John Alexander (Australian politician)

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John Alexander
OAM MP
John Alexander cropped.jpg
Alexander in 2010
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bennelong
Assumed office
16 December 2017
Preceded by Himself
In office
21 August 2010 – 11 November 2017
Preceded by Maxine McKew
Succeeded by Himself
Personal details
Born John Gilbert Alexander
(1951-07-04) 4 July 1951 (age 67)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
British (1951-2017)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Rosemary Brown (div.)
Domestic partner Deborah Chadwick
Children 3
Occupation Politician, tennis player, businessman
Website Official website
Nickname(s) J.A.

Tennis career
Country (sports) Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1967)
Retired 1985
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,214,079
Singles
Career record 532–389 (57.76%) in Grand Slam, Grand Prix and WCT level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 8 (15 December 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1974, 1977Jan, 1977Dec)
French Open 4R (1975, 1978, 1983)
Wimbledon 4R (1969, 1978)
US Open 4R (1971, 1973)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals SF (1975)
Doubles
Career record 451–300 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix and WCT level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 28
Highest ranking No. 15 (23 August 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1975, 1982)
French Open F (1975)
Wimbledon F (1977)
US Open QF (1972, 1973, 1974)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1977)

John Gilbert Alexander OAM (born 4 July 1951) is an Australian politician and former professional tennis player.

As a tennis player, Alexander reached a career-high singles rank of no. 8 in the world in 1975. He reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open singles on three occasions, and won the doubles in 1975 and 1982. He also played in the Australian team that won the 1977 Davis Cup. After the end of his playing career, Alexander worked as a tennis commentator and managed various sports-related businesses.

Alexander won the Division of Bennelong for the Liberal Party at the 2010 election, and retained the seat in 2013 and 2016. He resigned effective 11 November 2017 due to constitutional ineligibility arising from his dual citizenship of the United Kingdom. He renounced his UK citizenship and stood as the Liberal Party candidate at the by-election, held on 16 December 2017, which he won.

Early life[edit]

Alexander was born in Sydney. His father, Gilbert Alexander, was born in Essex, England, in 1907 and moved to Australia at the age of three.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

John Alexander at the 1970 International Dutch Championships in Hilversum

During a tennis career spanning the late 1960s to mid-1980s, Alexander won 7 tour singles titles and 27 doubles titles, and earned a total of $1,214,079 (USD) in prize money.[2] He achieved a career best singles ranking of World No. 8 in December 1975. Alexander is the youngest player to represent Australia in the Davis Cup. He was also one of Australia's longest serving Davis Cup players, representing his country from 1968 to 1983. From 1974 to 1986 Alexander served as the resident tennis professional at Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis Peachtree World of Tennis Club in Peachtree Corners, Georgia US.

Alexander served as captain of the Australian Fed Cup team and worked as a sports commentator for Australian (Channel 7) and British (BBC) television networks for over 20 years.

Business career[edit]

As Managing Director of Next Generation Clubs Australia, Alexander designed and built sport and fitness clubs; including the Ryde Aquatic Centre in Sydney to host the 2000 Summer Olympic Games water polo event, the development of Memorial Drive in Adelaide into a multi-function health and fitness facility, and Royal King's Park in Perth.

In 1995 Alexander served as referee during the first series run of the Australian adaptation of the television series Gladiators.[3][4]

Shortly before his election to Parliament in 2010, Alexander's Tennis Professionals won a High Court case for the right to redevelop the White City Tennis Centre in Sydney.

Alexander also managed a variety of small businesses in the retail and sporting sectors.

Political career[edit]

As a Liberal Party candidate, John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong from the Australian Labor Party in the 2010 election with a swing of 4.52 points, giving a two-party-preferred margin of 3.1 points.[5]

Alexander delivered his maiden speech to parliament on 28 October 2010,[6] detailing his particular interest in areas of preventative health, infrastructure, transport and sustainable growth. During his first term Alexander was put in charge of several internal policy committees, with a particular focus on regional development and policies to tackle urban congestion.

In October 2011 Alexander ran the inaugural Bennelong Cup Table Tennis Test match, involving players from China, Korea and Australia playing in a formal competition in Ryde, a suburb within his constituency. In October 2012 the opening games were played in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra—the first competitive sporting event ever played there. The Ambassadors for China and Korea participated in a friendly competition with Alexander and Minister for Sport Kate Lundy. The Bennelong Cup is the celebration of Alexander's Bennelong Schools Table Tennis Program which has put tables in all 40 Bennelong schools in order to encourage social interaction between students of different cultural backgrounds, together with a healthy activity. The Bennelong Cup has continued every year since with an interschool tournament followed by international competition in Ryde, preceded by exhibition matches in Parliament House, Canberra.[7]

Alexander has also established a range of other local programs including Bennelong Gardens, which provides work opportunities for people with disabilities in specially designed market gardens, and Bennelong Village Business program which promotes the benefits of local small business shopping and negotiates discounted advertising rates for small businesses in the local newspaper. John Alexander received much publicity for his 100 km charity walk around Bennelong to raise money and awareness of motor neurone disease after the loss of two close friends to the disease.[8]

Alexander was not challenged in Liberal preselection in 2012. In the 2013 election Alexander was re-elected as Member for Bennelong, increasing his two party preferred margin to 7.8%.[9]

In September 2013 Alexander was appointed Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax & Revenue where he worked on improving access to 'light touch' tax returns for individuals with simple tax affairs. Following this he was appointed Chair of the House Standing Committee on Economics where he instigated an inquiry into home ownership and opportunities for tax reform.[10] Following Malcolm Turnbull's ascension to Prime Minister John Alexander was appointed Chair of the newly formed House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport & Cities where he commenced an inquiry into transport connectivity, regional development, high speed rail and the use of value capture as an innovative funding mechanism.[11]

Alexander also served as Chair of the Coalition Policy Committees on Infrastructure & Regional Development, and on Tourism, Chair of the Sydney Airport Community Forum, and Chair of the Australia-East Asia Parliamentary Network.

As a strong proponent of high speed rail linking Australia's eastern seaboard,[12] Alexander delivered the keynote speech at a high-speed rail conference at University of Melbourne in February 2014, highlighting the resultant opportunities for regional development and reduction in traffic congestion in major cities.[13]

Alexander was not challenged in Liberal preselection in 2016. In the 2016 election, he was re-elected as Member for Bennelong.

During the Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis, on 6 November 2017, it was reported that Alexander might also be a British citizen and therefore had never been eligible for election to the Parliament.[14] On 11 November 2017, Alexander resigned from parliament after conceding that he was likely a dual citizen,[15] necessitating a by-election in Bennelong. He renounced his UK citizenship and stood as the Liberal Party candidate at the by-election, held on 16 December 2017, which he won.

List of tennis titles[edit]

Singles (7 titles, 20 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 9 August 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Željko Franulović 4–6, 7–9, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 10 January 1971 Hobart, Australia Hard Alex Metreveli 6–7, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 18 January 1971 Sydney, Australia Hard Phil Dent 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 15 May 1971 Tehran, Iran Clay Marty Riessen 7–6, 1–6, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 2 December 1972 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard John Newcombe 1–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 23 April 1973 Gothenburg, Sweden Carpet Stan Smith 7–5, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 16 September 1973 Seattle, USA Tom Okker 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 18 January 1974 Lakeway, USA Cliff Richey 6–7, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 15 April 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Andrew Pattison 3–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 17 February 1975 Fort Worth, USA Hard Dick Stockton 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 24 March 1975 Atlanta WCT, USA Carpet Mark Cox 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 31 March 1975 Tucson, USA Hard Ilie Năstase 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 20 July 1975 Chicago, USA Carpet Roscoe Tanner 1–6, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up 12. 14 March 1977 St. Louis WCT, USA Carpet Jimmy Connors 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 3. 31 July 1977 North Conway, USA Clay Manuel Orantes 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 30 July 1978 Louisville, USA Clay Harold Solomon 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 31 July 1978 North Conway, USA Clay Eddie Dibbs 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 9 October 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Mark Edmondson 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 26 March 1979 Milan, Italy Carpet John McEnroe 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 2 April 1979 Nice, France Clay Víctor Pecci 3–6, 2–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 23 July 1979 Louisville, USA Hard Terry Moor 7–6, 6–7, 3–3, RET
Runner-up 18. 10 September 1979 Atlanta, USA Hard Eliot Teltscher 3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 5. 14 June 1982 Bristol, Great Britain Grass Tim Mayotte 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 13 September 1982 Palermo, Italy Clay Mario Martinez 4–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 13 December 1982 Sydney, Australia Grass John Fitzgerald 4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 7. 10 January 1983 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Russell Simpson 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 25 July 1983 South Orange, USA Clay Brad Drewett 6–4, 4–6, 6–7

Doubles (28 titles, 25 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1970 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Phil Dent Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
3–6, 6–8, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 1970 Hilversum, Netherlands Hard Phil Dent Bill Bowrey
Owen Davidson
3–6, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 1970 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Phil Dent Željko Franulović
Jan Kodeš
10–8, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 1971 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard Phil Dent Mal Anderson
Alex Metreveli
6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 7–6, 7–6
Winner 3. 1971 Hamburg, Germany Clay Andrés Gimeno Dick Crealy
Allan Stone
6–4, 7–5, 7–9, 6–4
Winner 4. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Phil Dent John Newcombe
Tom Okker
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Frank Froehling
Clark Graebner
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1971 Vancouver WCT, Canada Phil Dent Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
7–5, 7–6, 0–6, 5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1972 Quebec WCT, Canada Terry Addison Bob Carmichael
Ray Ruffels
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 1972 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent John Newcombe
Tony Roche
6–7, 2–6
Winner 6. 1972 Bretton Woods, U.S. Hard Fred Stolle Nikola Pilić
Cliff Richey
7–6, 7–6
Winner 7. 1972 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Arthur Ashe
Robert Lutz
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1973 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Phil Dent Mal Anderson
John Newcombe
3–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 8. 1973 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Phil Dent Roy Emerson
Rod Laver
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet Phil Dent Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
4–6, 6–7
Winner 9. 1973 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Brian Gottfried
Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 1974 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Nikola Pilić
Allan Stone
3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Winner 10. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 11. 1974 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Phil Dent Manuel Orantes
Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 1974 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet Syd Ball Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
4–6, 6–7
Winner 12. 1975 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Phil Dent Bob Carmichael
Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 10. 1975 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
7–6, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 13. 1975 San Antonio WCT, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Mark Cox
Cliff Drysdale
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1975 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Phil Dent Bob Lutz
Stan Smith
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 14. 1975 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Bob Carmichael
Cliff Drysdale
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1975 French Open, Paris Clay Phil Dent Brian Gottfried
Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 15. 1975 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Mike Cahill
John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 1975 North Conway, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Haroon Rahim
Erik Van Dillen
6–7, 6–7
Winner 16. 1976 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Wojtek Fibak
Karl Meiler
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1976 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Brian Gottfried
Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 2–6
Winner 17. 1976 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Jimmy Connors
Billy Martin
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 15. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard Phil Dent Ilie Năstase
Adriano Panatta
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 16. 1977 Wimbledon, London Grass Phil Dent Ross Case
Geoff Masters
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 9–8, 4–6
Winner 18. 1977 Cincinnati, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Bob Hewitt
Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 7–6
Winner 19. 1977 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay Phil Dent Fred McNair
Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 7–5
Winner 20. 1977 Louisville, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Chris Kachel
Cliff Letcher
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass Phil Dent Syd Ball
Kim Warwick
6–3, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 21. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Phil Dent Ray Ruffels
Allan Stone
7–6, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 1977 Australian Open–2, Melbourne Grass Phil Dent Ray Ruffels
Allan Stone
6–7, 6–7
Winner 22. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay Phil Dent Fred McNair
Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 7–6
Winner 23. 1978 Atlanta, U.S. Hard Butch Walts Mike Cahill
Marcello Lara
3–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 24. 1978 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet Phil Dent Fred McNair
Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
Winner 25. 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Phil Dent Syd Ball
Allan Stone
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 1979 Houston, U.S. Clay Geoff Masters Gene Mayer
Sherwood Stewart
1–6, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass Phil Dent Colin Dibley
Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 21. 1981 Mexico City, Mexico Clay Ross Case John Newcombe
Tony Roche
7–6, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 22. 1981 Maui, U.S. Hard Jim Delaney Tony Graham
Matt Mitchell
3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Winner 26. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass John Fitzgerald Andy Andrews
John Sadri
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 27. 1982 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass John Fitzgerald Cliff Letcher
Craig Miller
6–4, 7–6
Winner 28. 1983 Bristol, England, England Grass John Fitzgerald Tom Gullikson
Johan Kriek
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 23. 1984 Rome, Italy Clay Mike Leach Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 24. 1984 Bristol, UK Grass John Fitzgerald Larry Stefanki
Robert Van't Hof
4–6, 7–5, 7–9
Runner-up 25. 1985 Bristol, UK Grass Russell Simpson Eddie Edwards
Danie Visser
4–6, 6–7

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Australian Open A 2R 2R 3R 1R SF 3R QF A SF SF QF 1R 1R 3R 4R 2R 1R 1R
French Open 3R 1R 1R 2R A 1R A 4R A A 4R A A A 1R 4R 2R A
Wimbledon 2R 4R 2R 2R A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 4R 3R A 1R 2R 2R 1R A
US Open A 2R A 4R 2R 4R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R A 1R 1R A A A

Personal[edit]

Alexander was briefly married, while in the United States, to a Canadian model and later married to Rosemary Brown, a former Olympic swimmer, for almost 10 years. He and the former Ms. Brown have three children: Emily (1990), Georgia (1991) and Charles (1994). Today, Alexander lives with his partner Deborah Chadwick in North Bondi.[16][17]

Honours[edit]

On 26 January 1992, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.[18]

On 30 August 2000, he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal MP John Alexander checking possible dual citizenship – report, The Guardian Australia, 6 November 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "John Alexander | Overview". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Australian Gladiators, Karen Alley, Linda Byrnes, Alistair Gibb, retrieved 2017-11-11 
  4. ^ "Australian Gladiators". Gladiators. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  5. ^ Commission, Australian Electoral. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". results.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Address-in-Reply: 28 Oct 2010: House debates (OpenAustralia.org)". www.openaustralia.org. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Projects - John Alexander MP". johnalexander.net.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bennelong 100km WALK for MND comes to triumphant end". johnalexander.net.au. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Commission, Australian Electoral. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". results.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Commonwealth Parliament. "Terms of Reference". www.aph.gov.au. Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Australia needs High Speed Rail". johnalexander.net.au. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  13. ^ JONES, HOWARD (9 February 2013). "Fast train 'to bring boom'". bordermail.com.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  14. ^ Gartrell, Adam; Shields, Bevan (6 November 2017). "Citizenship crisis: Turnbull government MP John Alexander may be a dual citizen". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Liberal backbencher John Alexander to resign after raising citizenship concerns". ABC News (Australia). 11 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  16. ^ Deare, Steven (24 October 2017). "Liberal MP John Alexander defends leaving Bennelong". Northern District Times. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  17. ^ Macken, Lucy (11 June 2017). "Liberal MP John Alexander buys $4.8 million Iona Park in Moss Vale". Domain. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  18. ^ "John Alexander OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "John Alexander". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Maxine McKew
Member for Bennelong
2010–2017, 2017–present
Incumbent