PLAYER PROFILE

Ken Rosewall

  • Age79
  • Born 2 November 1934
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1995
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1980

Singles champion
Australian 1953, 1955, 1971-72
French 1953, 1968
United States 1956, 1970

Doubles champion
Australian 1953, 1956, 1972
French 1953, 1968
Wimbledon 1953, 1956
United States 1956, 1969

Mixed doubles champion
United States 1956

Davis Cup
1953-56, 1973, 1975

Known as “Muscles” to his friends, Ken Rosewall is one of the Australian greats of tennis. In a career that continued into his 40s, Rosewall amassed 18 major titles and achieved a career doubles Grand Slam. One of the finest players to not win Wimbledon, Rosewall made it to the final at the All England Club on four occasions (1954, 1956, 1970 and 1974). While he wasn’t the strongest player on court, Rosewall used canny placement and court speed to make up for any lack of physical presence. He was renowned for his enviable backhand, balance and excellent anticipation. He famously teamed with Lew Hoad – the pair was born 21 days apart – to defend the Davis Cup in 1953. Rosewall finished with an impressive 19-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup and was a member of winning Australian teams in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1973. The centre court at Sydney’s Olympic Tennis Centre is named Ken Rosewall Arena in his honour.

Ken Rosewall in the news

Legendary Aussie Davis Cup team honoured in moving tribute
The 1973 Davis Cup team (l to r): Mal Anderson, Geoff Masters, John Newcombe, Neale Fraser, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver and Colin Dibley, Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards 2013. XUE BAI
2 December, 2013

The star-studded champion Australian 1973 Davis Cup were tonight honoured for their exploits in a special presentation at the Newcombe Medal.
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Australian 1973 Davis Cup team tribute
The 1973 Davis Cup team (l to r): Mal Anderson, Geoff Masters, John Newcombe, Neale Fraser, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver and Colin Dibley, Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards 2013. XUE BAI
2 December, 2013

Arguably the greatest Davis Cup team in history, Australia's winning team of 1973 reflect on their famous 5-0 victory over the United States in Cleveland.
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Friday 10 to 1: oldest Grand Slam champions
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6 September, 2013

With the US Open featuring three women's semifinalists over the age of 31, we count down the list of the oldest Grand Slam champions in the Open Era.
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Friday 10 to 1: French Open breakthroughs
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31 May, 2013

With the young Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios enjoying success in Paris, we look back at 10 teens who announced themselves to the world at Roland Garros.
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