The Tennis Courts at Rod Laver
Today is the start of the Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne each year at Rod Laver Arena in January - the first of the world's four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The four Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open (1905), French Open at Roland Garros (1891), Wimbledon (1877) and US Open (1881).
Only one person, Australian tennis player Rod Laver, has won the Grand Slam — winning all four tournaments in one year — twice.
Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Statue
The Rockhampton Rocket
Grand Slam 1969
At the time, (1962) the Grand Slam events were only open to amateur players, who were given (under the table) little more than cost of living money for their appearances in tournaments.
Rod Laver vs Tony Roche - Australian Open 1969
Laver (in white hat) begins his journey to the Grand Slam 1969
The free city shuttle bus stops near Rod Laver and tennis fans heading to and from the Australian Open from 18 to 31 January can catch free shuttle trams running on Route 70 from the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to Rod Laver and Hisense arenas.
Today's Quote: Ladies, here's a hint. If you're up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. That's the hardest shot for the well-endowed - Billie Jean King.
Melbourne Daily Photo
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