Rod Laver

  • Age75
  • Born 9 August 1938
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1993
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1981
“I was thrilled to be a part of the tennis world ... the one thing I guess I'm even more proud of is the fact that my opponents became my best friends.”

— Rod Laver, 24 Oct 2013

» Legendary Laver honoured at launch event

Grand Slam 1962, 1969

Singles champion
Australian 1960, 1962, 1969
French 1962, 1969
United States 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961-62, 1968-69

Doubles champion
Australian 1959-61, 1969
French 1961
Wimbledon 1971

Mixed doubles champion
French 1961
Wimbledon 1959-60

Davis Cup
1958-1962, 1973

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

Roger Federer and Friends night raises over $1 million
Roger Federer of Switzerland volleys in his match against Jo Wilfried Tsonga of France during the Roger Federer Charity Match at Melbourne Park on January 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
9 January, 2014

Certain ovations are reserved for the true legends of a sport so when Rod Laver was brought onto court to hit a few balls with Roger Federer on Tuesday night, it was enough to…
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Federer to honour Laver at Melbourne Park charity event
Roger Federer (L) poses with Rod Laver after winning Australian Open 2006; Getty Images
15 December, 2013

Roger Federer is keeping quiet about Rod Laver's specific involvement in his big night out at Melbourne Park next month to mark the 10th anniversary of his charity…
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Australian Tennis Awards: Nick Kyrgios
Rod Laver, Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur, Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards 2013. XUE BAI
5 December, 2013

Australian Tennis Award recipient Nick Kyrgios speaks to after winning the award for male Junior Athlete of the Year.
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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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