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The golden era : the extraordinary two decades when Australians ruled the tennis world

Laver, Rod2019
Rod Laver's fascinating account of the extraordinary two decades when Australia ruled the tennis world. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Australia was the world's tennis superpower, producing players who dominated amateur grand slam tournaments, the Davis Cup and the professional circuit, and none was more successful, famous or influential than Rod Laver, whose two singles Grand Slams - winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and United States championships in a calendar year - have never been equalled. The Golden Era is Rod's deeply personal account of those great years. As a participant and eye-witness, he captures the excitement and drama of the great wins, and gives us genuine insight into the band of supremely talented Australian champions who balanced playing hard with a legendary sportsmanship. Written with all of Rod's peerless tennis knowledge, and including key interviews with Frank Sedgman, Ken Rosewall, the late Lew Hoad, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, Ashley Cooper, Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, John Newcombe and Margaret Court, The Golden Era is the definitive story of the two decades of Australian tennis domination that will almost certainly never be repeated.
Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
xii, 564 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue : a Cup for the ages -- Mining for gold -- Where the crows fly backwards -- Gentleman Frank -- Lew and Muscles : the Tennis Twins -- The cruelest cut -- Harry Hopman : mentor and tormentor -- On my way -- Mal and Coop step up -- Neal Fraser : late bloomer -- My first Grand Slam -- Turning pro -- Margaret, Queen of the Court -- Emmo's purple patch -- The redemption of Fred Stolle -- Adrift in the pro wilderness -- Bewdy Newk -- The Open revolution -- My Second Grand Slam -- One woman's world -- Muscles the ageless -- Our Evonne -- Sunset on an era -- Epilogue : passing parade -- Appendix A: Grand Slam Winners 1952-1973 -- Appendix B: Australia's Davis Cup Record 1950-1969.
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