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Rod Laver unveils a statue of himself at Melbourne Park

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 00:52

Tennis great Rod Laver unveils a statue of himself outside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne

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SHOWS: MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 5, 2017) (SEVEN NETWORK - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: NO ACCESS .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU). 1. TENNIS GREAT ROD LAVER UNVEILING STATUE OF HIMSELF 2. ROD LAVER STATUE 3. ROD LAVER STANDING IN FRONT OF HIS STATUE 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROD LAVER SAYING: "It's almost overpowering to know that this has happened in a career span. I'm honoured in lots of different ways." 5. STATUE OUTSIDE ROD LAVER ARENA 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROD LAVER SAYING: "You don't know how to react sometimes, because it is very much a likeness of myself." 7. LAVER STANDING IN FRONT OF STATUE 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROD LAVER SAYING: "You'd never think that you've got a little wooden racquet that something like this would happen to an individual." 9. SCULPTURE OF RACQUET STORY: Rod Laver, judged by some statisticians to be the greatest tennis player ever, unveiled a statue of himself outside Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Thursday (January 5). The statue shows "Rocket" playing a backhand, Laver's signature shot which helped the now 78-year-old become the only men's player to win two calendar grand slam titles in 1962 and 1969. He won 11 grand slam titles in all and also helped Australia win the Davis Cup in four consecutive years from 1959 to 1962.

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Rod Laver unveils a statue of himself at Melbourne Park

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 00:52