Photograph: German tennis participant Steffi Graf enjoying within the 1988 Wimbledon ladies’s singles event.
If an athlete claims victory in every Grand Slam, in any other case often known as tennis majors — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open — and likewise wins gold on the Olympic Video games or Paralympic Video games, that particular person 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 won all four consecutive majors and the Olympics in women’s singles in 1988. In truth, 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 yr). Nevertheless, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in males’s doubles achieved a non-calendar-year Golden Slam by successful 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 might change into the first athlete in wheelchair tennis to achieve a calendar Golden Slam, in response to the Worldwide Tennis Federation. She’s introduced residence 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 time and subsequently wins the US Open, she’ll set a file with this Golden Slam. Even when she would not obtain gold in Tokyo, successful the US Open this yr would nonetheless imply she’d be the primary wheelchair tennis participant to say all 4 main titles in a calendar yr.
On the boys’s aspect, Novak Djokovic, representing Serbia, is making an attempt for a calendar Golden Slam. If he achieves it, he’ll be the first man to have done so. Australian Dylan Alcott, like de Groot, is seeking 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 would not). UK males’s wheelchair doubles pair Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid are searching for a calendar Golden Slam this yr as properly.
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 yr. Andre Agassi, from the US, and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have gained 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 had been in a position to achieve a career Golden Slam in women’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 say a profession Golden Slam of her personal between 1999 and 2012, clinching it on the London Olympic Video games. She was the first tennis player with a career Golden Slam in both 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 time! And we’re keen to observe all of it play out earlier than us.