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John Fitzgerald (tennis)

John Fitzgerald
Full name John Basil Fitzgerald
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1960-12-28) 28 December 1960
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
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)
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 1
    • Grand Slam finals 1.1
      • Doubles (7 titles, 4 runner-ups) 1.1.1
      • Mixed Doubles (2 titles, 4 runner-ups) 1.1.2
  • Post-playing career 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

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

Doubles (7 titles, 4 runner-ups)

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

Mixed Doubles (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)

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

Post-playing career

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]


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


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

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