Grand Slam (tennis)

The Grand Slam in tennis is the achievement of winning all four major championships in one discipline in the same calendar year, also referred to as the "Calendar-year Grand Slam" or "Calendar Grand Slam". In doubles, a team may accomplish the Grand Slam playing together or a player may achieve it with different partners. Winning all four major championships consecutively but not within the same calendar year is referred to as a non-calendar year Grand Slam, while winning the four majors at any point during the course of a career is known as a Career Grand Slam.[1][2]

The Grand Slam tournaments, also referred to as majors, are the world's four most important annual professional tennis events. The tournaments offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and longest matches for men (best of 5 sets). They are overseen by the International Tennis Federation (ITF),[3] rather than the separate men and women's tour organizing bodies, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), but both the ATP and WTA award ranking points based on players' performances in the tournaments.[4]

The four Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open in January, the French Open from late May to early June, Wimbledon in late June to early July, and the US Open in August–September, with each played over a two-week period. The Australian and the United States tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest tournament, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905, but they were not all officially designated majors until 1923.[5]

History

The locations of the four Grand Slam championships.

With the growing popularity of tennis, and with the hopes of unifying the sport's rules internationally,[5] the British and French associations started discussions at their Davis Cup tie, and in October of 1912 organized a meeting in Paris, joined by the Australasian, Austrian, Belgian, Spanish, and Swiss associations.[6] They subsequently formed the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), holding their first meeting in 1913, joined by the Danish, German, Dutch, Russian, South African, and Swedish organizations.[7] Voting rights were divided based on the perceived importance of the individual countries, with Great Britain's Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) receiving the maximum six votes.[8] Three tournaments were established, being designated as "World Championships":

The LTA was given the perpetual right to organize the World Grass Court Championships, to be held in Wimbledon, and France received permission to stage the World Hard Court Championships until 1916.[10] Anthony Wilding of New Zealand won all three of those World Championships in 1913.[11]

The United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNTLA) expressed disagreement with the power distribution within the ILTF and the designation of "World Championships" status to the British and French tournaments, thus they initially refused to join the ILTF, choosing to be bystanders to their meetings.[12][7] By the 1920s, with the World Covered Court Championships failing to attract top players and the growing success of American and Australian tennis, the ILTF worked to convince the USNTLA to join them, meeting their demand to drop the designation of "World Championships" from all three tournaments, which led to the demise of both the World Covered Court Championships and the World Hard Court Championships.[9] By 1923 the power distribution was heavily in favor of Britain, France, Australia, and the US, but no actual definition of "major" was attributed. While many countries had their own national tennis championships, it was obvious by the 1930s that the tournaments in Britain, France, Australia, and the United States were the most prestigious events in the sport, and thus they were subsequently designated as the "Official Championships".[13][14]

In 1933, Jack Crawford won the Australian, French, and Wimbledon Championships, leaving him just needing to win the last major event of the year, the U.S. Championships, to become the reigning champion of all four major tournaments,[15] a feat described as a "Grand Slam" by both sports columnist Alan Gould of The Reading Eagle,[16] and John Kieran of The New York Times.[17][18] The term 'Grand Slam' originates from the card game contract bridge, where it is used for winning all the possible tricks, and entered tennis via golf where it had been first used in sports to describe Bobby Jones' achievement of winning the four major golf tournaments three years earlier in 1930.[18] "Grand Slam" or "Slam" has since also become used to refer to the tournaments individually.[4]

Although it has been possible to complete a Grand Slam in most years and most disciplines since 1925, it was not possible from 1940 to 1945 because of interruptions at Wimbledon, the Australian and French Championships due to World War II,[19] the years from 1970 to 1985 when there was no Australian tournament in mixed doubles,[20] 1986 when there was no Australian Open,[20] and 2020 when Wimbledon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]

Players including John McEnroe and Chris Evert have pointed out that skipping majors was not unusual before counting major titles became the norm, especially the Australian Open because of the traveling distance involved and the inconvenient dates close to Christmas and New Year.[22][23] There were also the professional players who had to skip some major events like the French Open in the 1970s because they were committed to the more lucrative pro circuits.[23][24] In one case, Australian players including Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson who had contracts with George MacCall's National Tennis League were prevented from participating in the 1970 Australian Open because the financial guarantees were deemed insufficient.[25]

Tournaments

These are the four major tennis tournaments that comprise a Grand Slam:

Event Began Venue Surface Draw sizes Format Deciding set rule
(singles)[26]
2021 date
(2 weeks)
Current champions (singles) Prize money
(2021)
Men Women
Australian Open[a] 1905[b] Melbourne Park,
Melbourne
Hard[c]
  • 128: singles
  • 64: doubles
  • 32: mixed doubles
  • 8: wheelchair singles
  • 4: wheelchair doubles

Best of five sets:

  • Men's singles

Best of three sets:

  • Women's singles
  • Doubles events
  • Wheelchair events
10-point tiebreaker
at 6–6
8−21 February Serbia Novak Djokovic Japan Naomi Osaka A$71,500,000[27]
French Open[d] 1891[e] Stade Roland Garros,
Paris
Clay No tiebreaker 30 May−
13 June
Serbia Novak Djokovic Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková 34,367,215[28]
Wimbledon[f] 1877[g] All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club,
London
Grass 7-point tiebreaker
at 12–12
28 June−
11 July
Serbia Novak Djokovic Australia Ashleigh Barty £35,016,000[27]
US Open[h] 1881[i] USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,
New York City
Hard[j] 7-point tiebreaker
at 6–6
30 August−
12 September
Russia Daniil Medvedev United Kingdom Emma Raducanu US$57,500,000[29]

Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late January and early February.[k][30] The inaugural edition took place in November 1905 on the grass courts of the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. It was held as the Australasian Championships until 1927 and thereafter as the Australian Championships until the onset of the Open Era in 1969,[31] passing through various venues in Australia and New Zealand before settling at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne between 1972 and 1987.[32] Since 1988, it has been played on the hard courts of the Melbourne Park sports complex, which currently uses GreenSet as its court manufacturer.[33]

Managed by Tennis Australia, formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA), the tournament struggled until the mid-1980s to attract the top international players due to its distance from Europe and America and proximity to the Christmas and holiday season,[34][35] but it has since grown to become one of the biggest sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere and the highest attended Grand Slam tournament, with more than 812,000 people attending the 2020 edition.[36]

Nicknamed the "Happy Slam"[37] and billed as "the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific",[38] it has become known for its modernity and innovation, being the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play and install retractable roofs on its main courts,[39] the first to schedule night-time men's singles finals,[40] and the first to substitute electronic line calling for line judges, using an expanded version of the Hawk-Eye technology known as "Hawk-Eye Live".[41]

The tournament was designated a major championship by the International Lawn Tennis Federation in 1923.[42] Nowadays, its draws host 256 singles players, 128 doubles teams and 32 mixed doubles teams, with the total prize money for the 2021 tournament being A$71,500,000.[43]

French Open

Court Philippe Chatrier, Stade Roland Garros.

The French Open, also known as Roland Garros,[44][45] is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late May and early June.[46] It was first held in 1891, on the sand courts of the Societé de Sport de Île de Puteaux, in Puteaux, Île-de-France,[47][l] and repeatedly changed venues over the years before settling on the clay courts at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France, where it has been contested since 1928.[49][50] Both the venue and the tournament are named "Roland Garros" after the pioneering French aviator.[49]

Organized by the Fédération française de tennis (FFT), formerly known as the Fédération Française de Lawn Tennis until 1976,[51] the French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament played on a red clay surface.[52] It's generally considered the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.[53][54]

Until 1925, it was known as Championnats de France (French Championships) and only French clubs members were eligible to compete in the tournament,[49] thus another tournament called the World Hard Court Championships was the premier clay championship in France at the time as it admitted international competitors, and it's often seen as a true precursor to the modern French Open.[14][55] From 1925 onward, the French Championships became open to all international amateurs, being rebranded as Internationaux de France (French Internationals),[49] and it was designated a major championship by the International Lawn Tennis Federation in the same year.[citation needed]

Today, the event has draws that host 256 singles players, 128 doubles teams and 32 mixed doubles teams, with the total prize money for the 2021 tournament being 34,367,215.[28] The 2018 edition saw a record attendance of 480,575 spectators.[56]

Wimbledon

The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known as Wimbledon,[57] is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late June and early July.[58] It was first held on 1877 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, at the time located off Nursery Road in Wimbledon, London, England.[59] The tournament has always been contested at this club, which moved to its present site off Church Road in 1922 in order to increase its attendance capacity.[60]

Wimbledon is organized by a committee of management consisting of nineteen members, with twelve being club members and the remaining seven nominated by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).[61][62] As the world's oldest tennis event,[63] it is widely regarded as the most prestigious tennis tournament,[64][65] and it is known for its commitment to longstanding traditions and guidelines.[66] It is one of few tournaments and the only Grand Slam event that is still played on grass courts,[67] tennis's original surface, and where "lawn tennis" originated in the 1800s.[68] Players are required to wear all-white attire during matches,[69] and they are referred to as "Gentlemen" and "Ladies".[70] There is also a tradition where the players are asked to bow or curtsy towards the Royal Box upon entering or leaving Centre Court when either the Prince of Wales or the Queen are present.[71]

The tournament was given the title "World Grass Court Championships" by the International Lawn Tennis Federation between 1912 and 1923,[72] and was designated a major championship following the abolition of the three ILTF World Championships.[42] Since 1937, the BBC has broadcast the tournament on television in the United Kingdom,[73] with the finals shown live and in full on television in the country each year.[74] The BBC's broadcast of the 1967 edition was among the first colour television broadcasts in the UK.[75]

Today, the event has draws that host 256 singles players, 128 doubles teams and 32 mixed doubles teams, with the total prize money for the 2021 tournament being £35,016,000,[27] with 500,397 people attending the 2019 edition.[76] The tournament has some of the longest running sponsorships in sports history, having been associated with Slazenger since 1902,[77] and with the Robinsons fruit drink brand since 1935.[78]

US Open

The US Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late August and early September. It was first held in August 1881 on grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island, United States.[79] The tournament constantly changed venues over the years,[80] with each discipline continuing to be held separately at various venues until 1923, when the tournament settled at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City.[80] In 1978, it moved to the hardcourts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, where it has been contested ever since.[80][81]

Organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA),[82] previously known as the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) until 1920,[83] and as United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) until 1975,[84] it is the only Grand Slam tournament to have been played every year since its inception.[85] In 1997, Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world with a capacity of 23,771 spectators,[86][87] was opened.[88] It is named after Arthur Ashe, the winner of the 1968 tournament—the first in which professionals were allowed to compete.[89]

Over the years, the tournament has pioneered changes and promoted ideas that other tournaments later implemented for themselves, including the introduction of a tiebreak system to decide the outcome of sets tied at 6–6 in 1970,[90] being first Grand Slam tournament to award equal prize money to the men's and women's events in 1975,[90] the installation of floodlights in 1975 in order to allow matches to be played at night,[91] and the introduction of instant replay reviews of line calls using the Hawk-Eye computer system in 2006, the first Grand Slam tournament to do so.[92]

The ILTF officially designated it as a major tournament in 1923.[9] Today, the event has draws that host 256 singles players, 128 doubles teams and 32 mixed doubles teams, with the total prize money for the 2020 tournament being US$53,400,000,[93] and a US television viewership of 700,000.[94][95] Since 2004, the tournament has been preceded by the US Open Series, composed of North American hardcourt professional tournaments that lead up to and culminate with the US Open itself,[96] The season is organized by the USTA as a way to focus more attention on American tennis tournaments by getting more of them on domestic television.[29]

Grand Slam

The first player to win all four of the current majors in a calendar year was Don Budge, who did so in 1938.[97] To date, five singles players (two men, three women), nine doubles players (four men, five women) and one junior (boy) completed the Grand Slam. In wheelchair disciplines, two men and eight women did so. Margaret Court is the only player to complete the Grand Slam in two different disciplines—once in women's singles and twice in mixed doubles.[1]

Instances

# Year Player Discipline Major Notes
1 2 3 4
1 1938 United States Don Budge Men's singles AU FR WB US Part of 6 consecutive titles.
2 1951 Australia Ken McGregor Men's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 7 consecutive titles for the team.
Australia Frank Sedgman Part of 8 consecutive titles for Sedgman with Bromwich and McGregor.
3 1953 United States Maureen Connolly Women's singles AU FR WB US Part of 6 consecutive titles.
4 1960 Brazil Maria Bueno Women's doubles AU FR WB US Partnered with Truman and Hard.
5 1962 Australia Rod Laver Men's singles AU FR WB US
6 1963 Australia Margaret Court Mixed doubles AU FR WB US Part of 7 consecutive titles for Court with Stolle and Fletcher.
Australia Ken Fletcher Part of 6 consecutive titles for the team.
7 1965 Australia Margaret Court (2) Mixed doubles AU FR WB US Part of 5 consecutive titles with Newcombe, Fletcher and Stolle.
8 1967 Australia Owen Davidson Mixed doubles AU FR WB US Part of 5 consecutive titles with Floyd, Turner and Jean King.
9 1969 Australia Rod Laver (2) Men's singles AU FR WB US
10 1970 Australia Margaret Court (3) Women's singles AU FR WB US Part of 6 consecutive titles.
11 1983 Sweden Stefan Edberg Boys' singles FR WB US AU
12 1984 United States Martina Navratilova Women's doubles FR WB US AU Part of 8 consecutive titles.
United States Pam Shriver
13 1988 West Germany Steffi Graf Women's singles AU FR WB US Part of 5 consecutive titles.
14 1998 Switzerland Martina Hingis Women's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 5 consecutive titles with Lučić, Novotná and Kournikova.
15 2009 Netherlands Esther Vergeer WC women's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 12 consecutive titles for Vergeer with Homan, Griffioen and Smit.
Netherlands Korie Homan
16 2011 Netherlands Esther Vergeer (2) WC women's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 8 consecutive titles for Vergeer with Walraven and Buis.
Netherlands Sharon Walraven Part of 7 consecutive titles for the team.
17 2013 Netherlands Aniek van Koot WC women's doubles AU FR WB US
Netherlands Jiske Griffioen
18 2014 France Stéphane Houdet WC men's doubles AU FR WB US Partnered with Gérard and Kunieda.
19 2014 Japan Yui Kamiji WC women's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 5 consecutive titles.
United Kingdom Jordanne Whiley
20 2019 Netherlands Aniek van Koot (2) WC women's doubles AU FR WB US
Netherlands Diede de Groot Part of 7 consecutive titles for de Groot with Van Koot and Kamiji.
21 2019 Australia Dylan Alcott WC quad doubles AU FR WB US Part of 6 consecutive titles with Davidson, Wagner and Lapthorne.
22 2021 United Kingdom Alfie Hewett WC men's doubles AU FR WB US Part of 8 consecutive titles.
United Kingdom Gordon Reid
23 2021 Netherlands Diede de Groot (2) WC women's singles AU FR WB US
24 2021 Australia Dylan Alcott (2) WC quad singles AO FR WB US

Non-calendar year Grand Slam

Terminology

In 1982, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) began offering a $1 million bonus to any singles player to win four consecutive major titles, even if they were won across two seasons. Although groups variously identified as the Men's International Professional Tennis Council, "abetted primarily by some British tennis writers",[98] and "European tennis journalists"[99] had advocated for the ITF to change the definition of "Grand Slam", ITF General Secretary David Gray made it clear that this was not going to happen. In a 1983 letter to tennis journalist Paul Fein, Gray clarified:

There seems to be some confusion. The ITF's only initiative in this matter has been the organisation of the offer of a bonus of $1m. to any player who holds all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously [...] In spite of all that we have read on this matter, it has never been my Committee of Management's intention to alter the basis of the classic Grand Slam i.e., the capture of all four titles in a year.

The ITF's plan was to offer the cash bonus for three years, apparently to encourage players to compete in all four major tournaments as much as to reward success at them.[100]

Writing in 1982, before the ITF had announced their bonus, Neil Amdur said, "Now the sport spins nervously under the influence of big dollars and even bigger egos, and tradition has almost gone the way of white balls and long flannels [...] If the four major tournaments want to offer a $1 million incentive for any player in the future who can sweep their titles—and such talks have been rumored—that bonus would be a welcome addition. But changing what the Grand Slam is all about is like a baseball player believing that he 'hit for the cycle' after slugging a single, double and triple in the first game of a doubleheader and a home run in his first time at bat in the second game."[99]

When Martina Navratilova won the 1984 French Open and became the reigning champion of all four women's singles discipline, she was the first player to receive the bonus prize in recognition of her achievement. Some media outlets did, indeed, say that she had won a Grand Slam.[101][102] Curry Kirkpatrick of Sports Illustrated wrote "Whether the Slam was Grand or Bland or a commercial sham tainted with an asterisk the size of a tennis ball, Martina Navratilova finally did it."[103]

When Steffi Graf completed the Grand Slam in 1988, George Vecsey wrote, "Even the International Tennis Federation, which should have more respect for history, ruled in 1982 that winning any four straight majors constituted a Grand Slam—and offered a $1 million bonus for it [...] But many tennis people, and most writers, and probably most fans, too, did not accept the new rules, and the ITF has dropped the gimmick."[104]

When Rafael Nadal was on the verge of completing a non-calendar year Grand Slam at the 2011 Australian Open, one writer observed, "Most traditionalists insist that the 'Grand Slam' should refer only to winning all four titles in a calendar year, although the constitution of the International Tennis Federation, the sports governing body, spells out that 'players who hold all four of these titles at the same time achieve the Grand Slam'."[105] As of 2021 however, the ambiguity has been resolved, with the ITF's current constitution stating "The Grand Slam titles are the championships of Australia, France, the United States of America and Wimbledon. Players who hold all four of these titles in one calendar year achieve the 'Grand Slam'."[1]

Combining the Grand Slam and the non-calendar year Grand Slam, only eight singles players on 11 occasions achieved the feat of being the reigning champion of all four majors, three men (Don Budge, Rod Laver, Novak Djokovic)[106] and five women (Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams).[107]

Instances

The following list is for those players who achieved a non-calendar Grand Slam by holding the four major titles at the same time but not in calendar year.[108] The players who won the titles in a calendar year are not included here.[1]

Career Grand Slam

The career achievement of winning all four major championships in one discipline is termed a "Career Grand Slam". In singles, eight men (Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) and ten women (Maureen Connolly, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry Irvin, Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova) have completed a Career Grand Slam.[2] Three men (Emerson, Laver and Djokovic)[109] and five women (Court, Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Williams)[citation needed] managed to achieve the feat more than once over the course of their careers.

Only six players have completed a Career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles: one male (Roy Emerson) and five female (Margaret Court, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry Irvin, Martina Navratilova, and Serena Williams). Court, Hart and Navratilova are the only ones to have completed a "Career Boxed Set", that is, winning all four major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles; this has never been done by a male player.[110]

Number of players to complete the Career Grand Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles Junior Singles Junior Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Mixed Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad Boys' Girls' Boys' Girls'
8 10 24 21 17 0 1 1 7 8 3 1 0 1 0

Other related concepts

Boxed Set

A "career Boxed Set" refers to winning one of every possible major title in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines throughout a player's career.[111] Only three players have completed the Boxed Set; Margaret Court, Doris Hart and Martina Navratilova.[110] Court's second Box Set, completed in 1969, spans the pre-Open and Open Eras, but she later completed a set entirely within the Open Era in 1973.[citation needed]

  • The event at which the Boxed Set was completed indicated in bold
Boxed Sets Player Age Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
Singles Doubles Mixed Singles Doubles Mixed Singles Doubles Mixed Singles Doubles Mixed
2 Australia Margaret Court 22 1960 1961 1963 1962 1964 1963 1963 1964 1963 1962 1963 1961
26 1961 1962 1964 1964 1965 1964 1965 1969 1965 1965 1968 1962
1 United States Doris Hart 29 1949 1950 1949 1950 1948 1951 1951 1947 1951 1954 1951 1951
1 United States Martina Navratilova 46 1981 1980 2003 1982 1975 1974 1978 1976 1985 1983 1977 1985

Golden Slam

The term "Golden Slam" (initially "Golden Grand Slam") was coined in 1988,[112] when Steffi Graf won the 1988 Australian Open, 1988 French Open, 1988 Wimbledon Championships, 1988 US Open, as well as the 1988 Olympic gold medal. She and wheelchair tennis players Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott are the only players to have done so.[113][114][115]

Similarly, the term "non-calendar year Golden Slam" has been used since 2013, when Bob and Mike Bryan won the 2012 Olympics, 2012 US Open, 2013 Australian Open, 2013 French Open and 2013 Wimbledon Championships.[116][117] This was also called the "Golden Bryan Slam".[118]

A player who wins all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic or Paralympic gold medal during his or her career is said to have achieved a "Career Golden Slam".[119][116]

Number of players to complete the Career Golden Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Mixed Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad
2 2 5 4 0 0 1 1 4 6 2

Super Slam

Soon after the Open Era began in 1968, the new professional tours each held a year-end championship (YEC), which are elite tournaments involving only the top performers of the season. The return of tennis to the Olympics in 1988 gave rise to the notion of a "Super Slam" as a combination of Golden Slam and YEC title.[120][121][122] The YECs are currently the ATP Finals for the men's tour, WTA Finals for the women's tour, and the Wheelchair Tennis Masters for the wheelchair tennis tour.

Although no player has ever completed the Super Slam in a single season, Steffi Graf achieved a "non-calendar year Super Slam" by winning all the aforementioned titles consecutively,[123] with her Golden Slam in 1988 following her victory at the 1987 Virginia Slims Championships,[124] the year-end championship for women's tennis at that time.

A player who wins all four Grand Slam tournaments, the Olympic gold medal and the year-end championship throughout his or her career is said to have achieved a "Career Super Slam".[120][121]

Number of players to complete the Career Super Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad
1 2 5 2 0 1 1 4 6 1

Three-Quarter Slam

Several players have won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year, missing out on the Grand Slam by only one title, an achievement sometimes referred to as a "Three-Quarter Slam".[125][126][127] In five notable instances, singles players won the first three events of the year and went to the final major tournament with the opportunity to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam but lost. These were Jack Crawford in 1933,[128] Lew Hoad in 1956,[129] and Novak Djokovic in 2021[130][131][132] in men's tennis, and Martina Navratilova in 1984[133] and Serena Williams in 2015 in women's tennis.[134]

Number of players to complete the Three-Quarter Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles Junior Singles Junior Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Mixed Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad Boys' Girls' Boys' Girls'
11 8 15 20 12 2 3 1 4 3 0 3 2 9 11

Surface Slam

Since 1978, when the US Open changed its playing surface from clay to hard courts,[135] the four Grand Slam tournaments have been contested on three surfaces: clay, hard and grass.[136] A player who wins a Grand Slam title on each of those three current surfaces in a calendar year is said to have achieved a "Surface Slam".[137][138] From 1978 to 1987, the Australian Open and Wimbledon were played on grass, the French Open on clay and the US Open on hard, but since 1988 the Australian Open has also been played on hard courts.[139] In singles, the feat has been accomplished by two men: Rafael Nadal in 2010 and Novak Djokovic in 2021;[citation needed] and three women: Martina Navratilova in 1984, Steffi Graf in 1988,[citation needed] 1993, 1995, 1996, and Serena Williams in 2002 and 2015.[137][138]

Number of players to complete the Surface Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles Junior Singles Junior Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Mixed Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad Boys' Girls' Boys' Girls'
2 3 5 8 3 1 1 1 4 8 1 3 1 5 8

Channel Slam

Location of the Channel Slam tournaments.

Since their inceptions, the French Open has been contested on clay or sand courts and Wimbledon on grass courts, surfaces that favor very distinct play styles from each other.[140] Wimbledon usually starts a few weeks after the end of the French Open,[141] meaning that the players who have deep runs in the French Open have little time to recover mentally and physically, and to adapt to the different surface conditions found at Wimbledon. This has thus made it considered to be one of the hardest feats in a tennis season.[142] Players who win both tournaments consecutively in the same season are said to have achieved a "Channel Slam",[141] in reference to the English Channel, a body of water that separates France from the United Kingdom, the host countries of the French Open and Wimbledon, respectively.[141] In singles tennis, this feat has been achieved by 12 men and 10 women all-time.[citation needed] In the Open Era, Rod Laver, Björn Borg, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the only players to accomplish the feat in men's singles, and Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams the only in women's singles.[141][142][143]

Number of players to complete the Channel Slam
Singles Doubles Wheelchair Singles Wheelchair Doubles Junior Singles Junior Doubles
Men's Women's Men's Women's Mixed Men's Women's Quad Men's Women's Quad Boys' Girls' Boys' Girls'
12 10 29 31 18 1 1 1 5 8 3 10 7 13 19

Pro Slam

Before the Open Era began in 1968, only amateur players were allowed to compete in the four majors. Many male top players "went pro" in order to win prize money legally, competing on a professional world tour comprising completely separate events.[144] From 1927 to 1967, the three pro events considered to be the "majors" of the pro tour were:

A player who won all three in a calendar year was considered to have achieved a "Professional Grand Slam", or "Pro Slam".[145][146] The feat was accomplished by Ken Rosewall in 1963[147] and Rod Laver in 1967,[148] while Ellsworth Vines, Hans Nüsslein and Don Budge also won all three major trophies during their pro careers.[149] The pro slams did not have a women's draw.[150]

Grand Slam tournament champions

Current champions

Former champions

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