It’s always been the dream of all tennis players, but even for older people it’s often just a dream: we’re talking about the Grand Slam, the highest point of a career, the top of a mountain that’s very difficult. It’s climbing. It is only when a player wins all four Slam titles in the same season, such as the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows (US Open), tournaments organized by the top four nations capable of winning the Davis Cup. 1974 (Australia, France, United Kingdom and United States of America).
Origin of the term Grand Slam
According to the most recognized reconstructions, the first journalists to use the term were in 1933. new York Times John Kieran, who wrote: “If Australian Jack Crawford also wins the American tournament after winning in Australia, France and England, it would be like scoring a Grand Slam at bridge”, referring to the maximum score the card could achieve. While doing the sport in which the journalist was expert and passionate.
According to others, however, the expression was first used in golf after Bobby Jones had won all tournaments. Chief of the circuit, and was applied to the world of tennis by sports columnist Alan Gould in July 1933, two months before his colleague Kieran.
Who made the Grand Slam?
A definition that has existed for almost 90 years, but which has only awarded five tennis players, two men and three women. Only Don Buzz (who won as an amateur in 1938), Rod Laver (the only one to do so twice as an amateur in 1962 and a professional in 1969), Maureen Connolly (as an amateur in 1953). As), Margaret Smith Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).
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