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Fred Stolle

Fred Stolle is an Australian former professional tennis player who was born on October 8, 1938, in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia. He had a successful career on the ATP tour, winning a total of 18 singles titles and 40 doubles titles.

Stolle turned professional in 1963 and quickly established himself as one of the top players on the tour. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in 1966, a position he held for a total of 9 weeks. Stolle was known for his excellent backhand and his ability to play well on all surfaces.

Stolle had his most successful year in 1966 when he won the Australian Open singles title, as well as the French Open and Wimbledon doubles titles with his partner, Bob Hewitt. He also won the US Open mixed doubles title that year with his partner, Nancy Richey.

After retiring from professional tennis in 1972, Stolle became a successful tennis commentator and coach. He was also involved in the development of the Australian Open tennis tournament, serving as tournament director from 1983 to 2000.

In recognition of his contributions to the sport, Stolle was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

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