Rod Laver is in the house!

27 Jan

Many regard him as the greatest of all time. The Rockhampton Rocket – Rod Laver – pictured here at Wimbledon.

Rocket Rod has returned to Melbourne Park to celebrate 50 years since his first Grand Slam in 1962. Laver, the Aussie left handed serve and volley player is looking fit for his 73 years of age and was justifiably chuffed to be honoured in his house – Rod Laver Arena. Laver not only won the 1962 Grand Slam but then went on to become the only male player to win the Grand Slam (all 4 majors in a calendar year – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open) in the open era, and was ranked world # 1 tennis player for 7 consecutive years (1964 to 1970).

In a typically humble press conference Laver spoke of the honour  of being invited and how it is the crowning jewel of his whole career to see the stadium lit up with his name on it. For a fantastic listen for tennis historians – follow this link to a chat yesterday on ESPN (the US network) with Roger Federer, Rod Laver and Darren Cahill.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7501282&categoryid=2491545

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