The Woodies

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The Woodies was a nickname given to a successful men's tennis doubles team. The two members of the team were Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

The Woodies combined Woodforde's left-hand baseline play with Woodbridge's swift volleying reflexes at the net. They were the ATP Doubles Team of the Year four times, and won 61 ATP doubles tournaments as a pair.

The Woodies won eleven Grand Slam doubles titles in their career—one French Open, two Australian Opens, two U.S. Opens, and a record six Wimbledons.

Their other career highlights included winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Woodies often teamed together to play for Australia in the Davis Cup, and played for Australia in three Davis Cup finals. They helped give Australia its first Davis Cup victory in 13 years in 1999 with a win over France's Olivier Delaitre and Fabrice Santoro in Paris.

The pairing ended in 2000 after Mark Woodforde retired from international tennis. Woodbridge continued his doubles success with Swede Jonas Björkman until Björkman ended the partnership in 2004. Woodbridge then partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi of India before retiring in 2005.

In January 2010 on Australia day, The Woodies were inducted to the Australian tennis hall of fame for their spectacular achievements in tennis. As a part of the induction ceremony their bronzed statues were placed with other great Australian tennis players at Melbourne park.


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