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Tony Roche

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche

Profession: Tennis Player and Coach


Biography: Won one Grand Slam singles title (1966 French Open) and thirteen Grand Slam doubles titles. He also coached multi-Grand Slam winning World No. 1s, including Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, and Roger Federer.

Born: June 17, 1945
Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Age: 76 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 1965-05-29 French Championships Men's Tennis: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title
  • 1965-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Newcombe & Tony Roche beat José Luis Arilla & Manuel Santana of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give Australia unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 4-1
  • 1966-06-05 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Tony Roche wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats István Gulyás of Hungary 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
  • 1967-06-03 French Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson bests fellow Australian Tony Roche, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 for his 12th, and final, Grand Slam title
  • 1968-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon
  • 1969-09-09 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam
  • 1970-09-13 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ken Rosewall wins second US title; beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; first major in which tiebreak used to decide sets at 6-6

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