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Rod Laver

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For the arena in Melbourne Park used for show matches in the Australian Open, see Rod Laver Arena

Rodney George "Rod" Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia) is a former tennis player from Australia who arguably was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970. He is the only tennis player to have twice won all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year — first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player during the open era to have won a calendar year Grand Slam. Laver has been rated as the greatest male player of all time by several experts and polls.

Playing style

Although of a slightly short stature and medium build (1.72m), Laver developed a technically complete serve-and-volley game, with aggressive groundstrokes to back it up. As Dan Maskell put it, he was "technically faultless, from his richly varied serve to his feather-light touch on drop volleys plus a backhand drive carrying destructive topspin when needed or controlling slice when the situation demanded it." His left-handed serve was well disguised and wide swinging. His wristy groundstrokes on both flanks were hit with topspin, an innovation in the 1960s, as was the attacking topspin lob, which Laver developed into a weapon. His stroke technique was based on quick shoulder turns, true swings, and exquisite timing. His backhand, often hit on the run, was a point-ender that gave him an advantage. Laver was very quick and mobile and had a gigantic left forearm. Rex Bellamy wrote, "The strength of that wrist and forearm gave him blazing power without loss of control, even when he was on the run and at full stretch. The combination of speed and strength, especially wrist strength, enabled him to hit ferocious winners when way out of court." At the net, he had forcing volleys, often hit as stroke volleys. Especially on the backhand, he could hit sharp underspin angles as well. Julius Heldman pointed out, "He is competent on low balls, handling them with underspin for control, but he will cream any ball at waist level or higher." He was difficult to lob, because of his springing agility, and when forced to retreat, he could come up with a vicious counterpunch.

As an amateur, Laver was a somewhat flashy player, often a late starter. He had to learn to control his adventurous shotmaking and integrate percentage tennis into his game when he turned professional. In his prime, he could adapt his style to all surfaces and to all conditions. Laver had a great record in five-set-matches, often turning things around with subtle changes of tactics or by simply hitting his way out of danger. When he got into the "zone," he went for broke. Then he would, as Heldman explains, "literally jump and throw his racket at the ball with all the force he could muster, wrist and arm snapping over at the hit."

Career

Amateur career

Laver was a young boy when he left school to pursue a tennis career that lasted 23 years. He was coached in Queensland by Charlie Hollis and later by the Australian Davis Cup team captain Harry Hopman, who gave Laver the nickname "Rocket."

Laver was the U.S. junior champion in 1956 and the Australian junior champion in 1957. He had his breakthrough on the world stage in 1959, when he reached all three finals at Wimbledon, winning the mixed doubles title with Darlene Hard. As an unseeded player, he lost the singles final to Peruvian Alex Olmedo after surviving an 87-game semifinal against American Barry MacKay. His first major singles title was the Australian Championships in 1960, where he defeated fellow Australian Neale Fraser in a five-set final. He then captured his first Wimbledon singles crown in 1961.

In 1962, Laver became only the second male player after Don Budge in 1938 to win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year and won an additional 17 titles. Among those titles were the Italian Championships and the German Championships, giving Laver the "clay court triple" of Paris, Rome, and Hamburg that had been achieved previously only by Lew Hoad in 1956. The biggest hurdle to Laver's winning the Grand Slam was the French Championships on slow clay, where Laver won three consecutive five-setters beginning with the quarterfinals. In his quarterfinal with Martin Mulligan, Laver saved a matchpoint in the fourth set with a backhand volley after coming to the net behind a second serve. In the final, Laver lost the first two sets and was down 0–3 in the fourth set before coming back to defeat Roy Emerson. At Wimbledon, his progress was much easier. Laver lost only one set the whole tournament, to Manuel Santana in a quarterfinal, who held a set point for a two set lead. At the U.S. Championships, Laver lost only two sets during the tournament and defeated Emerson again in the final.

At the time, the Grand Slam events were open only to amateur players, who were given (under the table) little more than cost-of-living money for their appearances in tournaments.

Professional career

Before the open era

Laver turned professional after completing the Grand Slam in 1962. He quickly established himself among the leading professional players such as Pancho Gonzales and Ken Rosewall. During the next seven years, Laver won the U.S. Pro Championships five times, including four in a row beginning in 1966. In the first half of 1963, Laver was beaten badly by both Rosewall and Hoad. Hoad won the first 8 matches against Laver, and Rosewall won 11 out of 13. By the end of the year, however, with four tournament titles, Laver had become the No. 2 professional player behind Rosewall.

In 1964, Laver and Rosewall both won seven important titles (plus four minor events), but Laver won 12 of 15 matches against Rosewall and captured two major titles, the U.S. Pro Championships over Gonzales and the Wembley Pro Championship over Rosewall, signalling the change of pro leadership. The Wembley final was perhaps the best match ever between Laver and Rosewall. Laver came back from 3-5 down in the fifth set and won it 8-6. The other major title, the French Pro, was won by Rosewall. In 1965, Laver was clearly the No. 1 professional player , winning 15 titles and 13 of 18 matches against Rosewall. In ten finals, Laver won eight against the still dangerous Gonzales.

In 1966, Laver won 15 events, including the U.S. Pro Championships, the Wembly Pro Championship, and eight other important tournaments. In 1967, Laver won 18 titles, including the Wimbledon Pro, the U.S. Pro Championships, the Wembley Pro Championship, and the French Pro Championship, which gave him a clean sweep of the most important professional titles. The tournament in 1967 on Wimbledon's Centre Court was the only professional event ever staged on that court before the open era began. Laver beat Rosewall in the final 6–2, 6–2, 12–10.

During the open era

With the dawn of the open era in 1968, professional players were once again allowed to compete in Grand Slam events. Laver became Wimbledon's first open era champion in 1968, beating the best amateur, American Arthur Ashe, in a semifinal and fellow-Australian Tony Roche in the final, both in straight sets. Laver was also the runner-up to Ken Rosewall in the first French Open. In this first "open" year, there were only eight open events besides Wimbledon and the French Open, where professionals, registered players, and amateurs could compete against each other. The professionals mainly played their own circuit, with two groups - National Tennis League (NTL) and World Championships Tennis (WCT) - operating. Laver was ranked No. 1 universally, winning the U.S. Professional Championships on grass and the French Pro Championship on clay (both over John Newcombe). Laver also won the last big open event of the year, the Pacific Southwest in Los Angeles on hard courts. Ashe regarded Laver's 4–6, 6–0, 6–0 final win over Rosewall as one of his finest performances. Laver said, "This is the kind of match you always dream about. The kind you play at night in your sleep."

In 1969, Laver won all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year for the second time, sealing the achievement with a four-set win over Roche in the U.S. Open final. He won 18 of the 32 singles tournaments he entered and compiled a 106-16 win-loss record. In beating Newcombe in four sets in the Wimbledon final, he captured the title at the All England Club for the fourth consecutive time that he had entered the tournament (and reached the final for the sixth consecutive time as he had been runner-up in 1959 and 1960). He set a record of 31 consecutive match victories at Wimbledon between 1961 and 1970, which lasted until 1980 when it was eclipsed by Björn Borg. Unlike his first Grand Slam year in 1962, Laver in 1969 played in events open to all the best professional and amateur players of the world. In the year's Grand Slam tournaments, Laver had five five-set-matches, twice coming back from two sets down in early rounds. In the four finals, however, he lost a total of only two sets. His hardest match was a marathon 90-game semifinal against Roche at the Australian Open under tropical hot conditions. Other opponents at the Australian Open included Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, and Andres Gimeno. At the French Open, Laver beat Gimeno, Tom Okker, and Rosewall. At Wimbledon, Laver overcame strong challenges from Stan Smith, Cliff Drysdale, Ashe, and Newcombe. At the U.S. Open on slippery grass courts, Laver defeated Dennis Ralston, Emerson, Ashe, and Roche. Laver proved his versatility by winning the Grand Slam tournaments on grass and clay, plus the two most important hard court titles (South African Open at Ellis Park, Johannesburg and the U.S. Professional Championships at Boston) and the leading indoor tournaments (Philadelphia U.S. Pro Indoor and Wembley British Indoor). With US$124,000 in prize money, he was also the first player to break the US$100,000 barrier in a year.

In the early 1970s, Laver lost his grip on the major tournaments. He played only five Grand Slam tournaments from 1970 through 1972. This was partly due to his contracts with NTL and WCT. But on the WCT tours, he remained the leading player and by far the leading prize money winner.

In 1970, Laver won 13 titles and US$201,453 in prize money, including the rich 'Tennis Champions Classic' and five other big events (Sydney Dunlop Open, Philadelphia, Wembley, Los Angeles, South African Open). Those were the equivalent of the modern day ATP Masters Series. With only two majors played by all the best players (Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), there was no clear-cut World No. 1 in 1970. Wimbledon champion Newcombe, U.S. champion Rosewall, and Laver (who won the most titles and had a 3–0 win-loss record against Newcombe and a 5–0 record against Rosewall) were ranked the highest by different journalists and expert panels. Although Newcombe was top ranked by Lance Tingay, Newcombe wrote later in his autobiography "Newk-Life on and off the Court" (2002) that the top honour in 1970 belonged to Laver.

In 1971, Laver successfully defended his title at the "Tennis Champions Classic," winning 13 consecutive winner-take-all matches against top opponents and US$160,000. He also won seven tournaments, including the Italian Open in Rome on clay over Jan Kodes, the reigning French Open champion. For the year, Laver won a then-record US$292,717 in tournament prize money and became the first tennis player to surpass US$1 million in career prize money. In 1971 and 1972, Laver finished as the points leader of the WCT tournament series but lost the playoff finals at Dallas to Rosewall. The last match is rated as one of the best of all time and drew a TV audience of over 20 million. Beginning in 1972, Laver cut back his tournament schedule, partly due to back and knee injuries and his tennis camp businesses.

In 1973, Laver won seven tournaments and successfully participated in the semifinals and final of the Davis Cup, where he won all six of his rubbers for Australia. The following year, Laver won six of 13 tournaments and ended the year as World No. 4 on the computer. At 36, he was the oldest player during the open era to have been included in the year-ending top five. In 1975, Laver set a record for WCT tournaments by winning four titles and 23 consecutive matches but in 1976, Laver semi-retired from the main tour, playing only a few selected events. He also signed with World Team Tennis, where he became "Rookie of the Year" at the age of 38.

Laver won a record 45 open titles after he turned 30 years old. And despite his relatively advanced age, his win-loss percentage during the open era was around 80%, which places him fifth on the open era list behind Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and John McEnroe but ahead of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

Davis Cup

Laver helped Australia win the Davis Cup four consecutive times from 1959-62. In 1973, professionals were permitted to play in the Davis Cup for the first time, and Laver was on a winning team for the fifth time, claiming two singles and a doubles rubber in the final as Australia beat the United States 5–0.

Rivalry with Ken Rosewall

Laver had a long-running, friendly rivalry with Rosewall between 1963, when he started out as a pro, and 1976, when both were semi-retired from the main tour. Including tournaments and one-night stands, they played over 130 matches, all of them as professionals, with some results from the barnstorming pro tours lost or badly recorded. According to "Total Tennis," Laver won 62 of their matches while losing 49. Other counts and estimations by the tennis historian Robert Geist give possible results of 76-66 or 100-85 in favor of Laver. The bulk of Rosewall's wins came in the first half of 1963, when Laver was a rookie pro. Except the first year (1963) and the last year they played (1976), Laver always had a positive record against Rosewall. In the open era, a match score of 23-9 in favor of Laver can be documented, overall a score of 77-62 (see the details in Ken Rosewall). Laver had another, even longer rivalry with his fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson. They met first on the senior amateur tour in 1958 and dominated the amateur circuit until 1962, before Laver turned pro. When open tennis arrived in 1968, Emerson joined the pro tour, and had many new battles with Laver. Overall the score is 47-18 in favor of Laver, with 7-2 in major Grand Slam tournaments. Against the older Pancho Gonzales, whom he played 1964 to 1970 on the pro tour, Laver had a lead of 35-19 or 36-21, depending on the source. Against Arthur Ashe, Laver had a head-to-head lead of 21-3, winning all of the first 18 matches. Ashe's first win only came in 1974, when Laver was 35.

Place among the all-time great tennis players

The members of the press, notably Lance Tingay of the Daily Telegraph, issued subjective rankings for amateur players before the start of the open era and for all players after the start of that era. Laver was ranked by the press as the World No. 1 player in 1961 and 1962 (as an amateur) and in 1968 and 1969 (as a professional).

According to the article, Bill Tilden was the best player for seven years and Pancho Gonzales for eight years. While Laver was indisputably the best player from 1965 through 1969, the article asserts that Laver had a valid claim for the top spot also for 1964 and 1970.

Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and himself a candidate for the title of best player of all time, ranked Laver only in the "second echelon" of great players, just behind the six best. He writes that although Laver was "absolutely unbeatable for a year or two late in the 1960s," a "careful comparison" could be made between Laver and the somewhat older Gonzales and that Kramer is "positive that Gonzales could have beaten Laver regularly." Kramer's main argument for down grading Laver is that, "[[Ken Rosewall|[Ken] Rosewall]] beat Laver in those two World Championship of Tennis finals and that was a title Laver really wanted." Kramer sees as evidence of Gonzales's superiority over Laver the fact that Gonzales defeated Laver in a U.S.$10,000 winner-take-all, five-set match before 15,000 spectators in New York City's Madison Square Garden in January 1970, when Gonzales was 41 years old and Laver was still considered the World No. 1 player. On the other hand, Gonzales was still a top ten player when this match occurred and Laver subsequently won this event, beating Gonzales in a straight sets semifinal. Overall, his head-to-head-record with Gonzales was either 35-19 or 36-21 in favor of Laver, depending on the source. Laver was 12-5 against Gonzales during the open era.

Many experts disagree with Kramer's assessment of Laver. For example, Dan Maskell, John Barrett, Joe McCauley, Ted Schroeder, and Tony Trabert rank Laver as the best of all time. Schroeder has been quoted by Alan Trengove as saying, "You take all the criteria - longevity, playing on grass and clay, amateur, professional, his behaviour, his appearance - in all criteria, Laver's the best player of all time." Trabert said in January 2008, "I still maintain that Rod Laver is the best player who ever played the game because he's done something no one has ever done in the 120 or 140-year history of our sport: he won the Grand Slam as an amateur and he won the Grand Slam as a pro. If someone in some other sport held a world record no one else had, you would say that person was the best in that sport. So in my view, you've got to say Laver is the best player of all time. Similarly, the tennis author Peter Bodo wrote in May 2008, "Give him credit? Shoot, the only real issue is whether the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] argument is a debate at all, given that posting those two Slams puts Laver in a league of his own. Other experts cite the fact that during his amateur, touring professional, and open era careers, Laver won a record 184 singles titles. He also holds the record for most titles won in a single year during the amateur era (22 in 1962), during the touring pro era (18 in 1967), and during the open era (18 in 1969). After turning professional in 1963, Laver won the U.S. Pro Championships five times and the Wembley Pro Championship four times between 1964 and 1967 (plus two more times in 1969 and 1970 when the event was known as the "British Covered Court Championships"). In 1967, Laver won a "Professional Grand Slam" by winning all four of the major professional tournaments: the U.S. Pro Championships, the Wembley Pro Championships, the French Pro Championship, and the Wimbledon Pro.

Laver came out on top in various experts polls for the best of all time. In 1986, the US magazine Inside Tennis polled 37 experts, which resulted in a computerized tournament. Laver ranked first on this list ahead of John McEnroe, Don Budge, Kramer, Björn Borg, Gonzales, Tilden, Jimmy Connors, Fred Perry, and Lew Hoad. In a poll by the Associated Press in 2000, Laver was voted "The Male Tennis Player of the Century," ahead of Pete Sampras, Tilden, Borg, Budge, McEnroe and Hoad (tied), Rosewall and Roy Emerson (tied), and Kramer. In an article in Tennis Week in 2007, the tennis historian Raymond Lee statistically analyzed the all-time best players. Laver topped his list ahead of Tilden and Borg (tied), Roger Federer, Gonzales, Rosewall, Budge, Ivan Lendl, Connors, Sampras, McEnroe, and Kramer.

In 1989, Bud Collins wrote, "I remain unconvinced that there ever was a better player than Rod Laver". Thirteen years later, however, as editor of the massive "Total Tennis, The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia", Collins was more guarded. He wrote on page 693 that Laver would "be known as possibly the greatest player ever." On page 673, Collins said that Gonzales was "probably as good as anyone who ever played the game, if not better." And on page 749, Collins called Tilden "perhaps the greatest player of them all. In an August 2006 article for MSNBC, Collins ranked Laver as one of the five top men's tennis stars of all time, along with Tilden, Gonzales, Borg, and Sampras. He pointed to Tilden's "phenomenal .938 winning percentage," said "If I had to choose someone to play for my life it would be Pancho Gonzalez," praised Borg's uncanny transition from the French Open to Wimbledon, cited Sampras's "assault on the citadels of the past," and called Laver "in my eyes, the greatest player ever".

In 1973, the ATP's computer rankings were established. Laver attained his highest ranking on that computer of World No. 3 in 1974. Laver's highest year-end ranking by the ATP was World No. 4 in 1974. Laver semi-retired from the main professional tennis tour in 1975 while still being ranked in the top 10.

In terms of yearly prize money won, Laver was the leader from 1964 until 1971.

The number of tournament singles titles that Laver won during his career varies depending on the source. The ATP credits Laver with 39 open era titles in ATP sanctioned events. Other sources, like "Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia" (edited by Bud Collins), give him 47 or 54 titles during the open era alone. Laver's overall tally, however, undoubtedly is much higher. Collins credits him with 184 titles in amateur, professional, and open competition, without listing them in detail.

Laver's eleven Grand Slam singles titles currently place him tied with Borg for third place on the all-time list. Only Sampras, Emerson, and Roger Federer have won more Grand Slam singles titles. Laver also won eight Grand Slam doubles titles. Laver is the only player to have twice won all four Grand Slam singles tournaments during the same calendar year.

Laver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. Laver was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1970. He also is an Australian Living Treasure.

After retiring from tennis

In July 1998, Laver suffered a stroke while being interviewed by ESPN-TV in the United States for a series on greatest athletes of the 20th Century, but he has apparently made a good recovery with excellent medical care. In 2000, the center court at Melbourne Park, which today hosts the Australian Open, was named the Rod Laver Arena in his honor. In 2003, Laver, along with his fellow Australian tennis superstar Margaret Court, was honored with his portrait on a postage stamp by the "Australia Post Australian Legends Award".

Laver apparently resides in Carlsbad, California now.

Grand Slam singles finals

Wins (11)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
Before the Open Era: 6 Wins
1960 Australian Championships Neale Fraser 5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6
1961 Wimbledon Chuck McKinley 6–3, 6–1, 6–4
1962 Australian Championships (2) Roy Emerson 8–6, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4
1962 French Championships Roy Emerson 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–2
1962 Wimbledon (2) Marty Mulligan 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
1962 U.S. Championships Roy Emerson 6–2, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
During the Open Era: 5 Wins
1968 Wimbledon (3) Tony Roche 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
1969 Australian Open (3) Andres Gimeno 6–3, 6–4, 7–5
1969 French Open (2) Ken Rosewall 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
1969 Wimbledon (4) John Newcombe 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
1969 U.S. Open (2) Tony Roche 7–9, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2

Runner-ups (6)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
Before the Open Era: 5 Runner-ups
1959 Wimbledon Alex Olmedo 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
1960 Wimbledon (2) Neale Fraser 6–4, 3–6, 9–7, 7–5
1960 U.S. Championships Neale Fraser 6–4, 6–4, 9–7
1961 Australian Championships Roy Emerson 1–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
1961 U.S. Championships (2) Roy Emerson 7–5, 6–3, 6–2
During the Open Era: 1 Runner-up
1968 French Open Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2

Singles titles (185)

Overview

  • 1960: 7 titles
  • 1961: 15 titles
  • 1962: 22 titles
  • 1963: 5 titles
  • 1964: 11 titles
  • 1965: 17 titles
  • 1966: 15 titles
  • 1967: 18 titles
  • 1968: 11 titles
  • 1969: 18 titles
  • 1970: 15 titles
  • 1971: 7 titles
  • 1972: 5 titles
  • 1973: 7 titles
  • 1974: 6 titles
  • 1975: 5 titles
  • 1976: 1 title

Amateur career: 1960 through 1962 (44)

No. Week of Tournament Name and Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 18 January 1960 Australian Championships, Brisbane Grass Neale Fraser 5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6
2. 30 May 1960 Lausanne Vaud International Championships, Switzerland ??? Ronald Barnes 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
3. 25 July 1960 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championships, Haverford, U.S. Grass Ronald Holmberg 9–7, 8–6, 6–3
4. 1 August 1960 Southhamptom Meadow Club Invitational, New York, U.S. Grass Ronald Holmberg (2) 12–10, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
5. 8 August 1960 Eastern Grass Court Championships, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. Grass Donald Dell 6–1, 10–8, 6–4
6. 15 August 1960 Newport Casino Invitational, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass Butch Buchholz 6–1, 6–8, 6–1, 6–2
7. 31 October 1960 Queensland Hard Court Championships, Kingaroy, Australia ??? Roy Emerson or Neal Fraser (2) ???
8. 9 January 1961 South Australian Championships, Adelaide, Australia Grass Mike Sangster 11–9, 3–6, 4–6, 14–12, 6–3
9. 6 February 1961 New Zealand Championships, Auckland Grass Roy Emerson (2) 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
10. 20 February 1961 Saint Andrews Invitational, Kingston, Jamaica Grass Roy Emerson (3) 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
11. 27 February 1961 Altamira Invitational, Caracas, Venezuela Hard Luis Ayala 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 8–6
12. 10 April 1961 River Oaks Championships, Houston, Texas, U.S. Clay Roy Emerson (4) 7–5, 7–5, 1–6, 6–3
13. 26 June 1961 Wimbledon, London Grass Chuck McKinley 6–1, 6–3, 6–4
14. 24 July 1961 Centennial Cup, Deauville, France ??? Jaroslav Drobny 6–2, 6–4
15. 31 July 1961 International Tournament, Bad Neuenahr, West Germany ??? Luis Ayala (2) 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
16. 7 August 1961 German Championships, Hamburg, West Germany Clay Luis Ayala (3) 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
17. 21 August 1961 Austrian Championships, Poertschach, Austria ??? Roy Emerson (5) 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
18. 9 October 1961 New South Wales Metropolitan, Sydney Grass Bob Hewitt 1–6, 6–2, 6–3
19. 23 October 1961 Queensland Hard Court Championships, Gladstone, Australia (2) ??? Roy Emerson (6) 7–5, 6–3
20. 30 October 1961 Queensland Championships, Brisbane, Australia Grass Roy Emerson (7) 4–6, 4–6, 6–0, 8–6, 6–3
21. 4 December 1961 Victorian Championships, Melbourne Grass Roy Emerson (8) 4–6, 8–6, 9–7, 6–3
22. 18 December 1961 New South Wales Championships, Sydney Grass Roy Emerson (9) 8–6, 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4
23. 25 Dec 1961 - 1 January 1962 Manly Seaside Championships, Sydney Grass Bob Hewitt (2) 6–3, 6–3
24. 1 January 1962 Australian Championships, Sydney (2) Grass Roy Emerson (10) 8–6, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4
25. 22 January 1962 Tasmanian Championships, Hobart, Australia Grass Neale Fraser (3) 7–5, 0–6, 0–6, 6–1, 6–2
26. 19 March 1962 Altamira Invitational, Caracas, Venezuela (2) Hard Roy Emerson (11) 9–7, 6–2, 6–0
27. 9 April 1962 River Oaks Championships, Houston, Texas, U.S. (2) Clay Roy Emerson (12) 6–1, 7–5, 7–5
28. 16 April 1962 Rothmans, Connaught, Ireland ??? Martin Mulligan 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
29. 23 April 1962 British Hard Court Championships, Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Ian Crookenden 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
30. 30 April 1962 Torneo Internazionale, Palermo, Italy Clay Neale Fraser (4) 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
31. 7 May 1962 Italian Championships, Rome Clay Roy Emerson (13) 6–2, 1–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
32. 14 May 1962 Swiss International Tennis Tournament, Lugano Clay Ramanathan Krishnan 6–4, 6–2
33. 21 May 1962 French Championships, Paris Clay Roy Emerson (14) 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–2
34. 4 June 1962 International Hard Court Championships, Oslo, Norway ??? Jan-Erik Lundquist 6–1, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
35. 18 June 1962 Queen's Club Championships, London Grass Roy Emerson (15) 6–4, 7–5
36. 25 June 1962 Wimbledon, London (2) Grass Martin Mulligan 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
37. 9 July 1962 Irish Championships, Dublin Grass Robert Wilson Walkover
38. 16 July 1962 Swiss Championships, Gstaad Clay Neale Fraser (5) 6–4, 6–4, 8–6
39. 23 July 1962 Dutch Championships, Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Ramanathan Krishnan (2) 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–5
40. 30 July 1962 German Championships, Hamburg, West Germany (2) Clay Manuel Santana 8–6, 7–5, 6–4
41. 27 August 1962 U.S. Championships, New York City Grass Roy Emerson (16) 6–2, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
42. 8 October 1962 Queensland Hard Court Championships, Warwick, Australia (3) ??? Ken Fletcher 8–6, 6–3
43. 15 October 1962 Australian Hard Court Championships, Sydney ??? Fred Stolle 6–2, 2–6, 6–4, 4–6, 8–6
44. 17 December 1962 Victorian Championships, Melbourne (2) Grass Neale Fraser (6) 3–6, 9–7, 6–1, 6–8, 6–0

Professional career: 1963 through 1967 (before the open era) (66)

No.
(Pro before
open era)
No.
(Overall)
Week of Tournament Name and Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 45. 5 August 1963 Kitzbühel Professional Championships, Austria Clay Ken Rosewall 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
2. 46. 12 August 1963 Cannes Professional Championships, France Indoor wood Ken Rosewall (2) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
3. 47. 19 August 1963 Dutch Professional Championships, Noordwijk-on-Sea, Netherlands Clay Butch Buchholz 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
4. 48. ?? October 1963 Johannesburg Professional Championships, South Africa Hard Michael Davies ???
5. 49. 21 October 1963 Western Cape Province Professional Championships, Cape Town, South Africa Hard Alex Olmedo 6-0, 6-4
6. 50. 3 - 5 January 1964 Western Australian Professional Championships (4-man round robin), Perth Grass Ken Rosewall (finished second) 6-1, 6-2
7. 51. 15 June 1964 Monterey Professional Championships, California, U.S. ??? Alex Olmedo (2) 10-8, 6-1
8. 52. 6 July 1964 U.S. Professional Championships, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S. Grass Pancho Gonzales 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
9. 53. 3 August 1964 Biarritz Professional Championships (4-man), France ??? Lew Hoad 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
10. 54. 24 August 1964 Geneva Professional Championships, Switzerland Clay (probably) Pancho Gonzales (2) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
11. 55. 14 September 1964 London Indoor Professional Championships, Wembley Arena, London Indoor Ken Rosewall (3) 7-5, 5-7, 4-6, 8-6, 8-6
12. 56. ?? October 1964 Rhodesian Professional Championships, Salisbury ??? Butch Buchholz (2) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
13. 57. ?? October 1964 Johannesburg Professional Championships, South Africa (2) Hard Lew Hoad (2) 10-8, 6-3
14. 58. ?? October 1964 Eastern Cape Province Professional Championships, Port Elizabeth, South Africa ??? Frank Sedgman 8-6 (pro set)
15. 59. 9 November 1964 Egyptian Professional Championships (4-man), Cairo, Egypt Clay Andres Gimeno 6-3, 6-3
16. 60. ?? November 1964 Marseille Professional Championships (4-man), France ??? Butch Buchholz (3) 6-2, 6-4
17. 61. 25 January 1965 South Australian Professional Championships, Adelaide, Australia Grass Ken Rosewall (4) 6-3, 6-4
18. 62. 1 February 1965 Western Australian Professional Championships, Perth (2) Grass Pancho Gonzales (3) 7-5, 11-9
19. 63. 8 February 1965 Victorian Professional Championships, Melbourne Grass Ken Rosewall (5) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
20. 64. 15 February 1965 Tasmanian Professional Championships (4-man), Hobart, Australia Grass Lew Hoad (3) 3-6, 8-6, 7-5
21. 65. 19 April 1965 Oklahoma City Professional Championships (4-man), Oklahoma, U.S. ??? Pancho Gonzales (4) 6-3, 6-4
22. 66. 26 April 1965 U.S. Professional Indoor Championships, New York City Indoor Pancho Gonzales (5) 6-3, 6-2
23. 67. 17 May 1965 Los Angeles Professional Championships (round robin), U.S. ??? Pancho Gonzales (6) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
24. 68. 24 May 1965 Peacock Gap Professional Championships, San Rafael, California, U.S. ??? Pancho Gonzales (7) 6-1, 6-4
25. 69. 14 June 1965 Tahoe Racquet Club Professional Championships, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S. ??? Pancho Gonzales (8) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
26. 70. 5 July 1965 Newport Professional Championships (round robin), Rhode Island, U.S. Grass Ken Rosewall (finished second) N/A
27. 71. ?? July 1965 Belfast Professional Championships (4-man), United Kingdom ??? Andres Gimeno (2) 6-4, 6-4
28. 72. 23 August 1965 Cannes Professional Championships, France (2) Indoor wood ? Andres Gimeno (3) 7-5, 7-5, 6-3
29. 73. 13 September 1965 London Indoor Professional Championships, Wembley Arena, London (2) Indoor Andres Gimeno (4) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
30. 74. ?? October 1965 Nairobi Professional Championships, Kenya ??? Ken Rosewall (6) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
31. 75. ?? October 1965 Rhodesian Professional Championships, Salisbury (2) ??? Ken Rosewall (7) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
32. 76. ?? October 1965 Durban Natal Professional Championships, South Africa ??? Ken Rosewall (8) 6-2, 8-6
33. 77. 1 November 1965 Western Cape Province Professional Championships, Cape Town, South Africa (2) ??? Ken Rosewall (9) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
34. 78. 19 January 1966 (final) Queensland Professional Championships, Brisbane, Australia Grass Andres Gimeno (5) 6-3, 6-4
35. 79. 22 January 1966 (final) Victorian Professional Championships, Melbourne (2) Grass Ken Rosewall (10) 6-3, 6-0
36. 80. 24 January 1966 Western Australian Professional Championships, Perth (3) Grass Ken Rosewall (11) 6-2, 10-8
37. 81. 4 April 1966 (final) Nancy Professional Championships (4-man), France ??? Andres Gimeno (6) 7-5, 6-3
38. 82. 10 April 1966 (final) Cannes Professional Championships (4-man), France (3) Indoor wood ? Andres Gimeno (7) 7-5, 6-3
39. 83. 6 June 1966 Forest Hills Professional Championships (round robin), New York City Grass Ken Rosewall (12) 31-29
40. 84. 11 July 1966 U.S. Professional Championships, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S. (2) Grass Ken Rosewall (13) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 8-10, 6-3
41. 85. ?? July 1966 Binghamton Professional Championships (round robin), New York, U.S. ??? Pancho Segura 31-18, 31-18
42. 86. 15 August 1966 Oporto Professional Championships, Portugal ??? Pierre Barthes 6-4, 8-6
43. 87. 12 September 1966 London Indoor Professional Championships, Wembley Arena, London (3) Indoor Ken Rosewall (14) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
44. 88. 3 October 1966 Milan Professional Championships (4-man), Italy ??? Andres Gimeno (8) 4-6, 6-1, 9-7
45. 89. 10 October 1966 South African Professional Championships, Johannesburg (3) Hard Andres Gimeno (9) 6-4, 6-2
46. 90. 17 October 1966 Western Cape Province Professional Championships, Cape Town, South Africa (3) ??? Ken Rosewall (15) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
47. 91. 10 November 1966 (final) Abidjan Professional Championships (4-man), Ivory Coast ??? Andres Gimeno (10) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
48. 92. 14 November 1966 (final) Dakar Professional Championships (4-man), Senegal ??? Andres Gimeno (11) 2-6, 6-1, 9-7
49. 93. 27 February 1967 U.S. Professional Indoor Championships, New York City (2) Indoor Pancho Gonzales (9) 7-5, 14-16, 7-5, 6-2
50. 94. 6 March 1967 San Juan Professional Championships, Puerto Rico ??? Andres Gimeno (12) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
51. 95. 13 March 1967 Orlando Professional Championships, Florida, U.S. ??? Pancho Gonzales (10) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
52. 96. 20 March 1967 Planters Professional Challenge, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. ??? Andres Gimeno (13) 6-3, 6-3
53. 97. 27 March 1967 Boston Garden Professional Championships, Massachusetts, U.S. Indoor Ken Rosewall (16) 6-4, 6-0
54. 98. 3 April 1967 Paris Professional Championships, France Indoor Ken Rosewall (17) 6-0, 10-8, 10-8
55. 99. ?? April 1967 Marseille Professional Championships (4-man), France (2) ??? Dennis Ralston 6-4, 6-3
56. 100. 8 May 1967 Pacific Professional Championships, San Diego, California, U.S. ??? Dennis Ralston (2) 6-4, 12-10
57. 101. 5 June 1967 Madison Square Garden Professional Championships, New York City, U.S. Indoor Ken Rosewall (18) 6-4, 6-4
58. 102. 26 June 1967 World Professional Championships, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. (2) ??? Ken Rosewall (19) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
59. 103. 10 July 1967 U.S. Professional Championships, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S. (3) Grass Andres Gimeno (14) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
60. 104. 17 July 1967 Newport Professional Championships (round robin), Rhode Island, U.S. (2) Grass Andres Gimeno (finished second) N/A
61. 105. 24 July 1967 Binghamton Professional Championships, New York, U.S. (2) ??? Andres Gimeno (15) 6-1, 6-3
62. 106. 7 August 1967 Colonial Professional Championships, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. ??? Dennis Ralston (3) 8-6, 6-0
63. 107. 21 August 1967 Wimbledon World Professional Championships, London Grass Ken Rosewall (20) 6-2, 6-2, 12-10
64. 108. 18 September 1967 Johannesburg Professional Championships, South Africa (4) Hard Ken Rosewall (21) 6-1, 8-6
65. 109. 9 October 1967 French Professional Championships, Paris Indoor Andres Gimeno (16) 6-4, 8-6, 4-6, 6-2
66. 110. 23 October 1967 London Indoor Professional Championships, Wembley Arena, London (4) Indoor Ken Rosewall (22) 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 8-6, 6-2

Professional career: 1968 through 1976 (during the open era) (75 including 40 listed by the ATP Website)

No. (during
open era)
No. (overall) Start date Tournament Name and Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 111. 18 March 1968 South American Professional Championships, Buenos Aires, Argentina ??? Pancho Gonzales 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
2. 112. 15 April 1968 BBC-2 World Invitational Tournament (4-man), London ??? Ken Rosewall 6-3, 10-8
3. 113. 29 April 1968 National Tennis League Professional Championships, Wembley Arena, London Indoor Ken Rosewall (2) 6-0, 6-1, 6-0
4. 114. 13 May 1968 Madison Square Garden Professional Championships, New York City (2) Indoor Ken Rosewall (3) 4-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-4
5. 115. 10 June 1968 U.S. Professional Championships, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S. (4) Grass John Newcombe 6-4, 6-4, 9-7
6. 116. 24 June 1968 Wimbledon, London (3) Grass Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
7. 117. 8 July 1968 French Professional Championships, Roland Garros, Paris (2) Clay John Newcombe (2) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
8. 118. 16 September 1968 Pacific Southwest Open, Los Angeles Hard Ken Rosewall (4) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
9. 119. 30 September 1968 South Texas Professional Championships, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. ??? Andres Gimeno 6-2, 6-4
10. 120. ?? November 1968 Sao Paulo, Brazil (4-man round robin) ??? Andrés Gimeno, Fred Stolle,
Roy Emerson (finished tied for second)
11. 121. ?? November 1968 La Paz, Bolivia (4-man round robin) ??? Andrés Gimeno, Fred Stolle,
Roy Emerson (finished tied for second)
12. 122. 20 January 1969 Australian Open, Brisbane (3) Grass Andrés Gimeno (2) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
13. 123. 3 February 1969 Philadelphia Indoor Open WCT, Pennsylvania, U.S. Carpet Tony Roche (2) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
14. 124. 10 February 1969 Orlando Professional Championships, Florida, U.S. (2) ??? Ken Rosewall (5) 6-3, 6-2
15. 125. 3 March 1969 Los Angeles Professional Championships, U.S. (2) ??? Marty Riessen 6-4, 10-8
16. 126. 31 March 1969 South African Open, Johannesburg Hard Tom Okker 6-3, 10-8, 6-3
17. 127. 21 April 1969 Anaheim Professional Championships, California, U.S. ??? Ronald Holmberg 31-16, 31-28
18. 128. 12 May 1969 Madison Square Garden Invitational, New York City (3) Indoor Roy Emerson 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
19. 129. 19 May 1969 BBC2 World Professional Championship, Wembley Arena, London Indoor Ken Rosewall (6) 8-6, 6-0
20. 130. 26 May 1969 French Open, Paris (2) Clay Ken Rosewall (7) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
21. 131 23 June 1969 Wimbledon, London (4) Grass John Newcombe (3) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
22. 132. 7 July 1969 U.S. Professional Championships, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S. (5) Uni-Turf (outdoor) John Newcombe (4) 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
23. 133. ?? August 1969 Saint Louis Professional Championships, Missouri, U.S. ??? Fred Stolle 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
24. 134. 11 August 1969 Fort Worth Professional Championships, Texas, U.S. (2) Hard Ken Rosewall (8) 6-3, 6-2
25. 135. ?? August 1969 Binghamton Professional Championships, New York, U.S. (3) ??? Pancho Gonzales (2) 6-1, 6-2
26. 136. 18 August 1969 Baltimore Professional Championships, Maryland, U.S. (3) Grass Pancho Gonzales (3) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 8-6
27. 137. 25 August 1969 U.S. Open, New York City (2) Grass Tony Roche (3) 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
28. 138. 17 November 1969 British Covered Court Championships, London (2) Indoor Tony Roche (4) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
29. 139. 1 December 1969 Madrid Professional Championships, Spain ??? Roger Taylor 6-3, 6-2
30. 140. 2 February 1970 Philadelphia Indoor Open WCT, Pennsylvania, U.S. (2) Carpet Tony Roche (5) 6-3, 8-6, 6-2
31. 141. 16 March 1970 Dunlop Slazenger International WCT, Sydney Grass Ken Rosewall (9) 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
32. 142. 30 March 1970 South African Open, Johannesburg (2) Hard Frew McMillan 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
33. 143. 25 May 1970 Rawlings Classic WCT, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. (2) Carpet Ken Rosewall (10) 6-1, 6-4
34. 144. 15 June 1970 Rothman's Open, Queen's Club, London (2) Grass John Newcombe (5) 6-4, 6-3
35. 145. 16 July 1970 (date of final) Tennis Champions Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York City (site of final) Indoor Ken Rosewall (11) 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
36. 146. 27 July 1970 First National Classic, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Clay John Newcombe (6) 6-3, 6-3
37. 147. 10 August 1970 Bretton Woods (4 man), U.S. Clay Roy Emerson (2) 6-3, 6-3
38. 148. 10 August 1970 Rothman's Canadian Open, Toronto Clay Roger Taylor (2) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
39. 149. 17 August 1970 National Invitation Tournament WCT, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. (3) Hard Roy Emerson (3) 6-3, 7-5
40. 150. 24 August 1970 Marlboro Open, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. (2) Grass Bob Carmichael 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
41. 151. 21 September 1970 Pepsi Pacific Southwest, Los Angeles, U.S. (2) Hard John Newcombe (7) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
42. 152. 28 September 1970 Rothman's International WCT, Vancouver, Canada ??? Roy Emerson (4) 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
43. 153. ?? October 1970 Invitational Round Robin (4-man), Berlin, Bonn, & Sarrebruck, West Germany Carpet Tom Okker (finished second) N/A
44. 154. 16 November 1970 British Covered Court Championships, Wembley Arena, London (5) Carpet Cliff Richey 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
45. 155. 22 February 1971 Rothman's International, London Hard (I) Nikola Pilić 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
46. 156. 19 March 1971 (date of final) Tennis Champions Classic, New York City, Madison Square Garden (site of final) (2) indoor Tom Okker (2) 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
47. 157. 3 May 1971 Italian Open, Rome (2) Clay Jan Kodeš 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
48. 158. 16 August 1971 Colonial Championships WCT, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. (4) Hard Marty Riessen (2) 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
49. 159. 23 August 1971 CBS Classic (4-man), Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S. Clay John Newcombe (8) 6-2, 7-5
50. 160. 27 September 1971 Redwood Bank Pacific Coast Open, Berkeley, California, U.S. Hard Ken Rosewall (12) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
51. 161. 7 November 1971 Rothman's Open WCT, Bologna, Italy Carpet Arthur Ashe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
52. 162. 2 February 1972 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Cliff Drysdale 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
53. 163. 7 February 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Ken Rosewall (13) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
54. 164. 14 February 1972 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Ken Rosewall (14) 6-4, 6-1
55. 165. 3 April 1972 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Ken Rosewall (15) 6-2, 6-4
56. 166. 24 April 1972 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Marty Riessen 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
57. 167. 15 January 1973 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Dick Stockton 7-6, 6-3, 7-5
58. 168. 30 January 1973 Richmond, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson (5) 6-4, 6-3
59. 169. 11 February 1973 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Roy Emerson (6) 6-3, 6-4
60. 170. ?? March 1973 Hilton Head CBS Classic, U.S. Clay Stan Smith 6-2, 6-4
61. 171. ?? September 1973 Hilton Head World Intvitational Tennis Classic (4-man), U.S. Clay Stan Smith 7-6, 7-5
62. 172. 29 October 1973 Hong Kong Hard Charlie Pasarell 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
63. 173. 4 November 1973 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John Newcombe 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
64. 174. 21 January 1974 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Arthur Ashe 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
65. 175. 25 March 1974 Palm Desert WCT, U.S. Hard Roscoe Tanner 6-4, 6-2
66. 176. 8 April 1974 Tokyo WCT, Japan Other Juan Gisbert 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
67. 177. 15 April 1974 Houston, U.S. Clay Björn Borg 7-6, 6-2
68. 178. 13 May 1974 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Marty Riessen 6-2, 6-2
69. 179. 11 August 1974 Bretton Woods, U.S. Clay Harold Solomon 6-4, 6-3
70. 180. 13 January 1975 San Juan CBS Classic, Porto Rico Hard Allan Stone 6-2, 6-2
71. 181. 17 February 1975 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Allan Stone 6-2, 6-2
72. 182. 10 March 1975 São Paulo WCT, Brazil Carpet Charlie Pasarell 6-4, 6-4
73. 183. 17 March 1975 Caracas WCT, Venezuela Hard Raúl Ramírez 7-6, 6-2
74. 184. 24 March 1975 Orlando WCT, U.S. Hard Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3, 6-4
75. 185. 23 January 1976 Detroit, U.S. Indoor carpet Mark Cox 6-3, 6-4

Notes and sources for this section

This list of 184 singles titles from 1960 through 1976 may be incomplete. The last count by tennis historian Robert Geist, which is still unpublished, is 188 singles titles. Nevertheless, Laver won far more titles than the "official" open era record of Jimmy Connors with 109 singles titles.

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Singles runner-ups during the open era as listed on the website of the Association of Tennis Professionals (15)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1968 French Open, Paris Clay Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
2. 1968 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Roy Emerson 9–7, 6–4, 6–4
3. 1970 Boston, U.S. Hard Tony Roche 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
4. 1970 Barcelona, Spain Clay Manuel Santana 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
5. 1970 Masters, Tokyo Carpet Stan Smith 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
6. 1971 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe 7–6, 7–6, 6–4
7. 1971 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Cliff Drysdale 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
8. 1971 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor Tom Okker 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 6–1
9. 1971 Wembley, United Kingdom Hard (i) Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
10. 1971 Dallas, U.S. Carpet Ken Rosewall 6–4, 1–6, 7–6, 7–6
11. 1972 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor Marty Riessen 7–5, 6–2, 7–5
12. 1972 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet Ken Rosewall 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6
13. 1973 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Clay Stan Smith 6–3, 6–4
14. 1973 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Stan Smith 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
15. 1973 Brussels WCT, Belgium Carpet Stan Smith 6–2, 6–4, 6–1

Doubles titles during the open era as listed on the website of the Association of Tennis Professionals (27)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. 1969 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Roy Emerson Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
6–4, 6–4
2. 1969 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Roy Emerson Andrés Gimeno
Fred Stolle
6–4, 6–2
3. 1970 Boston, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Ismail El Shafei
Torben Ulrich
6–1, 7–6
4. 1971 Wimbledon, London Grass Roy Emerson Arthur Ashe
Dennis Ralston
4–6, 9–7, 6–8, 6–4, 6–4
5. 1971 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor Roy Emerson Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
7–6, 6–3
6. 1971 U.S. Pro Tennis Championships, Boston WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–4, 6–4
7. 1971 Berkeley, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
6–3, 6–3
8. 1971 Vancouver WCT, Canada Outdoor Roy Emerson John Alexander
Phil Dent
6–3, 7–6
9. 1972 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Roy Emerson Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
6–4, 7–6
10. 1972 Las Vegas WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson John Newcombe
Tony Roche
7–6, 1–6, 6–2
11. 1973 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Terry Addison
Colin Dibley
6–4, 6–4
12. 1973 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Nikola Pilić
Allan Stone
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
13. 1973 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson Terry Addison
Colin Dibley
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
14. 1973 Atlanta WCT, U.S. Clay Roy Emerson Robert Maud
Andrew Pattison
7–6, 6–3
15. 1973 Gothenburg WCT, Sweden Carpet Roy Emerson Nikola Pilić
Allan Stone
6–7, 6–4, 6–1
16. 1973 Bretton Woods, U.S. Clay Fred Stolle Bob Carmichael
Frew McMillan
7–6, 4–6, 7–5
17. 1973 Montreal, Canada Hard Ken Rosewall Owen Davidson
John Newcombe
7–5, 7–6
18. 1973 Tehran, Iran Clay John Newcombe Ross Case
Geoff Masters
7–6, 6–2
19. 1973 Hong Kong Hard Colin Dibley Paul Gerken
Brian Gottfried
6–3, 5–7, 17–15
20. 1973 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John Newcombe Mal Anderson
Ken Rosewall
7–6, 6–2
21. 1974 Houston, U.S. Clay Colin Dibley Arthur Ashe
Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
22. 1974 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Frew McMillan
John Newcombe
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
23. 1974 Bretton Woods, U.S. Clay Jeff Borowiak Georges Goven
François Jauffret
6–3, 6–2
24. 1975 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson Bob Carmichael
Allan Stone
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
25. 1976 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Dennis Ralston Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
7–6, 7–6
26. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet Frew McMillan Arthur Ashe
Tom Okker
6–1, 6–7, 7–6
27. 1976 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Ken Rosewall Charlie Pasarell
Allan Stone
6–4, 6–2

Doubles runner-ups during the open era (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1968 French Open, Paris Clay Roy Emerson Ken Rosewall
Fred Stolle
6–3, 6–2, 10–8
2. 1969 French Open, Paris Clay Roy Emerson John Newcombe
Tony Roche
3–6, 5–7, 9–7, 6–1, 6–4
3. 1970 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson Andrés Gimeno
John Newcombe
6–4, 6–2
4. 1970 Louisville, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson John Newcombe
Tony Roche
8–6, 5–7, 6–4
5. 1970 South Orange, U.S. Hard Andrés Gimeno Patricio Cornejo
Jaime Fillol
3–6, 7–6, 7–6
6. 1970 U.S. Open, New York City Grass Roy Emerson Pierre Barthes
Nikola Pilić
5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 7–6
7. 1971 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson John Newcombe
Tony Roche
7–6, 7–6
8. 1971 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet Roy Emerson Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. 1972 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Roy Emerson Bob Carmichael
Ray Ruffels
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
10. 1972 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard Roy Emerson Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–2, 6–4
11. 1972 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–7, 7–6
12. 1972 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Roy Emerson Brian Gottfried
Dick Stockton
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
13. 1972 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Roy Emerson John Alexander
Phil Dent
3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
14. 1972 U.S. Open, New York City Grass Roy Emerson Owen Davidson
John Newcombe
7–6, 6–7, 6–2, 7–6

Notes

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