Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Advent calendar day 8 #18 Frank Sedgman

Day 8 of the countdown to the best player of all time.

18th Best Player of all time

Frank Sedgman

Grand Slams won - 5
Grand Slam Finals lost - 2
Overall amount of singles titles won - ?
Overall Match Winning percentage - ?
Top rank - 2 (unofficially)

Frank Sedgman won 5 of 7 Grand Slams and won 3 of the four Grand Slams. Again a player who was unable to win at the French Open but he made it to the Final in 1952 but lost in four sets. He also wasn't to far from a season Grand Slam, as he went on to make two finals and win two Grand Slams in that season. He never made number 1 in the unofficial rankings before ATP rankings but was number 2 for 3 years but was thought to be deserving of the number 1 title in 1952. Between doubles and singles he won 22 Grand Slams and in 1951 he became part of the only doubles team to ever win the season Grand Slam. He also helped Australia win a couple of Davis Cups. Sedgman was known for great speed and fitness, using a serve and volley tactic. In 1953 he left the amateur tour and went professional to win more money, ending his ATP career.

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