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Monday, August 25, 2008

Tennis Grand Slam Tournaments

In tennis, a singles player or doubles team is said to have achieved the Grand Slam if they succeed in winning all four of the following championship titles in the same year:

• Australian Open

• French Open

• Wimbledon

• US Open

Though the term was originally restricted to the winning of all four tournaments in the same calendar year, the International Tennis Federation declared the official term as a player holding all four titles simultaneously, regardless of the calendar year.

Career Grand Slam

Winning all four Grand Slam tournaments non-consecutively is described as a "career Grand Slam."

Singles

Players who won all four Grand Slam tournaments but not in a row include age



Player Year Age
Fred Perry 1933-34-35 26
Doris Hart 1949-50-51-54 29
Shirley Fry 1951-56-57 30
Roy Emerson 1961-63-64 28
Billie Jean King 1966-67-68-72 29
Chris Evert 1974-75-82 28
Andre Agassi 1992-94-95-99 29


Doubles

Teams that have won a Career Grand Slam:



Team Year
Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde 1992-93-95-2000
Jacco Eltingh & Paul Haarhuis 1994-95-98
Serena Williams & Venus Williams 1999-2000-01


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Players who won a Career Grand Slam in doubles:

• Adrian Quist (1935-36-39)

• Shirley Fry (1950-51-57)

• Roy Emerson (1959-60-62)

• John Fitzgerald (1982-84-86-89)

• Anders Jarryd (1983-87-89)

• Helena Sukova (1989-90-93)

• Jana Novotna (1989-90-94)

• Jonas Bj√∂rkman (1998-2002-03-05)

Mixed Doubles

Players who won a Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles: • Frank Sedgman (1949-51)

• Billie Jean King (1967-68)

• Martina Navratilova (1974-85-2003)

• Todd Woodbridge (1990-92-93-94)

• Mahesh Bhupathi (1997-99-2005-06)

• Daniela Hantuchova (2001-02-05)

Golden Slam

The Golden Slam, or Golden Grand Slam, is winning all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the Gold medal in tennis at the Summer Olympics, in the same calendar year.

True Golden Slam

So far this feat has been achieved only once by Steffi Graf in 1988.


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Career Golden Slam

Winning all tournaments in a True Golden Slam, but non-consecutively:

Players who won a Career Golden Slam:

• Andre Agassi (1992-94-95-96-99)

Teams that won a Career Golden Slam:

• Serena Williams & Venus Williams (1999-2000-01)

• Gigi Fernandez won in the 1996 Olympics, partnering Mary Joe Fernandez. But won a career Grand Slam in Doubles partnering Natasha Zvereva

Small Slam

Players, who have won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year, are sometimes said to have achieved a small slam.

Men

• 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)

Juniors:

• Gael Monfils (2004)

Women

• Helen Wills Moody (1928, '29)

• Margaret Smith Court (1962, '65, '69, '73) - also winner of True Grand Slam

• Billie Jean King (1972)

• Martina Navratilova (1983, '84)

• Steffi Graf (1989, '93, '95, '96) - also winner of True Grand Slam

• Monica Seles (1991, '92)

• Martina Hingis (1997)

• Serena Williams (2002) - completed Serena Slam by winning the 2003 Australian Open title

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