Neale Fraser at the 1972 Dutch Open
|Full name||Neale Andrew Fraser|
3 October 1933 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1984 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1959, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1957, 1959, 1960)|
|French Open||SF (1959, 1962)|
|US Open||W (1959, 1960)|
|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)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1956)|
|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. Fraser is the only person to have won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in a calendar year at a Grand Slam tournament on two consecutive occasions (US National ((now US Open))). Since that time, nobody has equalled that feat in a single year, let alone successively.
He was the son of barrister and politician Archibald Fraser. 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.
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 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.
Grand Slam record
- Australian Championships
- French championships
- Men's Doubles champion: 1958 (w/ Ashley Cooper), 1960 and 1962 (w/ Roy Emerson)
- Men's Doubles finalist: 1959 (w/ Roy Emerson)
- 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
Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners–up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1957||Australian Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper||3–6, 11–9, 4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1958||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper||6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 11–13|
|Runner-up||1959||Australian Championships||Grass||Alex Olmedo||1–6, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||1959||US Championships||Grass||Alex Olmedo||6–3, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1960||Australian Championships||Grass||Rod Laver||7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 6–8, 6–8|
|Winner||1960||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Rod Laver||6–4, 3–6, 9–7, 7–5|
|Winner||1960||US Championships||Grass||Rod Laver||6–4, 6–4, 10–8|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
- Neale Fraser at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Neale Fraser at the International Tennis Federation
- Neale Fraser at the Davis Cup
- Neale Fraser at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- Historic images and video of Neale Fraser talking about his career on Culture Victoria