Thursday, 16 December 2010

Advent calendar day 16 #10 Don Budge

We have now reached the top 10 in the count down to the greatest player of all time.

10th Best Player of all time

Don Budge

Grand Slams won - 6
Grand Slam Finals lost - 1
Overall amount of singles titles won - ?
Overall Match Winning percentage - ?
Top rank - 1

The famous american great, who is known very well. He was the first player to win the season Grand Slam as well as being the second and youngest to win the career Grand Slam. He won his season and career Grand Slam in 1938, after having already won Wimbledon and the US Open the previous year and made the US Open Final in 1936. He also has the record for the most consecutive Grand Slams won, of 6. Only one other has even won the season Grand Slam and he couldn't better 4 consecutive Grand Slam. This was an amazing achievement at his age of 23. Unfortunately he left to the pro-slam tour the next year. He would win 4 of the 5 pro-slams he played in, before going to the army before the 1943 season. While training in an obstacle course in the same year he tore a muscle in the shoulder, this would hinder his performance when he went back to the pro-slam tour at the end of World War II. He never won another pro-slam again and retired at the end of 1955. He was world number 1 for 4 consecutive years between 1937 and 1940 as well as 1942. In 2000 at the age of 84, he died.

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