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    Kim Clijsters, Yokozuna

    ... the 16th female Yokozuna (=Grand Champion) of open era tennis. She's joining an elite club consiting otherwise of only Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Chris Evert, Hana Mandikova, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Moncial Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Martina Hingis...
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    2010 Grand Slam Players of the Year

    Short-write up with some pics: www.yokozunatennis.blogspot.com
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    Back-to-back slams

    In sumo, winning grand tournaments back-to-back makes a wrestler a Yokozuna (grand champion). In grand slam tennis, the following players have achieved this feat (during the open era): Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, Jim...
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    Crowds at the slams

    1 AO (Aussies are the greatest sports fans I know--enthusiastic but fair) 2 Wimbledon (when everything is said and done, a magical place) 3 (tied) French and US Open -- for some reason the Paris and NY crowds are just a tad obnoxious Views?
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    Relative status of the slams

    The slams are of course heads and shoulders above any other tournament, but in a prestige ranking I would list them as follows: 1 Wimbledon 2 (tied) US Open, French Open 4 Australian Open Small but clear margins. AO are the smallest but nicest slam (fan-wise) Views?
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    Top 101 Grand Slam Tennis Players of the Open Era--Update

    Nadal at #7 now, he was # 13 at the beginning of the year. Note: pre-open ear results count towards a player's ranking. 1 Rod Laver 2 Roger Federer 3 Ken Rosewall 4 Pete Sampras 5 Bjorn Borg 6 Ivan Lendl 7 Rafael Nadal 8 Jimmy Connors 9 Andre Agassi 10 John McEnroe 11 Mats...
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    Audiences at the slam

    At the US and French Open, the audiences have a tendency to turn negative against players. At Wimbledon and the Aussie Open spectators don't to that. Any good explanation why? Is it just that New Yorkers and Parisians are habitually obnoxious?
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    Calling footfault at 5-6 15-30 2nd set is dumb and unprofessional

    .... in particular when there wasn't a footfault. Serena's rage was entirely understandable. As a spectator and tennis fan I felt robbed. This could easily have been a legendary three-set thriller between two great players near the height of their game. A dumb lineswoman and an even dumber...
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    Serena Williams -- where does she ranked compared to the other greats of the open era

    Serena Williams -- where is her place among the greats of the open era I just wonder where you think Serena's place is among the female open era greats. For orientation, below are the players you'd probaly have to compare her to. Margaret Court Ann Haydon-Jones Billie Jean King Nancy...
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    Most dominant grand slam winners

    A few stats on the most dominant slam winners of the open era, in terms of conceding the smallest amount of games/sets throughout the tournament. Clean sheets at the French Open: Bjorn Borg, 1978 --32 games Bjorn Borg, 1980 -- 36 games Rafael Nadal, 2008 -- 41 games Ilie Nastase, 1973...
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    Best female player with 2 or 3 major titles

    Have your pick... Again only players with major successes in the open era.
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    Best male player with 2 or 3 major titles

    A little follow-up to the similar threads already existing (best with 0/1 majors). Now we're just one notch below the evergreats. Again only players with major successes in the open era.
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    Best male player to never win a slam, covering the entire open era

    I thought this would make it a little more interesting -- no offense intended.
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    Best female player to win only one slam

    And here is the ladies' counterpart.
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    Best male player to win only one slam

    Below are some candidates. Only players with major successes in the open era. Personally I think it's Andy Roddick.
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