Rod Laver


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Laver, Rod

(Rodney George Laver) (lā`vər), 1938–, Australian tennis player. He left school at age 15 to pursue tennis and in 1962 became the first male grand-slam winner in tennis since Don Budge in 1938. Noted for his extraordinarily powerful serve, Laver turned professional in 1962. He won the grand slam again in 1969, the only person ever to do so twice. In 1971 he became the first professional tennis player to pass the $1 million mark in total earnings.
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There was no split loyalties on Rod Laver, where local favorite Ash Barty became the first player through to the fourth round a 7-5, 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari.
Billie Jean King and Rod Laver, who are now 74 and 79, have 59 Grand Slam titles between them and are the 'chairman's special guests' at Wimbledon this year.
Maria Sharapova will be centre stage on Rod Laver Arena against Angelique Kerber later in a fascinating encounter between the only two Australian Open winners left in the women's draw.
If Nadal wins the Australian Open, he will become the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in a row -- a feat that hasn't been achieved since 1969 .
Summary: Serena Williams defended her Australian Open title and denied Justine Henin a dream return with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win at Rod Laver Arena.
Robson lost last year's final to Ksenia Pervak when she admitted to being hampered by nerves, she hopes that will not be problem when she returns to Rod Laver Arena.
ROD LAVER believes Roger Federer is still on course to become the best player in tennis history.
One name (Rod Laver) appears twice--this is not an error.
Murray, who is 1-4 to beat Tsonga, is third up in the Rod Laver Arena after Serena Williams and Justine Henin begin their campaigns in the women's singles, and should be on court at around 3am.
And McEnroe says that leaves him short of six-times French Open winner Borg and Aussie ace Rod Laver. 'The Rocket' Laver is the only man to have twice won the Grand Slam - all four Majors in the same year - in 1962 and 1969.
Summary: World number one Novak Djokovic entered the quarter-final round of the ongoing Australian Open after edging past Daniil Medvedev of Russia in their round of 16 clash of the menaACAOs singles event here at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.