Don Budge


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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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The great American players from 1930 were Ellsworth Vines, Don Budge, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, and Richard Gonzales, who had been born in Los Angeles, and hated the sportswriters' "Pancho.
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Federer, the second seed here, joins Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Andre Agassi as the only men to have won all four grand slams.
Federer joins Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Andre Agassi as the only men to have won all four Grand Slam titles and was presented the Coupe des Mousquetaires by Agassi.
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If the Swiss star completes the feat he will join Don Budge, Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Agassi who have won all four Majors.
Nadal's win in Melbourne has even raised speculation he could achieve the sport's ultimate goal of winning all four majors in the same year, a feat only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) have managed.
3 Number of times the calendar year Grand Slam has been won in men's singles, by Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver twice (1962, 1969)
Federer was caught in the spotlight, two sets from joining Don Budge and Rod Laver as the only men to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time--but blinked in the harsh sun, as temperatures hovered around 90 degrees at Roland Garros, and seemed almost stuck in a self-induced malaise after the first set.
Federer, hoping to join Don Budge and Rod Laver as the only men to have held all four grand slam crowns at one time, saw his record against the Spanish star drop to one win in seven meetings as Nadal extended his winning run on clay to 60 matches.