Tony Roche: Wimbledon champ of the future?

Tony Roche: Wimbledon champ of the future?
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Junior hardcourt champion Tony Roche is shown in this newsreel in a practice game with professional champion Lew Hoad. Was Roche a future Wimbledon as this clip asks? Unfortunately Roche only made the Wimbledon final once, in 1968, where he was defeated by fellow Australian Rod Laver in straight sets. Roche only won one Grand Slam singles title, at the French Championships in 1966, but was runner up at Grand Slam events five times. He was more successful as a doubles player with 13 Grand Slam titles, mostly paired with John Newcombe. After retirement as a player, Roche has had a successful coaching career with multi-Grand Slam winning World No.1s Ivan Lendl, Patrick Rafter, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt.

Lew Hoad won four Grand Slam singles titles, including twice at Wimbledon, with a string of titles as a doubles player. Persistent back problems cut short his career as a player.


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