Australian great Mervyn Rose dies

Tributes are being paid to Australian tennis great Mervyn Rose, a two-time major singles champion, who has died aged 87.

Rose, a star of the 1950s prior to the open era, won the Australian Championship in 1954 and captured the French Championship title four years later.

The Coffs Harbour-born Rose also claimed the Davis Cup twice (1951, 1957) as part of Australia’s squad.

Rose, who was ranked three in the world when an unofficial rankings list was compiled in 1958, also claimed doubles titles at the Australian and US Championships, as well as Wimbledon.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001 and Australian Hall of Fame a year later.


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