Australian tennis player
Rod "Rocket" Laver has been called the greatest tennis player of the twentieth century, and for good reason. He is the only player in the history of tennis to win two Grand Slams—taking the singles titles of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open in a single year. His first Grand Slam came in 1962, while he was still an amateur, but when later that year he turned professional, he was no longer eligible to play those tournaments. With the advent of the Open era in 1968, however, pros like Laver were once again allowed to compete in the Grand Slam tournaments, and the Australian wonder once again scored the Royal Flush of tennis, winning his second Grand Slam in 1969. Tennis historians contend that, had Laver been able to play in those intervening years, he may have won as many as nine Wimbledons in a row and no telling how many Grand Slams.
A small man, Laver is credited with bringing power to the game, turning his left-handed topspin into an offensive weapon, and influencing future generations from John McEnroe to Pete Sampras. His blend of aggressive play and rapid movement makes him one of the first truly modern players in the sport, and his record of 11 major titles held for many years into the Open era. Laver was the first tennis millionaire, earning almost $300,000 in tournaments in 1971, an unheard of amount up to that time. When he retired in 1978, he had earned over $1.5 million on the courts, thus paving the way for other tennis professionals to make a living from the sport from winnings, sponsorships, and endorsements. In both his style of play and his earnings as a professional, Laver thus became a model for later players and helped pave the way for modern tennis.CONTACT INFORMATION
Address: Rancho Mirage, CA.SELECTED WRITINGS BY LAVER:
(With Jack Pollard) How to Play Winning Tennis, Mayflower, 1970.
(With Bud Collins) The Education of a Tennis Player, Simon & Schuster, 1971.
(With Bud Collins, editors) Rod Laver's Tennis Digest, Follett, 1973.
(With Roy Emerson and Barry Tarshis) Tennis for the Bloody Fun of It, Quadrangle, 1976.
228 Tennis Tips, DBI Books, 1977.
Sketch by J. Sydney JonesAdditional Topics Rod Laver - An Aussie Upbringing
Rodney George Laver was the product of a tennis family. The third of four children, Laver was born on August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. His father, Rod Laver Roy, a cattle rancher, was one of 13 children, all tennis players. When Roy went looking for a wife, he found Melba Roffey, another tennis player, at a tournament in the Queensland town of Dingo. Married, the coupl…Rod Laver - Chronology Rod Laver - Amateur Years
After serving a year in the Australian Army in 1957, Laver was again back in the amateur rankings, and in June of 1958 surprised one of America's top-seeded players, Barry MacKay, knocking him out of the second round of London's Queen's Club Tournament, 6-3, 6-3. This victory was an announcement to the tennis world: Laver was at the gates. At the time of his victory over MacKa…Rod Laver - Lead Up To First Grand Slam
The year 1960 was pivotal for Laver. In the first major tournament of the year, the Australian National championships, he faced his Davis Cup teammate Fraser in the finals. Down two sets, Laver came back to win his first major title, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6. Laver did not have a perfect tennis body. Relatively short, at only 5'8" and weighing about 155 pounds, his speed and agility o…Rod Laver - Related Biography: Tennis Player/coach Harry Hopman
Harry Hopman's name is synonymous with Australian tennis in the two decades prior to the Open era. As captain of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1950 to 1969, he gathered a group of players around him who he groomed in the finest aspects of the gentlemanly game of tennis. Called Hop by his friends, his "genius," according to E. Digby Baltzell in Sporting Gentlemen: Men…Rod Laver - Turns Pro
Laver announced in late December of 1962 that he was joining the International Professional Tennis Players Association, whose members had chipped in to guarantee him $110,000 for the next three-year period. In the early days of pro tennis, such a contract was very lucrative, indeed. In his first pro match, Laver lost to fellow Australian Lew Hoad, and went on to lose his next three professional ma…Rod Laver - Wins Second And Historic Grand Slam
Laver's first strong competition in his run for a second Grand Slam came early in the year at the Australian Open when he and Roche played 80 games over four hours under the melting Brisbane sun in the semifinals. The second set alone was a 22-20 marathon lasting longer than many full matches. Both players resorted to the old Australian trick of sticking cabbage leaves in their hats to avoi…Rod Laver - Awards And Accomplishments Rod Laver - Sets The Pro Example
For Laver, 1970 was a letdown after the glory of 1969. Not only was he unable to retain any of his Grand Slam titles, but he also lost the U.S. Pro title for the first time since 1966. One consolation, however, was the fact that he became the first player to exceed $200,000 in annual earnings in the pro ranks, winning more prize money than Rod Laver golf's leading money earner that y…Rod Laver - Laver's Legacy
In Laver's 23-year career, he won four Wimbledon titles, three Australian, two French, and two U.S. singles, and led Australia to five Davis Cup victories. It is doubtful that his record of two Grand Slams will be matched, especially with the heightened level of play in the competitive Open era. "Laver is widely rated as the best tennis player the world has seen, both for his 1962 an…Rod Laver - Further Information
Baltzell, E. Digby. Sporting Gentlemen: Men's Tennis from the Age of Honor to the Cult of the Superstar. New York: Free Press, 1995. Bartlett, Michael and Bob Gillen, editors. The Tennis Book. New York: Arbor House, 1981. Christopher, Andre. Top Ten Men's Tennis Players. Hillside, NJ: Enslow, 1998. Collins, Bud and Zander Hollander, editors. Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia of…Rod Laver - Where Is He Now?
Following his 1978 retirement, Laver remained involved in tennis, playing on the senior tour. However, retirement from tennis did not mean an end to work for the Australian. For many years he worked for Nabisco Brands, acting as an ambassador for Nabisco's involvement in various worldwide sporting events. As such he ran tennis clinics, gave speeches, and shook a lot of hands. Three years af…Citing this material
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Rod Laver is a former professional tennis player from Australia, known for his four consecutive ‘Grand Slam’ wins. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline
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Rod Laver is a famous Australian tennis player who proved his mettle time and again, in both the pre and post open era, in the world of tennis. This sportsman dropped out of school so that he could pursue a career in his favourite sport, tennis. This celebrated tennis player was trained by the legendary coach, Harry Hopman, and the former ventured into amateur tournament by the age of twenty-one. He showed immense talent and dedication, winning prestigious titles like the 'Grand Slams', 'Australian Championships', and 'Wimbledon'. Soon, he worked his way up the ladder, and held the position of world no. 2 for quite some time. Eventually, he became the no. 1 professional tennis player in the world. Once the 'Open Era' in tennis was introduced, he began playing the 'Grand Slams' of 'Wimbledon', winning most matches in the first few years. He was soon signed on by tours like 'National Tennis League', and 'World Championship Tennis'. By the age of 38, he had reduced the number of matches he played. This spectacular tennis champion has received the honour of being induced in the 'Hall of Fame' of three different associations. In recent years, there have been talks about the possibility of his being knighted in the 'Order of Australia'. To know more about his life and works read on
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Rod Laver , byname of Rodney George Laver (born Aug. 9, 1938 , Rockhampton , Queensland , Australia ), outstanding Australian tennis player, the second male player in the history of the game (after Don Budge in 1938) to win the four major singles championships—Australia, France , Great Britain (Wimbledon), and the United States—in one year (1962) and the first to repeat this Grand Slam (1969).
The son of two tournament lawn tennis players, Laver was introduced early to the game. Considered too small to become a good player, he began vigorous practice as a youth in the Australian outback. Later he came to the attention of the Australian Davis Cup captain, Harry Hopman, and became a member of the Australian Davis Cup squad at the age of 18. He first toured overseas in 1956, and his first outstanding success was winning the Australian doubles championship with Robert Mark and the Wimbledon mixed doubles with Darlene Hard in 1959. He won the Australian singles in 1960. In Wimbledon play, Laver won the men’s singles four times (1961–62, 1968–69), the mixed doubles twice (1959–60), and the men’s doubles once (1971). In 1962 he added the Italian and German singles titles to his four Grand Slam victories. From 1959 through 1962 he played for the Australian team in Davis Cup competition; in 1962 he won all three of his matches—two singles and one doubles—in the challenge (final) round.
Laver turned professional in 1963 and dominated the professional game until the introduction of open tournaments in 1968, when he won the first open Wimbledon championship. His championship play continued into the 1970s. In 1971 he became the first professional tennis player to surpass the $1,000,000 mark in career prize money, and he held on to his position as tennis’ all-time leading money-winner until 1978. In 1976 the 38-year-old Laver joined the San Diego team in World Team Tennis competition and was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.More About This Topic View All Media (1) External Links Britannica Web sites
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Rod Laver is an Australian tennis player. He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players in history. In 1962 Laver became the second man to win the four major tennis singles championships-in Australia, France, Great Britain (Wimbledon), and the United States-in one calendar year. This feat is called a Grand Slam. He repeated the Grand Slam in 1969. Laver won a record 200 tournaments, playing both singles and doubles (with a partner) tennis.
(born 1938). Australian tennis player Rod Laver became the second male player (after Don Budge in 1938) to win the four major singles championships-Australia, France, Great Britain (Wimbledon), and the United States-in one year. He won the four tournaments, together called the Grand Slam, as an amateur player in 1962. In 1969, when he was a professional player, he became the first to repeat the Grand Slam.Article History Keep Exploring Related Britannica Articles Britannica Quizzes Britannica Lists
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