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Anthony "Tony" Dalton Roche (born 17 May 1945) is a former professional Australian tennis player, born in Tarcuttamarker. He played junior tennis in the New South Walesmarker regional city of Wagga Waggamarker. He is also very well known for coaching multi-grand slam winning World Number Ones Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Roger Federer and currently, Lleyton Hewitt.

Playing career

Roche grew up playing in Australia under the tutelage of Harry Hopman, who also coached other Australian tennis players such as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.

A left-hander, Roche had a successful singles and double career. He won one singles Grand Slam tournament - the 1966 French Openmarker at Roland Garrosmarker. He was five times the runner-up at Grand Slam tournaments - the French Championships in 1965 and 1967, Wimbledonmarker in 1968, and the US Openmarker in 1969 and 1970. With John Newcombe, he won 12 Grand Slam men's doubles tournaments.

In 1968, Roche turned professional, signing with World Championship Tennis, joining other pros like Cliff Drysdale, Nikki Pilic, and Roger Taylor to form the "Handsome Eight".

Perhaps one of his greatest achievements came in 1977, being called up to play singles in the finals of the Davis Cup tournament versus Italy, nearly 10 years since he had last played for Australia. In the tie, Roche upset top Italian Adriano Panatta 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 to lead Australia to a 3–1 victory, winning the Davis Cup. Shoulder and elbow injuries cut short his career after having finished in the top 10 for six consecutive years.

Coaching career

After completing his playing career Roche has developed a highly successful career as a tennis coach. Ivan Lendl hired Roche as a full-time coach for Roche's advice on volleying. (Lendl dreamed of winning Wimbledon, and because Roche had been a fine grass court player, he sought his tutelage.) Roche also coached former World No. 1 Patrick Rafter from 1997 to the end of his career in 2002. Roche coached current World No. 1 Roger Federer from 2005 to 12 May 2007. It is reputed this was on a "handshake agreement" with no contract - Roche was paid by the week. Federer hired Roche for the opposite reason that Lendl hired him: to work on his clay court game (as Roche had won the French Open). He is currently coaching two-time Grand Slam singles titlist Lleyton Hewitt, who is aiming to get his career back on track after a number of unsuccessful years on the ATP Tour. Tony Roche also coaches many junior players at Sydney Olympic Parkmarker, in preparation for their ATP junior qualification pro tours, starting in November.

Honours

Roche entered the International Tennis Hall of Famemarker alongside doubles partner and close friend John Newcombe in 1986.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 6 (1-5)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1965 French Championshipsmarker Clay Fred Stolle 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay István Gulyás 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1967 French Championships Clay Roy Emerson 6–1, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1968 Wimbledonmarker Grass Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1969 US Openmarker Grass Rod Laver 7–9, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1970 US Open Grass Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3


Doubles: 15 (13-2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1964 French Championshipsmarker Clay John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Ken Fletcher
7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 1965 Australian Championshipsmarker Grass John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Fred Stolle
3–6, 4–6, 13–11, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1965 Wimbledon Championshipsmarker Grass John Newcombe Ken Fletcher
Bob Hewitt
7–5, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1966 Australian Championships (2) Grass John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Fred Stolle
7–9, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 12–10
Winner 1967 Australian Championships (2) Grass John Newcombe Bill Bowrey
Owen Davidson
3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–8, 8–6
Winner 1967 French Championships Clay John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Ken Fletcher
6–3, 9–7, 12–10
Winner 1967 US Championshipsmarker Grass John Newcombe Bill Bowrey
Owen Davidson
6–8, 9–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1968 Wimbledon (2) Grass John Newcombe Ken Fletcher
Ken Rosewall
3–6, 8–6, 5–7, 14–12, 6–3
Winner 1969 French Open (2) Clay John Newcombe Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1969 Wimbledon (3) Grass John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
7–5, 11–9, 6–3
Winner 1970 Wimbledon (4) Grass John Newcombe Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
10–8, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 1971 Australian Open (3) Grass John Newcombe Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–2, 7–6
Winner 1974 Wimbledon (5) Grass John Newcombe Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
8–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1976 Australian Open (4) Grass John Newcombe Ross Case
Geoff Masters
7–6, 6–4
Winner 1977 Australian Open (January) (5) Grass Arthur Ashe Charlie Pasarell
Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 6–4


Mixed doubles: 5 (2-3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1965 Wimbledon Championshipsmarker Grass Judy Tegart Margaret Smith
Ken Fletcher
12–10, 6–3
Winner 1966 Australian Championshipsmarker Grass Judy Tegart Robyn Ebbern
William Bowrey
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1967 Australian Championships Grass Judy Tegart Lesley Turner
Owen Davidson
9–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1969 Wimbledon (2) Grass Judy Tegart Ann Haydon
Fred Stolle
6–2, 6–3
Winner 1976 Wimbledon Grass Françoise Durr Rosemary Casals
Dick Stockton
6–3, 2–6, 7–5


Grand Slam record

Australian Championships/Open

  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1977 (Jan.)
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1966
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1966
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1967


French Championships/Open

  • Singles champion: 1966
  • Singles runner-up: 1965, 1967
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1967, 1969
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1964


Wimbledon

  • Singles runner-up: 1968
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 1976
  • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1965, 1969


U.S. Championships/Open

  • Singles runner-up: 1969, 1970
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1967


Open-Era singles titles (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1969 Sydney, Australia Grass Rod Laver 6–4, 4–6, 9–7, 12–10
2. 1969 Auckland, New Zealand Grass Rod Laver 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
3. 1969 Hamburg, Germanymarker Clay Tom Okker 6–1, 5–7, 8–6, 7–5
4. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Tom Okker 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
5. 1970 Boston, U.S. Hard Rod Laver 3–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. 1972 Washington WCT, U.S.marker Clay Marty Riessen 3–6, 7–6, 6–4
7. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S.marker Carpet Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
8. 1976 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Dick Stockton 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. 1978 London/Queen's Club, England Grass John McEnroe 8–6, 9–7


Singles runner-ups (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1968 Wimbledon, Londonmarker Grass Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
2. 1968 Hobart, Australiamarker Grass Fred Stolle 6–3, 0–6, 6–4, 6–1
3. 1969 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Rod Laver 7–5, 7–5, 6–4
4. 1969 Rome, Italymarker Clay John Newcombe 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
5. 1969 U.S.marker Open, New Yorkmarker Grass Rod Laver 7–9, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
6. 1970 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Rod Laver 6–3, 8–6, 6–2
7. 1970 U.S.marker Open, New Yorkmarker Grass Ken Rosewall 2–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
8. 1974 Bombay, India Clay Onny Parun 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
9. 1975 Nottingham, Englandmarker Grass Tom Okker 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
10. 1977 Brisbane, Australiamarker Grass Vitas Gerulaitis 6–7, 6–1, 6–1, 7–5


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