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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rainbow Quiz - Identify the personality - Week 66

Here is the next weekly "Rainbow" quiz , where I would be giving 7 clues (Hence the name Rainbow) about a personality. Try to discover the person in the least number of clues . You can either leave the answer as a comment / email me . Feedback/ suggestions welcome. Googling is not preferred but then its just for fun and so go ahead if you need to.

A legend in his lifetime, he is an inspiration for most of today's Tennis superstars. It was a surreal feeling when I visited his " Arena" in Melbourne a few years ago.

clue # 1 : "X" was a young boy when he left school to pursue a career in tennis. His first coach was Charlie Hollis.

clue # 2 : "X" became US Junior Champion in 1956 and 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.

clue # 3 : His first major singles title was the Australian Championships in 1960, where he defeated Australian Neale Fraser in a five-set final. He then captured his first Wimbledon singles crown in 1961.

clue # 4 : In 1962, "X" became only the second male player after Don Budge to win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year. He completed a Grand Slam again in 1969.

clue # 5 : Although of a slightly short stature and medium build , "X" developed a technically complete serve-and-volley game, with aggressive groundstrokes to back it up.He could adapt his style to all surfaces and to all conditions. "X" 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.

clue # 6 : He was the World No. 1 player for up to 7 consecutive years in the 60's."X" has been rated as the greatest male player of all time by several experts and polls.

clue # 7: In 2000, the centre court at Melbourne Park, which today hosts the Australian Open, was named the "X" Arena in his honour.

Easy one. Who is X?

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  • No name other than ROD LAVER comes to mind


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:03 PM  

  • The wikipedia entry for Rod Laver mentions that "In 2000, the centre court at Melbourne Park, which today hosts the Australian Open, was named the Rod Laver Arena in his honour.".

    But the Rod Laver Arena entry mentions that "In January 1992, it was named after legendary tennis player Rod Laver".

    Not sure which one is right.


    By Blogger Matter Mahadevan, at 7:31 AM  


    By Anonymous pragyan tripathy, at 10:36 AM  

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