US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic chasing history, ready to become 1st tennis player to win calendar Grand Slam in 21st century

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic chasing history, ready to become 1st tennis player to win calendar Grand Slam in the 21st century
US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic chasing history, ready to become 1st tennis player to win calendar Grand Slam in the 21st century

US Open 2021: Career Grand Slam- Novak Djokovic: Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is chasing history as he is set to kick off his US Open 2021 campaign from August 30. The World No.1 has won 20 Grand Slams and only one trophy behind to pip GOATS- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. At the same, Djokovic can become the first Tennis player on earth to win calendar Grand Slam in the 21st century.

A calendar Grand Slam involves a player winning all four Grand Slams held in a calendar year- Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. The last calendar grand slam was won by Steffi Graf in 1988.

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US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic chasing history, ready to become 1st tennis player to win calendar Grand Slam in the 21st century

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)- 20 Grand Slams

Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021

French Open: 2016, 2021

Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021

US Open: 2011, 2015, 2018

Here are the only five players who have won Calendar Grand Slams: Steffi Graf, Margaret Court, Rod Laver, Maureen Connolly Brinker, Don Budge.

Rod Laver, 1962 and 1969

One of the greatest tennis players, Rod Laver, won the Career Grand Slams twice in his career in 1962 and 1969- the only player to achieve the unique feat. He achieved the landmark with a gap of seven years and ended up with 11 trophies. He won his first career Grand Slam at 24. He remains the last male singles to win Calendar Grand Slam.

Calendar Grand Slam– Steffi Graf, 1988

Steffi Graf, who has won 22 Grand Slams in her career, won the Calendar Grand Slam at a very young age of 19 in 1988. She had also won the Olympic Gold medal and WTA Tour championships. She is the only tennis player to win at least four titles at all 4 Grand Slams. The German star is considered the greatest singles player of all time.

Margaret Court, 1988

Margaret Court, who has most grand slam titles in women’s singles, had won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1970.  She is the only three singles players to win six consecutive Grand Slams titles (1969-71). She has also won singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles at every four grand slams- Boxed Set of Titles.

Maureen Connolly Brinker, 1953

Maureen Connolly of the US had won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1953. The interesting part was the fact that she didn’t lose a single set and faced Doris Hart thrice during her titles. She won as many as 9 singles titles in her tennis career.

Don Budge, 1937

Don Budge was the first player to win a career grand slam in tennis. He went on to win 6 consecutive grand slam titles from 1937 Wimbledon to US Open in 1938. He achieved the feat at the age of 23 years. Unfortunately, he missed the games between 1940 to 1945 due to World War.

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic chasing history, ready to become 1st tennis player to win calendar Grand Slam in the 21st century

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