Mervyn Rose

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Mervyn Rose
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Full name Mervyn Gordon Rose
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1930-01-23)23 January 1930
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Died 24 July 2017(2017-07-24) (aged 87)
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Turned pro 1959 (amateur tour from 1949)
Retired 1972
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 2001 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 3 (1958, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1954)
French Open W (1958)
Wimbledon SF (1952, 1953, 1958)
US Open SF (1952)
Other tournaments
TOC 1R (1959)
Professional majors
Wembley Pro QF (1959)
French Pro QF (1959)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1954)
French Open F (1953, 1957)
Wimbledon W (1954)
US Open W (1952, 1953)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1951, 1953)
Wimbledon W (1957)
US Open F (1951)

Mervyn Gordon Rose AM (23 January 1930 – 23 July 2017) was an Australian male tennis player who won 7 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles and mixed doubles).

Rose was born in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales and turned professional in 1959. He 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. He was ranked World No. 3 in 1958 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.[1]

Rose won the singles title at the 1954 Australian Championships in Sydney, defeating compatriot Rex Hartwig in the final in four sets.[2][3] Four years later, in 1958, he became the French singles champion after a straight-sets victory in the final against Luis Ayala.[4][5]

He 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.

Rose was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for service to tennis, particularly as a competitor at national and international levels and as a coach and mentor to both amateur and professional players.[6] Rose died on 23 July 2017 at the age of 87.[4][5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1953 Australian Championships Grass Australia Ken Rosewall 0–6, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1954 Australian Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig 6–2, 0–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1958 French Championships Clay Chile Luis Ayala 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles (4 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1951 US Championships Grass Australia Don Candy Australia Ken McGregor
Australia Frank Sedgman
8–10, 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 1952 Australian Championships Grass Australia Don Candy Australia Ken McGregor
Australia Frank Sedgman
4–6, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1952 US Championships Grass United States Vic Seixas Australia Ken McGregor
Australia Frank Sedgman
3–6, 10–8, 10–8, 6–8, 8–6
Runner-up 1953 Australian Championships Grass Australia Don Candy Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
11–9, 4–6, 8–10, 4–6
Runner-up 1953 French Championships Clay Australia Clive Wilderspin Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
2–6, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1953 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
4–6, 5–7, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1953 US Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig United States Gardnar Mulloy
United States Bill Talbert
6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1954 Australian Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig Australia Neale Fraser
Australia Clive Wilderspin
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1954 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig United States Vic Seixas
United States Tony Trabert
6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1956 Australian Championships Grass Australia Don Candy Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
8–10, 11–13, 4–6
Runner-up 1957 French Championships Clay Australia Don Candy Australia Malcolm Anderson
Australia Ashley Cooper
3–6, 0–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1951 French Championships Clay Australia Thelma Coyne Long United States Doris Hart
Australia Frank Sedgman
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1951 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton United States Doris Hart
Australia Frank Sedgman
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1951 U.S. Championships Grass United States Shirley Fry United States Doris Hart
Australia Frank Sedgman
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1953 French Championships Clay United States Maureen Connolly United States Doris Hart
United States Vic Seixas
6–4, 4–6, 0–6
Winner 1957 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Darlene Hard United States Althea Gibson
Australia Neale Fraser
6–4, 7–5

Other tournament records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ "Rose beats Hartwig for Aust. singles". Daily Advertiser. New South Wales, Australia. 2 February 1954. p. 3 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Rose wins Australian title". The News. 62 (9,509). Adelaide. 1 February 1954. p. 2 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ a b James Buddell. "Mervyn Rose: 1930-2017". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). 
  5. ^ a b "Australian tennis great Mervyn Rose dies aged 87". Sky Sports. 25 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "It's an Honour – Honours – Search Australian Honours". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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