San Francisco Chronicle



Rod Laver

If Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to complete a Grand Slam, he’ll have a big fan in the last man to do it. Laver knows what it takes to complete tennis’ ultimate achievemen­t, having won the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1962 and again as a pro in 1969. Djokovic is halfway there heading into Wimbledon, which starts Monday. “I think he’s got a good shot at pulling it off, and I’d be happy seeing it,” Laver said. “You don’t own the territory. It’s a feather in his cap if he can pull off a Grand Slam. He’s got two already.” Djokovic completed a career slam by winning the French Open this month. That gave him the rarity of holding all four major titles at once. Known for his powerful left arm, Laver won Wimbledon four times, the Australian Open three times and the U.S. and French championsh­ips twice each. Steffi Graf was the last woman to win the Grand Slam, in 1988. Serena Williams came oh-so close last year before losing to unseeded Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals.

Johnny Manziel

The unemployed quarterbac­k reported a hit-and-run accident to Dallas police this week. The accident happened Monday night, and Manziel had a witness from his vehicle and an impartial witness. Manziel attorney Bob Hinton said police told him the vehicle was damaged on the driver’s side. Manziel’s spokeswoma­n, Denise Michaels, said the former Cleveland player told her he hit his head but didn’t have a concussion or other injury. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is facing a misdemeano­r assault charge in a domesticvi­olence case involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. A status hearing is scheduled for Friday, but Manziel isn’t required to appear. He remains unsigned and without an agent with training camp about five weeks away for most NFL teams.

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