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Slam masters: Factfiles on Rod Laver and Don Budge

By AFP
media In this file photo taken on June 27, 1971, Rod Laver stretches to play a backhand return against Tom Okker at Wimbledon CENTRAL PRESS/AFP/File

Factfiles on Rod Laver and Don Budge, two of only three men to have held all four Grand Slam tennis titles simultaneously. At Roland Garros from Sunday, the third man, Novak Djokovic, will bid to hold all four at once for the second time in his career:

ROD LAVER

Full name: Rodney George Laver

Nationality: Australian

Date of birth: August 9, 1938

Playing career: 1956-1979

Grand Slam singles titles (11):

Australian Open (1960, 1962, 1969), French Open (1962, 1969), Wimbledon (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969), US Open (1962, 1969)

Grand Slam doubles titles (six):

Australian Open (1959, 1960, 1961, 1969), French Open (1961), Wimbledon (1970)

Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (three):

French Open (1961), Wimbledon (1959, 1960)

Other notable tournament victories:

US Pro (1964, 1966, 1967), Wembley Pro (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967), French Pro (1967), Davis Cup (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973)

Notable records:

Only man to win two calendar Grand Slams

200 career titles

147 match wins in a single season (1961)

DON BUDGE

Full name: John Donald Budge

Nationality: American

Date of birth: June 13, 1915

Date of death: January 26, 2000 (aged 84)

Playing career: 1932-1955

Grand Slam singles titles (six):

Australian Open (1938), French Open (1938), Wimbledon (1937, 1938), US Open (1937, 1938)

Grand Slam doubles titles (four):

Wimbledon (1937, 1938), US Open (1936, 1938)

Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (four):

Wimbledon (1937, 1938), US Open (1937, 1938)

Other notable tournament victories:

US Pro (1940, 1942), Wembley Pro (1939), French Pro (1939)

Notable records:

Six successive Grand Slam singles titles

Youngest player to complete career Grand Slam (22 years, 11 months)

14 consecutive tournament wins

 
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