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5 oldest French Open men's singles champions in the Open Era

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#4 Rod Laver

Rod Laver
Rod Laver

Almost any list of tennis records in the men's field will invariably feature the great Rod Laver.

The winner of 11 Grand Slam Singles titles, Laver could have won a lot more had he been allowed to compete in Grand Slams between 1963-1967. He was banned during those years since prior to 1968, players who had turned professional couldn't compete at the Majors.

The 1968 French Open final was an all-Australian affair. It pitted Rod Laver against his old on-court rival and great friend - Ken Rosewall.

Rosewall won that match to lift the Musketeers Cup, but the 1969 final was a repeat of the same match, with the two men squaring off against each other again. This time Laver avenged his defeat from the previous year and beat Rosewall.

The win was extra special considering that he won the Calendar Slam that year, for the second time in his career. Laver was 30 years, 303 days old at the time of his win.

Published 05 Dec 2018, 00:23 IST
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