Trivia question

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Who are the players who won 3 slams out of the 4 before the age of 23 (apart from Nadal)? So far I can only think of 1...
 

Jonny S&V

Hall of Fame
Who are the players who won 3 slams out of the 4 before the age of 23 (apart from Nadal)? So far I can only think of 1...
Don Budge won half the grandslam (the Aussie and French) before he turned 23, and then he won the other two after his birthday (which was in June).

EDIT: Also, Lew Hoad won 10 grandslam titles (4 singles, 6 doubles) before he turned 23, and then he got injured...
 
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gj011

Banned
Mats Wilander 1988.
Pete Sampras 1993-1994 (W, USO, AO).

Edit: Wilander was born in Aug 1964, so he was older than 23. Sampras was born in Aug 1971, so yes he was younger than 23.
 
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veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Thanks, so there are actually 2 players: Sampras and Connors. I have no idea who Lew Hoad is. What year was that?
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Thanks, so there are actually 2 players: Sampras and Connors. I have no idea who Lew Hoad is. What year was that?
1956...at the age of 22 he won the Austrailian, French and Wimbledon Titles defeating Rosewall in two of the three of those finals (Austrailian and Wimby)...only to lose to Rosewall in the Final of that years US Open and fall short of the calender year grand slam
 

urban

Legend
Rosewall was quite young (18-22), when he won A and RG 1953 and US 1956. Ashley Cooper won 3 in 1958, when he was 21 or 22.
 

gj011

Banned
I just realized. Sampras, Federer, Laver, Wilander were all born in August. Interesting.

Also both Borg and Nadal were born in June.
 
Lol there have been lots of Gonzalez on the tour!
You are putting me on, right? And there are lots of Murrays, several Roddicks, two Ljubicics, and even two Djokovices. But when we say Murray, or Roddick we are talking about a very specific person well known to us all.
 

egn

Hall of Fame
Laver? was 23 when he won that French Open in 1962 I believe...so that makes AO FO and wimby.

Wait this is before 23 nvm..lol
 
Sorry, I'm not very familiar with older players (before open era).
That gives you a bit of a limited view, doesn't it? Tennis has been around for over 100 years. So if you ever write about candidates for GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), then be sure to qualify it as being "during open era". O.K.?
 

COPEY

Hall of Fame
I have no idea who Lew Hoad is. What year was that?
Props to you, Veroniquem, for admitting what so few players on this board avoid like the plague, which is their knowlege of this game and its players has limitations. Instead some will pass off opinions as facts, or even worse, make statements without an abundance of facts to support their views. I mean, I've done it a time or six myself, but when (not if) someone proves me wrong, I tip my hat to them for straightening me out!:)

Anyway, in keeping with the spirit of this thread, I'm always asked by the kids I teach how scoring in tennis came to be. For years I didn't know myself, and was never really inspired to find out lol. After the umpteenth question about the topic, I dug up the answer a few years ago:

In the fifteenth century in Old French une journee meant "a sport match", as well as "a day", and the scoring system was based on the number of hours in a day, and the number of minutes in an hour. Each match consisted of 24 games, which in turn consisted of four winning rallies worth 15 points each. However, it was soon realized that when both sides were at 45 points each, it would be necessary to win two rallies as otherwise the game might be decided on luck. But the total would exceed 60 points and therefore also the number of minutes in an hour, so the score was changed to 40-all with 10 points being given for each winning rally. If there was a tie at 50 points all, the score would go back to 40-all. The game could only be won by winning two rallies in a row. It was the same with the game score. At 23 games all, it was necessary to win two games in a row, or the score would be lowered to 22-all. As matches became too long, the number of games played was lowered to 12 and later to 6.
 
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