JOHN NEWCOMBE

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

05/23/1944

Birthplace:

N/A

Residence:

Sydney, Australia

Height:

6'0'' / 183 cm

Weight:

180 lbs / 82 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1526

John Newcombe's Strengths

Serve

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 60% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * None
    * First Serve Won Points (80%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners (37%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (52%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (33%)

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Points & 10% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (46%)

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 60% more Points & 30% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Forehand Approach
    * Forehand Touch & Lob
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Backhand Touch & Lob
    * 50% fewer Points for the same Ratio of Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Baseline Backhand (not really played)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points won at the Net (68%)
    * Serve & Volley (63% of his total points won)
    * Chip & Charge (2% of his total points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (74%)

Weaknesses:

    * None

John Newcombe's Game Style

Server

High

John Newcombe was a serve & volleyer with an excellent serve. This allowed him to volley in good position and get a very high first serve won points (80%). When compared with the other Australian stars, he was the one with the best serve.

Puncher

High

John Newcombe didn't play enough baseline rallies (as did most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. However, the way he hit the forehand approach was a bit like a Puncher. He could also pass with a bit of topspin.

Tempo Player

Very low

At the time of John Newcombe and the other Australian stars, the Tempo players didn't really exist. At the end of his career, Jimmy Connors came on tour as the first effective Tempo player. Otherwise, it was all about serving & volleying and from the back of the court they had much more a Punching technique than a Tempo one. The take backs were rather big and the two-handed backhand (trademark of the Tempo players) weren't often used.

Offensive Player

Very high

John Newcombe was a serve & volleyer (Offensive) and 63% of his total points were won playing that game style. On the return games, he came in as soon as he had a chance and like that he won 78% of the points with the baseline approach and 55% with the chip & charge. At the net his ratio points/errors with the volley was excellent (74%).

Retriever

Very low

Only 32% of John Newcomb's points were won by the errors of his rivals. His goal was to charge the net and he never really waited for his rivals to make mistakes.

John Newcombe Grand Slam Highlights

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