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Published Nov 23, 2015

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OEC TAIPEI WTA CHALLENGER
TAIPEI, CHINESE TAIPEI
NOV 16 - NOV 22
Last yearIsingles champion: Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) Tier - 125K
Prize Money: $115,000
Surface: Carpet

SINGLES

(1) Misaki Doi (JPN) d (3) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 7-6(3), 6-2

(4) Timea Babos (HUN) d (5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-3, 7-6(1)

(4) Timea Babos (HUN) d (1) Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 6-3

Tournament Director: Philip Liu Draw:
Sgl 32 - Dbl 8

DOUBLES

K.Hisami (JPN) / K.Taakahata (JPN) d (1) X.Han (CHN) / K.Zhang (CHN) 2-6, 7-5, 10-6

(3) M.Melnikova (RUS) / E.Mertens (BEL) d (2) C.Chan (TPE) / J.Namigata (JPN) 5-7, 6-4, 10-4

K.Hisami (JPN) / K.Taakahata (JPN) d (3) M.Melnikova (RUS) / E.Mertens (BEL) 6-1, 6-2

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BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN
NOV 15 - NOV 22
Last yearIsingles champion: Novak Djokovic (SRB) Tier - 1000
Prize Money: $7,000,0000
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Roger Federer (SUI) d Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-5, 6-3

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 6-3

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 6-4

Tournament Director: Pichai Pantrakul Draw:
Sgl 8 Dbl 8 (RR)

DOUBLES

Bopanna / Mergea d Dodig / Melo 6-4, 6-2

Rojer / Tecau d Bryan / Bryan 6-4, 6-4

Rojer / Tecau d Bopanna / Mergea 6-4, 6-3

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Women's Tour

OEC TAIPEI WTA CHALLENGER
TAIPEI, CHINESE TAIPEI
NOV 16 - NOV 22


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SINGLES DRAW - Timea Babos serves up Taipei title (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

(4) Timea Babos (HUN) d (1) Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 6-3


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Timea Babos served up 15 aces - and zero double faults - to beat Misaki Doi and capture the second-biggest title of her career at the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger on Sunday.
Doi was a strong favorite - not only was she the No.1 seed at the WTA 125K Series event, but she just won her first full WTA title in Luxembourg a few weeks ago. She also didn't lose a set all week.
But the No.4-seeded Babos didn't drop a set all week, either, and with one break per set - in the last game of the first set and another one mid-way through the second - she got the win, 7-5, 6-3.
Read more here (WTA)


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TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 125K
Prize Money: $115,000
Surface: Carpet
Tournament Director: Philip Liu
Draw: SGL-32 DBL-8
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) / Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)

SINGLES

  • FINALIST 1 Misaki Doi (JPN). R1: Risa Ozaka (JPN) 6-3, 7-5. R2: Ling Zhang (HKG) 6-4, 6-4. QF: Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 6-3, 6-4. SF: (3) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 7-6(3), 6-2. F: (4) Timea Babos (HUN) 5-7, 3-6 FINALIST
  • 2 Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ). R1: Marina Melnikova (RUS) 6-0, 6-4. R2: Amandine Hesse (FRA) 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2. QF: (5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4, 1-2ret. Shvedova out in QF
  • 3 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS). R1: Jia-Jing Lu (CHN) 7-65(5), 6-3. R2: Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) 6-4, 6-3. QF: Chang Liu (CHN) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. SF: (1) Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-7(3), 2-6. Rodina out in the Semis
  • CHAMPION 4 Timea Babos (HUN). R1: (Q) Tena Lukas (CRO) 7-5, 6-3. R2: Elise Mertens (BEL) 6-2, 6-2. QF: (7) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-4, 7-5. SF: (5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-3, 7-6(1). F: (1) Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 6-3 CHAMPION
  • 5 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL). R1: (WC) I-Hsuan Cho (TPE) 6-3, 6-3. R2: Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 6-3, 6-1. QF: (2) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 4-6, 2-1ret. SF: (4) Timea Babos (HUN) 3-6, 6-7(1). Flipkens out in the Semis
  • 6 Patricia Maria Tig (ROU). R1: Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. Tig out in R1
  • 7 Stefanie Voegele (SUI). R1: Ya-Hsuan Lee (TPE) 7-6(4), 6-4. R2: Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-1, 6-1. QF: (4) Timea Babos (HUN) 4-6, 5-7. Voegele out in the Quarters
  • 8 Yafan Wang (CHN). R1: (Q) Kotomi Takahata (JPN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. R2: Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 6-3, 3-6, 1-6. Wang out in R2
  • Best Qualifier: All out in R1
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Luksika Kumkhum (THA), Chang Liu (CHN) - both in R2

 

DOUBLES6-2, 6-2

Kanae Hisami (JPN) / Kotomi Taakahata (JPN) d (3) Marina Melnikova (RUS) / Elise Mertens (BEL) 6-1, 6-2


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BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN
NOV 15 - NOV 22


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SINGLES DRAW - Djokovic Completes Finale Four-Peatenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 6-4


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Novak Djokovic completed his argument for one of the greatest seasons of all time on the ATP World Tour, capping a historic campaign with a record fourth consecutive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown. The Serb downed six-time titlist Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday.
It was déjà vu with their second meeting this week at The O2 in London - and 44th overall - coming on the heels of Federer's 7-5, 6-2 triumph in Group Stan Smith play on Tuesday. The FedEx ATP Head2Head is now level at 22-22, with the top-ranked Serb owning a 5-3 edge in their 2015 encounters.
Read more here (ATP)


Photo: BBC

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier 1000
Prize Money: $7,000,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Chris Kermode
Draw: SGL-8 DBL-8 - Round Robin
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Mike Bryan (USA) / Bob Bryan (USA)

SINGLES

GROUP STAN SMITH

Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Roger Federer (SUI)

RESULTS

Novak Djokovic d Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1
Roger Federer d Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2

Roger Federer d Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2
Kei Nishikori d Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Roger Federer d Kei Nishikori 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Kei Nishikori d Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

SEMI-FINAL

Roger Federer d Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3

GROUP ILIE NASTASE

David Ferrer (ESP)
Andy Murray (GBR)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Rafa Nadal (ESP)

RESULTS

Andy Murray d David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4
Rafa Nadal d Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2
Rafa Nadal d Andy Murray 6-4, 6-1
Stan Wawrinka d David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2
Stan Wawrinka d Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-4
Rafa Nadal d David Ferrer 6-7(2) 6-3, 6-4

SEMI-FINAL

Novak Djokovic d Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-3

FINAL

Novak Djokovic d Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4

CHAMPION

Novak Djokovic (SRB)

 

DOUBLES

 GROUP ASHE / SMITH

Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU)
Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)

RESULTS

Murray / Peers d Bolelli / Fognini 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9
Bopanna / Mergea d Bryan / Bryan 6-4, 6-3

Bryan / Bryan d Bolelli / Fognini 6-3, 6-2
Bopanna / Mergea d Murray / Peers 6-3, 7-6(5)
Murray / Peers d
Bolelli / Fognini 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9
Bryan / Bryan d Murray / Peers 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 16-14

SEMI-FINAL

Bopanna / Mergea d Dodig / Melo 6-4, 6-2

GROUP FLEMING/ MCENROE

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
Mercin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)

RESULTS

Rojer / Tecau d Matkowski / Zimonjic 6-2, 6-4
Dodig / Melo d Herbert / Mahut 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7
Herbert / Mahut d
Matkowski / Zimonjic 5-7, 6-3, 10-8
Rojer / Tecau d
Dodig / Melo 6-4, 7-6(3)
Rojer / Tecau d Herbert / Mahut 6-4, 7-5
Dodig / Melo d
Matkowski / Zimonjic 3-6, 7-5, 10-6

SEMI-FINAL

Rojer / Tecau d Bryan / Bryan 6-4, 6-4

FINAL

Rojer / Tecau d Bopanna / Mergea 6-4, 6-3

CHAMPION

Jean-Julien Rojer (FRA) / Horia Tecau (ROU)

Tecau/Rojer Capture Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Doubles Title


Photo: Peter Staples, ATP




Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer completed a memorable week at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday when they captured the title, less than 24 hours after they had clinched year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Second seeds Rojer and Tecau defeated eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 6-3 for their 11th team title, and third of the year that includes their maiden Grand Slam at Wimbledon (d. J. Murray-Peers). The duo ends the season with a 48-21 match record.
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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 23, 2015

SINGLES: No changes in the Top 10. Timea Babos moves up 14 points to 70 after winning Taipei.
DOUBLES: No changes in the Top 10

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

9945
 

1
Mirza, Sania

11355

2
Halep, Simona

6060
 

2
Hingis, Martina

11355

3
Muguruza, Garbine

5200
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

7450

4
Sharapova, Maria

5011
 

4
Šafárová, Lucie

6866

5
Radwanska, Agnieszka

4500
 

5
Dellacqua, Casey

5835

6
Kvitova, Petra

4220
 

6
Shvedova, Yaroslava

5720

7
Venus Williams

3790
 

7
Chan, Yung-Jan

5570

8
Pennetta, Flavia

3621
 

8
Vesnina, Elena

5275

9
Šafárová, Lucie

3590
 

9
Mladenovic, Kristina

5095

10
Kerber, Angelique

3590
 

10
Makarova, Ekaterina

4586

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 23, 2015

SINGLES: No changes in the Top 10 while Djokovic solidifies his lead.
DOUBLES: Bryans move down a few spots while Melo is no. 1.
Rojer and Tecau move up after winning in London.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

16585
 

1
Melo, Marcelo

8900

2
Murray, Andy

8670
 

2
Tecau, Horia

7420

3
Federer, Roger

8265
 

3
Rojer, Jean-Julien

7420

4
Wawrinka, Stan

6865
 

4
Bryan, Bob

6770

5
Nadal, Rafael

5230
 

5
Bryan, Mike

6770

6
Berdych, Tomas

4620
 

6
Dodig, Ivan

6685

7
Ferrer, David

4305
 

7
Jamie Murray

5745

8
Nishikori, Kei

4235
 

8
John Peers

5545

9
Richard Gasquet

2850
 

9
Rohan Bopanna

5530

10
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2635
 

10
Fabio Fognini

5365


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CARLSBAD CLASSIC
CARLSBAD, USA
NOV 23 - NOV 29

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 125K
Prize Money: $115,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Ben Goldsmith
Draw: SGL-32 DBL-8

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
  • 2 Tatjana Maria (GER)
  • 3 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
  • 4 Naomi Broady (GBR)
  • 5 Nicole Gibbs (USA)
  • 6 Julia Glushko (ISR)
  • 7 Sachia Vickery (USA)
  • 8 Rebecca Peterson (SWE)

Plus: Cici Bellis (USA), Alexandra Stevenson (USA)

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Oksana Kaalashnikova (GEO) / Tatjana Maria (GER)
  • 2 Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Sharon Fichman (CAN)
  • 3 Oaula Christina Goncalves (BRA) / Sanaz Marand (USA)
  • 4 Julia Glushko (ISR) / Rebecca Petersonj (SWE)

Plus: Broady / Gibbs, King / Kudryavtseva

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
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LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
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Ken Rosewall (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
CLASS OF 1980

CITIZENSHIP: Australia
BORN: November 2, 1934 (81)
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Sydney, Australia
PLAYED: Right-handed
ENSHRINED: 1980


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At an age when most players were several years into retirement or at the very least at the tail end of their careers, Ken Rosewall was still winning major singles titles.

On a sweltering 100-plus degree day in Melbourne, one better suited for the pool or beach, Rosewall became the oldest major tournament winner in the Open Era when, at age 37 years, 2 months and 1 day, he defeated fellow Aussie Mal Anderson, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5, to win the 1972 Australian Open at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.


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By tennis standards, the final was Old Timers Day. Anderson was 36, and had been working as a tennis and squash instructor the four previous years before coming out of retirement only a few weeks before the tournament. Both were family men and fathers - Anderson had three children, Rosewall two. "Ken played terrific," Davidson said in an interview with the New York Times. "His age didn't enter into the equation whatsoever."

Age was never a factor for the resilient Rosewall. He was a modern day Ponce de Leon, and found his Fountain of Youth on the tennis court. He was ranked No. 3 in the world entering the Australian Open and was the defending champion, won the previous year at age 36 over Arthur Ashe in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. He whipped through the 1971 Australian without losing a set, becoming the first male player during the Open Era to accomplish that extremely rare feat. Not lost in Rosewall's magnificent three-decade assault on worldwide tennis courts was his first Australian Championship as an 18-year-old in 1953 and his last in 1972, a record 19-year gap between championships that won't likely be broken. In 1974, proving he still had plenty of fuel in his tank, the 39-year-old Rosewall advanced to both the Wimbledon and US Open finals, thwarted by Jimmy Connors each time, but became the oldest player to compete in two major finals in the same year.


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Rosewall's career transcended 27 years through the amateur and professional and Open eras. But he wasn't a tennis nomad, traipsing around the world slugging tennis balls because he didn't have anything better to do, or more importantly, wasn't one of the world's finest players. Rosewall was immensely successful at every stage of his career. He was like the Energizer Bunny - he never slowed down and his game was timeless, proficient and effective until he decided it was time to end his remarkable run. He won 18 majors (eight singles, nine doubles, one mixed), which is sixth-highest male totals and an additional 15 titles in 19 opportunities in professional tournaments.

Rosewall's longevity combined with his results was remarkably uncommon: He won his first French Championship in 1953 and his second in 1968, a record 15-year gap between championships. When he captured his first Australian championship in 1953 at age 18 years, 2 months, he became the youngest champion of that major in history, a record he still holds. He returned to the Australian semifinals in 1976 and 1977, a stunning 22 years after his first time Rosewall won his first U.S. National Men's Singles Championship in 1956 and his last in 1970, producing another decade-long gap between titles that stands alone in tennis annals. When he won the 1970 US Open, he was 35 years, 10 months, 11 days old, the third oldest in history behind Bill Tilden and William Larned, but the oldest during the Open Era, a record he still maintains. He also advanced to four Wimbledon finals (1954, 1956, 1970, 1974), in 20 years, the only major he failed to win. Rosewall didn't stop competing until his early 40s. In 1975, at age 40, he was still ranked No. 2 in the world. In 1977, at age 43, he won the Tokyo Gunze Open International 28 days after his birthday over Ilie N?stase, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Just 15 days prior, he defeated Tom Gorman to win the Hong Kong Colgate Tennis Challenge, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Rosewall then slid into the senior tour.


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"I was lucky," the modest Rosewall said, "because the game didn't change a great deal from the start of my career to the end." Rosewall would be severely downplaying his accomplishments, though, because the game did change during his career. Players were bigger and stronger, more prone to attack than languish on the backcourt and advances in racquet technology created a faster and more powerful game. Rosewall simply adapted and flourished.

Rosewall was a complete player in every regard, who didn't have any discernible weaknesses as he switched from grass to clay to hard courts. Mentored by legendary Aussie coach Harry Hopman, Rosewall developed a game built on speed, agility and quickness. He possessed a brilliant slice backhand, his best shot, hit tightly and accurately. He began his career as a backcourt specialist - he'd stroke ball after ball after ball - and as he matured, brought the serve-and-volley technique into his arsenal. Similar to his compatriot and longtime rival Rod Laver, the right-handed Rosewall wasn't big, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds, and was affectionately nicknamed "Muscle" by his Aussie mates because he was anything but strong and powerful. He started playing tennis as early as age 3, learning the game as a natural left-hander who was converted into a righty by his father Robert. Many believe Rosewall's ambidextrous ability off both sides greatly benefited his backhand, widely considered among the best of all time.

Rosewall played on the amateur tour from 1951 to 1956, winning three majors - 1953 Australian over fellow Aussie Mervyn Rose, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4; the French Championships over Vic Seixas, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2; and the 1955 Australian over compatriot and frequent doubles partner Lew Hoad, 9-7, 6-4, 6-4. He turned professional in 1957, making him instantly banned from the majors, and competing for a decade on the circuit where he flourished, winning eight straight French Pro championships (1958, 1960-68), five Wembley Pro (1957, 1960-63) and two US Pro (1963, 1965).


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The decision to turn professional left Rosewall unable to compete in major tournaments, a significant lost opportunity to carve out more major titles. But when Open tennis made its debut in 1968 Rosewall won the first available major at the French, defeating Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. The rivals met only twice in major finals - they competed on different circuits at the time, and Rosewall was four years older. Laver defeated Rosewall in the 1969 French championship and held a distinct advantage when competing on the pro tour against Rosewall. The duo did play two incredible matches competing on the World Championship Tennis tour in 1971 and 1972. Rosewall won both matches played in Dallas, earning the sweet $50,000 purse. The 1972 final against Laver is regarded as one of the greatest matches ever played. In a 3 ½ hour marathon seen by millions on television, Rosewall outlasted The Rocket, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, winning the match with his bread-and-butter shot, two huge backhand returns produced in the tension-filled final tiebreaker. In typical understated Rosewall fashion he downplayed his victory, telling the media, "There were 10 easy points he gave me," he said in reference to Laver's 10 double faults. "When he double faulted in the tiebreaker he really let me off the hook. I was fortunate he started serving poorly." Rosewall had tied the match 1-1 with a 6-0 second set victory. "I'd like to say I planned it that way, but I didn't," Rosewall said. "It's something that doesn't happen very often. It certainly gave me a lift."

Rosewall captured the 1970 US Open over Tony Roche, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3, and won the back-to-back Australian titles in 1971 and 1972, ostensibly closing out his career in the majors, though he splayed sporadically until 1978.


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In doubles play, Rosewall won nine majors; three Australian (1953, 1956, 1972) and two each at the French (1953, 1968), Wimbledon (1953, 1956) and US Championships (1956, 1959). Five of those titles were earned alongside Hoad. In mixed action, he teamed with Margaret Osborne duPont to win the 1956 U.S. Nationals.
Rosewall was a youthful member of the Australian Davis Cup team, joining the squad as an 18-year-old in 1953, and helped the Aussies win the Cup that year three other times (1955, 1956, 1973) during his six years competing.

During the Open Era, the ATP lists Rosewall's record at 550-175. He won 133 tournaments spanning his lengthy career (35 ATP) and was the No. 2 ranked player in the world in 1975. He earned $1,602,700 during his career in both singles and doubles play, pale in comparison by today's standard's where Grand Slam champions earn twice that for a singles victory alone. But Rosewall topped the $1 million in career earnings, a significant accomplishment and one of the first to do so.
In 1971 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and in 1975 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. He holds the distinction of being named an Australian Living Treasure for his outstanding contributions to Australian society.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Top Ranking
World No. 2 (1953)

Grand Slam Results
18-time major champion, 18-time finalist

Career Titles
148

Davis Cup
Member of the Australian Davis Cup Team 1953-1956, 1973, 1975
Member of the Australian Championship Davis Cup Team 1953, 1955-1956, 1973
Overall Record: 19-3
Singles Record: 17-2
Doubles Record: 2-1

 

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
8 Singles | 9 Doubles | 1 Mixed Doubles

Singles
Australian Open: W (1953), W (1955), W (1971), W (1972)
French Open: W (1953), W (1968)
Wimbledon: F (1954), F (1956), F (1970), F (1974)
US Open: W (1956), W (1970)

Doubles
Australian Open: W (1953), W (1956), W (1972)
French Open: W (1953), W (1968)
Wimbledon: W (1953), W (1956)
US Open: W (1956), W (1969)

Mixed Doubles
French Open: SF (1953)
Wimbledon: F (1954)
U.S. Nationals: W (1956)

In 1974 Ken Rosewall announced his semi-retirement by accepting a 5 year contract as sporting promotions manager for a Hong Kong-based international airline.
In 1976 Rosewall fell out of the top 10 but stayed in the top 20, winning Brisbane, the Jackson WCT and Hong-Kong, where he beat N?stase, then the world number three.
1977 was Rosewall's last year in the top 20. He had been one of the top players for 26 years, and in the top 20 from 1952 to 1977. He won his last tournaments at Hong Kong and Tokyo (the Gunze Open) at the age of 43.


Photo: WTA

His gradual retirement ended in October 1980 when, at nearly 46, he played at the Melbourne Indoor Tournament, defeating Butch Walts, the American ranked 49, in the first round, before Paul McNamee ended his career in the second.

During his long playing career he remained virtually injury-free, something that helped him to still win tournaments at the age of 43 and remain ranked in the top 15 in the world.

Rosewall was also known as being extremely careful about his spending, like a number of other Australian players of the time. The Australians themselves characterized this as having "short arms and deep pockets." Kramer writes that an Australian radio reporter once asked Pancho Segura what his single biggest thrill in tennis had been. "'The night Frank Sedgman bought dinner,' Segoo replied."

Tournament abbreviations

WC
= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.

 

 

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