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Rod Laver
Rod Laver

Rod Laver

An Autobiography
By Rod Laver, Foreword by Roger Federer, By Larry Writer

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

416 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $33.95)

ISBN 9781629372013

Rights: US & CA

Triumph Books (Apr 2016)

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Overview

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, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. 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. Laver's book is a wonderfully nostalgic journey into Laver's path to stardom, from the early days of growing up in a Queensland country town in the 1950s, to breaking into the amateur circuit, to the extraordinary highs of Grand Slam victories. 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 tennis world changing from rigid amateurism to the professional game we recognize today, Rod's book is a warm, insightful and fascinating account of one of tennis's all-time greats.

Author Biography

Rodney George "Rod" Laver MBE holds the record for the most singles titles won in the history of tennis - with more than 200 career titles - and was the second man to win the Grand Slam in 1962. In 1969, he won the Grand Slam again, becoming the only male player to have won the Grand Slam in the open era. Rod remains the only player to have claimed two Grand Slams - once as an amateur and once as a professional. He was ranked World No.1 for seven years in a row and is the last male player to have won every major twice. By the end of the 1960s, he was regarded as the best tennis player in the world. Rod currently lives in Carlsbad, California. Larry Writer is a Sydney-based author and journalist and public speaker. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Sydney Magazine, Marie Claire, Vogue, The Bulletin, Australian Business and the Australian Financial Review. He is a former editor, senior journalist and London bureau chief with Australian Consolidated Press and Time Inc. Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

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Rod Laver - "Rod Laver: An Autobiography" ›
Ridgewood, NJ
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Rod Laver - "Rod Laver: An Autobiography" ›
Flushing, NY
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Flushing, NY
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Rod Laver - "Rod Laver: An Autobiography" ›
La Jolla, CA
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Rod Laver - "Rod Laver: An Autobiography" ›
Oceanside, CA
7:00pm

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Rod Laver: An Autobiography

By Rod Laver with Larry Writer / Foreword by Roger Federer

 

Contact: Olivia Aguilar, Triumph Books, 312.676.4238, o.aguilar@triumphbooks.com


 

Few athletes of the 20th century belong in the same category of success and grace as Rod Laver. On the court, Laver earned the respect of his opponents through his competitiveness and flawless technique. In the process he amassed 200 career singles titles, the most of any player in history.

 

In Rod Laver: An Autobiography, tennis’s greatest champion reveals the lessons that made him the world’s top ranked player and opens up about a life lived on the center court.  From his childhood years learning the game on the junior circuit through his recent stroke, Laver provides fans with an honest look at a remarkable life and career. Highlights include:

 

  • A thoughtful foreword from tennis great Roger Federer, praising Laver as an icon
  • Memories of Laver’s youth in Australia and the instructors whose teachings molded him into a champion
  • Tales of Laver’s Championship matches, including his first Wimbledon title, a victory of that needed only 56 minutes
  • How Laver met his future wife, and how he nearly missed the ceremony
  • An inside look at how professional tennis transformed in the second half of the 20th century

 

Rod Laver: An Autobiography recounts a life of hard work and the success it created. Those who remember watching Laver’s rise to greatness as well as younger tennis fans eager to appreciate the sport’s history will find value in the pages of this great new autobiography. No tennis player’s library is complete without it.

 

About the Authors:

Rodney George "Rod" Laver MBE holds the record for the most singles titles won in the history of tennis - with more than 200 career titles – and, in 1962, became the second man to win the Grand Slam. In 1969, he won the Grand Slam again, becoming the only male player to have won the Grand Slam in the open era. Rod remains the only player to have claimed two Grand Slams - once as an amateur and once as a professional. He was ranked World No.1 for seven years in a row and is the last male player to have won every major twice. By the end of the 1960s, he was regarded as the best tennis player in the world. Rod currently lives in Carlsbad, California.

 

Larry Writer is a Sydney-based author, journalist and public speaker. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Sydney Magazine, Marie Claire, Vogue, The Bulletin, Australian Business and the Australian Financial Review. He is a former editor, senior journalist and London bureau chief with Australian Consolidated Press and Time Inc.

 

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