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Rod Laver
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Tennis Player
    (August 9, 1938- )
    Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    Won approximately 199 tournaments in his career
    Winner of 11 career Grand Slam titles
    Australian Open champion (1960, 1962, 1969)
    French Open Champion (1962, 1969)
    Wimbledon Champion (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)
    U.S. Championships/U.S. Open Champion (1962, 1969)
    Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1981)
    Thanks to rules for the majority of his playing career stating that pros could not participate in grand slam events, people have disputed whether or not he could have won more grand slam titles.
    In addition, the number of overall tournament wins in his career has also been disputed by various sources.
    He had the nickname 'Rocket.'
    He started his tennis career after leaving school at the age of 15.
    Adidas has shoes in his name.
    He is the only man to win all four tennis majors in a season twice.
    He was the first tennis player to have over a million American dollars in career earnings.
    In 2000, the centre court at the Australian Open was renamed after him.
    In 1998, he survived a stroke that could have killed him.
    He was named to a list of Australian Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia.

Credit: whiff boy


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