Mervyn Rose, 7-time grand slam cham­pion in ten­nis, dies at 87

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Mervyn Rose, an Aus­tralian ten­nis player who won seven Grand Slam tour­na­ment ti­tles in the 1950s and later coached cham­pi­ons like Bil­lie Jean King and Mar­garet Smith Court, died July 23 in Coffs Har­bour, Aus­tralia. He was 87.

His death, in a hos­pi­tal, was con­firmed by his nephew Bradlee Rose.

Rose, a left-han­der, was some­what over­shad­owed in the Aus­tralian ten­nis elite by Ken Rose­wall and Lew Hoad — and later by Rod Laver, who is con­sid­ered the coun­try’s great­est player. But he was a tough, some­times tem­per­a­men­tal player known for strong vol­ley­ing and what was called his “chip and charge,” in which he would chip, or slice, a re­turn and rush to the net.

In 1954, at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships (now the Aus­tralian Open), Rose de­feated Rose­wall in five sets in the semi­fi­nals, aveng­ing his loss in straight sets to Rose­wall in the fi­nals a year ear­lier. Rose then needed just 70 min­utes to beat Rex Hartwig in the fi­nal to win his first Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pi­onship. He and Hartwig also won the tour­na­ment’s dou­bles ti­tle.

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