Australian great Cooper dies at 83

SYDNEY (AFP) – Eight-time Grand Slam-winning tennis player Ashley Cooper has died aged 83, Tennis Australia announced on Friday (May 22).

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.

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