By Nick Georgandis
For all the recent brilliance of the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras, all of them still look up to Rod Laver in one category.
Laver is the only man to win the Grand Slam in a single season in the Open Era, which he accomplished in 1969 at ages 30 and 31. He also won the single-season Slam as an amateur in 1962.
While the ATP season may be winding down, Laver will have tennis on the brain of the literary set with his new release, Rod Laver: A Memoir - an autobiography of the 75-year-old Australian who also still holds records for most titles in a season (22) and most years in a row winning at least 10 titles (7).
According to the book's publishing company, there's more than just tennis in the book. Laver suffered a "life-changing" stroke in 1998 and lost his wife of more than 40 years in 2012.
A free sample of the book is available to download via Itunes.