How it is played: tennis secrets by Rod Laver

Title:
How it is played: tennis secrets by Rod Laver
NFSA ID:
130935
Year:
1961
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
Access fees

This newsreel shows Australian Davis Cup tennis player Rod Laver, the 'Rockhampton Rocket', demonstrating his winning style. Despite the lack of sound in the clip we can still appreciate Laver's timing and power. Not particularly tall in stature, Laver focussed on developing his serve and volley game, with aggressive ground strokes. He has been described by some as 'technically faultless'. Close-up shots show his grip on the racquet and his forehand and backhand strokes.

The footage also shows Laver playing against Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli in the 1961 Davis Cup Challenge Round at Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne and partnering with Neal Fraser in a doubles match against Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola. The Australian team won the Cup five rubbers to nil and are shown with the winning trophy.

Production company:
Movietone Productions