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.

He is without a doubt, one of the most impressive doubles player to have played on the ATP circuit. Partnering with Bob Hewitt, the duo dominated the doubles scene between 1967 and 1980. In fact, in the last final years of his peak, he was ranked as the No. 1 Doubles player by the ATP.

Born 20 May 1942
Nationality South Africa South Africa

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.

He started off slow on the singles circuit, with feats not half as impressive as his doubles success. His singles tally at the end of his career was 142-213 in the Open era, with just two titles. He reached his career high singles ranking of No. 39 in the March of 1974. His best run came in the 1970 South African Open, where he was the runner-up after losing to Rod Laver.

Considering his feats on the double, his chemistry with Hewitt was absolutely impeccable. They started their partnership in 1966 and moved on win 45 matches in a row before losing in the 1967 French Open. Later that year, they won the Wimbledon doubles title - and repeated the same thing again in 1972 and 1978. It is definitely worth mentioning that in the ‘67 Wimbledon, the duo neither lost even a single set in the entire tournament, nor did Frew lose his service game.

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.

Apart from the three Wimbledon titles, Frew and Hewitt also won the French Open in 1972 and US Open in 1977. He also had a similar success on the mixed doubles circuit too. He won the 1966 French Championships his compatriot Anette Van Zyl. After that, he paired up with the Dutch Betty Stove, with whom he won two US Open titles and two Wimbledon. Interestingly, one of each came in the same year when he won the doubles with Hewitt.

McMillan’s last major win as a doubles player came in the 1981 Wimbledon, which he won with Stove. His last title came on the tour came in the 1982 South African Open with the American Brian Gottfried.

The best part of his game was his double-handed backhand and forehand. This technique increased his power drastically, while restricting his movement at the same time. Nonetheless, he won 71 doubles titles in total (Open era) with that skill, which has been overtaken only by the Bryan Brothers, Todd McEnroe, Todd Woodbridge and Tom Okker.

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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    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 ?

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    Prudence Brown

    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

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    prudence brown

    was he ever married?

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    R amiltonShaw H

    I very much enjoy your tennis commentaries on British Eurosport.