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Between the 1950s and 1970s Australia was the world's tennis superpower, producing players who dominated the grand slam events and the tour in both the amateur and professional eras. Of all of our players, none were more successful, famous, or influential than Rod Laver, whose two singles Grand Slams have never been equaled in men's tennis.
The Golden Era is Rod's account of those great years. As a participant and eye witness, he captures the excitement and drama of the great wins, and gives us genuine insight into the Australian champions who gave us so many victories. Written with all of Rod's incredible tennis knowledge, and with key interviews from Frank Sedgman, Ken Rosewall, the late Lew Hoad, Mal Anderson, Ashley Cooper, Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, John Newcombe and Margaret Court The Golden Era is the definitive story of a quarter century of Australian tennis domination that will almost certainly never be repeated.
About the Author
Rod Laver is the only male player in the world to have won the coveted Grand Slam twice (winning all four Open titles in a calendar year). Australia's premier tennis venue, the Rod Laver Arena, was named in his honor and he continues to be one of, if not the most respected former player in the world. He lives in California. Larry Writer is the author of the Ned Kelly Award-winning Razor: Tillie Devine, Kate Leigh and the Razor Gangs; the William Hill Prize shortlisted Dangerous Games: Australia at the 1936 Nazi Olympics; Pitched Battle: In the Frontline of the 1971 Springbok Tour of Australia; Bumper: The Life and Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell; and Never Before, Never Again: The Story of St George's 11 Straight Rugby League Premierships, 1956-66. He has also collaborated with tennis legends Rod Laver, John Newcombe, and Margaret Court and rock star Chrissie Amphlett on their memoirs.