Rod Laver, nicknamed “Rocket” was named the greatest tennis player of the twentieth century, and for good reason. He is the only player (among men and women) in the history of tennis, whose victories in majors have allowed him to become the holder of the Grand Slam in singles twice. He won the first “Grand Slam” in 1962, when he was an amateur, but the next year Rod became a professional, where in 1967 he also won the “Professional Grand Slam”.
With the beginning of the “Open Era” in 1968, Laver, like other professionals, again began to take part in the Grand Slam tournaments.
He got his second “Grand Slam” in 1969. Continue reading
American John Donald Budge became the first tennis player who managed to win all the Grand Slam tournaments in one season. In the future, only a few athletes succeeded in the same achievement.
For the uninitiated word “Grand Slam” in relation to tennis they sound mysterious. But they are familiar to fans of the card game – the bridge and mean – “a powerful blow.” This expression came to tennis precisely from the cards, when the American journalist Alain Danzig in 1938 compared the first-ever victory of his compatriot Don Badge in the singles category with all the four most prestigious tournaments of the year with the “big helmet” of the bridge. A good comparison of the journalist was immediately picked up, and it quickly became standard. And the Wimbledon tournament and the open championships of the USA, France and Australia were Continue reading
The fourth of the musketeers, the oldest of them, has always been the main support for his comrades. Modest, restrained, he in a single game could not reveal all that he was capable of. And this is a pity, because his varied and attractive game posed serious problems for an opponent of the highest class. Lacoste, for example, felt very uncomfortable, encountering the always unexpected blows of Bryunion, and Tilden had to give all his best to achieve victory. His hit on the right, very quick and very individual, was carried out by a short backswing, due to which the direction of the ball’s flight was carefully masked. Unexpectedly strong brush gave the ball a rebound effect. In particular, Brunion’s famous twisted candle, Continue reading