WCT) and became part of the "Handsome Eight", the original eight WCT players. As a member of the WCT professional tour group and the Players' Union, Newcombe was banned by the International Tennis Federation from competing in the 1972 Wimbledon Championships and he joined the ATP boycott of the event in 1973.
Newcombe was the last of the Australians who dominated tennis in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
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.
Newcombe was captain of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1995 until 2000.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (7 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|Loss||1966||U.S. Championships||Grass||6–4, 10–12, 3–6, 4–6|
|Win||1967||Wimbledon||Grass||6–2, 6–1, 6–1|
|Win||1967||U.S. Championships||Grass||6–4, 6–4, 8–6|
|Loss||1969||Wimbledon||Grass||4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6|
|Win||1970||Wimbledon||Grass||5–7, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–1|
|Win||1971||Wimbledon||Grass||6–3, 5–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Win||1973||Australian Open||Grass||6–3, 6–7, 7–5, 6–1|
|Win||1973||US Open||Grass||6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Win||1975||Australian Open||Grass||7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6|
|Loss||1976||Australian Open||Grass||7–6, 3–6, 6–7, 1–6|
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Australian Open||1R||A||QF||QF||QF||SF||SF||SF||A||QF||QF||3R||QF||W||QF||W||F||A||QF||A||1 / 1||46–14||76.7|
|French Open||A||3R||3R||2R||2R||QF||3R||4R||A||QF||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||A||A||1 / 7||16–10||61.5|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||4R||3R||W||4R||F||W||W||A||A||QF||A||3R||A||4R||2 / 12||45–11||80.4|
|US Open||A||A||A||4R||3R||A||F||W||QF||SF||SF||1R||3R||W||SF||A||A||A||A||0 / 6||45–9||83.3|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–2||5–3||5–4||5–4||10–3||14–4||20–2||7–2||18–4||13–2||8–2||4–2||12–1||12–3||6–0||7–3||3–1||3–1||4 / 26||152–44||77.6|
- Newcombe served as chairman of the International Tennis Players Association which formed in 1969.
- He served as president of the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1977 and 1978.
- Overall, he won 26 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles (27 if his 1965 mixed doubles shared win is added).
- 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 favoured 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.
- He is an Australian Living Treasure.
- The Newcombe Medal, awarded yearly to the most outstanding Australian tennis player, is named in honour of his tennis achievements.
- He runs the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch & Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas.
- In 2001, he was revealed to be President George W. Bush's drinking companion on the night of 4 September 1976, when Bush was charged with driving under the influence. This controversy surfaced during the 2000 US Presidential Election.
- He partners with Cliff Drysdale to develop the John Newcombe Estate & Country Club in New Braunfels, Texas.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
- Tignor, Steve (6 December 2013). "40 Years Ago: Look Out, Cleveland". tennis.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "$1,418,000 goal for Newcombe and Roche". The Canberra Times. 4 January 1968. p. 26 – via National Library of Australia.
- 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.
- "John Newcombe AO OBE". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Player Details – John Newcombe". ITF.
- "Net Group to Discuss South African Ban". The Milwaukee Journal. 24 June 1969. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "The Awards". www.tennis.com.au. Tennis Australia.
- Fenton, Ben. (9 March 2001) Newcombe recalls Bush's brush with law. Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved on 2016-07-12.
- John Newcombe Estate & Country Club. newcombeestate.com (March 2008)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Newcombe.|
- John Newcombe at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- John Newcombe at the International Tennis Federation
- John Newcombe at the Davis Cup
- John Newcombe at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Official Wimbledon website profile
- Enough Rope's John Newcombe interview
- John Newcombe Estate & Country Club
- Sunday Times article 24 January 2010
| world No. 1
3 June 1974 – 28 July 1974