Fred Stolle

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
Full nameFrederick Sydney Stolle
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceWilliams Island, FL, USA
Born8 October 1938 (age 80)
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)

Career

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.

Honours

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 finals

Singles (2 titles, 6 runners-up)

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

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

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

Open-era doubles titles (10)

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

References

  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.

External links

1963 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

Rod Laver was the defending champion, but was ineligible to compete after turning professional.

Chuck McKinley defeated Fred Stolle 9–7, 6–1, 6–4 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1963 Wimbledon Championships.

1964 Australian Championships – Men's Singles

Roy Emerson defeated Fred Stolle 6–3, 6–4, 6-2 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1964 Australian Championships.

1964 Davis Cup

The 1964 Davis Cup was the 53rd edition of the most important tournament between national teams in men's tennis. 48 teams would enter the competition, 32 in the Europe Zone, 9 in the Eastern Zone, and 7 in the Americas Zone.

Australia defeated Chile in the Americas Zone final, the Philippines defeated India in the Eastern Zone final, and Sweden defeated France in the Europe Zone final. In the Inter-Zonal Zone, Sweden defeated the Philippines, and then Australia defeated Sweden. Australia then defeated defending champions the United States in the Challenge Round. The final was played at the Harold Clark Courts in Cleveland, OH, United States on 25–28 September.

1964 U.S. National Championships – Men's Singles

First-seeded Roy Emerson defeated Fred Stolle 6–4, 6–1, 6–4 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1964 U.S. National Championships.

1964 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Doubles

Rafael Osuna and Antonio Palafox were the defending champions, but lost in the semifinals to Bob Hewitt and Fred Stolle.

Hewitt and Stolle defeated Roy Emerson and Ken Fletcher in the final, 4–6, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 to win the Gentlemen' Doubles tennis title at the 1964 Wimbledon Championship.

1964 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

Chuck McKinley was the defending champion, but lost in the semifinals to Fred Stolle.

Roy Emerson defeated Stolle 6–4, 12–10, 4–6, 6–3 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1964 Wimbledon Championships.

1964 Wimbledon Championships – Mixed Doubles

Fred Stolle and Lesley Turner defeated the reigning champions Ken Fletcher and Margaret Smith in the final, 6–4, 6–4 to win the Mixed Doubles tennis title at the 1964 Wimbledon Championships.

1965 Australian Championships – Men's Singles

Roy Emerson defeated Fred Stolle 7–9, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–1 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1965 Australian Championships.

1965 French Championships (tennis)

The 1965 French Championships (now known as the French Open) was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The tournament ran from 17 May until 29 May. It was the 69th staging of the French Championships, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1965. Fred Stolle and Lesley Turner Bowrey won the singles titles.

1965 French Championships – Men's Singles

Fourth-seeded Fred Stolle defeated Tony Roche 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1965 French Championships.

1965 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

Roy Emerson successfully defended his title, defeating Fred Stolle 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1965 Wimbledon Championships.

1966 U.S. National Championships – Men's Singles

Unseeded Fred Stolle defeated John Newcombe 4–6, 12–10, 6–3, 6–4 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1966 U.S. National Championships.

1968 French Open – Men's Doubles

Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle defeated Roy Emerson and Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Doubles title at the 1968 French Open tennis tournament.

1968 Men's National Tennis League

The 1968 Men's National Tennis League (NTL) was the inaugural series of professional tennis tournaments founded by George McCall, among others: Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Andrés Gimeno, Pancho Gonzales and Fred Stolle.

1969 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles

Margaret Court and Marty Riessen were meant to play Ann Jones and Fred Stolle in the final to win the Mixed Doubles title at the 1969 Australian Open, but the final was never played. As such, the title was shared.

1969 Queen's Club Championships

The 1969 Queen's Club Championships, also known by its official name London Grass Court Championships, was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament played on grass courts at the Queen's Club in London in the United Kingdom. It was the 70th edition of the tournament and was held from 16 June through 21 June 1969. Fred Stolle and Ann Jones won the singles titles.

Ken Fletcher

Kenneth Norman Fletcher (15 June 1940 – 11 February 2006) was an Australian tennis player who won numerous doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.

Roy Emerson

Roy Stanley Emerson (born 3 November 1936) is an Australian former World number one tennis player who won 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles. He is the only male player to have completed a Career Grand Slam (winning titles at all four Grand Slam events) in both singles and doubles. His 28 major titles are an all-time record for a male amateur player. Emerson is the first male player to win each amateur major title at least twice in his career. He is one of only eight men to win all four majors in his career.Emerson was the first male player to win 12 majors. He held the record of six Australian Open men's singles titles until 2019 when Novak Djokovic won his seventh title. Emerson won five of them consecutively (1963–67). His 12 major wins have since been surpassed. Emerson is one of only five tennis players all-time to win multiple slam sets in two disciplines, only matched by Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Frank Sedgman and Serena Williams.

Tony Roche

Anthony Dalton Roche, AO MBE (born 17 May 1945) is an Australian former professional tennis player, a native of Tarcutta. He played junior tennis in the New South Wales regional city of Wagga Wagga. He won one Grand Slam singles title and thirteen Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked as high as World No. 2 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1969. He also coached multi-Grand Slam winning World No. 1s Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt, and former World No. 4 Jelena Dokic.

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