Grand Slam Tournaments

by The Insider on January 29, 2009 · 0 comments

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The four Grand Slam tournaments are the most important tennis events of the year, be it in terms of ranking points, tradition, prize-money, and of course public attention.

The four Grand Slam tournaments are:

– Australian Open

– French Open

– Wimbledon

– US Open

A singles player or doubles team that wins all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year is said to have achieved the “Grand Slam”. If the player or team wins all four Grand Slam tournaments consecutively but not in the same calendar year, it is called a “Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam”. If a player wins all four at some point in his or her career, it is called a Career Grand Slam. If a player wins three of the four Grand Slam tournaments it is called a “Small Slam”. A “Golden Slam” is when a player achieves a Grand Slam in one year and wins the Olympic Gold Medal in the same year. It must be pointed out that tennis wasn’t an Olympic sport from 1928 to 1984, so a lot of players never had the chance to achieve a “Golden Slam”.

The term Grand Slam was first used by New York Times journalist John Kieran. In 1933 after Jack Crawford had won the Australian, French, and Wimbledon Championships, speculation arose about his chances in the U.S. Championships. Kieran, who was a bridge player, wrote: “If Crawford wins, it would be something like scoring a grand slam on the courts, doubled and vulnerable.” Crawford won two of the first three sets of his finals match against Fred Perry, but then tired in the burning heat and finally the match.

Calendar Year Grand Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– Don Budge (1938)

– Rod Laver (1962,1969)

Women’s Singles:

– Maureen Connolly Brinker (1953)

– Margaret Court (1973)

– Steffi Graf (1988)

Non Calendar Year Grand Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– None

Women’s Singles:

– Martina Navratilova

– Steffi Graf

– Serena Williams

Career Grand Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– Fred Perry

– Don Budge

– Rod Laver

– Roy Emerson

– Andre Agassi

Women’s Singles:

– Maureen Connolly Brinker

– Doris Hart

– Shirley Fry Irvin

– Margaret Court

– Billie Jean King

– Chris Evert

– Martina Navratilova

– Steffi Graf

– Serena Williams

Small Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– Jack Crawford (1933)

– Fred Perry (1934)

– Tony Trabert (1955)

– Lew Hoad (1956)

– Ashley Cooper (1958)

– Roy Emerson (1964)

– Jimmy Connors (1974)

– Mats Wilander (1988)

– Roger Federer (2004,06,07)

Women’s Singles:

– Helen Wills (1928,29)

– Margaret Court (1962,65,69,73)

– Billie Jean King (1972)

– Martina Navratilova (1983,84)

– Steffi Graf (1989,93,95,96)

– Monica Seles (1991,92)

– Martina Hingis (1997)

– Serena Williams (2002)

Golden Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– None

Women’s Singles:

– Steffi Graf (1988)

Career Golden Slam:

Men’s Singles:

– Andre Agassi

Women’s Singles:

– Steffi Graf

Most Grand Slam singles titles:

Men’s Singles:

1. Pete Sampras (14)

2. Roger Federer (13)

3. Roy Emerson (12)

(After the biginning of the “Open Era” it would be Bjorn Borg rank 3 with 11 titles)

Women’s Singles:

1. Margaret Smith Court (24)

2. Steffi Graf (22)

3. Helen Wills Moody (19)

Official Websites of the four Grand Slam tournaments:

Australian Open: www.australianopen.org

French Open: www.rolandgarros.com

Wimbledon: www.wimbledon.org

US Open: www.usopen.org

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