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Rodney George "Rod" Laver AC, MBE is an Australian former tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in tennis history. He was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era. He also was the No. 1 amateur in 1961–62 according to Lance Tingay.

Rod Laver
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Full name Rodney George Laver
Country (sports) Australia
Residence Carlsbad, California, United States
Born (1938-08-09) 9 August 1938 (age 78)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1963
Retired 1976
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 1,565,413
Int. Tennis HoF 1981 (member page)
Singles
Career record 536–135 (79.88%)
Career titles 200
Highest ranking No. 1 (1961)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1960, 1962, 1969)
French Open W (1962, 1969)
Wimbledon W (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)
US Open W (1962, 1969)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR – 2nd (1970)
WCT Finals F (1971, 1972)
Professional majors
US Pro W (1964, 1966, 1967)
Wembley Pro W (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967)
French Pro W (1967)
Doubles
Career record 235–77 (75.32%)
Career titles 28
Highest ranking No. 11
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1959, 1960, 1961, 1969)
French Open W (1961)
Wimbledon W (1970)
US Open F (1960, 1970, 1973)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1959)
French Open W (1961)
Wimbledon W (1959, 1960)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973)

Rodney George "Rod" Laver AC, MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in tennis history. He was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era. He also was the No. 1 amateur in 1961–62 according to Lance Tingay.

Laver's 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history, and he holds the all-time male singles records of 22 titles in a single season (1962) and seven consecutive years (1964–70) winning at least 10 titles per season. He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet.

Despite being banned from playing the Grand Slam tournaments for the five years prior to the Open Era, he still won 11 singles titles. He is the only player to twice achieve the calendar-year Grand Slam, in 1962 and 1969, and remains the only man to do so during the Open Era. He also won eight Pro Slam titles, including the calendar year Pro "Grand Slam" in 1967, and contributed to five Davis Cup titles for Australia during an age when Davis Cup was deemed as significant as the Grand Slams.


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Bjorn Borg vs. Rod Laver 1976 Boca Raton , USA

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