Mervyn Rose, Australian Hall of Fame tennis player, Died at 87


Mervyn Gordon Rose was born on January 23, 1930, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales and died on July 23, 2017.

He was an Australian male tennis player.

He won 7 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles and mixed doubles).

He went professional in 1959.

Rose was ranked inside the world’s Top 10 throughout much of his tennis career and represented Australia in the Davis Cup from 1951 to 1957.

Rose was ranked World No. 3 in 1958 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.

He won the singles title at the 1954 Australian Championships in Sydney, defeating compatriot Rex Hartwig in the final in four sets.

After four years, in 1958, he became the French singles champion after a straight-sets victory in the final against Luis Ayala.

Rose coached numerous female and male players, including Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Ernie Ewart, Michael Fancutt, Brett Prentice, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Eleni Daniilidou, Nadia Petrova, Magdalena Grzybowska and Caroline Schnieder.

He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mervyn Rose passed away at 87 years old.