Popular Tennis Player Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewall is considered to be among the best tennis players of all times. He was an Australian Tennis player. Till date Ken Rosewall is remembered for some great tennis moves.

Ken was physically weaker compared to many of his rivals but that helped him to become more agile. He was faster compared to any other rival of his time and his volley was considered deadly. He won 1971 Australian Open without dropping a set, which is a record. No other player has won an Open without dropping a set. From 1952 to 1977, Ken never out of world top 20 tennis players.

He started his professional career in 1957 with a match at Kooyong stadium in Melbourne. Ken was only 18 when he surprised the world with his victories in Australian championship, Pacific Southwest Championship, and French championship.

Ken Rosewall faced tough rivalry from great tennis players of his time. Pancho Gonzalez and Rod Laver were among his bitter rivals during the 1960s.

Ken Rosewall won four titles in Grand Slams and proved himself to be unbeatable in clay as he won French Open in 1968. He also won Australian Open in 1971 and 1972 while winning US Open at the same time. He was thought off as a clay court specialist.

US Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male) – from 1979-1970

Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, US Open Winners and Runner-Ups Male, from 1979-1970

The era of 1979-1970 shows the superiority of United State’s players. Among the famous male tennis player names from United States were Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. One of the Australian tennis player names which shows little dominance is of Ken Rosewall, winning the title once and ending up runner up in 1974. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open Tennis Championship during 1979-1970 is as follow:

Year 1979-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1979: John McEnroe
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1979: Vitas Gerulaitis

Year 1978-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1978: Jimmy Connors
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1978: Bjorn Borg

Year 1977-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1977: Guillermo Vilas
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1977: Jimmy Connors

Year 1976-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1976: Jimmy Connors
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1976: Bjorn Borg

Year 1975-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1975: Manuel Orantes
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1975: Jimmy Connors

Year 1974-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1974: Jimmy Connors
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1974: Ken Rosewall

Year 1973-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1973: John Newcombe
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1973: Jan Kodes

Year 1972-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1972: Ilie Nastase
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1972: Arthur Ashe

Year 1971-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1971: Stan Smith
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1971: Jan Kodes

Year 1970-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1970: Ken Rosewall
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1970: Tony Roche

Greatest tennis rivalries: Ken Rosewall vs. Rod Laver

Greatest tennis rivalries: Ken Rosewall vs. Rod Laver

An Australian rivalry of two great former world no. 1 players, with an unbelievable face to face meeting of a record 141 times, brought an epic victory for Ken Roswall with the lead of  75 -66.

Their rivalry was the trademark of early days of tennis history, with Rosewall turning professional in 1957 and Laver in 1962. And Laver established a unique record of being world number for consecutive seven years in his career.

Both are famous for their sweet friendly rivalry rather than the bitter relation, as both were quiet good friends and another resemblance which makes them friendly rivals are that they both play under the same flag. They both were a long term asset of international tennis circuit as they helped tennis established its foundation.

Rosewall was popular for his powerful backhand, and contrary to that he always lacked in the strong serve, the lack of which he adjusted by his untiring stamina and fast reflections. He was nicknamed as “Muscles” by his circuit players. While Laver was famous with his nick as “The Rocket”, their rivalry was not given applause as of their friendship out of court, given that they were not even recorded by the time of their retirement as to who is leading head to head.

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1999-1990

Jim Courier, French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1999-1990

The era of 1999-1990 in men’s French Open tennis tournaments hasn’t been dominated by one player but many best tennis players claimed the French Open trophy. Playing at clay hasn’t been very easy for every player which definitely highlights Sampras who failed at winning a single title in his glorious tennis career. The era of 90’s couldn’t produce any king of clay like Bjorn Borg who bagged 6 French Open titles and held on to this record till Nadal took over the clay court and equalled 6 French Open Grand Slam record. 

The tennis legend, Jim Courier won the French Open championship twice during this period. The list of male winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1999-1990 is as follow:

Year 1999-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Andre Agassi
  • Runner-up: Andre Medvedev

Year 1998-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Carlos Moya
  • Runner-up: Alex Corretja

Year 1997-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Gustavo Kuerten
  • Runner-up: Sergi Bruguera

Year 1996-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  • Runner-up:1996: Michael Stich

Year 1995-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Thomas Muster
  • Runner-up: Michael Chang

Year 1994-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Sergi Bruguera
  • Runner-up: Alberto Berasategui

Year 1993-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Sergi Bruguera
  • Runner-up: Jim Courier

Year 1992-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Jim Courier
  • Runner-up: Petr Korda

Year 1991-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Jim Courier
  • Runner-up: Andre Agassi

Year 1990-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Andres Gomez
  • Runner-up: Andre Agassi
American Andre Agassi somehow managed to make it to at least the runner-up. Hard court and grass court provide a reasonable pace and speed to the players however clay court slows down the pace which is why many hard court and grass court champions were left clueless on the clay, leading to single or no French Open titles.

Youngest men/women champions of the Australian Open title (Singles, doubles and mixed doubles)

Australian open youngest winners

Not everyone enjoys fame and popularity in their earlier years. However, sports have been one of the platforms where many players set records being the youngest champions. The same goes for tennis tournaments where the young tennis players defeated the greatest tennis players and shocked the world. The Australian Open has been a platform for many famous tennis players that made their names prominent in the tennis world. The Australian Open provided opportunities for young talent to set records in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. The youngest male/female tennis champions of the Australian Open title in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events are:

Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Singles Title:

  • Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s singles title is Ken Rosewall ( 18 years, two months) in 1953

Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Singles Title:

  • Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s singles title is Martine Hingis (16 years, three months) in 1997
Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Doubles Title:
  • Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Lew Hoad (18 years, two months) in 1953
Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Doubles title
  • Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s doubles title is Mirjana Lucic (15 years, 10 months) in 1998
Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open Mix Doubles title:
  • Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open mix doubles title is Venus Williams (17 years, seven months) in 1998