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Rod Laver An Autobiography by Rod Laver

Rod Laver An Autobiography

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Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1 for seven years and the only player to achieve the Grand Slam twice. Writing of his triumphs Rod Laver also looks at the game he loves so much and its change from an amateur game to the levels of professionalism we have today, and he goes back to his childhood and memories of his family and the people who spotted those hawk-like abilities and taught him to become a champion. ~ Sue Baker

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'Rod Laver’s autobiography provides a refreshing contrast to the indulgent antics of modern sports superstars: when he won Wimbledon in 1962, the prize was £15 worth of vouchers! Rod ultimately won Wimbledon four times, and remains the only player to win a Grand Slam twice. In the face of such achievements arrogance would be forgivable, but it’s Rod’s genuine humility which makes this such a charming read. Rod’s love for both tennis and his family shine through on every page, and the warmth with which he writes about his beloved wife Mary and their children make this a very personal glimpse into the life of a genuine legend.'- Clare Drysdale, Uk Director, Allen & Unwin


Rod Laver An Autobiography by Rod Laver

From my earliest tennis memories, Rod Laver stood above all others as the greatest champion our sport has known.' Roger Federer Rod Laver's autobiography tells the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy became one of the greatest ever sporting champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam - that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in a single calendar year. In 1969 he won it again, becoming the only player ever to win the Grand Slam twice. His book is a wonderfully nostalgic journey, transporting readers from the early days of growing up in an Australian country town in the 1950s, to breaking into the amateur circuit, to the extraordinary highs of Grand Slam victories. Away from on-court triumphs, Rod also writes movingly about the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a long illness. Filled with anecdotes about the great players and great matches, set against the backdrop of a tennis world changing from rigid amateurism to the professional game we recognise today, this is a warm, insightful and fascinating account of a great sportsman.


The greatest champion our sport has ever known. -- Roger Federer An excellent autobiography * Sunday Times *

About the Author

Rodney George Rod Laver MBE holds the record for the most singles titles won in the history of tennis - with more than 200 career titles - and was the second man to win the Grand Slam in 1962. Rod remains the only player, male or female, to have claimed two Grand Slams - once as an amateur and once as a professional. He was ranked World No.1 for seven years in a row and is the last male player to have won every major twice. In January 2000 the home of the Australian Open was named Rod Laver Arena in his honour. Rod currently lives in Carlsbad, California.

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Publication date

4th June 2015


Rod Laver

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Allen & Unwin


416 pages


Biography / Autobiography
Sport from the Armchair
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