Aussie ten­nis great Mervyn Rose dies

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian two-time Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pion Mervyn Rose, who went on to coach greats Mar­garet Court and Bil­lie Jean King, has died, ten­nis of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. Rose, who won the Aus­tralian Open and French Open along with five Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tles, was 87. “The ten­nis fam­ily is mourn­ing the pass­ing of seven-time Grand Slam cham­pion Mervyn Rose and our thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends,” said Ten­nis Aus­tralia. Rose claimed his first ma­jor ti­tle at the 1954 Aus­tralian Open, de­feat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion and top seed Ken Rose­wall on the way to the fi­nal, where he beat his long-time dou­bles part­ner Rex Hartwig. A left-han­der known for per­fect­ing the art of chip and charge, he went on to win at Roland Gar­ros four years later, over­com­ing Chile’s Luis Ayala in the fi­nal. Rose was also part of Aus­tralia’s 1951 and 1957 Davis Cup-win­ning teams, reach­ing a ca­reer-high three in the world.

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