John Hillebrand is an Australian former tennis player who was active from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. He is currently living in San Pedro, California. He had played Dale Jensen in a London tournament and upon arriving in California called him. He wanted help to relocate to Southern California. Dale arranged for him to immediately play a Senior tournament in Costa Mesa, where he met Dr. Jim Pugh, a Dentist, and fine Tennis Player. They immediately became good friends. Jim sponsored John into the United States, and had him teach his son, Jim Pugh, age 10, who went on to become the top world ranked Doubles player in 1989.

John's best finish in a Grand Slam tournament came in 1963, when he reached the men's doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open with partner Peter McPherson.[1]



In the first round at Wimbledon in 1963, he defeated John Newcombe in five sets with the score 14–12, 9–7, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3. Arthur Ashe then defeated him 5–7, 7–5, 11–9, 3–6, 6–3 in the second round.[2][3]

In 1964, Hillebrand and partner Clive Brebnor reached the men's doubles final of the British Hard Court Championships, where they lost to Cliff Drysdale and Keith Diepraam in straight sets.[4]

John Hillebrand has wins either in Singles or Doubles against Champions.... Frank Sedgman; Neale Fraser; Rex Hartwig; John Newcombe; Tony Roche; Paul McNamee; Peter McNamara; Bob Hewitt, Frew McMillan and Jaroslav Drobny.....He also has wins over World Davis Cup players: Mark Cox (GB); Roger Taylor (GB); Keith Diepraam (S Africa); Beppi Merlo (Italy); Pierre Barthes (Fr); Daniel Contet (Fr); Micah Dubitsky (Israel); Andres Licis ( Poland); Christian Kuhnke (Ger.); Juan Gisbert (Spain); and Nikki Pilic ( Yugoslavia). Some of the Tournaments he won in Singles include... Monte Carlo; Chapel Allerton; Sutton Coalfield; Eastbourne; Hoylake; St. Annes-On-Sea; and Israel. He won the The Irish International Doubles Championship with Warren Jacques (1961) As a Junior, Hillebrand won the Victorian Under 19 Clay Court Singles Championships 3 years in a row. Up until that time, it had only been done ONCE; and that was by Neale Fraser. Hillebrand also won the Tasmanian State Under 19 Singles Championships in 1957.....John Hillebrand after retirement from the World Tennis Circuit Captained the Winning " A " Pennant team of Liston/Esplanade to the Premiership of Melbourne, Victoria in 1966.....


As a Coach he taught Jim Pugh from a 10 year old to No.1 in Men's Doubles in 1989. He also coached his wife(now Ex) Charleen to 123 National US Senior Titles. Later on he became the Director of the Australian School of Tennis in San Pedro, California.


  1. ^ "Australian Open results archive". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ 1963 Wimbledon results
  3. ^ Weissberg, Ted (1993). Arthur Ashe (Illustrated ed.). Los Angeles: Melrose Square Pub. Co. p. 74. ISBN 978-0870677816.
  4. ^ "Drysdale, Knight Gain Tennis Final", The New York Times, 25 April 1964.

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