The Ultimate Grand Slam Tennis Quiz

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What is the Grand Slam achievement in tennis?

Which of the following is not one of the Grand Slam tournaments?

What is a Career Grand Slam in tennis?

What is a Boxed Set in tennis?

What is a Golden Slam in tennis?

Who holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles won by a single player?

What is a Professional Grand Slam in tennis?

What is the US Open known for introducing in tennis?

Who holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles as of 2021?

Summary

The Grand Slam in tennis is the achievement of winning all four major championships in one discipline in a calendar year, also referred to as the "Calendar-year Grand Slam" or "Calendar Slam". The four Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, with each played over two weeks. The Australian and the United States tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest tournament, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905, but it was not until 1925 that all four were held as officially sanctioned majors. Winning all four major championships consecutively but not within the same calendar year is referred to as a "non-calendar-year Grand Slam", while winning the four majors at any point during the course of a career is known as a "Career Grand Slam". The Grand Slam tournaments are overseen by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), rather than the separate men and women's tour organizing bodies, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), but both the ATP and WTA award ranking points based on players' performances in them. The tournaments offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and the longest matches for men (best of five sets, best of three for the women). Even after the advent of the Open Era, players including John McEnroe and Chris Evert have pointed out that skipping majors was not unusual before counting major titles became the norm, especially the Australian Open because of the travelling distance involved and the inconvenient dates close to Christmas and New Year. Although it has been possible to complete a Grand Slam in most years and most disciplines since 1925, it was not possible from 1940 to 1945 because of interruptions at Wimbledon, the Australian and French Championships due to World War II, the years from 1970 to 1985 when there was no Australian tournament in mixed doubles, 1986 when there was no Australian Open, and 2020 when Wimbledon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late January and early February. The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late May and early June. Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late June and early July. The US Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year, played annually in late August and early September.Overview of Tennis Grand Slam Achievements

  • The US Open is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, along with the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon.

  • The tournament has been held annually since its inception in 1881, making it the only Grand Slam tournament to have been played every year.

  • It is organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and is currently held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

  • The tournament has been a pioneer in introducing changes and promoting ideas that other tournaments later implemented, including the introduction of a tiebreak system, awarding equal prize money to men's and women's events, and installing floodlights to allow matches to be played at night.

  • The tournament has draws that host 256 singles players, 128 doubles teams, and 32 mixed doubles teams, with a total prize money of US$53,400,000 in 2020.

  • The first player to win all four majors in a calendar year and complete the Grand Slam was Don Budge in 1938.

  • Only eight singles players on 11 occasions have achieved the feat of being the reigning champion of all four majors, three men, and five women.

  • A Career Grand Slam is achieved by winning all four major championships in one discipline, with eight men and ten women having completed it.

  • A Boxed Set is achieved by winning every possible major title in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines throughout a player's career, and only three players have completed it.

  • The term "Golden Slam" refers to winning all four majors and the Olympic, Paralympic, or Youth Olympic gold medal in a calendar year, and only Steffi Graf has achieved it in singles.

  • A player who wins all four majors and the Olympic or Paralympic gold medal during their professional career is said to have achieved a "Career Golden Slam," with Serena Williams being the only player to achieve it in both singles and doubles.

  • A player who wins all four majors, the Olympic or Paralympic gold medal, and the year-end championship throughout their career is said to have achieved a "Career Super Slam," with wheelchair players Diede de Groot and Shingo Kunieda being the only players to have completed a career Super Slam in both singles and doubles.

  • Other notable achievements include the Three-Quarter Slam, Surface Slam, and Channel Slam.Professional Grand Slam Winners

  • Before the Open Era, only amateur players could compete in the four Grand Slam tournaments.

  • Top male players went pro to win prize money legally, competing on a professional world tour.

  • From 1927 to 1967, three tournaments were considered the "majors" of the professional tour.

  • The three tournaments were the Wembley Championships, French Pro Championship, and U.S. Pro Tennis Championships.

  • A player who won all three in a calendar year achieved a "Professional Grand Slam" or "Pro Slam".

  • Ken Rosewall achieved the Pro Slam in 1963, and Rod Laver in 1967.

  • Ellsworth Vines, Hans Nüsslein, and Don Budge won the three major trophies during their careers.

  • The professional majors did not have a women's draw.

  • The Open Era began in 1968, allowing both amateur and professional players to compete in the Grand Slam tournaments.

  • The four Grand Slam tournaments are now the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.

  • As of 2021, Novak Djokovic holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles with 20.

  • Margaret Court holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles won by a single player, with 64.

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Think you know everything there is to know about the Grand Slam in tennis? Test your knowledge with our quiz! From the history of the four major championships to the achievements of professional players, this quiz covers it all. Whether you're a seasoned tennis fan or just starting to learn about the sport, this quiz is sure to challenge you. So grab your racket and get ready to ace this quiz!

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