Tony Roche

Tony Roche

Tony Roche
Full name Anthony Dalton Roche
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Turramurra, NSW, Australia
Born (1945-05-17) 17 May 1945
Wagga Wagga, Australia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1963)
Retired 1979
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 529,199
Int. Tennis HoF 1986 (member page)
Singles
Career record 235–114 (Open era)
Career titles 26 (7 ATP)
Highest ranking No. 2 (1969, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1965, 1967, 1969, 1975)
French Open W (1966)
Wimbledon F (1968)
US Open F (1969, 1970)
Doubles
Career record 208–94 (Open era)
Career titles 18 (Open era)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1965)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1977)
French Open W (1967, 1969)
Wimbledon W (1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974)
US Open W (1967)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1966)
Wimbledon W (1976)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1965, 1966, 1967, 1977 )

Anthony "Tony" Dalton Roche, AO MBE (born 17 May 1945) is a former professional Australian tennis player, native of Tarcutta. He played junior tennis in the New South Wales regional city of Wagga Wagga.[2] He won one Grand Slam singles title and thirteen Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked as high as World No. 2 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1969.[1] He also coached multi-Grand Slam winning World No. 1s, Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and former World No. 4, Jelena Dokic.

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Honours 3
  • Major finals 4
    • Grand Slam finals 4.1
      • Singles: 6 (1 title, 5 runner-ups) 4.1.1
      • Doubles: 15 (13 titles, 2 runner-ups) 4.1.2
      • Mixed doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups) 4.1.3
    • Grand Slam Singles performance timeline 4.2
  • Open-Era finals 5
    • Singles 5.1
    • Doubles 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Playing career

Tony Roche at the Amsterdam tournament in 1969

Roche started to play tennis at school when he was nine. His father, a butcher, and mother were recreational tennis players and encouraged his interest.[3] 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.

Tony Roche at Wimbledon circa 1983 in Mixed Doubles

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, defeating István Gulyás in the final. He was five times the runner-up at Grand Slam tournaments: the French Championships in 1965 and 1967, losing to Fred Stolle and Roy Emerson respectively, Wimbledon in 1968, losing to Rod Laver, and the US Open in 1969 and 1970, losing to Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. With compatriot John Newcombe, he won 12 Grand Slam men's doubles tournaments.

In January 1968, Roche turned professional, signing with World Championship Tennis, joining other pros like Cliff Drysdale, Nikola Pilić, and Roger Taylor to form the "Handsome Eight".[4][5][6]

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. He was the player-coach of the Denver Racquets who won the first World Team Tennis in competition 1974, and he was named WTT Coach of the Year.[7] 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 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 also coached two-time Grand Slam singles titlist Lleyton Hewitt, who was aiming to get his career back on track after a number of unsuccessful years on the ATP Tour.[8] On the day of her first round match against Alisa Kleybanova at the 2010 Australian Open, which she eventually lost in straight sets, former world no. 4, Jelena Dokić, requested an hour-long session from Roche as last minute training.

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 was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001.[9][10] He entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside doubles partner and close friend John Newcombe in 1986.[11] In 1990 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[12] He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001.[13][14]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 6 (1 title, 5 runner-ups)

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

Doubles: 15 (13 titles, 2 runner-ups)

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

Mixed doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

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

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 Career SR
Australian Open A QF SF QF SF A SF QF 3R A A 2R SF QF 3R 1R QF 3R 0 / 14
French Open 1R 2R F W F A SF A A A A A A A A A A 1 / 6
Wimbledon 1R 2R 2R QF 2R F SF QF 1R A A 3R SF 4R A 1R A 0 / 13
US Open 3R QF A 3R A 4R F F A A A 3R 2R A A A A 0 / 8
Grand Slam SR 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 41

A=did not participate in the tournament

Open-Era finals

Singles

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1968 Wimbledon, London Grass Rod Laver 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 1969 Hobart, Australia Grass Fred Stolle 3–6, 6–0, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 1969 Sydney, Australia Grass Rod Laver 6–4, 4–6, 9–7, 12–10
Winner 2. 1969 Auckland, New Zealand Grass Rod Laver 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1969 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Rod Laver 5–7, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1969 Rome, Italy Clay John Newcombe 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 3. 1969 Hamburg, Germany Clay Tom Okker 6–1, 5–7, 8–6, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 1969 US Open, New York Grass Rod Laver 9–7, 1–6, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 1969 Wembley, UK Carpet Rod Laver 4–6, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1970 Philadelphia WCT, US Carpet Rod Laver 3–6, 6–8, 2–6
Winner 4. 1970 Dublin, Ireland Grass Rod Laver 6–3, 6–1
Winner 5. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Tom Okker 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 6. 1970 Boston, US Hard Rod Laver 3–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 1970 US Open, New York Grass Ken Rosewall 6–2, 4–6, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 7. 1972 Washington WCT, US Clay Marty Riessen 3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 1974 Bombay, India Clay Onny Parun 3–6, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. 1975 Nottingham, England Grass Tom Okker 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 8. 1976 Charlotte WCT, US Carpet Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 9. 1976 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Dick Stockton 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 1–6, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 10. 1978 London/Queen's Club, England Grass John McEnroe 8–6, 9–7

Doubles

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1968 Wimbledon, London Grass John Newcombe Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
3–6, 8–6, 5–7, 14–12, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1968 Hamburg, Germany Clay John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
4–6, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 1968 Hobart, Australia Grass Fred Stolle Mal Anderson
Roger Taylor
5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1969 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–8, 4–6
Winner 2. 1969 French Open, Paris Clay John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 1969 Wimbledon, London Grass John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
7–5, 11–9, 6–3
Winner 4. 1970 Wimbledon, London Grass John Newcombe Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
10–8, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 5. 1970 Louisville, U.S. Hard John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
8–6, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 6. 1971 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
Winner 7. 1971 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 4. 1971 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 8. 1971 Rome, Italy Clay John Newcombe Andrés Gimeno
Roger Taylor
6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 1971 Tehran WCT, Iran Clay John Newcombe Bob Carmichael
Ray Ruffels
6–4, 6–7, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 1972 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe Arthur Ashe
Robert Lutz
3–6, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1972 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
4–6, 6–4, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1972 Las Vegas WCT, U.S. Hard John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
DEF
Winner 10. 1972 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe John Alexander
Phil Dent
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 1972 Washington WCT, U.S. Clay John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard John Newcombe Arthur Ashe
Robert Lutz
6–3, 1–6, 7–6
Winner 12. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Raúl Ramírez Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Manuel Orantes John Alexander
Phil Dent
6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 13. 1974 Wimbledon, London Grass John Newcombe Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
8–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1974 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John Newcombe Ross Case
Geoff Masters
4–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 1976 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass John Newcombe Ross Case
Geoff Masters
7–6, 6–4
Winner 15. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe Vitas Gerulaitis
Gene Mayer
6–3, 7–5
Winner 16. 1977 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Arthur Ashe Charlie Pasarell
Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1977 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Ross Case Wojtek Fibak
Tom Okker
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1977 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Ross Case Wojtek Fibak
Tom Okker
4–6, 1–6
Winner 17. 1977 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John Newcombe Ross Case
Geoff Masters
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 18. 1978 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John Newcombe Mark Edmondson
John Marks
6–4, 6–3

References

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