Sumary of Golden Slams Don’t Happen Very Often in Tennis, but It Could This Year – Here’s How:
- Photo: German tennis player Steffi Graf playing in the 1988 Wimbledon women’s singles tournament.
- If an athlete claims victory in each Grand Slam, otherwise known as tennis majors — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open — and also wins gold at the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, that person achieves a Golden Slam, or Golden Grand Slam.
- Players Who Have Won, or Could Win, a Calendar Golden Slam German player Steffi Graf won all four consecutive majors and the Olympics in women’s singles in 1988. In fact, she’s the first and only player to have ever achieved a calendar Golden Slam (racking in titles at four majors and the Olympics all in the same calendar year).
- However, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in men’s doubles achieved a non-calendar-year Golden Slam by winning at the Olympics and US Open in 2012, then the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon in 2013. It’s been dubbed the “Bryan Golden Slam.
- ” Dutch player Diede de Groot could become the first athlete in wheelchair tennis to achieve a calendar Golden Slam, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).