PLAYER PROFILE

Ken Rosewall

  • Age85
  • 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

Laver feted 50 years after his 1969 slam
Rod Laver at US Open 2019, 50 years after he won the title in 1969 (Getty Images)
5 September, 2019

The legendary Rod Laver says he wouldn't have achieved what he has in tennis had he not left the amateur ranks in 1962 to join the sport's 'big boys'.
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Ken Rosewall Arena to get a roof in 2019
An artist's impression of the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre upgrade, including a roof over Ken Rosewall Arena.
4 January, 2019

Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre will benefit from a $50.5 million upgrade – including a roof over Ken Rosewall Arena.
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Ken Rosewall celebrates 50th anniversary of 1968 Roland-Garros win
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia CEO is seen during a press conference at Melbourne Park on May 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  Ken Rosewall, Roland-Garros singles champion in 1968 and 1953 celebrates 50 years since winning the French Open. 2018 Australian Open ballkids Emma Wong and Aidan Chu are heading to Paris to be part of the Roland-Garros squad. (Photo by George Salpigtidis/Getty Images)
22 May, 2018

Ken Rosewall was honoured today at Melbourne Park.
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Australian Open champion Mervyn Rose dies, age 87
Mervyn Rose. Tennis Australia
24 July, 2017

The tennis family is mourning the passing of seven-time Grand Slam champion Mervyn Rose AM.
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