MELBOURNE: Australian tennis great Rod Laver joined the legendary Don Bradman and Herb Elliott on Tuesday when he became only the third sportsman to be named a Companion of the Order of Australia, the country’s highest honour.
The 77-year-old celebrated his achievement in a small ceremony at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena,centre court for the ongoing Australian Open, where fans applauded him before rising for the national anthem.
The award for Laver, announced on the country’s national day, puts him alongside the late master cricketer Bradman and Elliott, who dominated middle-distance running in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
“It’s an honour to be associated with Herb Elliot and Don Bradman.
It’s hard to put it all together because it’s just a huge honour,” Laver told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“It means my whole career when I look at the award. It means a tremendous amount.”