Frew McMillan

Birth date 20 May 1942 (74 years)
Nationality South Africa South Africa

Frew Donald McMillan was born in Springs, South Africa on May 20, 1942. He is strong with his two-handed forehand and backhand. Critiques observed that his unusual skill grew in power as years passed. His notable game was when he and Bob Hewitt won in the Wimbledon championship game in 1967. Both did not lose any sets and Frew as well did not waste any service game.

Frew won at least five major doubles championship games. Three of which were Wimbledon doubles championship titles partnering with Hewitt. The victory advanced the South African to the Davis Cup in 1974. McMillan and Hewitt started their partnership in 1966. Both had the chemistry that worked well on the courts. They won they first match that same year and continued to win in 45 matches until they lost in a French game in 1967.

But in 1967 they still won the Wimbledon and earned the same title in 1972 and 1978. Their combination continued to win them titles for 15 years. McMillan, with his slim, springy and 6-foot-1 build was perfect for his strong double handed forehand which can chip or slug. He was known to be one of those very few players who were internationally prominent with his two-fisted and two-way swinging His skill complimented to that of Hewitt who was equally good during rallies.

Frew garnered 74 doubles titles in all. He was ranked third behind Tom Okker and McEnroe according to the all time list of world tennis players. On top of his doubles titles, he won two professional singles titles. He also earned 5 mixed titles in major championship games and two U.S. titles as well.

Aside from playing tennis, Frew was a tennis commentator during Wimbledon games on BBC Radio 5 and Eurosport.

McMillan was elected to the 1992 International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

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  • Profile image 46x46 Lara - almost 5 years ago

    Thank goodness this pompous, negative, depressing man has just disappeared from my tv set. He was totally ruining the Nadal/Djokavic final for me. I was reduced to muting between points. Thank goodness that Mats has taken over. Please someone tell Frew to retire. Who on earth does he think he is ?

  • Profile image 46x46 Prudence Brown - about 5 years ago

    Frew has the most wonderful voice, and I love his way of not wasting words. I love tennis and watch it whenever I can, but when Frew commentates, it's like icing on the cake... Prudence

  • Profile image 46x46 prudence brown - about 5 years ago

    was he ever married?

  • Profile image 46x46 R amiltonShaw H - over 5 years ago

    I very much enjoy your tennis commentaries on British Eurosport.