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John Newcombe and family, 1973

Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.2 cm x 30.5 cm, image: 32.2 cm x 29.1 cm)

John Newcombe (b. 1944) won his first major tennis honours as a twenty-three year old, taking 1967's Wimbledon and US Open singles crowns and finishing the year as the world's number one player. He would go on to win two further Wimbledons (1970 and 1971), another US Open (1973) and two Australian Opens (1973 and 1975), and he was world number one again in 1970 and 1971. Apart from his flirty smile and sexy moustache, off the court Newcombe was known for enjoying and inciting beer-fuelled hijinks (his drinking bout with George Bush Jr. led to the future president's arrest for drunk driving). In 1994 he assumed the captaincy of Australia's Davis Cup team in partnership with Tony Roche, and became a mentor to a new generation of Australian players like Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt. Having led the team to victory in 1999 against France, Newcombe stepped down from the captaincy. He continues to work as a commentator and after-dinner speaker.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.47

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 48 in 1973)

John Newcombe (age 29 in 1973)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.