Popular Tennis Player Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver was born in Australia and was considered the best player of his times. Laver was at World No. 1 rank for seven consecutive years, which is still a record to be broken. He won all the four Grand Slam titles as an amateur player and then won them all again as a professional player. He is the only one in the tennis history to have done this.

Rod Laver was not a huge player, thus power game wasn’t his thing. However, he developed amazing volley and a perfect serve to cover for that. His topspin shots were considered deadliest. His wrist work with attacking topspin and lobs was among his most lethal weapons. Technically, Laver was perfect- he had developed a huge variety of serve and attaching topspin lobs. He was also amazing at controlling the slice.

When the Open Era began, Laver was the first one to win Wimbledon by beating tony Roche. In 1969, he won 18 singles tournaments out of 32 that he participated. His win loss record at that time was 106-16, which is amazing no matter how you see it. When he turned 30, he continued winning at an impressive 80% win record. Laver has a career win percentage of 80 which is just amazing considering ATP only lists 20 titles while he won another 180 before the Open Era.

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male)- From 1960-1969

Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 1960-1969

Australian Open tennis tournament is the first Grand Slam of the year that is played in the last fortnight of January. It is a hard court tournament and played at the Melbourne Park. Over the last decades, the greatest tennis players, both male and female have displayed tremendous talents and played some extraordinary games at the Australian Open tournament. Some have ruled the court over an extended period of time making it impossible for other players to penetrate the consistent win cycle. In the male category, famous male tennis players Rod Laver and Roy Emerson ruled the hard court Australian Open. Here are the winners and runner-ups (male players) of Australian Open from 1960-1969:

Year 1960- Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Neale Fraser

Year 1961- Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Rod Laver

Year 1962: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male) Roy Emerson

Year 1963: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Ken Fletcher

Australian open Tennis: 1964 

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Fred Stolle

Year 1965: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Fred Stolle

Year 1966: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arther Ashe

Year 1967: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arthur Ashe

Year 1968: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Bill Bowrey
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Juan Gisbert

Year 1969: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andres Gimeno


US Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male) – from 1969-1960

Rod Laver, US Open Winners and Runner-Ups Male, from 1969-1960

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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.

Wimbledon Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male)-From 1969-1960

Rod Laver, Wimbledon winners 1960-1969

Wimbledon in the era of 1969-1960 fulfilled the dream of Australian tennis players, who held the trophy and the runner-up position for almost throughout the era. The famous male tennis player of that era was Rod Laver. He is the only player who has won all the four Grand Slams in one year, first as an amateur in 1962 and then as a professional in 1969. Rod Laver won 4 Wimbledon titles in his career in the 60’s and owned 11 Grand Slam titles overall in his absolutely fantastic career.

Also among the tennis player ranking profile is Roy Emerson, who won the title twice. The list of male winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:

Year 1969-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1969: Rod Laver
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1969: John Newcombe

Year 1968-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1968: Rod Laver
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1968: Tony Roche

Year 1967-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1967: John Newcombe
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1967: Wilhelm Bungert

Year 1966-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1966: Manuel Santana
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1966: Dennis Ralston

Year 1965-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1965: Roy Emerson
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1965: Fred Stolle

Year 1964-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1964: Roy Emerson
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1964: Fred Stolle

Year 1963-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1963: C.R Mckinley
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1963: Fred Stolle

Year 1962-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1962: Rod Laver
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1962: Martin Mulligan

Year 1961-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1961: Rod Laver
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1961: Chuck McKinley

Year 1960-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (male)-1960: Neale Fraser
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (male)-1960: Rod Laver

Left-handed/Oldest men/women champions of Australian Open singles title

Australian Open tennis

Left-handed people are often referred as left geniuses. As far as research has shown, left-handed people are commonly the highest achievers. This is due to the fact that the way their brain is structured helps in widening their abilities. Left-handed people have not only been successful in arts or mathematics but many prominent names in the field of sports are also left-handed. From cricket to tennis, left-handed players have set records. In the Australian Open, many left-handed men/women tennis players performed extremely well and claimed the Australian Open Singles title. Here are the famous left-handed men/women tennis players who won the Australian Open singles titles:

Best Left-handed Australian open men’s singles title winners:

1)      Horace Rice (1907)

2)      Norman Brookes (1911)

3)      John Hawked (1926)

4)      Mervyn Rose (1954)

5)      Rod Laver (1960,1962,1969)

6)      Jimmy Connors (1974)

7)      Guillermo Vilas ( 1978,1979)

8)      Roscoe Tanner (1977)

9)      Petr Korda (1998)

Left-handed Australian Open women’s single title winners:

1)      Martina Navratilova (1981, 1983, 1985)

2)      Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)

Oldest men/women champions of Australian Open titles (singles and doubles)

Human propensity always allows it to revive its energy and perform at its best before exiting in any field. It all depends on the determination and passion to bring success for a person even at the oldest age. The case is the same with sports which allow every player to renew his or her passion and energy. In this revival, many players set records for all times to come. Tennis has been one such platform for many best tennis players who, even after taking long breaks during their playing career, made a comeback and set records. The Australian Open is also one such Grand Slam where the oldest tennis players made absolutely stunning comebacks and won the Australian Open championship. Here are the oldest men/women tennis champions of Australian Open titles in Singles and Doubles tournaments:

1)      Oldest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s single title is Ken Rosewall (37 years, two months) in year 1972

2)      Oldest female tennis champion champion of the Australian Open women’s title is Thelma Long (35 years, eight months) in year 1954

3)      Oldest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Norman Brookes (46 years, two months) in year 1924

4)      Oldest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s double titles is Thelma Long (37 years, seven months) in year 1956

Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

Federer, Agassi, Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

The famous Melbourne Park in Australia arranges the Australian Open event every year in the closing weeks of January. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been played on hard courts. One of the most prominent features of Australian Open is the retractable roof in the two main courts of the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena. The Australian open has been a stage to greatest tennis players who have set records in this grand slam. Not every tennis player enjoys success on hard court, especially players who are masters of the clay surface. Sampras, famous for numerous records, wasn’t able to show his convincing skills on the hard court of Australian Open which definitely showed his limitation. However American Agassi and Swiss Federer with their 4 Australian Open titles depicted their excellent grip on hard court as well. 

The top ten best male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles are as follows:

1)      Kenneth Robert Rosewall

2)      Roy Stanley Emerson

3)      Mats Wilander

4)      Andre Agassi

5)      Roger Federer

6)      Rafael Nadal

7)      Rod Laver

8)      Stefan Edberg

9)      Jim Courier

10)   Ivan Lendl

These best tennis players have been successful in winning the most titles in the Australian Open.  Among these stars, Roy Emerson is leading with his record of six Australian Open titles, which is still to be conquered by second-leading tennis star Roger Federer with four Australian Open titles. Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier were famous for their hard court performances and managed to win the Australian grand slam too. However, Roy is the only name that has been successfully ruled the Australian Open championship. 

Top ten male double tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

Top ten male double tennis players with the most Australian Open titles, Bob Bryan and mike Bryan

Tennis is an extremely versatile game due to the range of events it arranges every year. The tennis double tournaments are always looked forward to with enthusiasm by tennis fans. The doubles tournament are always very fast and exciting. Many single players also participate in the doubles championship and hold the grand slam titles as well. 

Like all the Grand Slams and other tennis tournaments, the Australian Open also entertains its fans every year by arranging the double tennis tournament. Due to the new surface in the Australian Open, Plexicushion Prestige, the consistency and speed of the game has increased which makes the tennis double matches much faster and more interesting. In year 2010, famous male tennis players Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan won the double tennis tournament for the second consecutive year. The famous Brian Brothers have been pretty consistent with their wins in the double championships. 

The top ten male double tennis players with most Australian Open titles list is:

1)      Adrian Quist & John Bromwich

2)      Rod Laver & Robert Mark

3)      Fabrice Santoro & Michael Llodra

4)      Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan

5)      Mark Edmondson & Kim Warwick

6)      D.P. Turnbull & Adrian Quist

7)      John Bromwich & Adrian Quist

8)      Bob Hewitt & Fred Stolle

9)      Rick Leach and Jim Pugh

10)   John Hawkes & Gerald Patterson

As you go through the list, you will notice one name dominating. Adrian Quist has been the one man who is leading the Australian Open doubles even now. Let’s see if the Bryan brothers make it to Quist’s record.

Top ten male number one ranked in tennis-All time

by on December 10, 2010
in Record Holders

Top ten male number one ranked in tennis-All time, Rod Laver

There is no doubt that tennis is one of the most popular game forms that has gained the attention of  people throughout the world. Tennis has seen some of the most versatile players in its long journey of  several decades. Some brilliant performers have managed to fighttheir way out to stay in the top despite the tough competition. The game needs a lot of dedication, determination and perseverance. Also, it is one game that requires a lot of focus and attention. Every second and each shot in the tennis game accounts for the victory of the players. If the concentration is missed even for a second then the game gets out of  hand. Such is the toughness associated with the game. Tennis is played on different surfaces that accounts for an ultimate game play. The game tests the skills of the tennis players in different playing fields and surfaces. Tennis is played on different kinds of surfaces – grass, clay and concrete . Each of these surfaces requires an entirely different set of performance and strategy. Everything, right from the basic aspect of speed, bounce, control and movement varies according to the surface  layer of the court. It is just amazing that some of the best tennis players have managed to surpass all these hardships and managed to hold the highest and prestigious position is  a record on its own.

There are some greatest tennis players who have stayed in the top positions and have held the number one positions.

  1. Pancho Gonzales
  2. William Renshaw
  3. Bill Tilden
  4. Rod Laver
  5. Reggie Doherty
  6. Jack Kramer
  7. Ken Rosewall
  8. Pete Sampras
  9. Joshua Pim
  10. William Larned

These extraordinary men have been the dazzlers in the tennis world as they held the number one positions and created a path for the generations to come.

Mental Fitness in Tennis

by on October 28, 2009
in General Information

Mental Fitness in Tennis, Federer, Sampras, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Nadal

If you do not concentrate on your game in tennis, you will lose the game. It does not matter how fast or strong you are, whether you are a beginner or experienced, the same applies. In order to be successful at tennis you have to be physically and mentally fit. In order to be physically and mentally fit, you will have to strive for strength, flexibility, speed and quickness.

Strength is purely a physical concept although it will also help to be strong when you are put under emotional pressure.

Flexibility allows the player to be in the correct position to return a shot being sent their way. A player that has mental flexibility allows his mind to be stretched similarly to how the body is stretched in physical flexibility. This mental flexibility allows the player to anticipate the return from his opposition quicker thereby allowing him to position his body for his shot quicker.

Speed is another part of mental fitness that allows the player to react to each shot timorously. Mental speed allows the players mind to keep up with the speed of the game.

Quickness is a physical trait of mental fitness that refers to the player’s ability to change direction speedily without losing control.

In conclusion, the mental fitness of the player plays a key role in the game irrespective of how physically fit or physically expert the player is. In order to improve their game, players must “get their head in the game”.

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