On a day like today but 83 years ago, American John Donald “Don” Budge marked a before and after in tennis history . For the first time a player was consecrated with the four Grand Slam in the same season . Something that at the time seemed impossible and even unimaginable, Budge made it happen.
1938 was the year that would change the sport forever, but it didn’t all start there. In 1936, he had become champion of the US Open in double next to Gene Mako . The following year he would already be the owner of two greater in singles , crowning in Wimbledon and at the United States Open, for then, in the following season, be the dominator of the four most important tournaments of all .
First came the Australian Open before the local John bromwich , then dominated the French capital beating the Czech Roderich Menzel. London surrendered to his feet after crushing the favorite, Bunny austin , 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3.
By this time the American was the third man, after Jack Crawford and Fred perry , in getting three GS in the same season. But that year’s US Open would change everything. His victory against his great friend and compatriot Gene Mako by 6-3, 6-8, 6-2 and 6-1 would welcome and open the select group of tennis players to achieve the full Grand Slam.
From there players like Rod Laver twice , Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf they would achieve that great feat that every tennis player dreams of achieving at some point.