The tennis Grand Slam is so uncommon that handiest 5 gamers can declare one, and no participant in any respect has accomplished the feat since 1988. The Golden Slam, successful all 4 majors and a gold medal in the similar yr, is just about inconceivable. Handiest Steffi Graf had ever accomplished it.
Till Sunday, when it used to be achieved two times.
First got here Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, who gained the wheelchair festival on the U.S. Open to finish a sweep of the yr’s 4 Grand Slam tournaments to head along with her Paralympic gold medal.
Later within the day, Dylan Alcott of Australia finished the similar feat within the males’s quad tournament. (Versus the ones within the wheelchair department like de Groot, quad gamers even have important lack of serve as in a minimum of one higher limb.)
De Groot defeated Yui Kamiji of Japan, the similar lady she defeated in Australia, France and on the Paralympics, 6-3, 6-2. Her Golden Slam nearly didn’t get began this yr: She wanted a third-set tiebreaker to overcome Kamiji on the Australian Open.
In spite of the accomplishment, De Groot, 24, stated she felt slightly let down through her play: “After this sort of very long time of touring and simply being in all places on this planet, additionally I feel either one of us are slightly bit drained. I feel you have to see it within the fit, sadly.”
Sunday’s Open championship used to be the 12th in a Grand Slam singles tournament for De Groot, nonetheless at the back of the report of 21 set through her countrywoman Esther Vergeer within the early a part of this century.
Alcott defeated the 18-year-old Niels Vink of the Netherlands, 7-5, 6-2, to finish his personal Golden Slam. It used to be Alcott’s 15th Grand Slam singles name. For the reason that quad tournament is handiest 3 years outdated on the French Open and Wimbledon, it used to be the primary likelihood for any quad athlete to win a Golden Slam.
“Everyone on this room requested me, ‘Are you eager about the Golden Slam?’” stated Alcott, 30. “I’ve stated, ‘No, I don’t truly care about it,’ all yr. After all I cared about it. It’s great to not faux anymore.”
In 1988, Graf stated after finishing her Golden Slam on the Seoul Olympics: “I’m very excited. It’s one thing now not many of us after me will succeed in.”
It took 33 years. After which it handiest took a couple of hours.