56 Facts About Rod Laver

1. Rod Laver has celebrated the total number of 80 birthdays till date.

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2. In 2016, Rod Laver was appointed the Companion of the Order of Australia.

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3. In 1975, Rod Laver won four titles and 23 consecutive matches, setting a record for WTC Tournaments.

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4. In 1971, Rod Laver won the record tournament prize money of $292, 717.

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5. In 1970, Rod Laver won 15 titles and five other major events.

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6. In 1962, Rod Laver made another career achievement, when he won all four Grand Slam singles titles, becoming the first player to do so since 1938.

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7. Rod Laver left UCLA Medical Center after seven weeks, and within a couple more weeks he was puttering around the golf course using a club as a cane.

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8. Rod Laver was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.

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9. Rod Laver helped Australia to three World Cup championships during this period, in 1972, 1974 and 1975.

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10. In 1971, Rod Laver claimed the Italian Open title and six lesser tournaments.

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11. In 1964, Rod Laver met his future wife, Mary, at fellow tennis giant Jack Kramer's country club in Los Angeles.

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12. Rod Laver prevailed in four sets, completing the first Grand Slam in tennis in 24 years.

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13. Rod Laver waltzed through the early rounds of the tournament, leading to a face–off with countryman Roy Emerson in the final.

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14. At the tender age of 13, Rod Laver took on his older brother Bob in the finals of the junior division of the Central Queensland Championship.

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15. Rod Laver played a big part in Australia's victories in the 1972, 1974, and 1975 World Cups, a team competition which has since been discontinued.

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16. In 1969, Rod Laver met the best in the world, amateur or pro, and bested them all.

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17. Rod Laver announced in late December of 1962 that he was joining the International Professional Tennis Players Association, whose members had chipped in to guarantee him $110,000 for the next three-year period.

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18. Rod Laver hit "wildly spinning, hard, shoe-top-high shots almost impossible to volley", wrote Lardner of the match.

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19. Rod Laver began the tennis year of 1962 with a bang, beating Roy Emerson in the finals of the Australian championship.

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20. Rod Laver failed to defend his Australian championship in 1961, losing in the finals, as he did at Forest Hills, as well.

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21. Rod Laver lost again to Olmedo at Forest Hills, going all the way to the finals.

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22. At the time of his victory over MacKay, Rod Laver was ranked only eighth in Australia, demonstrating the depth of tennis talent Down Under.

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23. Rod Laver indeed is the lone man in the Open Era to sweep to all four, exactly 50 years ago in 1969.

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24. Rod Laver joined the professional tennis circuit in 1963 and as a consequence was banned from competing in the amateur Grand Slams until the start of the Open Era at the 1968 French Open.

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25. In 2016 Rod Laver was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, by which time knighthoods had again been abolished and the Companion was the highest honour available in the Order.

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26. Rod Laver was present at Wimbledon to witness Federer make tennis history, when he surpassed Pete Sampras' record by winning his 15th Grand Slam Title.

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27. Rod Laver made a good recovery with excellent medical care.

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28. In 2009 Rod Laver was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

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29. Rod Laver was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and upgraded to a Legend of Australian Sport in 2002.

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30. Rod Laver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.

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31. Rod Laver won 11 of the 16 grand slam titles he contested in his prime.

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32. In terms of yearly prize money won, Rod Laver was the leader from 1964 until 1971.

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33. Rod Laver attained his highest ranking on that computer of World No 3 in 1974.

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34. Rod Laver was very quick and had a strong left forearm.

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35. Rod Laver won 16 out of 20 Davis Cup singles matches and all four of his doubles.

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36. Rod Laver helped Australia win the Davis Cup four consecutive times from 1959 to 1962.

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37. Rod Laver had another, even longer rivalry with his fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson.

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38. Rod Laver signed with World Team Tennis, where he became "Rookie of the Year" at the age of 38 but won five titles overall that season.

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39. In 1975, Rod Laver set a record for WCT tournaments by winning four titles and 23 consecutive matches but in 1976, he semi-retired from the main tour, playing only a few selected events.

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40. In 1974 Rod Laver won six titles from 13 tournaments and ended the year as World No 4 based on the ATP point system.

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41. In 1973, Rod Laver won seven titles and successfully participated in the semifinals and final of the Davis Cup, where he won all six of his rubbers for Australia.

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42. Rod Laver successfully defended his title at the "Tennis Champions Classic", winning 13 consecutive winner-take-all matches against top opponents and US$160,000.

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43. In 1970, Rod Laver won 15 titles and US$201,453 in prize money, including the rich "Tennis Champions Classic" and five other big events.

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44. Rod Laver played only five Grand Slam tournaments from 1970 through 1972.

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45. In 1969, Rod Laver won all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year for the second time, sealing the achievement with a four-set win over Roche in the US Open final.

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46. Rod Laver was the runner-up to Ken Rosewall in the first French Open.

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47. In 1965, Rod Laver was clearly the No 1 professional player, winning 17 titles and 13 of 18 matches against Rosewall.

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48. In December 1962 Rod Laver turned professional after winning the Davis Cup with the Australian team.

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49. At the US Championships, Rod Laver lost only two sets during the tournament and defeated Emerson again in the final.

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50. Rod Laver lost only one set the whole tournament, to Manuel Santana in a quarterfinal, who held a set point for a two set lead.

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51. The biggest hurdle to Rod Laver's winning the Grand Slam was the French Championships on slow clay, where Laver won three consecutive five-setters beginning with the quarterfinals.

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52. Rod Laver had his breakthrough on the world stage in 1959, when he reached all three finals at Wimbledon, winning the mixed doubles title with Darlene Hard.

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53. Rod Laver was both Australian and US Junior champion in 1957.

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54. Rod Laver was the third of four children of Roy Laver, a cattleman and butcher, and his wife Melba Roffey.

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55. Rod Laver is the only player to twice achieve a Calendar Grand Slam, in 1962 and 1969, and the latter remains the only time a man has done so in the Open Era.

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56. Rod Laver won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, though he was banned from playing those tournaments for the five years prior to the Open Era.

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