Grand Slam & Rod Laver

The four Major tennis tournaments, also called the Slams, are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of world tour ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, strength and size of player field, and public attention. Rodney George Rod Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player who holds the record for titles won in career, and was the World No. 5.0/5

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Winning all four Grand Slam titles more than once. Roy Emerson (Aus). Rod Laver (Aus). Rafael Nadal (ESP) just missed out!.
Happy Birthday, Rod winner of the calendar-year Grand Slam in 1962 & 1969.
Happy birthday to Rod Laver - the man who achieved the calendar Grand Slam not once, but twice!
| Novak Djokovic won his 30th Grand Slam match in a row, breaking the Open Era record set by Rod Laver https:/…
Rod Laver believes Novak Djokovic can pull off the Grand Slam this year. Story:
Novak Djokovic wins his 11th Grand Slam title, equalling the total of Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg.
Here's the racquet Rod Laver used to win the 1969 to win the Grand Slam, his second sweep of all 4 majors http:…
A versatile player, Novak Djokovic has won six Grand Slam titles, including three in a superlative 2011 season that saw him capture 10 tournament titles overall, post an ATP-best 70-6 record and seize the No. 1 ranking. In 2012, The world No. 1 added to his legacy in fighting back from a 2-4 fifth-set deficit to defeat Rafal Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5, and capture his third Australian Open championship in the longest Grand Slam final in history — a five hour, 53-minute epic. It was Djokovic's seventh straight win over Nadal and came after his five-set triumph over Andy Murray in the semifinals, marking the first time he had won back-to-back five-set matches. Djokovic became the fifth man in the Open Era to win three straight majors, joining Nadal, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rod Laver.  The top-seeded Serbian beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-6, to collect his third career Miami title without surrendering a set. It was Djokovic's 30th career title, including his 11th Masters crown, tying him with Pe ...
Should he defeat Wawrinka for his second Australian Open title, Rafa Nadal will become only the third man along with Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver to win each of the four Grand Slam titles twice !
Blistering Nadal bursts Federer's bubble as Spaniard plays through the pain to reach Aussie Open final. Rafael Nadal put himself in sight of making yet more history as a brutally effective performance abruptly halted Roger Federer's revival at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard is one victory away from becoming the first player in the modern era to win each Grand Slam twice after beating the great Swiss 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final. Watched by two all-time greats, Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, he knocked over another by registering his fifth consecutive win over Federer. Not even the continuing problems with blisters on the palm of his left hand could divert him from his task, and they are unlikely to stop him winning Sunday's final against the tournament's surprise package Stanislas Wawrinka, over who he has a 12-0 career record. A win would put him level with Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles. A year ago Nadal was still waiting to make his comeback from long-term knee problems, yet here is, ...
Rafael Nadal is seeking to become the 3rd man to win each Grand Slam event at least twice (Rod Laver and Roy Emerson).
with Australian Open cocktails at the Grand Hotel Melbourne - Grand Slam, Rod Laver and the Aussie Aussie Aussie signature cocktails pictured below. Triple Ace for the match!
One of my all-time heroes, Rod Laver, has just published his autobiography. Among many other tennis records that Rod set, he remains the only player ever to have won the Grand Slam twice, a truly phenomenal achievement. I regard him as the greatest champion our sport has known, and his book should be read by anyone who loves tennis. The hardback edition of Rod Laver - A Memoir is only available at the moment in Australia and New Zealand, but it's available globally as an ebook.
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is going to honor Australian tennis legend Rod Laver during his Roger Federer Foundation charity match in Melbourne next month. Roger Federer, the former World Number one was schedule to play an exhibition match along with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Rod Laver Arena in front of huge fans, which will kick off on 8th January at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Roger Federer is expecting to invite former legends and great tennis icons for the exhibition match, where he is likely to honor Rod Laver, during charity match on 8th January in Melbourne.
Friday 1st November 2013, Churchie Tennis Centre, Court 1, 7pm. I was privileged to meet Mr Rod "The Rockhampton Rocket" Laver after the launch of his book, "Rod Laver: A Memoir". He is truly a living legend of Australian and World sport. His record of TWO Grand Slams, in 1962 and 1969, is unlikely to be matched, at least not in my lifetime. The only other male tennis player to have won a calender Grand Slam did it in 1938. Despite being 75, having suffered a major stroke in 1993, having lost his wife 12 months ago and this being the last of 50 launch events over a week and a half he was amazingly spritely and sharp. The way he answered the questions from John McCoy (who did an awesome job) about events over the last 75 years together with his insights on the current top players and the future of tennis was mind blowing. His pose, respect and humility had me (and the other 260 guests) in a trance and hanging off every word. When the interview was finished, everyone had grins from ear to ear - they a ...
7 September 1969. Rod Laver completed his 2nd Tennis Grand Slam by winning the US Open. He is the last male tennis player to do so.
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Andy Murray: A Legend? No. Roger Federer- 17 Grand Slam Titles Pete Sampras- 14 Grand Slam Titles Rafael Nadal- 12 Grand Slam titles Andre Agassi- 7 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. Not to mention: William Renshaw, Richard Sears, John Mcenroe, Jimmy Conors, Gustavo Kuerten- 3 French Open titles, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson and Boris Becker. Novak Djokovic has six majors including four Australian Open titles. Andy Murray may have ended the drought, but he played a painful, sad and pathetic final. I expected a five-set match and felt cheated that it was over in three. I hate matches that are over in three. Djokovic had an off day and he wasn't in the match. I expected more from the final. I wanted Djokovic to win and I'm still upset that he lost. I have no interest in singing the praises of a man who was nothing more than lucky.
The 2013 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 112th edition of theFrench Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros from 26 May to 9 June. It consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players also took part in singles and doubles events. Rafael Nadal was the three-time defending champion in the men's singles, and won the title to become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times.  Maria Sharapova was the defending champion in women's singles, but lost in the final to Serena Williams. This championship was the third time in grand slam history that two multiple slam sets were accomplished in two different disciplines, and that was Serena Williams in Women's Singles, and her fellow countrymen Bob and Mike Bryan in Men's Doubles. At the 1969 US Open, Rod Laver won his multiple slam set in Men's Singles, and his fellow countr ...
Grand Slams : 4 Slams . Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four historic tennis tournaments which make up the legendary Grand Slam. The term dates back to 1933, when Australian Jack Crawford managed to win the Australian Internationals, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. With the US Internationals fast approaching, New York Times journalist John Kieran wrote that if Crawford won this fourth title, "he would achieve on court the equivalent of a countered and vulnerable grand slam in bridge". Crawford lost in the final to Britain's Fred Perry, but the name was to go down in history. Very few players have won the Grand Slam; Donald Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) are the only men to win all four tournaments in the same year, and Margaret Court (1970), Maureen Connolly (1953) and Steffi Graf (1988) the only women. The task is even more difficult nowadays with the four tournaments all being played on different surfaces: Plexicushion in Australia, cla . ...
The time is now and the event place is at Rod Laver Arena where King Roger Federer is about playing the 3rd seed Andy Murray for a place in the finals of the very first Grand Slam of the year the Australian Opens.Game on
Serena Williams admitted her surprise at the one-sided nature of her win over Maria Kirilenko in the Australian Open fourth round. The five-time Australian Open champion took just 57 minutes to wrap up a 6-2 6-0 victory over the Russian 14th seed on the Rod Laver Arena to set up a quarter-final against fellow American Sloane Stephens. And Williams, who stretched her unbeaten run to 20 matches with Monday’s win, conceded that she did not expect such an easy ride. “I was surprised,” said Williams, who hit 22 winners en route to victory. “I felt like Maria played really well. I was just trying to play well, just to keep up. “I’m really out there just doing the best I can, just fighting for everything. “I think with that attitude I’m just trying to stay in the tournament just to stay alive.” Kirilenko admitted that she found it difficult to find her rhythm against the 31-year-old 15-time Grand Slam winner. “I tried to do something special tonight, that’s why I made so many mistakes. Mayb ...
Tennis - Australian Open Federer coasts to win over Raonic Roger Federer reached another Grand Slam quarter-final with a routine 6-4 7-6 6-2 win over Milos Raonic at the Australian Open. Federer defused Milos Raonic's serve before clinically despatching the Canadian to reach his 35th straight Grand Slam last-eight tie. The rampant Swiss gave up only five points on his first serve and hit 34 winners in the one-sided two-hour contest against the 13th seed on a cool Rod Laver Arena. Federer wrapped up the first set when Raonic netted a volley, the second with a brilliant forehand down the line to win the tie-break 7-4, and the third with another big forehand winner. The 17-times grand slam champion, who is chasing a fifth title at Melbourne Park, will meet seventh seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters. Reuters - 21/1/13 19:49
Australian Open 2013 Major highlights (21/01/2013) - Hot-serving Serena Williams bludgeons past Kirilenko into Australain Open quarters World No.75 Svetlana Kuznetsova survived all her own demons on Rod Laver Arena to upset 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 2-6 7-5 to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Roland Garros 2011 American 19-year-old Sloane Stephens is through to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time Tsonga bounces into quarters Bhupathi-Nestor out; Sania-Bob in quarterfinals Defending champion Victoria Azarenka raced to a 3-0 lead in nine minutes and went on to beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes Andy Murray shoots down weary Simon to reach last eight
NDTVVictoria Azarenka defeats Vesnina to enter Open quartersNDTVThe top-seeded Belarusian prevailed 6-1, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena and will meet another Russian, two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, for a place in the la...
Um... Can anyone explain to me why my beloved Rodge is already in the 2nd set of his match on Rod Laver Arena, but channel 7 would rather broadcast a match btwn players ranked 223 and 334 in the world, simply bcos they're Aussie players?! Is this a Grand Slam tournament or amateur hour???
Depicting the monumental achievements of a world-class athlete, this firsthand account documents Rod Laver’s historic 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all four major tennis titles. Coauthored with renowned tennis expert Bud Collins, this frank memoir details Laver’s childhood, early career, a...
CAROLINE JONES PRESENTER Tonight the conclusion of our story about tennis legend Rod Laver It’s 50 years since the Rockhampton Rocket won his first Grand Slam thats the Australian French Wi
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died, She was 94. DuPont died late Wednesday in El Paso while in hospice care, Mary Skinner of VNA Hospice said Thursday. Other details were not re...
We are all talented people, the best way to recognized it’s to giving the Glory to God then looking through History in 1957 O'Malley was ahead of his time by spreading baseball to the west coast. One-third of the 30 current major league teams are located west of Kansas City, five of them in California. Do you know that “O’Malley is a Pastor” I THINK THAT IS fABOLOUS. Then in the year 1962 many of you witnessed “firsts” and historic moments in pop culture and society. It marked the first year the iconic band The Rolling Stones started making music. It was the first time the character James Bond first appeared on a movie screen. It marked the last year that movie star Marilyn Monroe graced the Earth and the first year that the New York Mets, the neighbor of the US Open tennis championships, first played as a baseball team. It also marked an epic year in the world of tennis, climaxed by Australian legend Rod Laver winning his first of two Grand Slam sweeps of all four major singles titles. People ...
Rod Laver. Legend, champion, gentleman. His '69 Grand Slam (his 2nd, 1st in the Open Era) saw him beat fellow Aussies in all 4 finals. Now, as if for balance, about to watch a story about a sporting (drug) cheat...
Great to see Australian Story living up to its usual high standard in the last 2 weeks, with the story of "The Rockhampton Rocket", Rod Laver. The epitome of the self effacing Australian sporting champion. Pretty sure no-one will ever top his feat of twice winning the Grand Slam. Anyone will be flat out doing it once, let alone twice.
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Reminder to Australian Tennis fans that there will be an interview with Tennis Legend Rod Laver on ABC1 at 8pm tonight. The program is entitled "The Slam: The Rod Laver Story" andit will revist Australia's golden era of tennis on the 50th anniversary of Rod Lavers first calendar Grand Slam in 1962.
The eyes of the sporting world turn to Melbourne in January as the world's best players battle it out for the first Grand Slam title of the year. More than m...
Nicknamed the Fed Express, Roger Federer is the men’s all time Grand Slam champion having won a record 17 Grand Slam titles and Rod Laver (The Rockhampton Rocket) remains the only tennis player ever to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam twice...
Roger Federer Facts Encyclopedia THE GREAT Roger Federer: Greatest of all TIME. Roger Federer has come closer to tennis perfection than any player that’s graced Centre Court and while he can’t boast a calendar-year Grand Slam, he’s amassed many other records that are unsurpassed. Rod Laver and Roger Federer have such respect and genuine affection for one another – who can forget Federer dissolving into tears when Laver presented him with the Australian Open trophy in 2006? – that neither would begrudge the other the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) gong. Nor would their legion of fans. Both have enriched the game more than they have enriched themselves. But there are no draws in tennis, even for the title of all-time greatness. From my privileged courtside seat, the Fed Express just pips the Rockhampton Rocket. GOAT debates are as futile as they are fun. Futile because past and present legends can never face-off in their glorious, youthful pomp to settle the argument. And such has been the transforma ...
Rod Laver & Steffi Graf are the only players to have won the Grand Slam during the Open Era
Tennis TopicIt's exactly 50 years since Rod Laver secured his first Grand Slam by winning the US championships, then played at Forest Hills, in September 1962. Rod began learning tennis in Rockhampton at the age of 10, under coach Charlie Hollis. He appeared here in Toowoomba on at least one occasion, in January 1964, when he played an exhibition with Lew Hoad, Mal Anderson and Ashley Cooper. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing "Rocket" in 1981 at Kooyong in Melbourne, for a story in Australian Tennis Magazine.
Did you know Rod Laver is the only man to have turned in a Grand Slam (winning all four Grand Slam singles titles...
Well Watching the Olympics has brought back memories of probably the greatest sportsperson of all time. None other than tennis legend Martina Navratilova who has had an Indian connection too playing mixed doubles with Leander Paes. I was privileged to watch her towards the end of her singles career when she was still playing in grand slam singles final at Wimbledon when almost 38 years. Some other great sports persons that come to mind are Micheal Jordan in basketball, Rod Laver -winner of two calendar year Grand Slams in 1961 and 1969.Steffi Graf, Pele, Phelps who had a Record Olympic medals tally but may need more longevity to come into this list.. Martina was an athlete who competed in the final of a grand slam in 1974 and in 2006. 32 years apart and won both in fact! What an achievement. Even in singles she made the final at a grand slam 19 years apart in 1975 and 1994... Won a total of 59 grand slam titles with 18 singles and 41 doubles Grand Slam titles.In a physical sport,it is really tough to rema ...
Australian Rod Laver (born 1938) has a unique place in the annals of tennis greats and is considered by many as the undisputed greatest player of all time. Because, Laver is the only player to have won THE Grand Slam twice. Not only that. he won all the four major titles in a single year in two different eras of tennis. His first did the Grand Slam in 1962 as an amateur player and then in the Open Era in 1969 as a professional, when professionals were allowed to play against amateurs . He still holds the record for winning the greatest number of championship matches which is 200. Can Roger Federer emulate his feats?
Rod Laver is incredible. He won the calendar year Grand Slam TWICE and didn't have even one unfortunate encounter with a hooker.
Fedex in seventh heaven! Roger Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown on Sunday defeating the eternal British hope Andy Murray and regained the world no 1 ranking! Is he the greatest tennis player ever? To my reckoning, the other contenders are Rod Laver, Nadal and Sampras. I rule out Sampras because he couldn't do anything on clay courts. Nadal's game is far too dependent on his physical prowess and his net game is nothing to rave about. That leaves only the great Rod Laver who won the real Grand Slam(all 4 crowns in a year) twice, once as an amateur but the second time when all professionals were allowed entry. But the competition among amateur ranks was far less than what Federer has had to face in his career! So it is a toss up between Federer and Laver! The joker in the pack? None other than Djokovic who has the potential to outdo both of them!
"Oh, I say!", as Dan Maskell used to say. If I didn't feel guilty about not supporting Murray before, I certainly did after the poor chap made us all bawl our eyes out. You'll win a Grand Slam soon, Andy...but for now, let us all acknowledge the greatest player there has ever been, alongside Rod Laver.
Some highlights of the Open Era Grand Slam career of Rod Laver in HD.
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50 years ago, Rod Laver won his first Grand Slam "The Education of a Tennis Player" by Rod Laver
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French Open - Nadal clinches seventh French Open crown Rafael Nadal won a record seventh French Open title after emerging a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 victor in the final against Novak Djokovic, which had been pushed into a second day after rain on Sunday at Roland Garros. Last year Nadal, who has now won 52 matches at Roland Garros and lost just one, equalled Bjorn Borg’s record of six wins on the Paris clay. On Monday he became the greatest player the tournament has seen. "For me it is a great honour," Nadal said, clutching the Musketeers Cup under his arm. "This tournament is probably the most special in the world and having this trophy with me I am really emotional. It is probably one of the most special moments in my career." By contrast Djokovic was denied a career Grand Slam and also the chance to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously.
Mr. Prince of Clay now has 11 grand slam titles to his name,level with bjorg and Rod Laver,with only Roger Federer(16),Pete Sampras(14) & Roy Emerson(12) holding more.
After Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969 at the US Open, he had to ask Bud Collins for a dime so he could use pay phone to call his wife
History made either way.. Nadals 7th FO win, beating Bjorgs record - or Djokovic completing the Grand Slam, for the 1st time since Rod Laver
Only Don Budge in 1938, and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969, have won four Grand Slam tournaments in success. So Djo knows what this win means.
French Open final @ Roland Garros is going to be amazing. Both players are trying to make history. # 2 player in the world Rafael Nadal has a chance to break Bjorn Borg's record of 6 French Open wins, and # 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic is trying to become the first player to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles since Rod Laver accomplished the feat in 1969.Should be epic!
Roland Garros FRENCH GRAND SLAM CLAY COURT TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S FINAL IS GOING TO BE UNDERWAY, IN A FEW MINUTES, BETWEEN DJOCOVIC (SERBIA) (No.1 SEED) VS. Rafael Nadal (SPAIN) ( No.2 SEED) AT PHILLIPPE CHETRIER COURT.READ ON THE PREVIEW. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been on a permanent collision course over the past year and now will meet in their fourth straight major in the Roland Garros final on Sunday. The contest will show whether or not the Spaniard has pushed his game to a height where he can stave off the ever ambitious Serbian, who has taken him down in the last three Grand Slam finals. However, Djokovic has never upended Nadal in Paris, falling to him in straight sets on three successive occasions from 2006-2008. While no.1 Djokovic is clearly a different player than he was back then, the Spaniard has won their last two meetings in the Monte Carlo and Rome finals. Prior to that, Djokovic had won seven straight matches against Nadal, including their recordsetting 5 hour, 53 minute ...
Something big is going to happen on Sunday to either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, two men in a league of their own pursuing enormous slices of tennis history. Either Nadal is going to overtake Bjorn Borg's total of six Roland Garros titles or Djokovic is going to put himself alongside Rod Laver and Donald Budge as the holder of all four Grand Slam titles. Although Nadal is hot favourite, my heart goes out for Djokovic.
Roland Garros is spicing up! Djoko is on verge of being only third player to complete elusive Grand Slam after Rod Laver in 1969, bt he will have to clear the stern test of Tsonga, Federar and finally Rafa in that course! Whereas Rafa will be looking for sole share on mountain by eclipsing Borg with that elusive 7th French Open crown!! In addition you cant ignore FedEx in any case!!! Watch out, its really spicing up :-)
Rod Laver weighed 143 pounds when he won the 1969 US Open to clinch his second Grand Slam. Get his memoir here:
THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS TENNIS is the official memoir of Rod Laver, regarded by many as the greatest tennis of all-time and the only player in tennis history to win the Grand Slam on two occasions. Written with Hall of Fame journalist and historian Bud Collins, THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS PLAYER...
If Djokovic wins at French Open he'd be first to hold all 4 grand slam simultaneously since Rod Laver who did so in 1969!
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