Terry Rocavert (born 21 October 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Terry Rocavert
Country (sports)Australia Australia
Born (1955-10-21) 21 October 1955 (age 68)
Balmain, New South Wales
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Career record37–62
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 92 (05 May 1980)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
French Open2R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon2R (1980)
US Open2R (1979)
Career record21–49
Career titles0
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1979)
French Open2R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon1R (1978)
US Open1R (1979)

Playing career


Rocavert is often known for his second round match against John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon Championships. After defeating veteran Roger Taylor in the opening round, Rocavert faced the American and took a two sets to one lead. In the fourth set tiebreak, Rocavert went up a mini-break when McEnroe double faulted and recalled that he "started thinking of the consequences of winning, what they might ask me at the press conference". He lost the tiebreak and then the fifth set, 3–6.[1]

He was a semi-finalist in the men's doubles at the 1979 Australian Open, with partner John James.[2]

Rocavert was runner-up to Bob Lutz at the 1980 Columbus Open.[2] En route to the final he defeated Ilie Năstase. He also made the semi-finals in Hobart that year.[2]



From 1980 to 1989, Rocavert was the New South Wales state coach. He now coaches in Birchgrove.



He is the son of Don Rocavert, who competed at the Australian Championships in 1947 and 1951.[3]

Grand Prix career finals


Singles: 1 (0–1)

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 1980 Columbus, United States Hard   Bob Lutz 4–6, 3–6