The Woodies

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The Woodies was the nickname given to the professional tennis doubles pairing of Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, which was one of the most successful pairings in tennis history.

The Woodies combined Woodforde's left-handed baseline play with Woodbridge's swift volleying reflexes at the net. They were the ATP Doubles Team of the Year five times, and won 61 ATP doubles tournaments as a pair.

The Woodies won eleven Grand Slam doubles titles in their career—one French Open, two Australian Opens, two US Opens, and a record six Wimbledons.

Their other career highlights included winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Woodies often teamed together to play for Australia in the Davis Cup, and played for Australia in three Davis Cup finals. They helped give Australia its first Davis Cup victory in 13 years in 1999 with a win over France's Olivier Delaitre and Fabrice Santoro in Paris.

The pairing ended in 2000 after Mark Woodforde retired from international tennis. Woodbridge continued his doubles success with Swede Jonas Björkman until Björkman ended the partnership in 2004. Woodbridge then partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi of India before retiring in 2005.

In January 2010 on Australia Day, The Woodies were inducted to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame for their achievements, and their bronzed statues were placed with other great Australian tennis players at Melbourne Park.

Doubles titles (61)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (11)
Tennis Masters Cup (2)
ATP Masters Series (14)
Olympic Gold (1)
ATP International Series Gold (11)
ATP Tour (22)
Titles by Surface
Hard (32)
Clay (7)
Grass (10)
Carpet (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 18 February 1991 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Czech Republic Libor Pimek / Netherlands Michiel Schapers 6–3, 6–0
2. 11 March 1991 Copenhagen, Denmark Carpet Iran Mansour Bahrami / Soviet Union Andrei Olhovskiy 6–3, 6–1
3. 17 June 1991 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Grant Connell / Canada Glenn Michibata 6–4, 7–6
4. 30 September 1991 Brisbane, Australia Hard Australia John Fitzgerald / Canada Glenn Michibata 7–6, 6–3
5. 27 January 1992 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Kelly Jones / United States Rick Leach 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
6. 17 February 1992 Memphis, US Hard (i) United States Kevin Curren / South Africa Gary Muller 7–5, 4–6, 7–6
7. 24 February 1992 Philadelphia, US Carpet United States Jim Grabb / United States Richey Reneberg 6–4, 7–6
8. 6 April 1992 Singapore Hard Canada Grant Connell / Canada Glenn Michibata 6–7, 6–2, 6–4
9. 17 August 1992 Cincinnati, US Hard United States Patrick McEnroe / United States Jonathan Stark 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
10. 19 October 1992 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Jim Grabb / United States Richey Reneberg 7–6, 6–4
11. 2 November 1992 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet United States Steve DeVries / Australia David Macpherson 6–3, 6–4
12. 29 November 1992 Doubles Championship, Johannesburg Hard Australia John Fitzgerald / Sweden Anders Järryd 6–2, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 3–6, 6–3
13. 11 January 1993 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia John Fitzgerald / Australia Laurie Warder 6–4, 7–5
14. 15 February 1993 Memphis, US Hard (i) Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 7–5, 6–2
15. 14 June 1993 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United Kingdom Neil Broad / South Africa Gary Muller 6–7, 6–3, 6–4
16. 5 July 1993 Wimbledon, London Grass Canada Grant Connell / United States Patrick Galbraith 7–5, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
17. 1 November 1993 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet South Africa Gary Muller / South Africa Danie Visser 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
18. 7 February 1994 Dubai, UAE Hard Australia John Fitzgerald / Australia Darren Cahill 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
19. 9 May 1994 Pinehurst, US Clay United States Jared Palmer / United States Richey Reneberg 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
20. 4 July 1994 Wimbledon, London Grass Canada Grant Connell / United States Patrick Galbraith 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–1
21. 22 August 1994 Indianapolis, US Hard United States Jim Grabb / United States Richey Reneberg 6–3, 6–4
22. 31 October 1994 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet Sweden Jan Apell / Sweden Jonas Björkman 6–3, 6–4
23. 16 January 1995 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard United States Trevor Kronemann / Australia David Macpherson 7–6, 6–4
24. 27 March 1995 Key Biscayne, US Hard United States Jim Grabb / United States Patrick McEnroe 6–3, 7–6
25. 15 May 1995 Pinehurst, US Clay United States Alex O'Brien / Australia Sandon Stolle 6–2, 6–4
26. 22 May 1995 Coral Springs, US Clay Spain Sergio Casal / Spain Emilio Sánchez 6–3, 6–1
27. 10 July 1995 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Rick Leach / United States Scott Melville 7–5, 7–6(10–8), 7–6(7–5)
28. 14 August 1995 Cincinnati, US Hard The Bahamas Mark Knowles / Canada Daniel Nestor 6–2, 3–0, ret.
29. 11 September 1995 US Open, US Hard United States Alex O'Brien / Australia Sandon Stolle 6–3, 6–3
30. 8 January 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman / United States Tommy Ho 7–5, 7–6
31. 4 March 1996 Philadelphia, US Carpet Zimbabwe Byron Black / Canada Grant Connell 7–6, 6–2
32. 18 March 1996 Indian Wells, US Hard United States Brian MacPhie / Australia Michael Tebbutt 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
33. 1 April 1996 Key Biscayne, US Hard South Africa Ellis Ferreira / United States Patrick Galbraith 6–1, 6–3
34. 22 April 1996 Tokyo, Japan Hard The Bahamas Mark Knowles / United States Rick Leach 6–2, 6–3
35. 20 May 1996 Coral Springs, US Clay United States Ivan Baron / United States Brett Hansen-Dent 6–3, 6–3
36. 17 June 1996 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau / United States Alex O'Brien 6–3, 7–6
37. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London Grass Zimbabwe Byron Black / Canada Grant Connell 4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
38. 29 July 1996 Atlanta Olympics, US Hard United Kingdom Neil Broad / United Kingdom Tim Henman 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
39. 9 September 1996 US Open, New York Hard Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 4–6, 7–6, 7–6
40. 7 October 1996 Singapore Carpet Czech Republic Martin Damm / Russia Andrei Olhovskiy 7–6, 7–6
41. 17 November 1996 Doubles Championship, Hartford Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau / United States Alex O'Brien 6–4, 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
42. 27 January 1997 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau / United States Alex O'Brien 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
43. 31 March 1997 Key Biscayne, US Hard The Bahamas Mark Knowles / Canada Daniel Nestor 7–6, 7–6
44. 7 July 1997 Wimbledon, London Grass Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 7–6(7–4), 7–6(9–7), 5–7, 6–3
45. 11 August 1997 Cincinnati, US Hard Australia Mark Philippoussis / Australia Patrick Rafter 7–6, 4–6, 6–4
46. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet United States Rick Leach / United States Jonathan Stark 6–3, 6–3
47. 19 January 1998 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Canada Daniel Nestor 6–3, 7–5
48. 16 February 1998 San Jose, US Hard (i) Brazil Nelson Aerts / Brazil André Sá 6–1, 7–5
49. 23 February 1998 Memphis, US Hard (i) South Africa Ellis Ferreira / Mexico David Roditi 6–3, 6–4
50. 4 May 1998 Munich, Germany Clay Australia Joshua Eagle / Australia Andrew Florent 6–0, 6–3
51. 19 October 1998 Singapore Carpet India Mahesh Bhupathi / India Leander Paes 6–2, 6–3
52. 15 February 1999 San Jose, US Hard (i) Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Kitinov / Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nenad Zimonjić 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–4
53. 22 February 1999 Memphis, US Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau / United States Alex O'Brien 6–3, 6–4
54. 10 January 2000 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt / Australia Sandon Stolle 6–4, 6–2
55. 17 January 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt / Australia Sandon Stolle 7–5, 6–4
56. 3 April 2000 Miami, US Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm / Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý 6–3, 6–4
57. 22 May 2000 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Wayne Arthurs / Australia Sandon Stolle 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
58. 12 June 2000 French Open, Paris Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis / Australia Sandon Stolle 7–6(9–7), 6–4
59. 19 June 2000 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Jonathan Stark / United States Eric Taino 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
60. 10 July 2000 Wimbledon, London Grass Netherlands Paul Haarhuis / Australia Sandon Stolle 6–3, 6–4, 6–1
61. 14 August 2000 Cincinnati, US Hard South Africa Ellis Ferreira / United States Rick Leach 7–6(8–6), 6–4

Runners-up (18)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 28 November 1993 Doubles Championship, Johannesburg Hard (i) Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 6–7(4–7), 6–7(5–7), 4–6
2. 13 June 1994 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Sweden Jan Apell / Sweden Jonas Björkman 6–3, 6–7, 4–6
3. 12 September 1994 US Open, New York Hard Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 3–6, 6–7(1–7)
4. 28 November 1994 Doubles Championship, Jakarta Hard (i) Sweden Jan Apell / Sweden Jonas Björkman 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
5. 23 October 1995 Vienna, Austria Carpet South Africa Ellis Ferreira / Netherlands Jan Siemerink 4–6, 5–7
6. 26 February 1996 Memphis, US Hard (i) The Bahamas Mark Knowles / Canada Daniel Nestor 4–6, 5–7
7. 6 January 1997 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Patrick Rafter / United States Bryan Shelton 4–6, 6–1, 3–6
8. 9 June 1997 French Open, Paris Clay Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov / Czech Republic Daniel Vacek 6–7(12–14), 6–4, 3–6
9. 2 February 1998 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman / Netherlands Jacco Eltingh 2–6, 7–5, 6–2, 4–6, 3–6
10. 27 April 1998 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 4–6, 2–6
11. 6 July 1998 Wimbledon, London Grass Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 8–10
12. 12 October 1998 Shanghai, China Carpet India Mahesh Bhupathi / India Leander Paes 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7)
13. 3 May 1999 Atlanta, US Clay United States Patrick Galbraith / United States Justin Gimelstob 7–5, 6–7, 3–6
14. 14 June 1999 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau / United States Alex O'Brien 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
15. 16 August 1999 Cincinnati, US Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black / Sweden Jonas Björkman 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
16. 11 October 1999 Shanghai, China Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau / Canada Daniel Nestor 5–7, 3–6
17. 18 October 1999 Singapore Hard (i) Belarus Max Mirnyi / United States Eric Taino 3–6, 4–6
18. 2 October 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australia Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau / Canada Daniel Nestor 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 6–7(2–7)


Team competition titles (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. December 3–5, 1999 Davis Cup, Nice, France Clay (i) Australia Lleyton Hewitt / Australia Mark Philippoussis France Sébastien Grosjean / France Fabrice Santoro / France Cédric Pioline / France Olivier Delaître 3–2

Runners-up (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. December 3–5, 1999 Davis Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay (i) Australia Richard Fromberg / Australia Jason Stoltenberg Germany Michael Stich / Germany Patrik Kühnen / Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner / Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb 1–4

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open SF W 1R QF 3R 1R W F SF SF 2 / 10
French Open 3R 3R SF QF 1R SF F 3R 1R W 1 / 10
Wimbledon QF SF W W W W W F QF W 6 / 10
US Open SF SF 3R F W W 1R 3R QF 2R 2 / 10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 11 / 40
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup SF W F F SF W RR RR SF - 2 / 9
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH - Not Held W Not Held F 1 / 2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters - QF - QF SF W SF 1R 2R QF 1 / 8
Miami Masters - - - 2R W W W 1R 3R W 4 / 7
Monte Carlo Masters - - - - - - - F - - 0 / 1
Rome Masters 1R 1R - - - - 1R 1R - - 0 / 4
Hamburg Masters - - - - - - - - - W 1 / 1
Canada Masters - - - - - QF - - 1R - 0 / 2
Cincinnati Masters 1R W - SF W QF W QF F W 4 / 9
Stuttgart Masters ² - W W W SF QF W QF SF 1R 4 / 9
Paris Masters QF 1R QF SF SF SF 1R QF QF - 0 / 9
Masters Series SR 0 / 3 2 / 5 1 / 2 1 / 5 2 / 5 2 / 6 3 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 6 3 / 5 14 / 50
  • NH = tournament not held
  • ² held in Stockholm 1990–94, Essen in 1995