MARY Laver, wife of Australian tennis great Rod Laver, has died after a long illness. She was 84.
Rod Laver, 74, said on Tuesday that Mary Laver died Monday morning at their home in Carlsbad in northern San Diego County.
They were married for 46 years and had one son, Rick, who was born three weeks after Laver completed the tennis Grand Slam in 1969 winning all four major tournaments that year.
Laver is still the only person to have completed the Grand Slam twice, the first coming in 1962 before the open era.
The Lavers have lived in San Diego County for 11 years.
Mary Bensen was born in DeKalb, Illinois, on January 23, 1928. She had three children from a previous marriage.