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John Newcombe has always been more than a tennis legend - he is an Australian icon. As a player, he was the world number one, a multiple Wimbledon, US and Australian Open champion, a fighter who would push himself to the limit and beyond to win. Yet he ne

John Newcombe has been friends with US presidents and media tycoons. George Bush, Sr once described him as a 'black-belt beer drinker', and his son, George W had one too many with Newk on the night when George W got arrested for drunk driving. John Newcombe is also at home in the pub having a beer or three with his mates. He's a larrikin, but he is also a hugely successful businessman in his own right. He cares passionately about his family and his country. And in a sport where individualism, not to say outright self-centeredness, is the norm, he believes that playing in, or captaining a team in the Davis Cup is the greatest thing a tennis player can achieve. As a mentor and inspiration to many players, John Newcombe has been a crucial influence on the new generation of Australian champions.


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