Steve Docherty (born 6 May 1950) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Steve Docherty
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1950-05-06) 6 May 1950 (age 74)
Newcastle, Australia
Career record46–76
Highest rankingNo. 74 (12 June 1978)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
Wimbledon2R (1977, 1978)
US Open2R (1977, 1978)
Career record42–69
Highest rankingNo. 86 (26 December 1979)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (1977, 1979)
Wimbledon1R (1978)
US Open3R (1979)

Docherty enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career, he finished runner-up in 4 doubles events.

His most notable career achievement was when he surprised the world to defeat former world number one Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1978.[1]

After completing his tennis career, Docherty became a successful businessman, owning and operating three McDonald's franchises along the East coast of New South Wales.

Career finals


Doubles (4 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1977 Taipei, Taiwan Hard   Tom Gorman   Chris Delaney
  Pat Du Pré
6–7, 6–7
Loss 2. 1979 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   Eliot Teltscher   Raymond Moore
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 2–6
Loss 3. 1979 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Christopher Lewis   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
6–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 1980 Palm Harbor, U.S. Hard   John James   Paul Kronk
  Paul McNamee
4–6, 5–7


  1. ^ "Steve Docherty vs Arthur Ashe". Association of Tennis Professionals.