John Fitgerald’s experience on and off the tennis court has given him a reputable name and his media commitments have allowed him to enhance what has already been a magnificent career. John has joined the Seven Network providing expert commentary on the Australian Open and is also a well sought after Keynote Speaker and MC, adding that special touch to any function.
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Testimonials for John Fitzgerald
“John met and then exceeded all our expectations.”
“John is a very down to earth friendly bloke who made working with him very easy. His stories were humorous and very insightful given his close relationship with Lleyton Hewitt. John conducted himself professionally and politely with all our guests and was very willing to have photos taken with our guests and generally take part in our client function. We will definitely use him again!”
National Australia Bank
“John was very good at conveying his speech and ideas to the attendees. Very good feedback. John is very unassuming speaker and person in general, it was a pleasure dealing with him.”
Accenture Australia Pty Ltd
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John Fitzgerald's Biography
John Fitzgerald is a true Australian sporting icon. As a player, his greatest career highlights came during the 11 years he represented Australia in the Davis Cup. During this time he put his stamp on Australian tennis and proved himself to be an integral part of the team, playing in 3 finals and playing a major role in defeating Sweden in both the 1983 and 1986 finals at Kooyong. John took the honours on a number of occasions and his career has been filled with many fist pumping triumphs.
John held the Number 1 ranking in Australia, represented his country in 2 Olympic Games (Seoul and Barcelona), won 6 ATP TOUR singles titles, won 30 ATP TOUR doubles titles (which included 7 GRAND SLAM titles) and received the Order of Australia Medal in 1993 for services to tennis.
The year 2000 saw John selected by Tennis Australia to become Australia’s Davis Cup captain from 2001, which was a huge honour. He became only the fourth Australian captain in the past 60 years. In a nutshell, John Fitzgerald is an Australian favourite.
Fitzgerald’s message is that the captain’s job is to get the best team on the court for every tie, and that will be his and the selectors’ call, not the players’. Unofficially, the leadership roles have also been tweaked in Fitzgerald’s new partnership with coach Wally Masur. Where Newcombe took care of the public duties and courtside match day role, it was left to the publicity-shy Roche to oversee most of the on-court preparation, particularly in the latter years, as well as work with squad members on the road for 20 weeks each year.
He says he is as aware of the responsibility as he is proud and sobered by it. The young Fitzy may have started out with Newk’s racquet, but there will be no playing around with the national inheritance.
John Fitzgerald’s experience on and off the tennis court has given him a reputable name and his media commitments have allowed him to enhance what has already been a magnificent career.
John has joined the Seven Network providing expert commentary on the Australian Open and is also a well sought after Keynote Speaker and MC, adding that special touch to any function.
Speaking Topics Include
Team Leadership – Lessons learnt as a Davis Cup Captain
Australian Tennis Stories
The pride of playing for Australia