Mrs. Laver passes

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  1. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005

    Mary Laver, wife of legend Rod Laver, passes
    Matt Cronin
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Mary Laver, the wife the Hall of Famer Rod Laver, has died after a long illness at their home in Carlsbad, northern San Diego County. She was 84.

    Mary Bensen was born in DeKalb, Ill., on Jan. 23, 1928. The Australian Laver said they met at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club in Los Angeles and were married on June 20, 1966, in San Rafael, Calif. Rod Laver is the only person to win two calendar year Grand Slams.

    “There is no way I can play or feel well if there is something wrong between me and Mary,” Laver wrote in his book, The Education of a Tennis Player. “Making Mary my wife was indeed my grandest triumph."
  2. Mustard

    Mustard Talk Tennis Guru

    Nov 12, 2009
    Cwmbran, Wales
    R.I.P. Mary.
  3. NadalDramaQueen

    NadalDramaQueen Hall of Fame

    Aug 5, 2012
    That is terrible to hear. R.I.P Mary Laver.
  4. Moose Malloy

    Moose Malloy Legend

    Dec 27, 2005
    didn't know she was 10 years older than Rod.
    how many children/grandchildren did they have?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  5. helloworld

    helloworld Hall of Fame

    Jul 5, 2006
    R.I.P Laver...
  6. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  7. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Wow, this article from way back. But you MUST see the link for their wedding photo (hint: it is related to tennis).

    TROVE: digitized newspapers and more

    Rod lost plane and
    ticket but
    won bride
    World professional champion
    Rod Laver, more nervous than he
    had ever been on the centre court
    at Wimbledon, stood with his
    bride, Mary, in St. Luke's Presby-
    terian Church, at San Rafael,
    Calfornia, to say "I do" in a
    wedding ceremony witnessed by
    the cream of the professional
    tennis world.
    Australian players and their
    wives and children all but out
    numbered Americans in the church and
    it the champagne-sparked reception at
    the Peacock Gap Country Club.
    Rod's best man was Kevin Sullivan, of
    Sydney, a former tennis player who now
    manages Jack Kramer's Los Serranos Golf
    club near Los Angeles.
    Mary's maid-of-honor was Lois Laver,
    Rod's 21-year-old sister.
    Other Australians in attendance were
    Daphne and Mal Anderson and their two
    children; Wilma and Ken Rosewall; Joan
    Mackay, Sydney-born wife of American
    player Barry Mackay, and their children;
    and Lew Hoad.
    Rod's jitters at the church were the result
    of a harrowing series of experiences which
    began the day before in St. Louis, half a
    continent away.
    With his mind obviously elsewhere, Laver
    lost the final singles match of the St. Louis
    tournament He went back on the court soon
    afterwards w ith Andres Gimeno and lost a
    tree-set do ibles final to Hoad and Rosewall.
    The long afternoon of tennis cut Laver's
    time schedule to a dangerous margin. He
    had booked on an early evening flight to San
    Francisco for his wedding next day. But on
    the way to the airport Rod and Lew Hoad
    ran out of petrol in their rented car and
    missed the plane.
    They had to wait four hours at the St. Louis
    airport for the next flight to California.
    "We were both dying for a beer," Hoad
    recalled later. "But it was a Sunday night
    in Missouri and the beer was off."
    Ran across tarmac
    The two players arrived at San Francisco
    3 a.m. on the wedding day. As they were
    making arrangements to rent a car, Laver
    suddenly clutched his pocket and shouted, "I
    left my ticket on the plane."
    He dashed across the tarmac at top speed
    just as the plane was being towed off to a
    hangar after a good deal of arguing he was
    allowed aboard the plane, where he found his
    ticket on the seat he had recently occupied.
    The ticket - for the forthcoming pro-
    ffesional European and African tour - was
    worth more than 3000 dollars,
    Laver finally fell into bed at 5 a.m., but
    was up a few hours later attending to the
    details of the 5 p.m. wedding.
    Despite Rod's jitters, the wedding went
    without a hitch.
    None of the immediate family of the bride,
    the former Mary Benson, of Corona Del
    Mar California, was at the wedding.
    Rod is 27 Mary admits to being past 30,
    but "I'm not saying by how much."
    two of her three teenage children by a
    An arch of crossed racquets for former Australiern Davis Cup star
    Rod Laver and his bride, Mary, after their wedding in St. Luke's
    Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California.
    former marriage were visiting their grand-
    parents in Florida. Her older son, Ronald,
    a student at the University of South Cali-
    fornia, was preparing for examinations.
    Mary plans to accompany Rod for the
    next five months as the pros tour North
    America, Europe, and Africa. They will be
    back in California in December to spend the
    Christmas holidays with the children at
    Mary's home in Corona Del Mar, where
    they will live for the next few years.
    After the children have graduated from
    California schools, Mary and Rod plan to
    move to Brisbane, where he recently built
    a group of home units at Kangaroo Point.
    Footnote: Rod's mother, Mrs. Roy Laver,
    of Gladstone, Qld., told us: "The wedding
    was a surprise in a way, because Rod is so
    casual, but we had a fair idea it would be
    "Mary is very attractive, quite tall, with
    dark hair, and a very nice girl. My husband
    and I are very happy for them.
    "We feel that if Rod is not marrying an
    Australian girl, we are delighted he is marry
    ing Mary. We came to know her when she
    stayed with us in Gladstone for about a fort
    night last February.
    "Rod said he and Mary would be back
    and forth as usual for tennis tournaments.
    So we will see just as much of Rod, but will
    have the additional pleasure of seeing Mary,
    too "
    Champagne for Rod and Mary, the former Mrs. Mary
    Benson. At left, Mary and her children by her previous
    marriage drink a toast in grape juice to Ann Marie's birthday.
    The children are Ann Marie, Stephen (standing), and Ronald.
  8. pc1

    pc1 G.O.A.T.

    Jul 18, 2008
    Space/Time continuum alternative reality
    RIP Mary Laver.

    Condolences to Rod and his family.
  9. urban

    urban Hall of Fame

    Apr 22, 2005
    Yes, sad to read. Condolences to Rod and his family.
  10. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

    Aug 12, 2007
    Looks like Barry McKay and Kenny in front.

    My tennis heart is at half-mast.:cry:
  11. Dan Lobb

    Dan Lobb Legend

    Oct 31, 2011
    Sincerest condolences to Rod and family.
  12. kiki

    kiki Banned

    Feb 17, 2010
    A milestone in Laver´s career.Sincere condolences.

    We recently lost a great woman player, Margaret Osborne, one of the all time greats.Unfortunately, not many people realised about that.
  13. jaggy

    jaggy Talk Tennis Guru

    Jun 8, 2006
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Sad news, I didnt realize they lived in Carlsbad, did they play at La Costa?
  14. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Rod has played in several places in the area.
  15. El Diablo

    El Diablo Guest

    Feb 19, 2004
    The reductionist assessment of Rod's game she once gave to an interviewer was that she knew he would win when he had his "happy feet," her upbeat description of feet that never stopped moving during the match.
  16. 3fees

    3fees Legend

    Jun 24, 2010
    I read this on fox news also,,condolances.
  17. adidasman

    adidasman Professional

    Aug 22, 2008
    Frederick, MD
    Funny that they never made the move back to Australia - at least it appears they never did. So sad for Rod and their family.

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