The tennis Grand Slam is so uncommon that most effective 5 gamers can declare one, and no participant in any respect has accomplished the feat since 1988. The Golden Slam, profitable all 4 majors and a gold medal in the similar 12 months, is just about unimaginable. Handiest Steffi Graf had ever performed it.
Till Sunday, when it used to be completed two times.
First got here Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, who gained the wheelchair festival on the U.S. Open to finish a sweep of the 12 months’s 4 Grand Slam tournaments to move along with her Paralympic gold medal.
Later within the day, Dylan Alcott of Australia finished the similar feat within the males’s quad match. (Versus the ones within the wheelchair department like de Groot, quad gamers even have vital lack of serve as in no less than one higher limb.)
De Groot defeated Yui Kamiji of Japan, the similar girl she defeated in Australia, France and on the Paralympics, 6-Three, 6-2. Her Golden Slam nearly didn’t get began this 12 months: She wanted a third-set tiebreaker to overcome Kamiji on the Australian Open.
Regardless of the accomplishment, De Groot, 24, mentioned she felt a little bit let down by means of her play: “After the sort of very long time of touring and simply being all over the place on the planet, additionally I believe either one of us are a little bit bit drained. I believe you must see it within the fit, sadly.”
Sunday’s Open championship used to be the 12th in a Grand Slam singles match for De Groot, nonetheless at the back of the document of 21 set by means of her countrywoman Esther Vergeer within the early a part of this century.
Alcott defeated the 18-year-old Niels Vink of the Netherlands, 7-Five, 6-2, to finish his personal Golden Slam. It used to be Alcott’s 15th Grand Slam singles identify. For the reason that quad match is most effective 3 years previous on the French Open and Wimbledon, it used to be the primary likelihood for any quad athlete to win a Golden Slam.
“Everyone on this room requested me, ‘Are you occupied with the Golden Slam?’” mentioned Alcott, 30. “I’ve mentioned, ‘No, I don’t in point of fact care about it,’ all 12 months. In fact I cared about it. It’s great to not fake anymore.”
In 1988, Graf mentioned after finishing her Golden Slam on the Seoul Olympics: “I’m very excited. It’s one thing now not many of us after me will reach.”
It took 33 years. After which it most effective took a couple of hours.