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:

# Player Age Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Fred Perry 26 1934 1935 1934 1933
2  Don Budge 23 1938 1938 1937 1937
3  Rod Laver 24 1960 1962 1961 1962
4  Roy Emerson 27 1961 1963 1964 1961
5  Andre Agassi 29 1995 1999 1992 1994
6  Roger Federer 27 2004 2009 2003 2004
7  Rafael Nadal 24 2009 2005 2008 2010

Source : Wikipedia

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 Brinker 18 1953 1953 1952 1951
2  Doris Hart 28 1949 1950 1951 1954
3  Shirley Fry Irvin 29 1957 1951 1956 1956
4  Margaret Court 20 1960 1962 1963 1962
5  Billie Jean King 28 1968 1972 1966 1967
6  Chris Evert 27 1982 1974 1974 1975
7  Martina Navratilova 26 1981 1982 1978 1983
8  Steffi Graf 19 1988 1987 1988 1988
9  Serena Williams 21 2003 2002 2002 1999
10  Maria Sharapova 25 2008 2012 2004 2006

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.

# Player Age Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Adrian Quist 26 1936 1935 1935 1939
2  Frank Sedgman 24 1951 1951 1948 1950
3  Ken McGregor 23 1951 1951 1951 1951
4  Lew Hoad 21 1953 1953 1953 1956
 Ken Rosewall 22 1953 1953 1956 1956
6  Neale Fraser 25 1957 1958 1959 1957
7  Roy Emerson 25 1962 1960 1959 1959
8  John Newcombe 23 1965 1967 1965 1967
 Tony Roche 24 1965 1967 1965 1967
10  Bob Hewitt 37 1963 1972 1962 1977
11  John Fitzgerald 28 1982 1986 1989 1984
 Anders Järryd 29 1987 1983 1989 1987
13  Jacco Eltingh 28 1994 1995 1998 1994
 Paul Haarhuis 32 1994 1995 1998 1994
15  Todd Woodbridge 29 1992 2000 1993 1995
 Mark Woodforde 34 1992 2000 1993 1989
17  Jonas Björkman 32 1998 2005 2002 2003
18  Bob Bryan 30 2006 2003 2006 2005
 Mike Bryan 30 2006 2003 2006 2005
20  Daniel Nestor 35 2002 2007 2008 2004
21  Leander Paes 38 2012 1999 1999 2006

(Men’s doubles)

# Player Age Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Louise Brough Clapp 27 1950 1946 1946 1942
2  Doris Hart 26 1949 1951 1951 1951
3  Shirley Fry Irvin 30 1957 1950 1951 1951
4  Maria Bueno 20 1960 1960 1958 1960
5  Margaret Court 22 1961 1964 1964 1963
 Lesley Turner Bowrey 21 1964 1964 1964 1961
7  Judy Tegart Dalton 32 1964 1966 1969 1970
8 / Martina Navratilova 23 1980 1975 1976 1977
9  Kathy Jordan 21 1981 1980 1980 1981
 Anne Smith 21 1981 1980 1980 1981
11  Pam Shriver 21 1982 1984 1981 1983
12  Helena Suková 25 1990 1990 1987 1985
13  Gigi Fernández 28 1993 1991 1992 1988
/ Natasha Zvereva 21 1993 1989 1991 1991
15 / Jana Novotná 25 1990 1990 1989 1994
16  Martina Hingis 17 1997 1998 1996 1998
17  Serena Williams 19 2001 1999 2000 1999
 Venus Williams 20 2001 1999 2000 1999
19  Lisa Raymond 33 2000 2006 2001 2001
20  Sara Errani 27 2013 2012 2014 2012
 Roberta Vinci 31 2013 2012 2014 2012

(Women’s doubles)

# Player Age Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Jean Borotra 29 1928 1927 1925 1926
2  Doris Hart 26 1949 1951 1951 1951
 Frank Sedgman 21 1949 1951 1951 1951
4  Margaret Court 20 1963 1963 1963 1961
5  Ken Fletcher 23 1963 1963 1963 1963
6  Owen Davidson 23 1965 1967 1967 1966
7  Billie Jean King 24 1968 1967 1967 1967
8  Marty Riessen 33 1969 1969 1975 1969
9  Bob Hewitt 39 1961 1970 1977 1979
10  Mark Woodforde 27 1992 1995 1993 1992
11  Todd Woodbridge 24 1993 1992 1994 1990
12 / Martina Navratilova 46 2003 1974 1985 1985
13  Daniela Hantuchová 22 2002 2005 2001 2005
14  Mahesh Bhupathi 29 2006 1997 2002 1999
15  Cara Black 30 2010 2002 2004 2008
16  Leander Paes 42 2003 2016 1999 2008
 Martina Hingis 35 2005 2016 2015 2015

(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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