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A Handful of Tennis Gamers Vie For a Golden Slam in 2021

Steffi Graf pictured in action in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final on 2nd July 1988. Steffi Graf beats current 6 times defending champion Martina Navratilova, to win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final on 2nd July 1988. After Graf took a 5-3 lead in the first set, Navratilova won six straight games allowing her to win the first set and take a 2-0 lead in the second set. Graf then came back winning 12 of the next 13 games and the match. Steffi Graf's first of 7 Wimbledon singles title wins. 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 Picture taken 2nd July 1988. (Photo by Alan Olley and Tony Ward/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Photograph: German tennis participant Steffi Graf enjoying within the 1988 Wimbledon ladies’s singles match.

If an athlete claims victory in every Grand Slam, in any other case generally known as tennis majors — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open — and in addition wins gold on the Olympic Video games or Paralympic Video games, that individual achieves a Golden Slam, or Golden Grand Slam. It is about as uncommon as Willy Wonka’s golden ticket.

Gamers Who Have Gained, or May Win, a Calendar Golden Slam

German participant Steffi Graf received all 4 consecutive majors and the Olympics in ladies’s singles in 1988. In reality, she’s the primary and solely participant to have ever achieved a calendar Golden Slam (racking in titles at 4 majors and the Olympics all in the identical calendar 12 months). Nevertheless, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in males’s doubles achieved a non-calendar-year Golden Slam by profitable on the Olympics and US Open in 2012, then the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon in 2013. It has been dubbed the “Bryan Golden Slam.”

Dutch participant Diede de Groot may change into the primary athlete in wheelchair tennis to attain a calendar Golden Slam, based on the Worldwide Tennis Federation. She’s introduced dwelling wins on the 2021 Australian Open, the 2021 French Open, and 2021 Wimbledon. If she will get a gold medal on the Paralympics this summer season and subsequently wins the US Open, she’ll set a document with this Golden Slam. Even when she does not obtain gold in Tokyo, profitable the US Open this 12 months would nonetheless imply she’d be the primary wheelchair tennis participant to assert all 4 main titles in a calendar 12 months.

On the boys’s aspect, Novak Djokovic, representing Serbia, is attempting for a calendar Golden Slam. If he achieves it, he’ll be the primary man to have finished so. Australian Dylan Alcott, like de Groot, is trying to change into the primary wheelchair tennis participant with a calendar Golden Slam (he’d even be the primary man throughout tennis divisions to attain a calendar Golden Slam if Djokovic does not). UK males’s wheelchair doubles pair Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid are searching for a calendar Golden Slam this 12 months as nicely.

What Is a Profession Golden Slam?

A profession Golden Slam happens when an athlete wins every of the 4 Grand Slams and a Paralympic or Olympic gold medal and it isn’t restricted to a single 12 months. Andre Agassi, from the US, and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have received profession Golden Slams in males’s singles. Apart from her calendar-year Golden Slam, Graf additionally claimed a profession Golden Slam.

Serena and Venus Williams have been in a position to obtain a profession Golden Slam in ladies’s doubles with their 1999 French Open, 1999 US Open, and 2000 Wimbledon titles; their 2000 Olympics gold medal; and their victory on the 2001 Australian Open. Serena then went on to assert a profession Golden Slam of her personal between 1999 and 2012, clinching it on the London Olympic Video games. She was the primary tennis participant with a profession Golden Slam in each singles and doubles. In the meantime, Alcott secured a profession Golden Slam in each quad wheelchair singles and doubles in 2019.

A lot golden potential awaits the tennis courts this summer season! And we’re keen to observe all of it play out earlier than us.

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