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Australian former tennis player

Born: August 9, 1938 (age 83 years), Rockhampton, Australia

Grand slams won (singles): 11

Height: 1.73 m

Spouse: Mary Bensen (m. 1966–2012)

Children: Rick Laver

Siblings: Trevor Laver, Bob Laver, Lois Laver

Parents: Melba Roffey, Roy Laver

Birthday: August 9, 1938

Age: 83 Years, 83 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Rodney George Laver, Rodney Laver

Born In: Rockhampton

Famous As: Tennis Player

School Dropouts Tennis Players

Height: 5’8″ (173 cm), 5’8″ Males

Spouse/Ex-: Mary Bensen

Father: Roy Laver

Mother: Melba Roffey

Siblings: Bob Laver

Awards: BBC Overseas Sports Personality Of The Year

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Rod Laver 10 Fast Facts, Biography, Wiki

Rodney George Laver was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, on 9 August 1938.

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

In 1966, Laver, aged 27, married Mary Benson in San Rafael, California. Born Mary Shelby Peterson in Illinois, she was a divorcee with three children.

After their wedding ceremony, a group of well-known tennis players in attendance, including Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson, Mal Anderson and Barry MacKay, stood outside the church with raised tennis rackets that formed an archway for the newlyweds to walk under.

Laver and Mary had a son and the family lived at various locations in California including Rancho Mirage, Corona del Mar, a ranch near Santa Barbara and Carlsbad.

Mary Laver died in November 2012 at the age of 84 at their home in Carlsbad.

In 1966, this famous tennis player got married to Mary Shelby Peterson, a divorcee with three children from her previous marriage.

The marriage that took place in California was attended by other tennis players including Ken Rosewall, Barry MacKay, Mal Anderson, and Lew Hoad.

The couple had a son, and they lived in various residences in California.

Several tributes have been paid to this famous Australian tennis player, including the ‘Rod Laver Arena’ in Melbourne Park, which is named after him.

In 2000, he featured on a postage stamp issued by the Australia post, along with colleague, Margaret Court.

This famous player earned the nickname, “Rocket”, which was given to him by his tennis coach.

Rod Laver is a retired Australian tennis player, and arguably one of the two greatest to have ever lived – along with Roger Federer.

Laver won 11 Grand Slams, but his most glittering accomplishment is winning the Calendar Grand Slam in 1962 – and then repeating the feat in 1969.

Laver is the only player in the Open Era to have won the Calendar Grand Slam, and also the only player in history to have done it twice.

Laver is possibly the only high-profile male player in tennis history who had a perfectly fluid game and absolutely no weaknesses.

He could do pretty much everything on a tennis court: he could attack, defend, volley and patiently construct points with equal competence, and could change his strategy on a dime – often in the middle of a match.

Laver was an all-court player who used the full dimensions of the court to outplay his opponents.

He hit his groundstrokes with plenty of topspin – which was uncommon in his time – but could also slice his backhand with vicious underspin.

His running backhand is legendary, and he could smack it for a winner even when pulled well wide of the tramlines.

The Australian had a typical lefty serve that swung away from the right-hander’s backhand, and he could win plenty of free points with it.

He also had a very effective net game, and could serve-and-volley to perfection on the quick grass courts of Wimbledon.

Laver has one of the most impressive CVs in the history of men’s tennis. Here is a list of his most significant records:

– Only male player in the Open Era to have won the Calendar Grand Slam (1969)

– Only player in the history of tennis, male or female, to have won the Calendar Grand Slam twice (1962, 1969)

– Most titles won in a single year (1969): 18

– Most singles pro titles won (pre-Open Era): 70

– One of only two players (along with Ken Rosewall) to have won the Calendar Professional Grand Slam (1967)

– One of only two players (along with Roy Emerson) to have won each Grand Slam tournament twice

Laver was born in Rockhampton, Australia, the son of a cattleman (Roy Laver) and housewife (Melba Roffey).

He was a precocious kid who made up for his lack of height and raw muscle by working harder than anyone in his age group.

Laver married Mary Benson in 1966, and the couple have a son together.

They moved to the US in later years, and finally settled in Carlsbad – where Mary passed away in 2012 at the age of 84.

Laver will always have a special place in history, because it is unlikely that any player will ever match his achievements.

Modern day greats like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all desperately tried to win the four Majors in a single year, and have failed.

It is staggering to imagine that not only did Laver do what they couldn’t, but he could do it twice.

No player has ever dominated the field across generations and categories the way Laver did. He was the best player in the world as an amateur, as a pro, and also in the Open Era.

He won Slams in his 20s as well as his 30s, and if he hadn’t been barred from competing in the Grand Slams from 1963 to 1968 (because he turned pro during that period), his Slam tally might well have been higher than Federer’s record number of 20.

The Australian’s topspin-heavy groundstrokes were also the foundation stone for the evolution of the game into its current avatar.

He could defeat opponents from the back of the court, and from the net, and his textbook technique on practically all shots is still used in many coaching manuals.

Laver’s influence on the sport has been so great that several landmark venues and events have been named after him.

In 2001 the Center Court at the Australian Open was renamed as ‘Rod Laver Arena’.

More recently, the multi-nation tournament being promoted by Roger Federer has been christened the ‘Laver Cup’.

Laver was a genius on the court, and a gentleman off it.

Rarely has such a complete champion been seen in the sport, and it’s hardly a surprise that many current and past greats have cited Laver as their biggest source of inspiration.