- Born 9 August 1938
- Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
- Playing StatusRetired
- Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1993
- International Tennis Hall Of Fame1981
“He's got all the shots, Nick, so why not win? Even if he loses, if it's close, he's going to know how much he needs to do to really get to that next level.”
— Rod Laver, 1 Jul 2014
» Laver cautions against Kyrgios hype
Grand Slam 1962, 1969
Australian 1960, 1962, 1969
French 1962, 1969
United States 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961-62, 1968-69
Australian 1959-61, 1969
Mixed doubles champion
Dubbed “Rocket” by legendary Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, Rod Laver was the second man to complete the Grand Slam in 1962, after American Don Budge in 1938. In 1969, Laver became the only player to win the Grand Slam twice. Ending five years in exile as an outlaw pro, Laver returned to the Grand Slam arena and won the first Open Wimbledon in 1968 and the first Australian Open in 1969. The unassuming Rocket also became the first tennis player to bank $1 million in prize money. A powerful left-hander who sent the ball hurtling over the net laden with topspin, Laver was a driven competitor whose all-court play won him many titles. He dominated the 1960s, winning 17 of his 20 titles in this decade. Laver racked up a formidable 20-4 win-loss record in Davis Cup and was part of five winning teams. In January 2000, centre court at Melbourne Park was named Rod Laver Arena in honour of his achievements.
Rod Laver in the news
UPDATE: Nick Kyrgios was tonight awarded Australia’s top tennis honour, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, capping a stunning breakout season for the teen from Canberra.
Sam Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic have claimed the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown with a comprehensive win over Max Mirnyi and Hao-Ching Chan.
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.
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.