Rod Laver was born in Langdale, Queensland in 1938. He is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. A short (172cm) left-handed player he is the only person to have won the Grand Slam of tennis (to win all major titles, Australian, French, US and Wimbledon, in the one year) twice, in 1962 and 1969. The Grand Slam title is a phenomenal achievement as it a sign of a complete tennis player that is able to adapt their game to the different surfaces in each of the Major tournaments. He dominated the tennis in the 1960’s winning Wimbledon four times, Australian Open three times and the French and US Open twice.
He won his first tournament in as a US Junior Champion in 1956 and later an Australian Junior Champion in 1957. His first major title was the Australian Championships in 1960, where he defeated fellow Australian Neale Fraser in a five-set final. He then captured his first Wimbledon singles crown in 1961. In 1962, Laver turned pro and dominated the year taking out 21 titles that included the Grand Slam singles titles (all four majors). In 1969, Laver achieved the Grand Slam again, and won 18 of the 32 singles tournaments he entered. In that year he also won his fourth Wimbledon title, the most at the time. He retired in 1972 and became the first person to win over $US1million in prize money. In commemoration of his achievements the main Australian Open tennis stadium, the Rod Laver Arena, was named after him in 2000.
Some statistics of Rod Laver (www.atptennis.com)
Date of birth :
August 9, 1938
Place of birth : Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Career Prize Money : US$1,564,213
Singles Career record: 392 - 99
Singles Career titles: 39
Singles Ranking : 1 for 7 years straight
Singles Grand Slam Titles
Australian Open 1960, 1962, 1969
French Open 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969
U.S. Open 1962, 1969
Doubles Career record : 230 - 77
Doubles Career titles : 27
Doubles Highest ranking : 11
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