This Is Your Life: John Newcombe
This Is Your Life honours Australian tennis champion, John Newcombe.
In this clip, host Roger Climpson introduces two other tennis greats who pay tribute to Newcombe, Australian Ken Rosewall and American Jimmy Connors.
Rosewall reached a record 35 major finals, winning 23 including 8 Grand Slam singles titles. Newcombe and Connors were keen rivals but only faced off against each other in one Grand Slam final, the Australian Open in 1975.
Newcombe is the rare player to have been ranked No. 1 in the world in singles and doubles. He won Wimbledon three times and the US Championships / Open twice, and was hugely successful in doubles with partner Tony Roche. Overall he won 26 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.