Neale Fraser

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Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser.jpg
Neale Fraser at the 1972 Dutch Open
Full name Neale Andrew Fraser
Country  Australia
Residence Australia
Born (1933-10-03) 3 October 1933 (age 81)
Melbourne, Victoria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Retired 1977
Plays Left-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1984 (member page)
Singles
Career record 123–48
Highest ranking No. 1 (1959, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1957, 1959, 1960)
French Open SF (1959, 1962)
Wimbledon W (1960)
US Open W (1959, 1960)
Doubles
Career record 20–16
Highest ranking No. 1 (1959)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1957, 1958, 1962)
French Open W (1958, 1960, 1962)
Wimbledon W (1959, 1961)
US Open W (1957, 1959, 1960)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1956)
Wimbledon W (1962)
US Open W (1958, 1959, 1960)

Neale Andrew Fraser AO MBE (born 3 October 1933) is a former number one amateur male tennis-player from Australia, born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of a Victorian judge.

Biography[edit]

He began playing tennis at age 11 and attended St Kevin's College, Melbourne (Class of 1950) where he became Captain of Tennis at the school.[citation needed]

Fraser won the Wimbledon singles in 1960 and the US Championships singles in 1959 and 1960. Fraser failed to win the Australian Championships, finishing as runner-up on three occasions (1957, 1959 and 1960) and held a championship point in the 1960 final. Team play – doubles and Davis Cup – proved nearest to Fraser's heart. In doubles, Fraser took three Australian (1957, 1958, and 1962), French (1958, 1960, and 1962) and US (1957, 1959, and 1960) titles, and two Wimbledon (1959, and 1961) with three different partners, Ashley Cooper, Lew Hoad, and Roy Emerson.

Fraser was also successful in the mixed doubles, winning the Australian in 1956 with Beryl Penrose, Wimbledon in 1962, and the US from 1958 to 1960 with Margaret Osborne duPont. He holds the distinction of having won the US National (now Open) singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in 1959 and then successfully defending those titles a year later. Since that time, no one has equalled that feat in a single year, let alone successively.

Fraser was ranked the World No. 1 amateur in 1959 and 1960 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph, and was in the top ten every year between 1956 and 1962.[1]

Fraser became Davis Cup Captain for the Australian team in 1970, holding the position for a record 24 years and piloting Australia to four wins in 1973, 1977, 1983 and 1986, and recording 55 wins from 75 ties played.

Fraser is one of the twenty men to win all four majors in doubles and in 1984 he was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Fraser was honoured with an MBE in 1974 and an AO in 1988. He was Chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame from 1997 until 2005. In 2008 he received the International Tennis Federation’s highest honour, the Phillippe Chartier Award for outstanding achievements in tennis.

Fraser was also the Centenary Ambassador for Davis Cup, and was the first recipient of the ITF and International Hall of Fame’s Davis Cup Award of Excellence.

Neale Fraser is married with children and grandchildren. He was voted Victorian Father of the Year in 1974.[2]

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • French championships
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1958 (w/ Ashley Cooper), 1960 and 1962 (w/ Roy Emerson)
    • Men's Doubles finalist: 1959 (w/ Roy Emerson)
  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1960
    • Singles finalist: 1958
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1959 and 1961 (w/ Roy Emerson)
    • Men's Doubles finalist: 1955, 1957, 1958, 1973 (w/ John Cooper)
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1962 (w/ Margaret Osborne duPont)
    • Mixed Doubles finalist: 1957 (w/Althea Gibson), 1959 (w/ Maria Bueno)
  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles champion: 1959, 1960
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1957 (w/ Ashley Cooper), 1959 and 1960 (w/ Roy Emerson)
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1958, 1959, 1960 (w/ Margaret Osborne duPont)

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1957 Australian Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper 3–6, 11–9, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1958 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 11–13
Runner-up 1959 Australian Championships Grass United States Alex Olmedo 1–6, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1959 US Championships Grass United States Alex Olmedo 6–3, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1960 Australian Championships Grass Australia Rod Laver 7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 6–8, 6–8
Winner 1960 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–4, 3–6, 9–7, 7–5
Winner 1960 US Championships Grass Australia Rod Laver 6–4, 6–4, 10–8

Performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian 3R 2R 2R 3R SF F SF F F A SF A A A A A 3R A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R
French A A 2R A A QF QF SF QF A SF A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R QF SF F QF W 4R SF A A 3R A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R
US A A 4R 4R SF 3R SF W W A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ http://www.fathersdaycouncil.org.au

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