Date Inducted: 08 Oct 2008
Sport: Tennis
Hall Of Fame

Mark Woodforde OAM - Tennis

Mark Woodforde won his first Grand Slam doubles victory partnering John McEnroe in the US Open in 1989, but from 1992 onwards partnered compatriot Todd Woodbridge in one of the most successful men's doubles combinations in history.

Together they won 11 Grand Slam titles, including five successive Wimbledon titles from 1992 to '97 and another in 2000.

He also won five major mixed doubles titles.

He represented Australia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, winning gold and silver in the men's doubles and in played in three Davis Cup finals ('93,'99 and 2000) - the most notable being the 1999 final against France which gave Australia its first Davis Cup victory in 13 years.

The Adelaide born left-hander turned professional in 1984 aged 19, He won singles titles at his home-town tournament in Adelaide twice and made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 1996, but it was as a doubles player that he made his greatest mark.

He scored three tournament victories with John McEnroe (including the US Open) and one with Thomas Smid before teaming up with Woodbridge in 1991.

Together "the Woodies," as Woodbridge and Woodforde became known, won six Wimbledon doubles titles from 1992 to 2000, two Australian titles, two US Opens and a French Open in racking up a tally of 61 ATP wins.

Mark Woodforde retired from competition in 2000 but coached Australia's Federation Cup team in 2003 and 2004.

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