John Fitzgerald (tennis)

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John Fitzgerald
Full name John Basil Fitzgerald
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1960-12-28) 28 December 1960 (age 54)
Cummins, Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Turned pro 1980
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,207,272
Singles
Career record 241–233
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 25 (11 July 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1983)
French Open 2R (1983, 1986)
Wimbledon 4R (1981, 1986, 1989)
US Open 3R (1984)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 501–288
Career titles 30
Highest ranking No. 1 (8 July 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1982)
French Open W (1986, 1991)
Wimbledon W (1989, 1991)
US Open W (1984, 1991)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1991)
Olympic Games 2R (1988, 1992)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1991)
US Open W (1983)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1983, 1986)

John Basil Fitzgerald OAM (born 28 December 1960) is a former professional tennis player from Australia who played right-handed with a single-handed backhand.

Playing career[edit]

During his career, he won 6 top-level singles titles and 30 tour doubles titles, including 7 Grand Slam doubles titles, and a career men's doubles Grand Slam (winning all four titles-the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open). He reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1991. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 25 in 1988. He was a member of the Australian team which won the Davis Cup in 1983 and 1986.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (7 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1982 Australian Open Grass Australia John Alexander United States Andy Andrews
United States John Sadri
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 1984 US Open Hard Czech Republic Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
7–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass Australia Pat Cash Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 1986 French Open Clay Czech Republic Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7, 14–12
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay Sweden Anders Järryd Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1988 Wimbledon Grass Sweden Anders Järryd United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 1989 Wimbledon Grass Sweden Anders Järryd United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 1991 French Open Clay Sweden Anders Järryd United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–0, 7–6
Winner 1991 Wimbledon Grass Sweden Anders Järryd Argentina Javier Frana
Mexico Leonardo Lavalle
6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 1991 US Open Hard Sweden Anders Järryd United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1993 Australian Open Hard Sweden Anders Järryd South Africa Danie Visser
Australia Laurie Warder
4–6, 3–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1983 US Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Barbara Potter
United States Ferdi Taygan
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1984 US Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva
United States Tom Gullikson
6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Martina Navratilova
Australia Paul McNamee
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 1985 US Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Martina Navratilova
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1990 Wimbledon Grass Australia Elizabeth Smylie United States Zina Garrison
United States Rick Leach
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1991 Wimbledon Grass Australia Elizabeth Smylie Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
United States Jim Pugh
7–6(7–4), 6–2

Post-playing career[edit]

Fitzgerald was formerly the captain of the Australian Davis Cup Team from 2001 to 2010 before Patrick Rafter took over after Australia's World group playoff loss to Belgium.[1]

Honours[edit]

Fitzgerald was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profiles: John Fitzgerald". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 

External links[edit]