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Rod Laver and Mark Webber driving the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Fifty years ago this week, one of the most remarkable talents in the whole history of professional tennis won his final grand slam at the US Open. To celebrate the start of the 2018 tournament, we took living legend Rod Laver for a spin in the 911 GT3RS. And who better to do the wheel work than our own former world champion and fellow Australian Mark Webber? Laver won 11 Grand Slams and an astonishing 200 singles titles in his career. He is also the only man to have achieved a clean sweep of slams in a single year in the Open era. Physically slight and a relatively modest 5ft 8” in height, he nevertheless dominated the pro and amateur international tennis scene for the best part of a decade, displaying what many experts regarded as the perfect serve-and-volley technique, backed up by a lethal left-handed serve and typical antipodean tenacity.

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