Tennis has always been a global sport since its inception. But it started to gain more popularity in the 1990s and 2000s. Now, more or less, everyone knows who the current top players in the tennis world are. Being in the top spot is no easy feat and deserves every bit of respect. But on the other hand, being on top does not justify the fact that the person has won everything. People might ask, If someone is the best, what more can they do? It is a legit question, but it is a bit different in tennis. Several players have won Grand Slams, but not all of them. Winning every Grand Slam is known as a Career Slam, but another feat is above the Golden Slam. So what is a Golden Slam? Keep reading to learn more about it.
What Is a Golden Slam in Tennis?
When a professional tennis player wins every Grand Slam (the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open) along with the Olympic gold medal in singles tennis, it is known as a Golden Slam. There are two types of golden slams in professional tennis. The first is the singles Golden Slam, the most common one, and the second is the doubles Golden Slam.
Who are the singles Golden Slam winners?
Singles The Golden Slam refers to the feat of winning all the Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold Medal in the singles category. Only four people have managed to achieve a singles Golden Slam in tennis. Out of them, the most famous Golden Slam was achieved by tennis legend Steffi Graf. She won the French Open, the Australian Open, the US Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympic Gold Medal in a single year in 1988. Thus completing the only calendar Golden Slam in tennis history. The other three singles Golden Slam winners are Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal. Serena Williams is the only player in tennis history to have won the Golden Slam in both the singles and doubles category
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List Of Singles Grand Slam Winners
|Andre Agassi||USA||Australian Open (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003), French Open (1999), Wimbledon (1992), US Open (1994, 1999), Olympics (1996)|
|Steffi Graf||Germany||Australian Open (1988-90, 1994), French Open (1987-1988, 1993, 1995-96, 1999), Wimbledon (1988-89, 1991-93, 1995-96), US Open (1988-89, 1993, 1995-96), Olympics (1988)|
|Rafael Nadal||Spain||Australian Open (2009, 2022), French Open (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-20, 2022), Wimbledon (2008, 2010), US Open (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019), Olympics (2008)|
|Serena Williams||USA||Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017), French Open (2002, 2013, 2015), Wimbledon (2002-03, 2009-10, 2012, 2015-16), US Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14), Olympics (2012)|
Who Are The Doubles Golden Slam Winners?
Doubles Golden Slam refers to the feat of winning all the Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold Medal in the doubles category. Eight people have completed the doubles Golden Slam – Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Gigi Fernandez, Daniel Nestor, Pam Shriver, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Todd Woodbridge, and Mark Woodforde. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are brothers and each other’s doubles partners. Both Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde were Australian and doubles partners. They are famously called “The Woodies”. The Williams sisters were doubles partners in each of their wins.
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List Of Doubles Grand Slam Winners
|Bob Bryan||USA||Australian Open (2006-07, 2009-11, 2013), French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013), US Open (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), Olympics (2012)|
|Mike Bryan||USA||Australian Open (2006-07, 2009-11, 2013), French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013, 2018), US Open (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018), Olympics (2012)|
|Gigi Fernandez||USA||Australian Open (1993-94), French Open (1991-95, 1997), Wimbledon (1992-94, 1997), US Open (1988, 1990, 1992, 1995-96), Olympics (1992, 1996)|
|Daniel Nestor||Canada||Australian Open (2002), French Open (2007, 2010-12), Wimbledon (2008-09), US Open (2004), Olympics (2000)|
|Pam Shriver||USA||Australian Open (1982-85, 1987-89), French Open (1984-85, 1987-88), Wimbledon (1981-84, 1986), US Open (1983-84, 1986-87, 1991), Olympics (1988)|
|Serena Williams||USA||Australian Open (2001, 2003, 2009-10), French Open (1999, 2010), Wimbledon (2000, 2002, 2008-09, 2012, 2016), US Open (1999, 2009), Olympics (2000, 2008, 2012)|
|Venus Williams||USA||Australian Open (2001, 2003, 2009-10), French Open (1999, 2010), Wimbledon (2000, 2002, 2008-09, 2012, 2016), US Open (1999, 2009), Olympics (2000, 2008, 2012)|
|Todd Woodbridge||Australia||Australian Open (1992, 1997, 2001), French Open (2000), Wimbledon (1993-97, 2000, 2002-04), US Open (1995-96, 2003), Olympics (1996)|
|Mark Woodforde||Australia||Australian Open (1992, 1997), French Open (2000), Wimbledon (1993-97, 2000), US Open (1989, 1995-96), Olympics (1996)|
Players Who Came Close To A Golden Slam
Roger Federer completed a Career Grand Slam and became very close to completing the Golden Slam in the 2012 London Olympics. But Andy Murray defeated him in the finals and won the silver medal. Roger Federer has a doubles Gold Medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Andy Murray won back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He has won the US Open and Wimbledon. But he could not win the Australian and French Open, even though he reached the finals several times.
Novak Djokovic is the next one on this list. He has completed the Career Slam twice but never completed the Golden Slam. He won the Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Maria Sharapova is another one of those players who came very close to completing the Career Golden Slam. She has achieved the Career Slam but won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She lost to Serena Williams in the final, when she completed her singles Golden Slam by winning the Gold Medal.
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