Carlsbad’s Rod Laver Honored In Australia

by The Editors on January 20, 2009

Tennis legend and Carlsbadistan resident Rod Laver will be traveling to Australia this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his second grand slam tennis win, according to a story in The Canadian Press.

Hard to believe, but it’s been four decades since the slightly built, red-haired Australian known as “Rocket” won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year. . . . The four men he beat with his powerful left arm in his 1969 Grand Slam, Spaniard Andres Gimeno and fellow Aussies Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe and Tony Roche, are scheduled to join Laver at a legends lunch.

We’ve just always loved the man’s shoes.

[Link: Canadian Press]

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