Don Budge

(1915—2000) American tennis player

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US tennis player who, in 1938, achieved the first ever grand slam, winning the four major singles titles in the same year.

Budge sprang to fame at the age of eighteen as surprise runner-up to Fred Perry in the 1934 Pacific Coast championships. A left-hander with an aggressive and determined all-court game, Budge was recognized as one of the greatest exponents of the backhand in the history of tennis. He won the singles titles in the 1937 Wimbledon and US national championships, and in 1938 his French, Wimbledon, US, and Australian titles gave him the historic grand slam.

Budge's doubles successes included the 1936 and 1938 US titles and the Wimbledon titles of 1937 and 1938, all partnered by C. G. Mako. With the brilliant US player Alice Marble, Budge also won the 1937 and 1938 Wimbledon mixed doubles titles. He turned professional in 1938, thereby disqualifying himself from the major tournaments.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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