The talent of tennis is omnipresent in Australia. It’s no surprise that the Australian Open has played a huge role in developing the best tennis players. Check out the Top 10 Best Australian Tennis Players.
Australian tennis players have dominated the Australian Open since its inception. The men and women lead all the nations with 50 and 43 victories respectively in the event.
Australian men have won 11 titles at Roland Garros and his women have won 8 at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, the Australians won 21 combined titles. Australians are second in US Open titles by country, behind hosts the United States.
Australia, along with Great Britain and the United States of America, was the most successful Grand Slam nation.
Discover the 10 greatest Australian tennis players.
Top 10 best Australian tennis players of all time
10. Lleyton Hewitt
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, nicknamed ‘Rusty’, was a baseline hitter famous for his five-set duels and remarkable wins. Hewitt, who made his Grand Slam debut in 1997, became the youngest world number 1 on the ATP Tour.
The last Australian to win a Grand Slam title, Hewitt was the darling of the Australian public. There would be songs of “Rusty!” And “Let’s go Rusty!” reverberating throughout the arena across the country when Hewitt played.
We expected a lot from him and he did not disappoint. He won the US Open in 2001 at the age of 20. Hewitt became the first Australian since Pat Cash to win Wimbledon when he did so in 2002.
Hewitt has made Australia proud on several occasions, including helping the country win the Davis Cup twice – in 1999 and 2003.
9. Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser was a remarkable athlete famous for his huge forehand and powerful left-handed serve. Wimbledon champion and two-time US Open winner, he was unlucky to miss the Australian Open. Against Rod Laver in 1960, he had match point, to lose 8-6 in the fifth set.
In 1959 and 1960, Fraser dominated the US Open, winning singles, doubles and mixed titles in both years.
A committed Davis Cup player, he had an 18-3 winning and losing record. His commitment to the tournament continued for 24 years as captain. Fraser helped Australian teams to victory in 1973, 1977, 1983 and 1986.
In 2008, he received the ITF’s highest honor – the Philippe Chatrier Award – for his outstanding achievements in tennis. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984.
8. Norman Brookes
Sir Norman Brookes was the first international player to win the prestigious Wimbledon Championships in 1907. Brookes’ style, a mixture of solid groundstrokes combined with an excellent variety of serves, propelled him to great heights.
Brookes won the Australian Open in 1911 and three years later he won the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon. It was the first time he had returned to London since his first win at SW19 seven years earlier.
He holds the record for the oldest doubles champion at the Australian Open, a feat achieved in 1924 at the age of 47.
After his retirement, Brookes became an effective tennis administrator and served as president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia from 1926 to 1955. His name is featured on the men’s singles trophy at the Australian Open.
7. Ashley Cooper
Ashley Cooper’s play was a supreme example of background attack coupled with skillful net skills. In 1958, he won all the Grand Slam tournaments except Roland-Garros; at the time, he was only the sixth man in history to win at least three Grand Slam tournaments in a single calendar year.
Cooper won several Australian Open titles in 1957 and 1958 and was part of the Australian Davis Cup squad for both years. In 1957, the Australians beat the United States 3-2, but in 1958 the result was the opposite, with the Americans winning over the Australians 3-2.
Cooper was knighted in 2007 for his service to tennis. He was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. He was later inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame – in 1991.
Outside of singles, Cooper’s volleyball skills were instrumental in his doubles success as well; he won four Grand Slam titles in doubles.
6. Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman has won an astounding 22 Grand Slam titles in all categories in just five years. Of the 24 Grand Slam tournaments played in all categories in 1951 and 1952, Sedgman won 16, including a Grand Slam in calendar year doubles in 1951.
Sedgman had lightning-fast reflexes and an athletic build. His net game was second to none at the time. A good example of the serve-volley game, Sedgman was Australia’s first Wimbledon champion after World War II, ushering in the golden age of Australian tennis.
His first Davis Cup appearance was in 1949 and he took Australia to the final, where they lost 4-1 to the United States. The following year, Sedgman and his team took sweet revenge by winning the Cup 4-1 on American soil.
Sedgman helped Australia retain the Davis Cup in 1951 and 1952 and ended his Davis Cup career with a 25-3 record.
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Evonne Goolagong Cawley won four Australian Open singles between 1974 and 1977, but not in consecutive championships, as she missed the January 1977 Open and won the December 1977 event.
Popularly referred to as “Gong,” she retired in the mid-1980s with seven Grand Slam singles titles in 18 finals (5th all-time high) and 13 majors in all. Her charm, ethereal touch and blazing speed on the pitch made her such a powerful and powerful player.
The US Open was the only major tournament to escape the beloved Aussie; she lost four consecutive finals to New York between 1973 and 1976. She did, however, win Wimbledon as a mother in 1980, only the second woman to do so after compatriot Margaret Court.
In total, Goolagong won 68 WTA titles (6th all-time high).
4. Ken Rosewall
Before the advent of the Open Era in 1968, many professional players played in Pro-Tour or Pro-Slam tournaments to earn money, as the Grand Slam prohibited professionals from participating in their events. In this regard, it should be mentioned that Australian Ken Rosewall has won a record 15 Pro-Slam titles.
His total Grand Slam and Pro-Slam tally is 23, which puts him well ahead of any other player. Rosewall won the Grand Slam in series, with 8 trophies in singles and 9 in doubles.
He has won the Australian Open 4 times and his last Australian Open triumph dates back to 1972 at the age of 37, 62 days, making him the oldest player of the Open era to win one of the 4 Grand Slam titles.
Ken Rosewall is the youngest and oldest winner of the Australian Open.
3. Roy Emerson
Queenslander Roy Emerson was a prominent tennis figure in the 1960s along with compatriot Rod Laver. Emerson is the only man to have won all 4 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles. The important-serving Australian holds the record for 6 Australian triumphs with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Emerson also holds the record for 10 consecutive victories in the finals of the Grand Slam tournament in which he appeared. His tally includes – 6 Australian Open triumphs (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967), 2 French Open titles (1963, 1967), 2 Wimbledon trophies (1964, 1965) and 2 wins at the US Open (1961, 1964). ).
A leading figure in the golden age of Australian tennis, Emerson was a part of eight Davis Cup winning teams and had a 34-4 record of wins and losses in the tournament. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982.
2. Rod wash
Another tennis legend whose name is constantly mentioned in the âGOATâ debate is Rod Laver. The only player to have both a stadium and a tennis tournament named after him. Laver has won the Slam of the Calendar Year twice (in the years 1962 and 1969), a record that seems unlikely to ever be broken.
Laver’s count of 11 Grand Slam tournaments includes 3 Australian Open victories (1960, 1962, 1969), 2 French Open titles (1962, 1969), 4 Wimbledon championships (1961, 1962) , 1968, 1969) and 2 triumphs at the US Open (1962, 1969).
Laver received the nickname “Rocket” from Australian coaching legend Harry Hopman. He was the first player in tennis history to earn $ 1 million in cash winnings. He was also part of 5 Davis Cup winning teams.
Laver was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.
1. Margaret Court
Margaret is the first open-era player to complete a career slam by winning all four Grand Slam titles. She is also the only woman to have won the Mixed Doubles Calendar Slam; it did so not once but twice, in 1963 and 1965.
Her combined tally of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 19 women’s doubles titles and 21 mixed doubles titles is second to none. His record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles still stands today.
She has won the Australian Open a record 11 times and has also won more mixed doubles titles than any other woman – active or retired. Court also won a Calendar Slam in singles in 1970.
The court is one of three players in tennis history to have won the âGrand Slam Box Setâ, along with Doris Hart and Martina Navratilova. “The box” includes the victory of each Grand Slam tournament in the categories single, double and mixed doubles