Eight-time Grand Slam-winning tennis player Ashley Cooper has died aged 83, Tennis Australia announced Friday. The former Australian, Wimbledon and US singles titleholder, was part of the golden era of Australian men’s tennis in the 1950s, winning four Grand Slams singles titles and four in doubles. Competing against fellow Australian greats Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall and Neale Fraser, Cooper won three of those singles Slams in 1958, when he triumphed at Wimbledon and the Australian and USA championships. Eleven-time singles Slam winner Laver led the tributes following the death of man he described as a friend. ‘So sad to hear of Ashley’s passing. He was a wonderful champion, on and off the court. And what a backhand! So many cherished memories. Farewell my friend,’ Laver wrote on Twitter. — AFP
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