Legendary tennis star
The Grand Slam champion and native of Australia, who won 11 major singles titles, will be the special guest on April 28, during the Ojai Valley Tennis Club's annual fundraising reception at Topa Mountain Winery.
He is to be introduced by actor
A current resident of Carlsbad, Laver, 78, is the only player to have twice won all four major tennis tournaments — the
"To have a player the stature of Rod Laver chosen as our tournament honoree is absolutely a dream come true," said Mark Weil, an Ojai Valley tennis board member and organizer of the event. "A true living legend of the game, we are so excited to honor him this year at the 117th Ojai."
The tournament is among the oldest in the nation. More than 1,200 players and 500 volunteers take part in more than two dozen amateur divisions at colleges, schools and parks across Ventura County.
The Pac-12 Conference and state community college championships will be contested as well as the prestigious men's and women's open divisions and flighted competitions for adults and juniors.