1961 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championship Trophy presented to Rod Laver

Rod Laver is best known for completing the pinnacle of tennis accomplishment, the calendar year Grand Slam, not once, but twice, a record in singles only surpassed by Dutch wheelchair player Diede de Groot. However, the 11-time major champion has more records to his name, one coming with his 1961 Wimbledon men’s singles titles. In the championships, he beat American Chuck McKinley in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. The match lasted only 53 minutes, making it one of the shortest men’s singles finals.

Photo courtesy of AP Photo (top left)

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