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Tony Roche, Harry Hopman and John Newcombe

Ern McQuillan

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm)

Tony Roche, a left-hander with a fine backhand volley who was twice ranked No 2 in the world, was born the son of a Tarcutta butcher in 1945. In the 1960s he teamed up with Newcombe to form a doubles team that would win them five Wimbledon titles between 1965 and 1974, as well as four Australian and two French championships plus the American and Italian titles once each. In 1993, Roche was appointed coach and his partner, Newcombe, captain of the Davis Cup team. A bad shoulder injury plagued Roche most of his career though it didn't stop him winning tennis championships.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Accession number: 2003.113

Currently not on display

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