Aus­tralian ten­nis star Mervyn Rose dies at 87

He won two Davis Cups, two ma­jor ti­tles

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Mervyn Rose, who won two Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles and two Davis Cups be­fore go­ing into coach­ing and work­ing with stars in­clud­ing Bil­lie Jean King and Mar­garet Court, has died. He was 87.

Ten­nis Aus­tralia is­sued a state­ment late Mon­day con­firm­ing the death of Rose, a feisty left-han­der who won the Aus­tralian Open in 1954 and the French Open in 1958 be­fore turn­ing pro.

Rose also won men’s dou­bles ti­tles at the Aus­tralian and U.S. Opens and at Wim­ble­don, reached the semi­fi­nals in sin­gles at all four ma­jors and peaked at a ca­reer-high rank­ing of No. 3.

He was rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in Davis Cup be­tween 1950 and ‘57, and was part of the team which beat the United States for the ti­tles in ‘51 and ‘57.

Ten­nis Aus­tralia paid trib­ute to Rose as a player and coach, say­ing he “ef­fort­lessly made the tran­si­tion to coach­ing (and) worked with some of the greats.”

Rose was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Fame in 2001.

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