Mark Woodforde is a former tennis player from Australia. Born on September 23, 1965, Woodforde joined the Pro ATP Tour in 1984. He is known as one of the greatest tennis legends in Australia and formed one half of the Woodies with Tom Woodbridge, is known as “The Woodies.” Woodforde has won four singles titles and twelve Grand Slam doubles titles, one French Open title, two Australian Open titles, three US Open titles and six titles in Wimbledon with eleven of the titles won alongside Todd Woodbridge. He won one of his US Open titles with John McEnroe.
Woodforde held down the no. 1 ranking for 84 weeks and by the time he retired in 2000, he was holding the number 1 ranking in singles plus the number 1 ranking in team tennis with Woodbridge. Together, the Woodies won 61 ATP doubles tournaments out of Woodforde’s 67 wins.
Woodforde also represented his country in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, winning a gold medal before winning a silver medal four years later at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He retired from Professional tennis in the same year, after the Davis Cup team lost to Spain. In 2003, Woodforde was appointed team coach for the Australian Fed Cup team.
Woodforde also played with the Australian Davis Cup team and helped the team win the finals in 1999, the first victory of the Aussie Davis Cup team in 13 years. The Woodies were inducted to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2010. As part of the ceremony statues of the two players were placed in Melbourne Park.