Ken Fletcher at tournament in Santpoort, Netherlands (1965)
|Full name||Kenneth Norman Fletcher|
|Born||15 June 1940|
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
|Died||11 February 2006 (aged 65)|
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur from 1958)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (1966, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1963)|
|French Open||QF (1963, 1966)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1962, 1966, 1967)|
|US Open||3R (1963)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1964)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1963, 1964)|
|French Open||W (1964)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1963, 1964)|
|French Open||W (1963, 1964, 1965)|
|Wimbledon||W (1963, 1965, 1966, 1968)|
|US Open||W (1963)|
|Last updated on: 14 September 2012.|
Kenneth Norman Fletcher (15 June 1940 - 11 February 2006) was an Australian tennis player who won numerous doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.
He was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to parents Norm and Ethel Fletcher. He was educated at St Laurence's College and showed early promise as a championship tennis player there. His greatest success as a tennis player came in 1963, when he became the only man to win a calendar year Grand Slam in mixed doubles, partnering fellow Australian Margaret Court. 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.
He also achieved a Grand Slam title in men's doubles in the 1964 French Open, playing with Roy Emerson. At the Wimbledon men's doubles championship, he was a finalist with Robert Hewitt in 1965, the champion in 1966 partnering John Newcombe, and a finalist again in 1967 with Roy Emerson. 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 Lunn's books, especially Over the Top with Jim and Head Over Heels. In later years he was instrumental in gaining significant funding for medical research in Australia, through his association with Chuck Feeney. In 2008 Hugh Lunn published a book on Ken's remarkable life around the globe, The Great Fletch with ABC Books.
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 only player in the history of tennis, to win a grand slam (1963), in mixed doubles, that is not enshrined in the International Tennis Hall Of Fame.
|Loss||1963||Australian Championships||Grass||Roy Emerson||3-6, 3-6, 1-6|
|Loss||1963||Australian Championships||Grass||John Newcombe|| Bob Hewitt
|2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6|
|Loss||1964||Australian Championships||Grass||Roy Emerson|| Bob Hewitt
|4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 12-14|
|Win||1964||French Championships||Clay||Roy Emerson|| John Newcombe
|Loss||1964||Wimbledon||Grass||Roy Emerson|| Bob Hewitt
|5-7, 9-11, 4-6|
|Loss||1965||French Championships||Clay||Bob Hewitt|| Roy Emerson
|8-6, 3-6, 6-8, 2-6|
|Loss||1965||Wimbledon||Grass||Bob Hewitt|| John Newcombe
|5-7, 3-6, 4-6|
|Win||1966||Wimbledon||Grass||John Newcombe|| William Bowrey
|6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|Loss||1967||French Championships||Clay||Roy Emerson|| John Newcombe
|3-6, 7-9, 10-12|
|Loss||1967||Wimbledon||Grass||Roy Emerson|| Bob Hewitt
|2-6, 3-6, 4-6|
|Win||1963||Australian Championships||Grass||Margaret Smith|| Fred Stolle
|Win||1963||French Championships||Clay||Margaret Smith|| Fred Stolle
|Win||1963||Wimbledon||Grass||Margaret Smith|| Bob Hewitt
|Win||1963||US Championships (3)||Grass||Margaret Smith|| Ed Rubinoff
|0-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Win||1964||Australian Championships (2)||Grass||Margaret Smith|| Mike Sangster
|Win||1964||French Championships (2)||Clay||Margaret Smith|| Fred Stolle
|6-3, 4-6, 8-6|
|Loss||1964||Wimbledon||Grass||Margaret Smith|| Fred Stolle
|Win||1965||French Championships (3)||Clay||Margaret Smith Court|| John Newcombe
|Win||1965||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Margaret Court|| Tony Roche
|Win||1966||Wimbledon (3)||Grass||Margaret Court|| Dennis Ralston
Billie Jean King
|4-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|? Open Era ?|
|Win||1968||Wimbledon (4)||Grass||Margaret Court|| Alex Metreveli