Men’s tennis world has many legends. Each country also has one or more local legends of its own. But Rod Laver is truly the most legend of legends. Rod Laver Arena is the official venue for the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia. This yard was originally called Flinders Park.
He was crowned here 3 times out of 11 Grand Slam titles he has won in his glorious career. Rod Laver Arena is a sports complex, not just a tennis court. It has hosted various music, sports and cultural events.
Regarding tennis, Rod Laver has a mobile roof that allows games to be uninterrupted because of weather conditions. The capacity of the yard is 14,820 seats, annually attracts more than 1.5 million tourists visit.
Some athletes even win more Grand Slams than Laver but in terms of stature and greatness, Laver is the No. 1 tennis player in the history of Australian tennis.
It is a great honor for many athletes not to have a live athlete named for the stadium. In football, Napoli’s San Paolo stadium was proposed to be renamed Diego Maradona to honor the Argentinian legend but the Napoli city government refused.
Laver held the number 1 position in the world for 7 consecutive years from 1964 to 1970. Even Federer can only do this for 5 consecutive years only. Winning all 4 Grand Slams in 1 year is Laver’s peak achievement. This is also his greatest pride that no player has ever kept up.
Another sidekick but also very great: Laver is the second male player to win 4 Grand Slam titles in Australia. According to the official statistics of ATP, Laver is the leading player of all players.
That’s including amateur and professional, in terms of number of titles with 184 singles titles. Modern tennis used to have modest players about the height of the top 10 like Marcelo Rios.