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Budge, Don

(John Donald Budge), 1915–2000, American tennis player, b. Oakland, Calif. A powerful, consistent player, Budge was the first person to capture the sport's grand slam, winning the Australian, French, British, and U.S. singles championships in 1938. He was 19–2 in Davis Cup singles competition, and he also won a number of doubles titles, both in the men's and mixed divisions. He turned professional in 1939. Despite a World War II injury that diminished his abilities, he won the U.S. Clay Court Championships in 1955 at age 40. He wrote How Lawn Tennis Is Played (1937) and On Tennis (1939).

Budge, (John Donald) Don

(1915–  ) tennis player; born in Oakland, Calif. From the time he won his first California junior title (1930) until he turned professional (1939), he proved to be almost unbeatable, taking various national titles and helping to secure several Davis Cups. In 1938 he became the first player ever to win in the same year the four major championships that comprise the Grand Slam of tennis: the U.S., Australian, Wimbledon, and French titles. He won the U.S. professional title in 1940 and 1942, then served in the U.S. Army in World War II, after which he played exhibition matches around the world.
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For the record, Rosewall won four singles titles at the Australian Open (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972), two French Open crowns (1953, 1968) and a pair of US Open triumphs (1956, 1970) - not a bad record at all - but four final losses at Wimbledon meant he could just not break through into that elite group of now six players to have won titles at the four Grand Slam tournaments: Fred Perry, Donald Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.
IN THE FRAME - Donald Budge, Rod Laver, Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi (pictured).
By lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires men's trophy on Sunday, the Swiss has now joined an elite band of just five others - Fred Perry, Donald Budge, Laver, Roy Emerson and Agassi - to have won at all four major tennis venues - Wimbledon, Melbourne Park, Flushing Meadows and Roland Garros.
In The Frame: Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Donald Budge, Andre Agassi (pictured).
In The Frame: Fred Perry, Donald Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi (pictured).
His backhand - a stroke which had been compared to that of former greats Donald Budge and Ken Rosewall during the week -- undermined him against Ferrero.