Bryce Miller: Australian Open's Rod Laver Arena will be missing ... Rod Laver

SAN DIEGO — The living, breathing Australian jewel known as Rod Laver called Charlton Heston and John Wayne friends, paired with adidas for a trendy shoe line coveted by Kanye West and fundamentally reshaped the structure and stature of tennis. Picking up a racket more than seven decades ago, when Polaroid’s first camera was sold and “South Pacific” debuted on Broadway, grew the sinews of a remarkable life. So, Laver’s decision to skip the Australian Open early next month at the arena named after him in Melbourne can be chalked up as more than the latest chapter of COVID-19 sports deflation. T…

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