Ken Rosewall taken ill in Rome

Updated: May 15, 2011, 8:55 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- The Italian tennis federation says Australian tennis great Ken Rosewall has been admitted to the stroke ward of a Rome hospital after falling ill while attending the Rome Masters.

The tennis federation said early Monday that Rosewall was admitted to the San Camillo hospital.

Rosewall's wife, Wilma, was quoted by Australia's Sydney Morning Herald on Monday as saying the 76-year-old former tennis star suffered no heart or brain damage, but was being kept under observation until he was well enough to return to Australia.

The eight-time Grand Slam winner Rosewall was attending the tournament to receive a golden racket, an award presented annually to former tennis greats. Rosewall won 132 singles titles in his career, including four Australian Opens, two French Opens and two U.S. Opens.


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