A Personal Photolog: Rod Laver Through the Years

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Rodney George Laver is a retired Australian professional tennis player, and was dubbed ‘the best in the sport’s history’. He was born on August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia to Roy Laver and Melba Roffey. Standing at 5 ft 8″, with a medium build, Laver developed an aggressive playing style with the use of fast groundstrokes and a complete serve-and-volley game. He was ranked number one in the professional category from 1964 to 1970, and was also ranked number one in the amateur category for two years in 1961 and 1962.
 
His 200 singles were the most in the history of tennis, and he won 10 or more titles per year for seven straight years from 1964 to 1970. He proved superior on any court surface, whether it be clay, grass, hard wood or carpet. He won 11 singles titles five years prior to the Open Era. He was inducted into the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and was part of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for being a sports legend.
 
Take a look at the life of Rod Laver from his early tennis years starting in 1956 to the present.

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