PLAYER PROFILE

Rod Laver

  • Age80
  • Born 9 August 1938
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1993
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1981
“It’s fantastic, Lis Johnson has done a great job and really captured the essence of my game.”

— Rod Laver, 17 Dec 2016

» Rod Laver statue to be unveiled at Melbourne Park

Grand Slam 1962, 1969

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

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

Australian Open 2019 launches
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 09:  Australian Open Tournament Director and Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and the Hon. Victorian Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren MP pose during the 2019 Australian Open Official Launch at Melbourne Park on October 9, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
9 October, 2018

Prize money, new player facilities and a host of attractions for fans are announced as the 2019 Australian Open is launched in Melbourne.
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Champions King, Laver reunite at Aussie BBQ
Billie Jean King (L) and Rod Laver at the annual Tennis Australia barbecue, 50 years on since winning the 1968 Wimbledon singles titles; Getty Images
9 July, 2018

At a function honouring an Australian tennis legend - an annual tradition during the Wimbledon fortnight - Rod Laver and Billie Jean King reminisced about their landmark triumphs…
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McEnroe selects Kyrgios for Laver Cup squad
Nick Kyrgios (R) and John McEnroe (L) with Rod Laver and Roger Federer at a Laver Cup promotional event in Chicago; Getty Images
20 March, 2018

American legend John McEnroe has lauded the talent of Nick Kyrgios after selecting the young Aussie for his Team World squad in the upcoming Laver Cup.
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Rod Laver statue to be unveiled at Melbourne Park
Rod Laver book launch
17 December, 2016

A larger-than-life statue of the legendary Rod Laver will be unveiled at Melbourne Park on the eve of Australian Open 2017.
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