French Open 1965
US Open 1966
'Fiery' Fred Stolle's career reached its' peak in his late twenties but he was often denied in important matches by his nemesis Roy Emerson. Stolle was already twenty when he made his Grand Slam debut in the 1958 Australian Open, where he lost in the opening round. In the 1961 Australian Stolle lost to Emerson in straight sets in the semis. At the 1963 Australian Stolle lost in straight sets in the semis to Ken Fletcher. At Wimbledon he beat Manolo Santana in straight sets in the semis before losing to Chuck McKinley in straight sets in the final. At the 1964 Australian Stolle lost in straight sets to Emerson in the final and Emerson beat him again in the Wimbledon final (in four sets this time). At the US Open Stolle beat Dennis Ralston 9-7 in the fifth set in the quarters and Rafael Osuna in straight sets in the semis. In the final Emerson again denied him, this time in straight sets. In the 1965 Australian Open Stolle beat Tony Roche in straight sets in the semis before blowing a two set lead against Emerson in the final. At the French Open he beat Drysdale in five sets in the semis and Roche in four sets in the final to win his first Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon Stolle lost to guess who in the final. At the 1966 Australian he lost in the semis to Arthur Ashe in four sets. At the US Open he achieved a rare win over Emerson in the semis in straight sets before a four set victory over John Newcombe in the final to become the second unseeded winner of the US championships. Then Stolle turned professional. When tennis went open in 1968, Stolle was past his best. He made it to the quarters of the 1969 Australian Open, where he lost to Rod Laver in straight sets. At the French Open he overcame Ashe before losing to Ken Rosewall in four sets in the quarters. At the US Open Stolle led two sets to love against Newcombe in the quarters before losing 13-11 in the fifth set. Stolle played his last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 1978, where he lost in round one to Ove Bengtson in straight sets. After retiring, Stolle became a well-known TV commentator and his son Sandon played on the pro tour for several years.
© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE
HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Ashe 1-2, B.Bowrey 1-0, R.Emerson 2-7, N.Fraser 0-1, R.Laver 0-2, C.McKinley 1-1, I.Nastase 0-1, J.Newcombe 4-2, M.Orantes 0-1, R.Osuna 2-0, N.Pietrangeli 1-0, T.Roche 2-0, K.Rosewall 0-2, M.Santana 1-0, F.Sedgman 1-0
PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: R.Laver 0-2
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