Great Australian Tennis Player Fred Stolle

Fred Stolle

Former Australian tennis player, Frederick (Fred) Sydney Stolle was born on 8th of October, 1938 in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia. He started playing as a junior player in his amateur trip in 1958; however it wasn’t until 1967 when he turned into a pro and bagged in 2 men singles titles and 13 doubles titles. He is the father of Sandon Stolle, former Davis Cup player of Australia. He is also known in history as being the only male tennis player to have lost the initial five grand slam singles finals.

Ultimately Stolle did win two Grand slam titles being the French Championship in 1965 and the US Championship in 1966; however Stolle failed to win any Australian or Wimbledon championships ever in his career, although he has been a finalist in the Australian Open in 1964 and 1965 and in the Wimbledon in 1963, 1964 and 1965.  Stolle have won ten Men’s Doubles titles along with compatriots Roy Emerson 4 times, Ken Rosewall 2 times and Bob Hewitt 4 times. Stolle has also bagged in 7 mixed Doubles titles in his career. Stolle was also a member of the Australian Davis Cup in the years 1964, 1965 and 1966. Stolle is also known to coach the great tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis from 1977 to 1983. Currently Stolle serves as a commentator for the sport on Fox Sports and Nine Network. His name has also been inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the year 1985.

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