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John Fitzgerald (tennis)

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John Fitzgerald
Full nameJohn Basil Fitzgerald
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
Born (1960-12-28) 28 December 1960 (age 59)
Cummins, South Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Turned pro1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,207,272
Career record240–231
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 25 (11 July 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1983)
French Open2R (1983, 1986)
Wimbledon4R (1981, 1986, 1989)
US Open3R (1984)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1988)
Career record498–287
Career titles30
Highest rankingNo. 1 (8 July 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1982)
French OpenW (1986, 1991)
WimbledonW (1989, 1991)
US OpenW (1984, 1991)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1991)
Olympic Games2R (1988, 1992)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonW (1991)
US OpenW (1983)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (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

During his career, he won 6 top-tier singles titles and 30 tour doubles titles, including 7 Grand Slam doubles titles. He also achieved the 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, teaming up with Anders Järryd to win three out of the four Grand Slam doubles titles that year. 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]

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. On Australia Day in 2020, John was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (7 titles, 4 runners-up)

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 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1983 US Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Sayers United States Barbara Potter
United States Ferdi Taygan
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1984 US Open Hard Australia Elizabeth Sayers 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


  1. ^ a b "Profiles: John Fitzgerald". Tennis Australia. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2010.

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