Kenneth Norman Fletcher was an Australian tennis player who won numerous doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He was born in Brisbane, Australia to parents Norm and he was educated at St Laurences College and showed early promise as a championship tennis player there. His greatest success as a player came in 1963, when he became the only man to win a calendar year Grand Slam in mixed doubles. He reached the final of the Australian Open in 1963, losing to Roy Emerson, after this achievement, he went on to record mixed doubles championships in the Australian Open in 1964, French Open in 1964 and 1965, and Wimbledon in 1965,1966, and 1968. All of his mixed doubles Grand Slam titles were in partnership with Smith Court and he achieved a Grand Slam title in mens doubles in the 1964 French Open, playing with Roy Emerson. At the Wimbledon mens doubles championship, he was a finalist with Robert Hewitt in 1965, the champion in 1966 partnering John Newcombe, in total Fletcher won 27 international tennis titles.
He was ranked World No.10 in 1966 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph, Ken was a larrikin by nature, and many of his exploits feature in Hugh Lunns books, especially Over the Top with Jim and Head Over Heels. In years he was instrumental in gaining significant funding for research in Australia. In 2008 Hugh Lunn published a book on Kens remarkable life around the globe, Fletcher died of cancer at the age of 65 and was buried at the Mount Gravatt Lawn Cemetery, Brisbane. In January 2012 Ken Fletcher was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame, in 2013 the Ken Fletcher memorial was erected in the park, outside the Queensland Tennis Centre, named in his honour. He is the player in the history of tennis, to win a grand slam, in mixed doubles. ATP Player Profile Hugh Lunns Website, Vale by Hugh Lunn Australian Open Player Profile Lunn, the Great Fletch, The Dazzling Life of Wimbledon Aussie Larrikin Ken Fletcher ISBN 0-7333-2209-3
Keith Fordyce was an English disc jockey and former presenter on British radio and television. He is most famous as the first presenter of ITVs Ready Steady Go. in 1963, born Keith Fordyce Marriott in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, he attended Lincoln School and studied law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. McGowan took over the show when Fordyce left in 1965, in 1967 he provided the commentary for the BBCs first colour test transmission on BBC2, the first mens singles final of the Open era at Wimbledon. He presented a show for Westward Television called Treasure Hunt. On 12 February 1983 he was the first presenter of Radio 2s Sounds of the 60s and he hosted Radio 2s Beat The Record for many years. He hosted a programme on west of England local radio. Prior to his retirement Fordyce worked for the BBC Regional service in Devon, based at the Radio Devon studios, Fordyce retired in Devon with his wife Anne. He founded the Torbay Aircraft Museum in the 1970s and he supported the Liberal Party and spoke in support of David Penhaligon at a 1970s election meeting in Truro.
He died on 15 March 2011 aged 82 after suffering from pneumonia, Keith Fordyce at the Internet Movie Database
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
A grass court is one of the four different types of tennis court on which the sport of tennis, originally known as lawn tennis, is played. Grass courts are made of grasses in different compositions depending on the tournament, although grass courts are more traditional than other types of tennis courts, maintenance costs of grass courts are higher than those of hard courts and clay courts. Grass courts must be left for the day if rain appears, Grass courts are most common in Britain, although the Northeastern United States has some private grass courts. Because grass courts tend to be slippery, the ball often skids and bounces low while retaining most of its speed, in addition, there are often bad bounces. As a result, players must reach the ball relative to other surfaces. A grass-court favours a serve and volley style of play, all have won at least five grand slam singles titles on grass, Navratilova won twelve, Court won eight, while King, Graf, Serena Williams and Federer each won seven.
Sampras is lauded by many analysts as one of the greatest grass-court players of all time. He won seven Wimbledon singles titles in eight years from 1993 through 2000, the most successful male player currently is Roger Federer, a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion. His variety in the shots, speed and slices, are his biggest weapons, before being beaten in 2008 at Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal, Federer had a 65-match winning streak on grass, and 40 consecutive wins at Wimbledon alone. The most successful female players currently playing are Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams, with seven, Venus has won five out of her eight Wimbledon finals appearances and achieving five titles in the ladies doubles with her sister. The professional grass court season is comparatively short, in 2015 it was extended, with an extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon. In the ATP Tour, the Stuttgart Open became a court tournament in 2015, and in 2017 a new ATP250 tournament is being hosted in Antalya.
In the WTA Tour Mallorca will host a grass court tournament beginning in 2016, clay court hardcourt carpet court LTA – Grass Court Guidance
Robert Anthony John Bob Hewitt is a former professional tennis player from Australia. In 1967, after marrying a South African, he became a South African citizen, Hewitts most significant accomplishment was winning all Grand Slam doubles titles, both in mens and mixed doubles and being central to South Africas only Davis Cup title in 1974. Hewitt achieved seven titles in singles and 65 in doubles and he was ranked World No.6 in 1967 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph. In 1992 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, on 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and subsequently jailed for six years on 18 May 2015. On 6 April 2016 he was expelled from the Tennis Hall of Fame for his convictions, on 9 June 2016 his appeal against his sentence was denied and he was jailed for 6 years. In 2011, an investigation by the Boston Globe disclosed allegations from one adult woman who was coached as a girl by Hewitts assistant coach. The investigation was prompted by the revelations of a student in March 2011, She claimed that, beginning in the 1970s.
Interviews with contemporaries, in the United States and South Africa, the South African Tennis Union investigated after 1992, but no legal action was ever taken against Hewitt. The Boston Globes investigation and report of the victim has prompted the request and was followed up by a signed by his alleged victim asking for his removal from the Hall of Fame. A November 2011 investigative piece by Mary Carillo of HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel includes interviews with the alleged victim, Hewitt did not agree to be interviewed for the piece. In May 2012, Hewitts one-time mixed doubles partner Billie Jean King spoke to the Washingtonian and we won the French Open together in 1970. On 15 November 2012, after months of investigation, Hewitt was deprived of his accolade in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and his legacy ceases to exist in the Hall of Fame, said Mark Stenning, executive director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As of today, his plaque will be removed from the Hall of Fame and his name will be removed from our website and all other materials, and from the perspective of the Hall of Fame, he is suspended from the Hall of Fame.
On 6 April 2016, Hewitt was permanently expelled from the Tennis Hall of Fame, Hewitt was charged with rape in June 2014 and went on trial in 2015. On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of assault by the South Gauteng High Court in South Africa and was sentenced in May to an effective six years in jail. Bob Hewitt at the Association of Tennis Professionals Bob Hewitt at the International Tennis Federation Bob Hewitt at the Davis Cup Daily Liberal – City served him well Real Sports
John David Newcombe, AO, OBE is a former tennis player from Australia who won seven Grand Slam singles titles and an all-time record 17 doubles titles. He is one of the few men to have been ranked world No.1 in both singles and doubles and he contributed to five Davis Cup titles for Australia during an age when Davis Cup was deemed as significant as the Grand Slams. Tennis Magazine ranked Newcombe the 10th best male player of the period 1965–2005, a natural athlete, Newcombe played several sports as a boy until devoting himself to tennis. He was the Australian junior champion from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of Australias Davis Cup winning team in 1964 and he won his first Grand Slam title in 1965 by taking the Australian Championships doubles title with fellow Australian Tony Roche. That same year, the duo won the Wimbledon doubles title and they teamed to win the Australian doubles championship three more times, Wimbledon another four times and the US Championships in 1967, the French Championships in 1967, and the French Open in 1969.
They won 12 Grand Slam titles, which remained the record for a mens doubles team until 2013. Newcombes powerful serve and volley was the backbone of his attacking game and he frequently came up with a second-serve ace. He was the top ranked amateur in the world in 1967 according to Lance Tingay, as a professional, Newcombe was the joint world No.1 player in 1970 and 1971. In singles play, he was a winner of the Australian Open, a three-time winner of Wimbledon. In January 1968 he signed a professional contract with Lamar Hunts World Championship Tennis and became part of the Handsome Eight. Newcombe was the last of the Australians who dominated tennis in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, in his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, included Newcombe in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time. Newcombe was captain of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1995 until 2000, Newcombe was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and in 1986, his achievements were recognised with his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Source, ITF Newcombe served as chairman of the International Tennis Players Association which formed in 1969 and he served as President of the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1977 and 1978. Overall, he won 26 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and Rod Laver are the only players to ever win both the US Open and Wimbledon mens singles titles as an amateur and as a professional. The grass surfaces favoured his game, and the French Opens clay surface was the major singles championship he never won. However, he did take the French doubles title on three occasions and he is an Australian Living Treasure. The Newcombe Medal, awarded yearly to the most outstanding Australian tennis player, is named in honour of his tennis achievements and he runs the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch & Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas. In 2001 he was revealed to be President George W. Bushs drinking companion on the night of 4 September 1976 and this controversy surfaced during the 2000 US Presidential Election
Roger Taylor (tennis)
Roger Taylor MBE is a British former tennis player. Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, he won 6 singles titles and 10 doubles titles during his career, Taylor reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1967. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No,11, though Taylor was ranked World No.8 in 1970 before the ATP rankings began. Also, Taylor scored 29 wins and 11 losses at the Great Britain Davis Cup team, Taylor was the sole British member of the so-called Handsome Eight signed by Lamar Hunt to compete in his newly created World Championship Tennis tour in 1968. Having already been declared the winner by the umpire following his match-point serve which was disputed by Borg. The linesman then, questioned by the umpire as to whether he wished to reconsider his decision, changed his in call to out, Taylor subsequently went on to win the match. He retired from tennis in 1980. He was Great Britains Davis Cup captain from February 2000 until January 2004, Taylor captained the British ladies Wightman Cup team, steering them to their last victory in the competition in 1978
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the worlds sixth-largest country by total area, the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east. Australias capital is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney, for about 50,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages classifiable into roughly 250 groups. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades, and by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored, on 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia has since maintained a liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy comprising six states.
The population of 24 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard, Australia has the worlds 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income. With the second-highest human development index globally, the country highly in quality of life, education, economic freedom. The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis a name used for putative lands in the southern hemisphere since ancient times, the Dutch adjectival form Australische was used in a Dutch book in Batavia in 1638, to refer to the newly discovered lands to the south. On 12 December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office that it be formally adopted, in 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known officially as Australia. The first official published use of the term Australia came with the 1830 publication of The Australia Directory and these first inhabitants may have been ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. The Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, were originally horticulturists, the northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited sporadically by fishermen from Maritime Southeast Asia.
The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland, and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent, are attributed to the Dutch. The first ship and crew to chart the Australian coast and meet with Aboriginal people was the Duyfken captained by Dutch navigator, Willem Janszoon. He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula in early 1606, the Dutch charted the whole of the western and northern coastlines and named the island continent New Holland during the 17th century, but made no attempt at settlement. William Dampier, an English explorer and privateer, landed on the north-west coast of New Holland in 1688, in 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain. The first settlement led to the foundation of Sydney, and the exploration, a British settlement was established in Van Diemens Land, now known as Tasmania, in 1803, and it became a separate colony in 1825. The United Kingdom formally claimed the part of Western Australia in 1828.
Separate colonies were carved from parts of New South Wales, South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1851, the Northern Territory was founded in 1911 when it was excised from South Australia
BBC Two is the second television channel operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It covers a range of subject matter, but tending towards more highbrow programmes than the more mainstream. Like the BBCs other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence and it is a comparatively well-funded public service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most public service networks worldwide. Originally styled BBC2, it was the third British television station to be launched, a high-definition version of the channel launched on 26 March 2013, replacing BBC HD. British television at the time of BBC2s launch consisted of two channels, the BBC Television Service and the ITV network made up of regional companies. Both channels had existed in a state of competition since ITVs launch in 1955, the 1962 Pilkington Report on the future of broadcasting noticed this, and that ITV lacked any serious programming.
It therefore decided that Britains third television station should be awarded to the BBC, prior to its launch, the new BBC2 was promoted on the BBC Television Service, the soon to be renamed BBC1. The animated adverts featured the campaign mascots Hullabaloo, a mother kangaroo, however, at around 18,45 a huge power failure, originating from a fire at Battersea Power Station, caused Television Centre, and indeed much of west London, to lose all power. BBC1 was able to continue broadcasting via its facilities at Alexandra Palace, associated-Rediffusion, the London weekday ITV franchise-holder, offered to transmit on the BBCs behalf, but their gesture was rejected. At 22,00 programming was officially postponed until the following morning, there was believed to be no recording made of this bulletin, but a videotape was discovered in early 2003. By 11,00 on 21 April, power had restored to the studios and programming began. The launch schedule, postponed from the night before, was successfully shown that evening.
In reference to the cut, the transmission opened with a shot of a lit candle which was sarcastically blown out by presenter Denis Tuohy. To establish the new identity and draw viewers to it. The production chosen was The Forsyte Saga, a adaptation of the novels by John Galsworthy, featuring well-established actors Kenneth More. Unlike BBC1 and ITV, BBC2 was broadcast only on the 625 line UHF system and this created a market for dual standard receivers which could switch between the two systems. On 1 July 1967, during the Wimbledon Championships, BBC2 became the first channel in Europe to begin broadcasts in colour. The thirteen part series Civilisation was created as a celebration of two millennia of western art and culture to showpiece the new colour technology, BBC1 and ITV joined BBC2 on 625-line UHF band, but continued to simulcast on 405-line VHF until 1985