Former Australian open champion Mervyn Rose dies

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Mervyn Rose won the first of his two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open, in 1954, at the age of 24, after losing in the final, a year before.

Mervyn Rose
Former world number three Mervyn Rose

Seven-time Grand Slam champion, Mervyn Rose has sadly passed away, at the age of eighty-seven.

Rose, who made his Grand Sla debut in 1949, reached a career-high ranking of number three in the world.

He won the first of his two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open, in 1954, at the age of 24, after losing in the final, a year before.

Rose would win his second Grand Slam single title four years after the first, at Roland Garros, which turned out his last major singles crown.

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He represented Australia in the Davis Cup between 1950 and 1957, and was part of the team that defeated the US two times, in 1951 and 1957.

The left-handed Rose ventured into coaching after retiring as a player, working with some of the game’s greatest legends in Billie Jean King, and Margaret Court.

In 2001, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, just a year after receiving the Australian Sports Medal.

Rose, also an Australian Tennis Hall of Fame, inducted in 2002, was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, for his meticulous service to tennis.

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