Ken Rosewall

  • Age81
  • Born 2 November 1934
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1995
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1980
“I think there will be extra pressure on him to stand up to being the No.1 player in Australia.”

— Ken Rosewall, 10 Jan 2015

» Kyrgios now the hunted, says Rosewall

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

Kyrgios can win the Open: Rosewall
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on in a practice session during day eight of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)
26 January, 2015

Tennis legend Ken Rosewall, the youngest man in history to win the Australian Open, says Nick Kyrgios can pull off the unthinkable and hoist the trophy on Sunday night.
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Kyrgios now the hunted, says Rosewall
 Nick Kyrgios from Australia in action during men's doubles during the Davis Cup match between Poland and Australia at the Torwar Hall on September 14, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
10 January, 2015

Ken Rosewall has warned new Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios he'll be a wanted man from now on.
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Kyrgios hailed as breath of fresh air
Nick Kyrgios celebrates a winning point against world No.1 Rafael Nadal on Centre Court in the fourth round of WImbledon; Getty Images
4 July, 2014

Tennis champions past and present have hailed Nick Kyrgios' emergence at Wimbledon as a breath of fresh air for the sport and a turning point for Australian tennis.
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Laver cautions against Kyrgios hype
Rod Laver, Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur, Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards 2013. XUE BAI
1 July, 2014

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver is excited by Nick Kyrgios' potential but has cautioned against trying to predict how much the rising teenager can achieve.
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