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Neale Andrew Fraser AO MBE (born 3 October 1933) is a former number one amateur male tennis-player from Australia, born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of a Victorian judge. Fraser is the last person to have won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in a calendar year at a Grand Slam tournament on two consecutive occasions (US National, now US Open). Since that time, nobody has equalled that feat in a single year, let alone successively.

Neale Fraser
Internationale tenniskampioenschappen Melkhuisje te Hilversum, Fraser in aktie, Bestanddeelnr 925-7694.jpg
Neale Fraser at the 1972 Dutch Open
Full nameNeale Andrew Fraser
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceAustralia
Born (1933-10-03) 3 October 1933 (age 85)
Melbourne, Victoria
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Retired1977
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1984 (member page)
Singles
Career record697-227 (75.2%) [1]
Career titles37 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1959, Lance Tingay)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1957, 1959, 1960)
French OpenSF (1959, 1962)
WimbledonW (1960)
US OpenW (1959, 1960)
Doubles
Career record20–16
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1959)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1957, 1958, 1962)
French OpenW (1958, 1960, 1962)
WimbledonW (1959, 1961)
US OpenW (1957, 1959, 1960)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1956)
WimbledonW (1962)
US OpenW (1958, 1959, 1960)

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BiographyEdit

He was the son of barrister and politician Archibald Fraser.[4]

Fraser won the Wimbledon singles in 1960 and the US Championships singles in 1959 and 1960. Fraser failed to win the Australian Championships, finishing as runner-up on three occasions (1957, 1959 and 1960) and held a championship point in the 1960 final. Team play – doubles and Davis Cup – proved nearest to Fraser's heart. In doubles, Fraser took three Australian (1957, 1958, and 1962), French (1958, 1960, and 1962) and US (1957, 1959, and 1960) titles, and two Wimbledon (1959, and 1961) with three different partners, Ashley Cooper, Lew Hoad, and Roy Emerson.

Fraser was also successful in the mixed doubles, winning the Australian in 1956 with Beryl Penrose, Wimbledon in 1962, and the US from 1958 to 1960 with Margaret Osborne duPont. He holds the distinction of having won the US National (now Open) singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in 1959 and then successfully defending those titles a year later. Since that time, no one has equalled that feat in a single year, let alone successively.

Fraser was ranked the World No. 1 amateur in 1959 and 1960 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph, and was in the top 10 every year between 1956 and 1962.[3]

Fraser became Davis Cup Captain for the Australian team in 1970, holding the position for a record 24 years and piloting Australia to four wins in 1973, 1977, 1983 and 1986, and recording 55 wins from 75 ties played.

Fraser is one of the 20 men to win all four majors in doubles, and in 1984, he was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Fraser was honoured with an MBE in 1974 and an AO in 1988. He was chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame from 1997 until 2005. In 2008, he received the International Tennis Federation’s highest honour: the Phillippe Chartier Award for outstanding achievements in tennis.

Fraser was also the centenary ambassador for Davis Cup, and was the first recipient of the ITF and International Hall of Fame’s Davis Cup Award of Excellence.

Neale Fraser is married with children and grandchildren. He was voted Victorian Father of the Year in 1974.[5]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1957 Australian Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper 3–6, 11–9, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1958 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 11–13
Loss 1959 Australian Championships Grass   Alex Olmedo 1–6, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 1959 US Championships Grass   Alex Olmedo 6–3, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1960 Australian Championships Grass   Rod Laver 7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 6–8, 6–8
Win 1960 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Rod Laver 6–4, 3–6, 9–7, 7–5
Win 1960 US Championships Grass   Rod Laver 6–4, 6–4, 10–8

Doubles: 18 (11 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1954 Australian Championships Grass   Clive Wilderspin   Rex Hartwig
  Mervyn Rose
3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1954 Wimbledon Grass   Ken Rosewall   Rex Hartwig
  Lew Hoad
5–7, 4–6, 3–6
Win 1957 Australian Championships Grass   Lew Hoad   Mal Anderson
  Ashley Cooper
6–3, 8–6, 6–4
Loss 1957 Wimbledon Grass   Lew Hoad   Budge Patty
  Gardnar Mulloy
10–8, 4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1957 U.S. Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper   Gardnar Mulloy
  Budge Patty
4–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–3
Win 1958 Australian Championships Grass   [Ashley Cooper   Roy Emerson
  Bob Mark
7–5, 6–8, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Loss 1958 Wimbledon Grass   Ashley Cooper   Sven Davidson
  Ulf Schmidt
4–6, 4–6, 6–8
Win 1958 French Championships Clay   Ashley Cooper   Robert Howe
  Abe Segal
3–6, 8–6, 6–3, 7–5
Loss 1959 French Championships Clay   Roy Emerson   Nicola Pietrangeli
  Orlando Sirola
3–6, 2–6, 12–14
Win 1959 Wimbledon Grass   Roy Emerson   Rod Laver
  Bob Mark
8–6, 6–3, 14–16, 9–7
Win 1959 U.S. Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Earl Buchholz
  Alex Olmedo
3–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1960 Australian Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Rod Laver
  Bob Mark
6–1, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1960 French Championships Clay   Roy Emerson   Jose-Luis Arilla
  Andrés Gimeno
6–2, 8–10, 7–5, 6–4
Win 1960 U.S. Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Rod Laver
  Bob Mark
9–7, 6–2, 6–4
Win 1961 Wimbledon Grass   Roy Emerson   Bob Hewitt
  Fred Stolle
6–4, 6–8, 6–4, 6–8, 8–6
Win 1962 Australian Championships Grass   Roy Emerson   Bob Hewitt
  Fred Stolle
4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 11–9
Win 1962 French Championships Clay   Roy Emerson   Wilhelm Bungert
  Christian Kuhnke
6–3, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1973 Wimbledon Grass   John Cooper   Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 9–8, 1–6

Mixed Doubles: 7 (5 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1956 Australian Championships Grass   Beryl Penrose   Mary Bevis Hawton
  Roy Emerson
6–2, 6–4
Loss 1957 Wimbledon Grass   Althea Gibson   Darlene Hard
  Mervyn Rose
4–6, 5–7
Win 1958 U.S. Championships Grass   Margaret Osborne   Maria Bueno
  Alex Olmedo
6–3, 3–6, 9–7
Loss 1959 Wimbledon Grass   Maria Bueno   Darlene Hard
  Rod Laver
4–6, 3–6
Win 1959 U.S. Championships Grass   Margaret Osborne   Janet Hopps
  Bob Mark
7–5, 13–15, 6–2
Win 1960 U.S. Championships Grass   Margaret Osborne   Maria Bueno
  Antonio Palafox
6–3, 6–2
Win 1962 Wimbledon Grass   Margaret Osborne   Ann Haydon-Jones
  Dennis Ralston
2–6, 6–3, 13–11

Grand Slam 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 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Australian 3R 2R 2R 3R SF F SF F F A SF A A A A A 3R A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R
French A A 2R A A QF QF SF QF A SF A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R QF SF F QF W 4R SF A A 3R A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R
US A A 4R 4R SF 3R SF W W A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Neale Fraser: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Neale Fraser: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  4. ^ "Former Member Profile - Archibald McDonald Fraser". www.parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Past winners". Father’s Day Council of Victoria.

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