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By Rod Laver, Bud Collins

Depicting the enormous achievements of a world-class athlete, this firsthand account records Rod Laver’s historical 1969 Grand Slam sweep of all 4 significant tennis titles. Coauthored with popular tennis professional Bud Collins, this frank memoir info Laver’s early life, early occupation, and his most vital suits. every one bankruptcy additionally incorporates a spouse tennis lesson, offering pointers on how avid gamers of all degrees can increase their very own online game and sharing suggestions that garnered exceptional good fortune at the courts. absolutely up-to-date at the fortieth anniversary of the author’s such a lot famous triumph, this revised version comprises fresh content material, together with the tale of Laver’s brave restoration from a near-fatal stroke in 1998.

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Cloncurry wasn’t a glamour spot for them even in the vagabond days of 1958, but they’d been booked there. “Get coats and ties or get out, you mugs,” snarled the unshaven innkeeper. They couldn’t believe it. But the man presided over the only beer tap in town. They complied. So I had a coat and a tie in my bag when I returned to Brisbane in 1969 to play the Australian Championship for the first time in seven years. It was finally an open tournament, the last of the Big Four to abandon its amateurs-only policy and welcome the pros in the new era of integrated tennis that began in 1968.

I guess you’re right,” I agreed. We had another beer, and I said good night. I slept well. The next day, I knocked off Newcombe, and in the doubles old Pancho Gonzalez and I, playing our first tournament together, beat the Wimbledon champions, Newcombe and Roche. It was an $8,600 evening for me. S. Pro champ, won the tournament four times. Now I was one up on him, but still three singles titles behind Gonzalez. A. airport with a big kiss. I was apprehensive, a day late. She didn’t mention it.

I’ve noticed that few people take enough practice serves. It’s very easy to injure your arm or shoulder if you aren’t properly warmed up. Don’t be one of those “first one in” guys. Take your time and hit a dozen practice serves, easily at first. Pamper that arm and shoulder. If it’s cold, wear a sweater, maybe even a sweat suit at first until you’re functioning smoothly. Wear a hat. One of our floppy Aussie fishing hats is best. On the depressingly torrid Australian days I would wear wet cabbage leaves inside my hat.

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