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Rod Laver


1938 Born August 9 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, to Roy Stanley and Melba Laver
1944 From the age of six Laver begins competing against his older brothers in tennis matches
1951 Loses to his older brother Bon in the Central Queensland junior final
1953 Quits school to devote full time to tennis, coached by Harry
1956 Wins the U.S. junior championship
1957 Serves in the Australian Army
1958 Upsets American Barry MacKay in the second round of Queen's Club Tournament and gains international notice
1959 Playing with the Australian Davis Cup team, Laver helps to beat the United States
1959 Loses in the finals of the U.S. singles championship at Forest Hills
1960 Wins his first Australian singles title
1961 Wins his first Wimbledon singles title, but loses at Forest Hills in the finals
1961 Offered $33,000 to join Jack Kramer's pro tour, but refuses
1962 Scores his first Grand Slam, winning the singles championships in Australia, France, England, and the United States, the first tennis player to do so since America's Don Budge in 1938
1962 Turns professional, signing a three-year, $110,000 contract, and is thus barred for the next five years from participation in amateur championships
1964 Wins U.S. Pro singles title
1966-70 Wins 19 consecutive titles in the U.S. Pro circuit
1968 With advent of Open era in tennis, Laver resumes play in Grand Slam tournaments, winning Wimbledon in a final lasting less than an hour
1969 Wins his second Grand Slam, a record no other tennis player has equaled
1971 Earns a record $292,000, boosting his overall tennis earnings to over a million, the highest of any tennis player
1972 Plays in finals of first World Championship of Tennis
1973 Allowed to play Davis Cup again, helping Australia to win the cup away from the United States
1976 Signs with World Team Tennis and named Rookie of the Year at age 38
1978 Retires from tennis
1981 Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
1999 Suffers a stroke and has to re-learn how to play tennis
2000 Center court at Australia's Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open, is named Rod Laver Court in his honor

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