Last week in Slazenger Heritage blog we talked about Novak Djokovic, one of the most famous tennis players nowadays. Today, we are gonna focus on a tennis legend everybody may know around the tennis world: Ken Rosewall.
Who is Ken Rosewall?
Kenneth Robert Rosewall is a professional tennis player from Australia who was born in 1934. Along his life he has won many incredible prices and tournaments, between them we can even find some Grand Slams.
Nowadays, we can say he is considered one of the best tennis players of all times. He started playing tennis at the age of three, but his career took off in 1950 and continued full of exists till he got retired around 1970.
When he was only 18, we received the titles of French Championships and Australian Open, becoming the youngest champion of that major in history, a record he still holds.
Which are his best titles?
Rosewall won this first U.S. National Men’s Singles Championship in 1956 and his last in 1970, producing another link gap between titles. When we won 1970 U.S. Open, we became the oldest winner during the open era. Moreover, he won his first Roland Garros in 1968 and the biggest, Wimbledon in 1974, just some months before he turned 42 years old.
Summing up his career, we can presume not only about winning Gran Slams in three different decades, but also about staying on the top 20 for 15 consecutive years. He has been the only one who has achieved this position.
He personally said: “I was lucky because the game didn’t change a great deal from the start of my career to the end.” In 1971 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and in 1975 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He holds the distinction of being named an Australian Living Treasure for his outstanding contributions to Australian society.