The tennis Grand Slam is so uncommon that most effective 5 gamers can declare one, and no participant in any respect has completed the feat since 1988. The Golden Slam, profitable all 4 majors and a gold medal in the similar yr, is just about unattainable. Handiest Steffi Graf had ever carried out it.
Till Sunday, when it was once completed two times.
First got here Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, who received the wheelchair festival on the U.S. Open to finish a sweep of the yr’s 4 Grand Slam tournaments to head 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 virtually didn’t get began this yr: She wanted a third-set tiebreaker to overcome Kamiji on the Australian Open.
Regardless of the accomplishment, De Groot, 24, stated she felt a bit let down via her play: “After this kind of very long time of touring and simply being far and wide on the earth, additionally I believe either one of us are a bit bit drained. I believe it’s good to see it within the fit, sadly.”
Sunday’s Open championship was once the 12th in a Grand Slam singles match for De Groot, nonetheless in the back of the file of 21 set via 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 was once 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 was once the primary probability for any quad athlete to win a Golden Slam.
“Everyone on this room requested me, ‘Are you serious about the Golden Slam?’” stated Alcott, 30. “I’ve stated, ‘No, I don’t actually care about it,’ all yr. In fact I cared about it. It’s great to not fake anymore.”
In 1988, Graf stated after finishing her Golden Slam on the Seoul Olympics: “I’m very excited. It’s one thing no longer many of us after me will reach.”
It took 33 years. After which it most effective took a couple of hours.