Neale Andrew Fraser is a former tennis pro. Born in Melbourne, Australia, in October 03, 1933, he is a leftie best known for his power serves. Coming from a prominent family in Australia who traditionally produced lawyers and doctors, Fraser started playing tennis at eleven years old. His mother gave him and his brothers tennis rackets in an effort to keep them off the streets. Little did his mother know the young man would turn the sport into a brilliant professional career.
Towering and athletic at 6’1”, Fraser’s greatest strength was his tough volleys, and his overpowering prowess in fast surfaces.
His list of court triumphs is best noted when divided into four (4) categories: the Australian Championships, the French Championships, the Wimbledon Championships, and the U.S. Championships.
In the Australian Championships, Fraser sweeped one win after another in the Men’s Double category, winning the trophy in 1957, 1958 and in 1962, and qualifying as a finalist in 1954 and in 1960. He also played and won in the Mixed Doubles category in 1959. As a Singles player, he was a three-time finalist in 1957, in 1959, and in 1960.
In the French Championships, his triumphs include as the Men’s Doubles champion in 1958, in 1960, and in 1962; as well as a finalist in the same category in 1959. The Wimbledon Championships credit Fraser for being its Singles champion in 1960; its Men’s Doubles champion in 1959, and in 1961, and its Mixed Doubles champion in 1962.
His titles in the U.S. Championships include wins in 1959, and in 1960 in the Singles category; the Men’s Doubles triumph in 1957, in 1959 and in 1960; as well as the Mixed Doubles championships in 1958, in 1959, and in 1960.
On top of his brilliant play, Fraser is also best remembered as the long-time captain for the Davis Cup. He served for twenty-three (23) years as a non-playing captain who led the team in winning the Cup in 1973, in 1977, and in 1986. He further led the team in winning 49 series victories.
He was ranked World’s No. 1 in 1959 and in 1960; and was included in the Top Ten every single year between 1956 and 1962. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.