Popular Tennis Player Tony Roche

Tony Roche

Tony Roche is a popular tennis player from Australia. He won 12 grand slam doubles in addition to a singles grand slam title.
Roche played under the supervision of legendary tennis coach Harry Hopman. Harry had already trained tennis legends like Rod Laver and Ken Rosewell. It helped Roche to improve his game.
Roche, the popular left-handed, won only one singles grand slam in life. It came in 1966 French Open. However, he has been in the final for five other times but lost every time. His doubles partner was John Newcombe. They won 12 titles together.
Roche signed with World Championship Tennis in 1968 and became a part of Handsome Eight. It also included other popular players of the time such as Nikola Pilic, Roger Taylor, and Cliff Drysdale.
Roche had plenty of special moments in his career but none like the 1977 Davis Cup when he was called to represent his country despite being ignored for 10 years. He beat Adriano Panatta to win the Davis Cup for his country.
He had knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries during last few years of his career, eventually resulting in his retirement from the professional game. Roche now works as a coach and has already given the tennis world players like Roger Federer, Jelena Dokic, and Lleyton Hewitt.

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1969-1960

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1969-1960, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall

The era of 1969-1960 in French Open tennis tournaments had many different tennis players winning the title. However out of these names, one of the greatest tennis players was Roy Emerson who showed his fantastic capability to play on clay court and won many French Open Championships. Roy Emerson won 2 single French Open titles and 6 doubles French Open titles in his tennis career. His overall Grand Slams titles are 12 which shows his exquisite tennis skills. Rod Laver, Australia’s greatest tennis player, won 11 Grand Slams out of which 2 were French Open titles. Ken Rosewall with 12 grand slams in his career, won two French Open titles in the 60’s.

The list of male winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:

Year 1969

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1969: Rod Laver
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1969: Ken Rosewall

Year 1968

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1968: Ken Rosewall
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1968: Rod Laver

Year 1967

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1967: Roy Emerson
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1967: Tony Roche

Year 1966

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1966: Tony Roche
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1966: Istvan Gulyas

Year 1965

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1965: Fred Stolle
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1965: Tony Roche

Year 1964

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1964: Manuel Santana
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1964: Nicola Pietrangeli

Year 1963

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1963: Roy Emerson
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1963: Pierre Darmon

Year 1962

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1962: Rod Laver
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1962: Roy Emerson

Year 1961

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1961: Manuel Santana
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1961: Nicola Pietrangeli

Year 1960

  • French Open Tennis winner (male)-1960: Nicola Pietrangeli
  • French Open Tennis runner-up (male)-1960: Luis Ayala