Frew McMillan

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Frew McMillan
Full name Frew Donald McMillan
Country South Africa South Africa
Residence Bristol, England
Born (1942-05-20) 20 May 1942 (age 72)
Springs, South Africa
Height 6 ft (1.8 m)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1961)
Retired 1983
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money $609,072[1]
Int. Tennis HOF 1992 (member page)
Singles
Career record 142–213 (Open era)[2]
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 39 (6 March 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1971)
French Open 3R (1967, 1971, 1972)
Wimbledon 3R (1970, 1978)
US Open QF (1972)
Doubles
Career record 552–207
Career titles 63
Highest ranking No. 1 (23 August 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1971)
French Open W (1972)
Wimbledon W (1967, 1972, 1978)
US Open W (1977)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1977)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 5
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1966)
Wimbledon W (1978, 1981)
US Open W (1977, 1978)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1974)

Frew Donald McMillan (born 20 May 1942 in Springs, South Africa) is a former professional male tennis player from South Africa.

He won five major doubles championships including three Wimbledons with Bob Hewitt. Altogether, he won 63 doubles titles, surpassed only by John McEnroe and Tom Okker. He was also ranked No.1 in Doubles on the ATP Computer for a significant period from 1977 to 1979 when he was aged 37.

McMillan had a less distinguished singles career which is not well recorded although he did have some good results over the years, many of which occurred in South Africa. He played in 38 Grand Slam singles events with a 28 to 38 win loss record. First playing in 1961 at Wimbledon and his last being at the first U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in 1978. His best results in both came at the U.S. Open reaching the quarter finals in 1972 and the last 16 in 1976. Arguably his greatest result was reaching the final of the 1970 South African Open held at Ellis Park. He beat a raging Pancho Gonzales in the semifinal before losing to world no.1 Rod Laver in four sets in the final.[3] [4] At the time the South African Open with Italian and German Opens were rated the top three tournaments beneath the Grand Slams. As late as 1979 McMillan reached the Quarter Finals of the Fischer Open in Vienna.

McMillan continued to play the tour for many years in doubles he played his last Wimbledon with Bob Hewitt in 1979 reaching the Semi Finals and they made a last appearance together in the main draw at Flushing Meadows in 1980 reaching the Quarter Finals with a nostalgic victory over fellow veteran Americans Clark Graebner and Charlie Pasarell. McMillan won his last tour title at the 1982 South African Open with Brian Gottfried.

McMillan played for many years on the seniors tours and was Runner Up at the inaugural Wimbledon over 35's to John Newcombe in 1982 after good wins over Tony Roche, Mark Cox and Ismail El Shafei. In 1988 he and Hewitt gave away 20 years between them to beat the Gullikson twins Tim and Tom in the 35's doubles final at Wimbledon.

The most notable aspect of his game was that he had both a two-handed backhand and forehand, which simultaneously increased his power while restricting his mobility. In the 1967 Wimbledon, the pair did not lose a set, and McMillan did not once lose a service game.

McMillan was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1992. He works as a tennis commentator for Eurosport and on BBC Radio 5 during Wimbledon.

Grand Prix Championship Series singles finals[edit]

Runner-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1970 Johannesburg Australia Rod Laver 6–4, 2–6, 1–6, 2–6

Singles titles (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1 1974 Munich WCT Carpet Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
2 1976 Nuremberg Carpet Brazil Thomaz Koch 2–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles titles (63)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1970 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
7–5, 6–0
2. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Netherlands Tom Okker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić
6–3, 7–5, 6–2
3. 1972 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
7–5, 6–2
4. 1972 French Open, Paris Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
5. 1972 Bristol, United Kingdom Grass South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Clark Graebner
Australia Lew Hoad
6–3, 6–2
6. 1972 Wimbledon, London Grass South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–2, 6–2, 9–7
7. 1972 Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Paul Gerken
Venezuela Humphrey Hose
7–6, 6–4
8. 1972 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–2, 6–3
9. 1972 Albany, New York, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
Sweden Björn Borg
6–4, 6–2
10. 1973 Jackson, U.S. Hard (i) United States Zan Guerry Chile Jaime Pinto-Bravo
Argentina Tito Vasquez
6–2, 6–4
11. 1973 Tanglewood, U.S. Other Australia Bob Carmichael Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–3, 6–4
12. 1973 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Clay Australia Bob Carmichael Spain Manuel Orantes
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–4
13. 1973 Quebec City, Canada Other Australia Bob Carmichael United States Jimmy Connors
United States Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
14. 1974 Salisbury, Maryland, U.S. Carpet United States Jimmy Connors South Africa Byron Bertram
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
15. 1974 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–3
16. 1974 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt France Pierre Barthès
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
17. 1974 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt France Pierre Barthès
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–2, 7–6
18. 1974 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Jim McManus
Rhodesia Andrew Pattison
6–2, 6–4, 7–6
19. 1974 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
6–2, 6–7, 6–1, 6–2
20. 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–4, 6–3
21. 1975 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Spain José Higueras
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–2, 6–2
22. 1975 Munich, Germany Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
6–3, 6–4
23. 1975 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
24. 1975 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
25. 1976 Columbus WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
7–6, 6–4
26. 1976 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Romania Ilie Năstase
United States Cliff Richey
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
27. 1976 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Chile Jaime Fillol Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–7, 6–2, 6–3
28. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet Australia Rod Laver United States Arthur Ashe
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–1, 6–7, 7–6
29. 1976 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–4, 7–6, 6–4
30. 1976 Nuremberg, Germany Carpet West Germany Karl Meiler Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
Australia Peter Kronk
7–6, 6–4
31. 1976 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 4–0 retired
32. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
United States Mike Estep
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
33. 1976 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
34. 1977 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–1, 1–6, 6–3
35. 1977 Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–2
36. 1977 San Jose, California, U.S. Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Tom Gorman
Australia Geoff Masters
6–2, 6–3
37. 1977 Palm Springs, California, U.S. Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Marty Riessen
United States Roscoe Tanner
7–6, 7–6
38. 1977 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–2, 6–0
39. 1977 La Costa, California, U.S. Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Ray Ruffels
Australia Allan Stone
6–4, 6–2
40. 1977 Pacific Southwest Championships, Los Angeles Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–4
41. 1977 Jackson, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Phil Dent
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–2, 7–6
42. 1977 US Open, New York City Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–0
43. 1977 Los Angeles Hard United States Sandy Mayer United States Tom Leonard
United States Mike Machette
6–2, 6–3
44. 1977 Madrid, Spain Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt Spain Antonio Muñoz
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–7, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1
45. 1977 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt Poland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–4, 6–3
46. 1977 Cologne, Germany Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 7–5
47. 1977 Wembley, United Kingdom Hard (i) United States Sandy Mayer United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
48. 1978 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Carpet United States Fred McNair United Kingdom Roger Taylor
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
6–3, 7–5
49. 1978 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Sandy Mayer
6–4, 6–4
50. 1978 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Sandy Mayer
6–3, 7–5
51. 1978 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt Poland Wojtek Fibak
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–2
52. 1978 Denver, Colorado, U.S. Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–2
53. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Geoff Masters
7–5, 7–6
54. 1978 Queen's Club Championships, London Grass South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Fred McNair
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 7–5
55. 1978 Wimbledon, London Grass South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–1, 6–4, 6–2
56. 1979 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell Poland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
57. 1979 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
58. 1979 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
59. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Mike Cahill
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
60. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Bob Hewitt Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
6–4, 6–3
61. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell New Zealand Chris Lewis
South Africa John Yuill
6–3, 6–4
62. 1981 Brussels, Belgium Carpet United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
63. 1982 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Brian Gottfried Israel Shlomo Glickstein
Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison
6–2, 6–2

Grand Slam Doubles (10 wins, 6 losses)[edit]

Men's Doubles (5 wins)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1967 Wimbledon South Africa Bob Hewitt Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1972 French Open South Africa Bob Hewitt Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
6–3, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 1972 Wimbledon (2) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Stan Smith
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–2, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 1977 US Open South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 6–0
Winner 1978 Wimbledon (3) South Africa Bob Hewitt United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–1, 6–4, 6–2

Mixed Doubles (5 wins, 6 losses)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1966 French Championships South Africa Annette Van Zyl United Kingdom Ann Haydon Jones
United States Clark Graebner
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-Up 1970 US Open Australia Judy Tegart Dalton Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 4–6
Runner-Up 1976 US Open (2) Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Billie Jean King
Australia Phil Dent
6–3, 2–6, 5–7
Runner-Up 1977 Wimbledon Netherlands Betty Stöve South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–3, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 1977 US Open Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Billie Jean King
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1978 Wimbledon Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Billie Jean King
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–2, 6–2
Winner 1978 US Open (2) Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Billie Jean King
Australia Ray Ruffels
6–3, 7–6
Runner-Up 1979 Wimbledon (2) Netherlands Betty Stöve South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt
5–7, 6–7(7)
Runner-Up 1979 US Open (3) Netherlands Betty Stöve South Africa Greer Stevens
South Africa Bob Hewitt
3–6, 5–7
Runner-Up 1980 US Open (4) Netherlands Betty Stöve Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Marty Riessen
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1981 Wimbledon (2) Netherlands Betty Stöve United States Tracy Austin
United States John Austin
4–6, 7–6(2), 6–3

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