The International Tennis Hall of Fame will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rod Laver’s 1969 Grand Slam, the last time a man won all four of the major tournaments in the same year.
The 40th anniversary of Laver’s feat will be marked with a special presentation during the hall’s 2009 induction ceremony in July.
Laver, who was inducted in 1981, will be officially named a life trustee of the hall.
Hall chairman Christopher Clouser said on Thursday “Laver is arguably the best tennis player ever to swing a racquet” and that “beyond being a great champion of tennis, he is a great person and ambassador of tennis who continues to give back to our sport.”
Laver, the Australian who now lives in California, won 11 major singles titles, including calendar-year slams in 1962 and 1969.