First career title is a grand slam title????

Duncan Donuts

Professional
Has it happened before where a a player has their first career tour level singles title be a GS title???

I'm curious to know if someone has gotten off to that kind of a start to their career.

If so, what did the rest of their career shape out?
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Wilander and Guga at the French Open. Becker comes close, his first Wimbledon was his second career title. Edmondson's first career title was at the Australian Open but it wasn't as prestigious back then as it is now.

Can't remember any for WTA. Many early bloomers there over the years but all of them won at least one smaller tournament before their first Slam. Venus came close, her first ever tournament final appearance was at a Slam. Ostapenko has a shot this week.
 
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Deleted member 733170

Guest
I think Cashs' one and only title was Wimbledon.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
She had already won 3 smaller titles before winning her first Slam at the 1999 US Open.
I knew that she was a very youngster and not among the favorites when she won the Open. But I did not remember the earlier wins off the top of my head.
 
This is an interesting bit of trivia, but I think it may be getting a bit too much attention.

For example 15 year old Seles already won a tour title before she made her French Open debut, where she made the semis, then won the title the next year at 16. She won 8 majors before turning 20.

Great win for 20 year old Ostapenko, but kind of puts her 'young phenom' attention into perspective.
 

DelPo2016

Professional
This is an interesting bit of trivia, but I think it may be getting a bit too much attention.

For example 15 year old Seles already won a tour title before she made her French Open debut, where she made the semis, then won the title the next year at 16. She won 8 majors before turning 20.

Great win for 20 year old Ostapenko, but kind of puts her 'young phenom' attention into perspective.
Well of course Seles is x10 more impressive this is just very interesting and an impressive achievement. Also shows how wide open the game is other than serena
 
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