What is a career slam in Tennis

In the sport of tennis, there is a great importance given to the 4 majors i.e. the Australian open, the French Open, Wimbledon (England) and the US Open. All throughout the year the tennis players are busy on the ATP circuit travelling all throughout the globe, making appearances in different ATP tournaments 1000, 500, 250 – but, the real prestige of winning a tournament is only judged through a tennis player’s grand slam record and victories, the rest tournaments are just something for the statisticians to care about; unless you don’t have a grand slam – you aren’t a tennis star.

The points of winning a grand slam are also comparatively higher as opposed to participating in ATP tournament across the globe; the bet of being included amongst the 120 qualifications to a grand slam is in itself a mammoth task for budding tennis players as there are prior qualifying tournaments held for lower seeds to get into the main draw of selection into a grand slam.

The tennis season begins in January with the Australian open, followed by French Open in May, Wimbledon in June and the grand slam winds up with US Open in August – after which the rest of the 4 months the players travel through the parts of America, Dubai, India, Japan to appear in various leagues/charity matches of ATP tournaments to maintain their rankings.

In the sport of tennis, there have been only 4 male singles players who’ve achieved the career-slam i.e. winning all the 4 grand slams during the tenure of their career. These are:

#PlayerAgeAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS Open
1 Fred Perry261934193519341933
2 Don Budge231938193819371937
3 Rod Laver241960196219611962
4 Roy Emerson271961196319641961
5 Andre Agassi291995199919921994
6 Roger Federer272004200920032004
7 Rafael Nadal242009200520082010

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While, in the women’s singles; there have been 10 players who have had the great honor of winning all the 4 grand slam :

1 Maureen Connolly Brinker181953195319521951
2 Doris Hart281949195019511954
3 Shirley Fry Irvin291957195119561956
4 Margaret Court201960196219631962
5 Billie Jean King281968197219661967
6 Chris Evert271982197419741975
7 Martina Navratilova261981198219781983
8 Steffi Graf191988198719881988
9 Serena Williams212003200220021999
10 Maria Sharapova252008201220042006

In the men’s doubles and women’s doubles, 21 players have achieved this feat and in the mixed doubles 16 players have achieved this record.

#PlayerAgeAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS Open
1 Adrian Quist261936193519351939
2 Frank Sedgman241951195119481950
3 Ken McGregor231951195119511951
4 Lew Hoad211953195319531956
 Ken Rosewall221953195319561956
6 Neale Fraser251957195819591957
7 Roy Emerson251962196019591959
8 John Newcombe231965196719651967
 Tony Roche241965196719651967
10 Bob Hewitt371963197219621977
11 John Fitzgerald281982198619891984
 Anders Järryd291987198319891987
13 Jacco Eltingh281994199519981994
 Paul Haarhuis321994199519981994
15 Todd Woodbridge291992200019931995
 Mark Woodforde341992200019931989
17 Jonas Björkman321998200520022003
18 Bob Bryan302006200320062005
 Mike Bryan302006200320062005
20 Daniel Nestor352002200720082004
21 Leander Paes382012199919992006

(Men’s doubles)

#PlayerAgeAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS Open
1 Louise Brough Clapp271950194619461942
2 Doris Hart261949195119511951
3 Shirley Fry Irvin301957195019511951
4 Maria Bueno201960196019581960
5 Margaret Court221961196419641963
 Lesley Turner Bowrey211964196419641961
7 Judy Tegart Dalton321964196619691970
8/ Martina Navratilova231980197519761977
9 Kathy Jordan211981198019801981
 Anne Smith211981198019801981
11 Pam Shriver211982198419811983
12 Helena Suková251990199019871985
13 Gigi Fernández281993199119921988
/ Natasha Zvereva211993198919911991
15/ Jana Novotná251990199019891994
16 Martina Hingis171997199819961998
17 Serena Williams192001199920001999
 Venus Williams202001199920001999
19 Lisa Raymond332000200620012001
20 Sara Errani272013201220142012
 Roberta Vinci312013201220142012

(Women’s doubles)

#PlayerAgeAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS Open
1 Jean Borotra291928192719251926
2 Doris Hart261949195119511951
 Frank Sedgman211949195119511951
4 Margaret Court201963196319631961
5 Ken Fletcher231963196319631963
6 Owen Davidson231965196719671966
7 Billie Jean King241968196719671967
8 Marty Riessen331969196919751969
9 Bob Hewitt391961197019771979
10 Mark Woodforde271992199519931992
11 Todd Woodbridge241993199219941990
12/ Martina Navratilova462003197419851985
13 Daniela Hantuchová222002200520012005
14 Mahesh Bhupathi292006199720021999
15 Cara Black302010200220042008
16 Leander Paes422003201619992008
 Martina Hingis352005201620152015

(Mixed doubles)

The 16th pair in the list i.e. Leander Paes and Martina Hingis achieved this record at this year’s Rolland Garros, the coverage of which we’ve done extensively on our website. Paes and Hingis beat Mirza and Dodig in the mixed doubles final at the French Open 2016.

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