Terry Rocavert

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Terry Rocavert
Country (sports) Australia Australia
Born (1955-10-21) 21 October 1955 (age 61)
Balmain, New South Wales
Height 5'11" (180 cm)
Plays Right-handed
Career record 37-62
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 115 (12 Jul 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
French Open 2R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon 2R (1980)
US Open 2R (1979)
Career record 21-49
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1979)
French Open 2R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon 1R (1978)
US Open 1R (1979)

Terry Rocavert (born 21 October 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Playing career[edit]

Rocavert is often remembered for his second round match against John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon Championships. After defeating veteran Roger Taylor in the opening round, Rocavert faced the American and took a two sets to one lead. In the fourth set tiebreak, Rocavert went up a mini-break when McEnroe double faulted and recalled that he "started thinking of the consequences of winning, what they might ask me at the press conference". He lost the tiebreak and then the fifth set, 3-6.[1]

He was a semi-finalist in the men's doubles at the 1979 Australian Open, with partner John James.[2]

Rocavert was runner-up to Bob Lutz at the 1980 Columbus Open.[2] En route to the final he defeated Ilie Năstase. He also made the semi-finals in Hobart that year.[2]


From 1980 to 1989, Rocavert was the New South Wales state coach. He now coaches in Birchgrove.


He is the son of Don Rocavert, who competed at the Australian Championships in 1947 and 1951.[3]

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1980 United States Columbus, United States Hard United States Bob Lutz 4-6, 3-6