A ‘hand me down’ racquet started it all

Ken Rosewall was unique in that he was one of the few players to have been successful in both the amateur and professional ranks. Ken Rosewall won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles throughout his career, including 8 majors in the amateur era and 15 in the Open era.

The best parts about Ken’s game were his serve and volleying ability, as well as his competitive spirit which saw him play until he was 41 years old.

Ken’s background in the sport began at a young age, as he started learning the game when he was just 5 years old. Ken’s father was also an accomplished tennis player who was able to teach Ken many of the fundamentals of the game. Ken’s father was also responsible for Ken getting his first tennis racquet, which was a hand-me-down from one of Ken’s older brothers.

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ITEM: Tennis Great Ken Rosewall – 1956 & 1970 U.S. Open Champion & his autograph.

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Vintage Voices: What Did They Say?

This quote has become famous among tennis players and fans alike…

Ken Rosewall was a legendary tennis player known for his fierce competitive spirit and impressive skills on the court. He believed that tennis should be seen as an enjoyable, rather than a punishing sport, and often encouraged players to keep this mindset when competing.

“Tennis is a game to be enjoyed, not suffered.”

– Ken Rosewall

This quote has become famous among tennis players and fans alike, and is a testament to Ken Rosewall’s impact on the sport.

Ken Rosewall is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and his quote reminds us that, at the end of the day, tennis should be fun. Thanks, Ken!

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Watch Ken practice on a grass court in the 1960’s

Ambassador to the sport

Despite Ken’s success on the court, he is perhaps best known for his off-court contributions to the sport. Ken became an ambassador for the sport of tennis, and has served as a mentor to many up-and-coming players. Ken also played an important role in helping to popularize tennis globally, as he famously travelled around the world playing exhibition matches against fellow greats such as Rod Laver.

FlashBack Facts: You May Not Have Known Before

The top 3 players from Ken Rosewall’s era where:

1) Rod Laver

2) Ken Rosewall

3) Roy Emerson

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