- 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
Australian 1960, 1962, 1969
French 1962, 1969
Wimbledon 1961-62, 1968-69
United States 1962, 1969
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
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.
A larger-than-life statue of the legendary Rod Laver will be unveiled at Melbourne Park on the eve of Australian Open 2017.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will team up for Europe to face the rest of the world in the thrilling inaugural edition of the Laver Cup, scheduled for 2017.
Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have thrown their support behind the Laver Cup, tennis's exciting new event set to debut in 2017.