Ken Rosewall

Ken Rosewall

Kenneth Robert ("Ken") Rosewall AM MBE (born 2 November 1934) is a former world top-ranking amateur and professional tennis player from Australia. He won 23 Majors including eight Grand Slam singles titles and before the Open Era a record fifteen Pro Slam titles (and completed the Pro Grand Slam in 1963). Rosewall won 9 slams in doubles with a career double grand slam. He is considered to be one of the top male tennis players of all time. He had a renowned backhand and enjoyed a long career at the highest levels from the early 1950s to the early 1970s. He was one of the two best male players for about nine years and was the World No. 1 player for a number of years in the early 1960s. He was ranked among the top 20 players, amateur or professional, every year from 1952 through 1977. Rosewall is the only player to have simultaneously held Pro Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces (1962–1963). He was the first male player during the open era to win a Grand Slam without dropping a set (1971 Australian Open).

Rosewall was born in Sydney into a family that played tennis and owned tennis courts. A natural left-hander, he was taught by his father to play right-handed. Perhaps as a result of this unorthodox training (or in spite of it), he developed a powerful and effective backhand but never had anything more than an accurate but relatively soft serve. He was 1.70 m tall (5 ft 7 in) and weighed 67 kg (145 pounds) and was ironically nicknamed "Muscles" by his fellow-players because of his lack of them. He was, however, fast, agile, and tireless, with a deadly volley. His sliced backhand was his strongest shot, and, along with the very different backhand of former player Don Budge, has generally been considered one of the best, if not the best, backhands yet seen.

The father of Brett and Glenn Rosewall, and grandfather of five, Rosewall now lives in northern Sydney, where he still frequently plays tennis.

Read more about Ken Rosewall:  Amateur Career: 1950 Through 1956, Professional Career: 1957 Through March 1968, Open-closed Career: April 1968 Through July 1972, Rivalries, Miscellaneous Comments, Honours

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1956 Davis Cup - Challenge Round
... grass United States 1 ... Lew Hoad Herbie Flam 2 ... Ken Rosewall Vic Seixas 3 ... Lew Hoad / Ken Rosewall Sam Giammalva / Vic Seixas 7. 5 ...
1972 WCT Circuit - Schedule - August
... Cox 6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 Ray Ruffels Roger Taylor Cliff Drysdale Ken Rosewall Nikola Pilić Marty Riessen Ismail El Shafei Cliff Drysdale Roger Taylor 7 ...
1971 World Championship Tennis Finals – Singles - Draw - Key
... Semifinals Final 1 Tom Okker 7 ... Marty Riessen 1 ... Tom Okker 3 ... Ken Rosewall 3 ... Ken Rosewall 6 ... John Newcombe 3 ... Ken ...
Sydney International - Past Champions - Men's Singles
... Dibley 6–1, 6–4, 6–2 1973 Malcolm Anderson Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 1972 Alexander Metreveli Patrice Dominguez 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6 ...
Ken Rosewall - Honours
... Rosewall was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1980 ...

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