Rod Lever will be happy if Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon and joins his club
If Novak Djokovic finally wins the Wimbledon this season, starting from next Monday, the Serbian star will have a big man in his fans club. That is none other than legendary Rod Lever, the only star who was the winner of Grand Slam twice, as an amateur in 1962 and then as a professional in 1969. Lever while attending a kids’ programme on tennis at La Kosta near his home, has commented, “He has got some good shots to pull it off. I will be happy to watch it. It will be a feather in his cap if he can win a Grand Slam. He has already won the two major titles.” Djokovic has completed career slam by winning French Open earlier this month.
But Laver was the Grand Slam winner in a rare sense when he won all four major titles, Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and US Open in a same season. And when Laver was winning as professional tennis player the perspective was tremendous. Richard Nixon was in the White House, The Beatles were going to release their famous Abbey Road and Neil Armstrong had just created history by landing on the moon. Laver while remembering those days said,
“I was thrilled after having achieved the feat. I was just in the championship like other players. I told my wife that I want to enter in all the tournaments.” Laver was called the rocket man from Australia, the last man to have achieved the rare feat 47 years ago.”
Incidentally, Djokovic has been placed as the top seed in the Wimbledon while Andy Murray has got second seeding in the championship. And in the women’s section with the absence of Maria Sharapova from tennis, Garbine Muguruza is going to be the major threat against Serena Williams who has been placed as the top seed. Muguruza is the second seed in Wimbledon.
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