Rod Laver's memoir is the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy from Rockhampton, Australia became one of sports' greatest champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam—that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US titles in a single calendar year. In 1969, he won it again, becoming the only player ever to win the Grand Slam twice. Away from on-court triumphs, Rod also movingly writes about the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a long illness. Filled with anecdotes about the great players and great matches, set against the backdrop of a changing tennis world, Rod's book is a warm and insightful account of one of tennis's all-time greats.
About the Author
Rodney George "Rod" Laver holds the record for the most singles titles won in the history of tennis and was the second man to win the Grand Slam in 1962. By the end of the 1960s, he was regarded as the best tennis player in the world. He lives in Carlsbad, California. Larry Writer is a Sydney-based author, journalist, and public speaker, who has written for publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire, and Vogue. Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time.