Ken Rosewall honored on Australian Open 2023 coin | January 15, 2023 | All news | News and features | News & Events

Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall is featured on the official Australian Open 2023 coin.

Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2023 |

Ken Rosewall is the face of the 2023 Australian Open coin, commemorating the 70th anniversary of his men’s singles triumph in 1953.

Today at Melbourne Park in Melbourne Park, the lucky Tennis Hot Shots players of the Ascot Vale Tennis Club unveiled the coin at just the right moment for massive participation in the Grand Slam tournaments.

Rosewall remains the youngest person to win the Australian Open men’s singles title, winning at just 18 years of age. Taking subsequent titles in 1955 and 1971, Rosewall also won in 1972 at the age of 36, marking 19 years since his first title – another record that still stands today. day.

Known for his enviable backhand as shown on the AO 2023 coin, Rosewall has won an impressive 18 major titles in three decades, including nine men’s doubles titles and a mixed doubles title at the 1956 US Open.

“It is a wonderful honor to be featured on the Australian Open coin. Seventy years seems like a long time, but it feels like yesterday I was young, full of hope, going out on the court to try and win my first major title,” said Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall.

“Tennis is a fantastic sport with so many possibilities and it’s great to see so many kids and adults picking up rackets and hitting the court.

“The Australian Summer of Tennis is such a great time of the year and brings back so many fond memories and I’m honored to be back here in Melbourne for what promises to be another fantastic Australian Open.”

More than 170 Tennis Hot Shots kids and Super 10 athletes will take to the courts of Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, John Cain Arena and Kia Arena for the ultimate two-match coin toss experience. week of the Australian Open.

“What a great opportunity to connect our youngsters as they begin their tennis journey with some of the best tennis players in the world, and to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our past champions,” said Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley.

“Ken’s honor on this year’s coin honors a true champion and stalwart of our game.

“Ken was an outstanding player in his own right and, with an incredible 19-3 record, was key to the six teams that won the Davis Cup in Australia between 1953 and 1975.

“Every Tennis Hot Shots player who takes to the court to flip a coin during the Australian Open will be surrounded by the game’s reigning champions and will take home a special reminder of one of the greatest champions our sport has ever seen.”

Member of the Order of Australia, member of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame (1975), the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame, Rosewall has been named a Living Treasure of Australia for outstanding contributions to Australian society.

Tennis Hot Shots is Tennis Australia’s official development program for kids ages 3-12. The game is played on small courts with modified equipment to make progress easier and more fun.

Tennis Hots Shots employs qualified coaches and volunteers to help kids build confidence, develop sports skills and make new friends. Coaches and clubs across Australia offer free trials. Visit for more information.

Book online, play today: visit to hit the court and have fun!

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