Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Australia 2016
Australian Legends of Singles Tennis

ISSUE DATE: 21 January 2016
STAMP SIZE:26 x 37.5 mm

For several decades during the second half of the 20th century Australian tennis players dominated the international tennis circuit. This year’s Australian Legends are singles champions from that golden age of tennis. The 12th stamp honours the career of current player, Lleyton Hewitt.

Pat Cash’s greatest tennis achievement was winning the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1987.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley won four Australian Open singles between 1974 and 1977.

Ashley Cooper was only the sixth man to win three or more majors in a season and won back-to-back Australian titles in 1957 and 1958.

Roy Emerson was a super-fit and athletic champion winning 28 Grand Slam titles (12 singles, 16 doubles) – a record for men’s tennis.

Neale Fraser was a Wimbledon champion and dual US singles winner. Unluckily, he missed out on his national title in three finals.

John Newcombe was a great competitor capturing seven Grand Slam singles titles. He was named Davis Cup captain in 1994, a role he continued until 2000.

Pat Rafter captured back-to-back US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 – the only Australian to do so in the Open era. Rafter was a winner of 11 ATP singles titles.

Tony Roche possessed a lethal left-hand serve that helped him win the 1966 French Open title. A keen Davis Cup player and was a part of winning teams in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1977.

Known as “Muscles” to his friends, Ken Rosewall is one of the tennis greats amassing 18 major titles, including eight singles titles and a career doubles Grand Slam.

Frank Sedgman took just five years to amass 22 major titles, including five singles titles (Australian Open 1949–50, Wimbledon 1952 and US Open 1951–52).

Fred Stolle contested singles finals at all the Grand Slams, winning at Paris in 1965 and New York in 1966. He was part of Australia’s winning Davis Cup teams in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

Lleyton Hewitt will retire from playing tennis after Australian Open 2016. His career achievements include winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles. He is the most capped Davis Cup player of all time.



Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

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