Former Australian tennis star and coach Tony Roche was honoured at the annual Legends Lunch at the Australian Open on Saturday. Several greats of the game were present to honour the achievements of Roche, including Australians Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Ken Rosewall, Judy Dalton, John Newcombe, Lesley Bowrey, Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt as well as other champions such as Marat Safin, Dinara Safina, Tommy Haas, Daniela Hantuchova and Goran Ivanisevic among others.
Roche won the 1966 French Open title and 12 Grand Slam doubles titles with Newcombe during his career. Speaking at the event about Roche, Dokic commented, "He taught me what it is to be down to earth, work hard and be disciplined.
He’d go out of his way to help you”. Newcombe commented, “I’m proud to say he was a mate and a good bloke." Court, who was recognised for her Grand Slam run earlier in the week by Tennis Australia, commented, "He’s such a nice guy and a very humble person.
He was always that one you could go to. There was that honour there, respect there, he represented his nation, he coached others. He’s a great role model for this nation”.
Today we honoured Aussie tennis great Tony Roche at the Legends Lunch, winner of 13 major doubles titles and the 1966 French championships.
He played on 4 Davis Cup championship teams. Then he started coaching the likes of Lendl, Rafter, @rogerfederer @lleytonhewitt #legend pic.twitter.com/fnb2g2cnLQ — Craig Tiley (@CraigTiley) February 1, 2020