Fred Stolle

Intro Australian tennis player
A.K.A. Frederick Sydney Stolle
Is Athlete Sports coach Tennis player Tennis coach
From Australia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 8 October 1938, Hornsby
Star sign Libra
Stats
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Frederick Sydney Stolle, AO (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.

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. 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. 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, 1965 and 1966. 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. Stolle turned professional in 1966, and as a pro won two singles and 13 doubles titles. He earned about US$500,000 in career prize money. 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. In 1988 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (2 titles, 6 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1963 Wimbledon Grass Chuck McKinley 7–9, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1964 Australian Championships Grass Roy Emerson 3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1964 Wimbledon Grass Roy Emerson 1–6, 10–12, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 1964 US Championships Grass Roy Emerson 4–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 1965 Australian Championships Grass Roy Emerson 9–7, 6–2, 4–6, 5–7, 1–6
Win 1965 French Championships Clay Tony Roche 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1965 Wimbledon Grass Roy Emerson 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1966 US Championships Grass 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 Bob Hewitt Roy Emerson Neale Fraser 4–6, 8–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-up 1962 Australian Championships Grass Bob Hewitt Roy Emerson Neale Fraser 6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6, 9–11
Winner 1962 Wimbledon Grass Bob Hewitt Boro Jovanović Nikola Pilić 6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Win 1963 Australian Championships Grass Bob Hewitt Ken Fletcher John Newcombe 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Win 1964 Australian Championships Grass Bob Hewitt Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher 6–4, 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12
Winner 1964 Wimbledon Grass Bob Hewitt Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher 7–5, 11–9, 6–4
Runner-up 1965 Australian Championships Grass Roy Emerson John Newcombe Tony Roche 6–3, 6–4, 11–13, 3–6, 4–6
Win 1965 French Championships Clay Roy Emerson Ken Fletcher Bob Hewitt 6–8, 6–3, 8–6, 6–2
Win 1965 US Championships Grass Roy Emerson Frank Froehling Charles Pasarell 6–4, 10–12, 7–5, 6–3
Win 1966 Australian Championships Grass Roy Emerson John Newcombe Tony Roche 7–9, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 12–10
Win 1966 US Championships Grass Roy Emerson Clark Graebner Dennis Ralston 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Win 1968 French Open Clay Ken Rosewall Roy Emerson Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1968 Wimbledon Grass Ken Rosewall John Newcombe Tony Roche 6–3, 6–8, 7–5, 12–14, 3–6
Runner-up 1969 Australian Open Grass Ken Rosewall Rod Laver Roy Emerson 4–6, 4–6
Win 1969 US Open Grass Ken Rosewall Charles Pasarell Dennis Ralston 2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
Loss 1970 Wimbledon Grass Ken Rosewall John Newcombe 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 Ken Rosewall Roy Emerson Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
2. 1968 Los Angeles, US Hard Ken Rosewall Cliff Drysdale Roger Taylor 7–5, 6–1
3. 1969 US Open, New York Grass Ken Rosewall Charlie Pasarell Dennis Ralston 2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
4. 1971 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet Ken Rosewall Robert Maud Frew McMillan 6–7, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
5. 1972 Bretton Woods, US Hard John Alexander Nikola Pilić Cliff Richey 7–6, 7–6
6. 1972 Vancouver WCT, Canada Outdoor John Newcombe Cliff Drysdale Allan Stone 7–6, 6–0
7. 1972 Johannesburg-2, South Africa Hard John Newcombe Terry Addison Bob Carmichael 6–3, 6–4
8. 1973 Chicago WCT, US Carpet Ken Rosewall Ismail El Shafei Brian Fairlie 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
9. 1973 Cleveland WCT, US Carpet Ken Rosewall Ismail El Shafei Brian Fairlie 6–2, 6–3
10. 1973 Bretton Woods, US Clay Rod Laver Bob Carmichael Frew McMillan 7–6, 4–6, 7–5

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

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)

Singles

Tournament 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 1R SF QF SF F F SF A A QF A 3R A A A A A A A A 0 / 10
French Open A A 2R 3R 4R 2R 4R W QF A 2R QF A A A A A A A A A 1 / 9
Wimbledon A A 1R 2R 3R F F F 2R A 4R 4R 1R 4R A A A A A A 1R 0 / 12
US Open A A A A 2R A F 2R W A 2R QF 3R A QF A A 1R A 2R A 1 / 10
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 2 / 41

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

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