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Rod Laver

Rod Laver (Tennis. Born, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Aug. 9, 1938.) Rodney George Laver, ironically, was born in the year that America’s Don Budge became the first player ever to win the tennis “Grand Slam.” The irony, of course, is that years later, Laver became the second man to win the Grand Slam and, subsequently, the […]

Jack Crawford

Jack Crawford (Tennis.  Born, Albury, N.S.W., Australia, Mar. 22, 1908; died, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, Sept. 10, 1991.)  Australia’s John Herbert Crawford nearly became the first man to score the tennis “grand slam” but lost on the grass of the West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills in 1933.  Crawford won the Australian, French, and Wimbledon […]

Margaret Smith Court

Margaret Smith Court (Tennis.  Born, Albury, New South Wales, Australia, July 16, 1942.)  Of all the great women tennis players, few have dominated the sport as much for as long as did Margaret Smith Court, who was the world’s No. 1 player seven times in 12 years from 1962-73, winning a record 24 singles titles […]

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly (Tennis.  Born, San Diego, CA, Sept. 17, 1934; died, Dallas, TX, June 21, 1969.)  Gifted by nature but dogged by cruel fate.  That was the life and tennis career of Maureen Connolly, the first woman ever to win the singles Grand Slam of tennis.  Despite her remarkable feats, Connolly (later Mrs. Brinker) became […]

Don Budge

Don Budge (Tennis. Born, June 13, 1915, Oakland, CA; died, Scranton, PA., Jan. 26, 2000.)  John Donald Budge earned everlasting fame by becoming the first man ever to win the “Grand Slam” of tennis, capturing the U.S., Wimbledon, French and Australian titles in the same year.  That string of victories captured world headlines in 1938.  But […]

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