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Frederick Sydney Stolle, AO[5] (born 8 October 1938) is an Australian former tennis player and commentator. He was born in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia. He is the father of former Australian Davis Cup player Sandon Stolle.

Fred Stolle
AO
Full nameFrederick Sydney Stolle
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceAventura, Florida, USA
Born (1938-10-08) 8 October 1938 (age 81)
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Turned pro1966 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired1976
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1985 (member page)
Singles
Career record815-408 (66.6%) [2]
Career titles39 [3]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1966, Lance Tingay)[4]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1964, 1965)
French OpenW (1965)
WimbledonF (1963, 1964, 1965)
US OpenW (1966)
Professional majors
US ProSF (1967)
Wembley Pro1R (1967)
French ProSF (1967)
Doubles
Career record189–101
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1964)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1963, 1964, 1966)
French OpenW (1965, 1968)
WimbledonW (1962, 1964)
US OpenW (1965, 1966, 1969)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1962, 1969)
French OpenF (1962, 1963, 1964)
WimbledonW (1961, 1964, 1969)
US OpenW (1962, 1965)

CareerEdit

Stolle is notable for being the only male player in history to have lost his first five Grand Slam singles finals, the fifth of which he led by two sets to love. However, Stolle went on to win two Grand Slam tournament singles titles, the 1965 French Championships and the 1966 US Championships.[6] At Wimbledon and the Australian Championships he finished as runner-up in these tournaments and losing to compatriot Roy Emerson on no fewer than five occasions. Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph ranked Stolle as World No. 2 in 1966.[4]

Stolle won ten Grand Slam doubles titles, partnering with compatriots Bob Hewitt (4 titles), Roy Emerson (4 titles) and Ken Rosewall (2 titles). In addition Stolle won 7 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

As a member of the Australian Davis Cup team Stolle won the Davis Cup title in 1964,[7] 1965 and 1966.[8] In 1964 Stolle and Emerson were briefly suspended from the Australian Davis Cup team for going on an overseas tour in defiance of a Lawn Tennis Association of Australia order to remain in Australia until April.[9]

Stolle turned professional in 1966,[1] and as a pro won two singles and 13 doubles titles. He earned about US$500,000 in career prize money.[10]

Stolle coached Vitas Gerulaitis from 1977 until 1983.

For many years, Stolle did TV commentary for CBS and other tennis broadcasts. He currently provides commentary on Grand Slam tennis tournaments for Australia's Fox Sports and the Nine Network.

HonoursEdit

For his contribution to the tennis sport Fred Stolle was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.[11] In 1988 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[12] He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.[5][13]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (2 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1963 Wimbledon (1/1) Grass   Chuck McKinley 7–9, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1964 Australian Championships (1/1) Grass   Roy Emerson 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1964 Wimbledon (2/2) Grass   Roy Emerson 1–6, 10–12, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 1964 US Championships (1/1) Grass   Roy Emerson 4–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 1965 Australian Championships (2/2) Grass   Roy Emerson 9–7, 6–2, 4–6, 5–7, 1–6
Win 1965 French Championships (1/1) Clay   Tony Roche 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1965 Wimbledon (3/3) Grass   Roy Emerson 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1966 US Championships (2/1) Grass   John Newcombe 4–6, 12–10, 6–3, 6–4

Men's doubles (10 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1961 Wimbledon Grass   Bob Hewitt   Roy Emerson
  Neale Fraser
4–6, 8–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-up 1962 Australian Championships Grass   Bob Hewitt   Roy Emerson
  Neale Fraser
6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 9–11
Winner 1962 Wimbledon Grass   Bob Hewitt   Boro Jovanović
  Nikola Pilić
6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Win 1963 Australian Championships Grass   Bob Hewitt   Ken Fletcher
  John Newcombe
6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Win 1964 Australian Championships Grass   Bob Hewitt   Roy Emerson
  Ken Fletcher
6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12
Winner 1964 Wimbledon Grass   Bob Hewitt   Roy Emerson
  Ken Fletcher
7–5, 11–9, 6–4
Runner-up 1965 Australian Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–3, 6–4, 11–13, 3–6, 4–6
Win 1965 French Championships Clay   Roy Emerson   Ken Fletcher
  Bob Hewitt
6–8, 6–3, 8–6, 6–2
Win 1965 US Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Frank Froehling
  Charles Pasarell
6–4, 10–12, 7–5, 6–3
Win 1966 Australian Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
7–9, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 12–10
Win 1966 US Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Clark Graebner
  Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Win 1968 French Open Clay   Ken Rosewall   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1968 Wimbledon Grass   Ken Rosewall   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–3, 6–8, 7–5, 12–14, 3–6
Runner-up 1969 Australian Open Grass   Ken Rosewall   Rod Laver
  Roy Emerson
4–6, 4–6
Win 1969 US Open Grass   Ken Rosewall   Charles Pasarell
  Dennis Ralston
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
Loss 1970 Wimbledon Grass   Ken Rosewall   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
8–10, 3–6, 1–6

Open-era doubles titles (10)Edit

No Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1968 French Open, Paris Clay   Ken Rosewall   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–3, 6–4, 6–3
2. 1968 Los Angeles, US Hard   Ken Rosewall   Cliff Drysdale
  Roger Taylor
7–5, 6–1
3. 1969 US Open, New York Grass   Ken Rosewall   Charlie Pasarell
  Dennis Ralston
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
4. 1971 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet   Ken Rosewall   Robert Maud
  Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
5. 1972 Bretton Woods, US Hard   John Alexander   Nikola Pilić
  Cliff Richey
7–6, 7–6
6. 1972 Vancouver WCT, Canada Outdoor   John Newcombe   Cliff Drysdale
  Allan Stone
7–6, 6–0
7. 1972 Johannesburg-2, South Africa Hard   John Newcombe   Terry Addison
  Bob Carmichael
6–3, 6–4
8. 1973 Chicago WCT, US Carpet   Ken Rosewall   Ismail El Shafei
  Brian Fairlie
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
9. 1973 Cleveland WCT, US Carpet   Ken Rosewall   Ismail El Shafei
  Brian Fairlie
6–2, 6–3
10. 1973 Bretton Woods, US Clay   Rod Laver   Bob Carmichael
  Frew McMillan
7–6, 4–6, 7–5

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 1R SF QF SF F F SF A A QF A 3R A A A A A A A A 0 / 10
French Open A A 2R 3R 4R 2R 4R W QF A 2R QF A A A A A A A A A 1 / 9
Wimbledon A A 1R 2R 3R F F F 2R A 4R 4R 1R 4R A A A A A A 1R 0 / 12
US Open A A A A 2R A F 2R W A 2R QF 3R A QF A A 1R A 2R A 1 / 10
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 2 / 41

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Fred Stolle". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Fred Stolle: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Fred Stolle: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Stolle ranked second". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 October 1966. p. 25 – via Google News Archive.
  5. ^ a b "STOLLE, Frederick Sydney, AO". It's an Honour. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. ^ Frank Deford (19 September 1966). "A forgotten Aussie refreshes the memory". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 25 no. 12. pp. 105–109.
  7. ^ Frank Deford (5 October 1964). "Failure of a Winning Formula". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 21 no. 14. pp. 30–31.
  8. ^ Ernest Shirley (10 January 1966). "¡Olé! Manolo—a little bit too late". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 24 no. 2. pp. 48–49.
  9. ^ John Lovesey (13 July 1964). "The Outcasts Are Counted In". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 21 no. 2. pp. 22, 25.
  10. ^ "ATP Player Profile". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame – Fred Stolle". Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Fred Stolle AO". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Staale, Fred: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 24 December 2013.

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