Born Anthony Dalton Roche, Tony Roch is a former professional tennis player from Australia. He was born on May 17, 1945 and grew up playing tennis under the guidance of Harry Hopman, coach to Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. Roche enjoyed a successful career both in singles and doubles, winning a Grand Slam tournament in singles at the 1966 French Open. He was also a five-time runner up in the French Open, the US Open and the US Open, and holds 12 Grand slam titles in men’s doubles along with John Newcombe.
Roche turned pro in 1968, after he signed with World Championship Tennis and joined the Handsome Eight with Nikki Pilic and Cliff Drysdale. He also played for the Aussie Davis Cup team. In 1977, he played singles for the team in the finals, upsetting Italian Adriano Panatta and leading the team tovictory.
After his retirement Roche embarked on a successful career as a coach, coaching Ivan Lendl as well as Patrick Rafter, whom he coached from 1997 to 2002. Top players continue to seek his guidance especially for his techniques in grass and clay courts. He coached Roger Federer from 2005 to 2007. The former world number one apparently wanted Roche to help him work on his clay court game. Former world number one Jelena Dokic also requested a last minute one-hour session with him before she faced off with Alisa Kleybanova. Roche also coached Lleyton Hewitt who wanted to get his career on track after unsuccessful matches in the ATP. Roche coaches at the Sydney Olympic Park, where he devotes his time teaching junior players.
Roche’s name was interred in the international Tennis Hall of Fame next to John Newcombe’s in 1986.