First Ever Tennis Grand Slam

On September 24, 1938, Don Budge won the U.S. Open and became the first person to win all four major titles in a single year, known as a grand slam.

The California native was best known for his backhand. He was the singles champion at the Australian Championship and the French Open in 1938. He claimed the singles, doubles and mixed doubles in ’37 and ’38 at Wimbledon. He also claimed the doubles title at the U.S. National Championship the same two years. He claimed the doubles title at the US Championship in ’36 and ’38. Another crowning achievement was when he became a Davis Cup team member from 1935 to ’38.

After his retirement he opened a tennis camp to help young athletes develop their skills.

Budge was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964. His doubles partner, Gene Mako, from Budapest was inducted into the Hall of Fame in ’73.

“He never questioned a call or raised a ginger eyebrow.” -Laurie Pignon on Don Budge

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