Ken Rosewall

Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 1995; inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980.

Rosewall, 'Muscles' to his friends, is one of the Australian greats of tennis. In a career that continued into his 40s, Rosewall amassed a collection of 18 major titles and achieved a career doubles Grand Slam. One of the finest players to not win Wimbledon, Rosewall made it to the final at The All England Club on four occasions (1954, 1956, 1970 and 1974).

While he wasn't the strongest player on court, Rosewall used placement and court speed to make up for any lack of physical presence. He was well known for his enviable backhand, balance and excellent anticipation.

He famously teamed with Lew Hoad - the pair was born 21 days apart - to defend the Davis Cup in 1953. Rosewall finished with an impressive 19-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup and was a member of the winning Australian teams in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1973.

The centre court at Sydney’s Olympic Tennis Centre is named in his honour.

If I were asked to name one aspect of tennis that is the biggest weakness of players of all levels, I would probably say concentration. However good your shots, however fast your movement and reflexes, all is lost if the mind is not controlling every move.
Ken Rosewall