One slam wonders - achievements

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  2. Babblelot

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    Vitas Gerulaitis 1979 Aussie Open #2 (Dec) def. John Lloyd
    Andres Gomez 1990 RG def. Andre Agassi
    Thomas Johannson 2002 Aussie Open def. Marat Safin
    Albert Costa 2002 RG def. JC Ferrero
    Carlos Moya 1998 RG def. Alex Corretja
    Pat Cash 1987 Wimbledon def. Ivan Lendl
     
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  3. slice bh compliment

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    Impressive careers, for sure.

    All good ones. They are no Sampras or Steffi ... but they're tremendous players, worthy of more than a mention at any celebration of the game.

    To add to your list? I nominate Patrick Cash. No matter how Cashy handles himself as a coach/commentator, I'll never forget his win over Lendl in the 1987 Wimbledon final.

    What about the great Vitas Gerulaitis? Maybe he won two Slams. I should have done the research.

    Roland Garros produced a couple: Alberto Costa, Andres over Andre, Moya over Corretja. Wasn't Adriano Panatta a one Slammer at RG, as well?
    Iva Majoli comes to mind.

    Brian Teacher, Mark Edmondson and Johan Kriek (brought to you by ... the weaker years at the Oz Open). All very likeable players, though. And then there's Roscoe Tanner. A sorta 'weak' Slam winner over a verry strong field was Thomas Johansson.

    Back to the point: the original list included the brightest ones, I think. Especially Noah and Goran. Krajicek, Stich, Korda ... Chang and Muster. Novotna and Sabatini. [I listed them in case anyone did not bother to open the links]
    They are one Slammers, but, it's true, their careers seemed to loom larger than just one Slam.

    What about Ferrero, Roddick and Sharapova? Will they stop at one Slam each?
     
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  4. Kevin Patrick

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    & don't forget Mark Edmonson, the lowest ranked player(in the 200s) to ever win a major.
     
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    I think Tony Roche was a pretty good one major winner (French in 1966). And I am speaking of singles, not of his fantastic doubles achievements. He reached a lot of major finals (at least 5 i think) and semifinals, including his famous, hard fought semis against Laver (in 1969) and Newcombe (in 1975) at AO. He looked in the late 60s as the natural successor to Laver, but was hampered by a serious 'tennis arm'- injury. In 1975 he gave Arthur Ashe his toughest match at Wimbledon (tougher than Borg or Connors). As late as 1979 he beat McEnroe at Queens on grass.
     
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    And if he and Hewitt were playing DC as a 2-man team, there would be no need for other countries to show up to play. They could just just watch the annual presentation of the Perpetual Cup on TV.;)
     
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    Brian Teacher

    Are you sure about that ?
    Brian Teacher won the Australian around 1980.
    I do not think his ranking was very high.

    I actually saw him play in 1971 when he was an up and coming junior in San Diego. Recently he has been coaching Marissa Irvin.
     
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    Brian Teacher

    Are you sure about that ?
    Brian Teacher won the Australian around 1980.
    I do not think his ranking was very high.

    I actually saw him play in 1971 when he was an up and coming junior in San Diego. Recently he has been coaching Marissa Irvin.
     
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  9. Camilio Pascual

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    I think ANYBODY who has won one Major has had an impressive career.

    Even Barbara Jordan.
     
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    IIRC, at some point, the major holder merely had to wait for the rest of the draw to play out until a contender emerged.

    Q1: When did champions begin to play in the main draw?

    Q2: When did the main draw expand to 128?

    Anyone know?
     
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    At Wimbledon, the last challenge round was played in 1921 between holder Tilden and Norton, SA (a rather strange match because of a ****-erotic subtext). 7 rounds were played at Wimbledon since 1906 (plus challenge round), but not always out of a 128 draw. You can find all the draws in the book of John Barrett, 100 Wimbledon championships. The French went international in 1925, and was always played through. The field was often 64. At the US the challenge round format was abolished in 1912 for men. I don't think, that the the Australian ever had a challenge round. In Davis Cup the challenge round was abolished in 1972.
     
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  12. Kevin Patrick

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    The Australian Open only started a 128 draw in '88, it was 64 or less before that.
     
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    Stich was 1 slam winner with a very impressive game and career. He reached the finals of the U.S Open and French in addition to winning wimbledon. Also he was one of the few players to win on all 4 surfaces in a single year.

    In addition he had a very pleasing all court game. Definitely one the best service motions ever.
     
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