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Laver Moved Out of Intensive Care

August 12, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Rod Laver, who had a moderate stroke July 27, has been moved from the intensive care unit to a private room at the UCLA Medical Center.

In addition, hospital spokeswoman Roxanne Yamaguchi Moster said Laver’s condition was upgraded from serious to fair.

Moster said doctors were hoping Laver would be moved to the rehabilitation unit at the hospital within seven to 10 days.

Laver, who was 60 Sunday, suffered the stroke during a taped television interview. He was moved out of the intensive care unit July 31, but went back in several hours later when he developed a fever.

Doctors treating Laver say he is not paralyzed, although he continues having difficulty moving his right arm and right leg.

Laver, an Australian who lives in Newport Beach, is the only player to win two tennis Grand Slams, as an amateur in 1962 and as a pro in 1969.

During his career, he won four Wimbledon singles championships, three Australian singles titles, two U.S. Open singles championships and two French singles titles.