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Rod Laver
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Country: Australia Australia
Biographical Information
Born: 9 August, 1938
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Residence: Carlsbad, California, USA
Physical Information
Gender: Male
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro: Turned pro
Tennis Information
Plays: Left-handed
Career prize money: US$1,564,213
Singles
Career Record: 392-99
Career titles: 200, including 40 listed by ATP
Highest Ranking: No. 1 (1964)
Current Ranking: retired
Grand Slam results
Australian Open: W (1960, 1962, 1969)
French Open: W (1962, 1969)
Wimbledon: W (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)
US Open: W (1962, 1969)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals: -
Olympic Games: -
Doubles
Career Record: 230-77
Career titles: 27 (ATP statistics)
Highest Ranking: No. 11 (ATP statistics)
Current Ranking: -
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open: -
French Open: -
Wimbledon: -
US Open: -
Other tournaments
Olympic Games: -
Last updated on: 17 August, 2011.


Rodney George "Rod" Laver (born August 9, 1938) is a retired Australian tennis player born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. He joined Australia's Davis Cup team when he was 18 years old and remained on the squad until 1962. Nicknamed “Rocket,” he became the second male player (after Don Budge) to win the grand slam (1962) and the first to repeat the feat (1969). He turned professional in 1963 and in 1971 became the first tennis player to surpass $1 million in career prize money. He was World No. 1 for 7 consecutive years.

Rod Laver

A photo of Rod Laver.

After retiring from tennisEdit

While doing an interview with ESPN, Laver suffered a stroke but later recovered. In 2000, the centre court at Melbourne Park was named the Rod Laver Arena, in recognition of Laver. The Rod Laver Arena now currently hosts the Australian Open.

See alsoEdit

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