Fred Stolle

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Fred Stolle
Full name Frederick Sydney Stolle
Country  Australia
Residence Williams Island, FL, USA
Born (1938-10-08) 8 October 1938 (age 75)
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1967 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired 1976
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1985 (member page)
Singles
Career record 214–144
Highest ranking No. 2 (1966, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1964, 1965)
French Open W (1965)
Wimbledon F (1963, 1964, 1965)
US Open W (1966)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1967)
Wembley Pro 1R (1967)
French Pro SF (1967)
Doubles
Career record 189–101
Highest ranking No. 1 (1964)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1963, 1964, 1966)
French Open W (1965, 1968)
Wimbledon W (1962, 1964)
US Open W (1965, 1966, 1969)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1962, 1969)
French Open F (1962, 1963, 1964)
Wimbledon W (1961, 1964, 1969)
US Open W (1962, 1965)

Frederick "Fred" Sydney Stolle, AO[2] (born 8 October 1938) is a former Australian tennis player. He was born in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia. He is the father of former Australian Davis Cup player Sandon Stolle.

Career[edit]

Stolle is notable for being the only male player in history to have lost his first five Grand Slam singles finals, the fifth of which he led by two sets to love. However, Stolle went on to win two Grand Slam tournament singles titles, the 1965 French Championships and the 1966 US Championships, but failed to win Wimbledon and the Australian Championships, finishing as runner-up in these tournaments and losing to compatriot Roy Emerson on no fewer than five occasions. Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph ranked Stolle as World No. 2 in 1966.[1]

Stolle won ten Grand Slam doubles titles, partnering with compatriots Bob Hewitt (4 titles), Roy Emerson (4 titles) and Ken Rosewall (2 titles). In addition Stolle won 7 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

As a member of the Australian Davis Cup team Stolle won the Davis Cup title in 1964,[3] 1965 and 1966.[4] In 1964 Stolle and Emerson were briefly suspended from the Australian Davis Cup team for going on an overseas tour in defiance of a Lawn Tennis Association of Australia order to remain in Australia until April.[5]

Stolle turned professional in 1967, and as a pro won two singles and 13 doubles titles. He earned about US$500,000 in career prize money.[6]

Stolle coached Vitas Gerulaitis from 1977 until 1983.

For many years, Stolle did TV commentary for CBS and other tennis broadcasts. He currently provides commentary on Grand Slam tennis tournaments for Australia's Fox Sports and the Nine Network. He is also part of the commentary team for the Hopman Cup on One HD.

Honours[edit]

For his contribution to the tennis sport Fred Stolle was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.[7] In 1988 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[8] He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.[2][9]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Australian Championships/Open

  • Singles finalist: 1964, 1965
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1963, 1964, 1966
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1962, 1965, 1969
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1962, 1969
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1963

French Championships/Open

  • Singles champion: 1965
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1968
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1962, 1963, 1964

Wimbledon

  • Singles runner-up: 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1962, 1964
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1961, 1968, 1970
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1961, 1964, 1969

US Championships/Open

  • Singles champion: 1966
  • Singles runner-up: 1964
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1966, 1969
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1962, 1965
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1975

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1963 Wimbledon (1/1) Grass United States Chuck McKinley 7–9, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1964 Australian Championships (1/1) Grass Australia Roy Emerson 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1964 Wimbledon (2/2) Grass Australia Roy Emerson 1–6, 10–12, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 1964 US Championships (1/1) Grass Australia Roy Emerson 4–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1965 Australian Championships (2/2) Grass Australia Roy Emerson 9–7, 6–2, 4–6, 5–7, 1–6
Winner 1965 French Championships (1/1) Clay Australia Tony Roche 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1965 Wimbledon (3/3) Grass Australia Roy Emerson 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1966 US Championships (2/1) Grass Australia John Newcombe 4–6, 12–10, 6–3, 6–4

Men's doubles: 16 (10 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1961 Wimbledon Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Neale Fraser
4–6, 8–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-up 1962 Australian Championships Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Neale Fraser
6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 9–11
Winner 1962 Wimbledon Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1963 Australian Championships Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia John Newcombe
6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1964 Australian Championships Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12
Winner 1964 Wimbledon Grass Australia Bob Hewitt Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
7–5, 11–9, 6–4
Runner-up 1965 Australian Championships Grass Australia Roy Emerson Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 6–4, 11–13, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1965 French Championships Clay Australia Roy Emerson Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia Bob Hewitt
6–8, 6–3, 8–6, 6–2
Winner 1965 US Championships Grass Australia Roy Emerson United States Frank Froehling
United States Charles Pasarell
6–4, 10–12, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 1966 Australian Championships Grass Australia Roy Emerson Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–9, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 12–10
Winner 1966 US Championships Grass Australia Roy Emerson United States Clark Graebner
United States Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1968 French Open Clay Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1968 Wimbledon Grass Australia Ken Rosewall Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 6–8, 7–5, 12–14, 3–6
Runner-up 1969 Australian Open Grass Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Rod Laver
Australia Roy Emerson
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1969 US Open Grass Australia Ken Rosewall United States Charles Pasarell
United States Dennis Ralston
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
Runner-up 1970 Wimbledon Grass Australia Ken Rosewall Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
8–10, 3–6, 1–6

Open-era doubles titles (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1968 French Open, Paris Clay Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–3
2. 1968 Los Angeles, US Hard Australia Ken Rosewall South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
7–5, 6–1
3. 1969 US Open, New York Grass Australia Ken Rosewall United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Dennis Ralston
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
4. 1971 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall South Africa Robert Maud
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
5. 1972 Bretton Woods, US Hard Australia John Alexander Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
United States Cliff Richey
7–6, 7–6
6. 1972 Vancouver WCT, Canada Outdoor Australia John Newcombe South Africa Cliff Drysdale
Australia Allan Stone
7–6, 6–0
7. 1972 Johannesburg-2, South Africa Hard Australia John Newcombe Australia Terry Addison
Australia Bob Carmichael
6–3, 6–4
8. 1973 Chicago WCT, US Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
9. 1973 Cleveland WCT, US Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–2, 6–3
10. 1973 Bretton Woods, US Clay Australia Rod Laver Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Frew McMillan
7–6, 4–6, 7–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stolle Ranked Second", The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 1966.
  2. ^ a b "STOLLE, Frederick Sydney, AO". It's an Honour. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Frank Deford (5 October 1964). "Failure of a Winning Formula". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Ernest Shirley (10 January 1966). "¡Olé! Manolo—a little bit too late". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ John Lovesey (13 July 1964). "The Outcasts Are Counted In". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "ATP Player Profile". ATP. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame – Fred Stolle". Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fred Stolle AO". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Staale, Fred: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 24 December 2013.