Rod Laver – John Newcombe Wimbledon 1969

Back in 1969 for this final between two great Australian players. After his win at the Australian Open (vs Andres Gimeno) and French Open (vs Ken Rosewall), tennis great Rod Laver was en route for his second calendar Grand Slam. An entertaining match between two gifted serve and volleyer.

It feels so strange to watch both players rush to the net on every point. Good old days…

Laver - Newcombe

Laver

Laver

No stache Newk:

Newcombe

Newcombe

No chair:

Laver - Newcombe

Tea time?

Laver - Newcombe

Laver - Newcombe

Laver

Did you know?
– Rod Laver and John Newcombe are both Australian Living Treasure (Evonne Goolagong, Ken Rosewall and Pat Rafter are as well)
– Rod Laver is only 1.72m
– only 5 players have completed a calendar Grand Slam: Don Budge (1938), Rod Laver (in 1962 as an amateur and in a 1969 as a pro), Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).

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