Davis Cup squad, 1977
Australian Davis Cup squad
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The Australian Davis Cup squad in Perth in 1977.
The players in official team tracksuits are (L-R) John Alexander, Ray Ruffels, Neale Fraser, Phil Dent and Mark Edmonson. At far right in the white tracksuit is trainer and physiotherapist Stan Nicholls. Neale Fraser started to visit Nicholls at the age of 16 at Frank Fenleys gym in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. “To my mind he was the greatest physio, mentor and trainer. We got him on board. He was a great help to all the boys”.
At far left is Jim Dewar, a tennis enthusiast, who became an great friend of Neale Fraser. They became acquainted through Jim coming to watch pennant tennis matches. After Jim’s wife passed away, he began to travel a lot and was invited to work as a volunteer assistant to the Davis Cup squads. “He enjoyed the company of the players and we tried to include him wherever we could” explained Neale Fraser.