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Djokovic Was Not Too Far: What Tennis Players Achieved a Golden Slam?

Djokovic did not reach the Golden Slam. We tell you the details.

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The summit is dominated by the coveted Golden Slam, which is obtained after winning all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold in the same year. Photo: Pexels

LatinAmerican Post | Alexey Zhúkov

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Tennis has evolved over time to become a sport of wide international recognition with the appearance of competitions such as the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and the United States Open, four of the most prestigious tournaments that make up the Grand Slam.

The Grand Slam is an important achievement in the career of a professional tennis player; However, the summit is dominated by the coveted Golden Slam, which is obtained after winning all four Grand Slam and Olympic gold in the same year, merit that Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic aspired to conquer at these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The 34-year-old Djokovic failed to win the Golden Slam due to his participation in the current edition of the Olympic Games. culminated in his defeat in the semifinals by 24-year-old German tennis player Alexander Zverev in a three-set match, the first of 1-6 in which Djokovic, number 1 in the ATP individual rankings, won the second set. 6-3 against his German rival who holds position 7 of the individual ATP ranking and who struck down the contender for the Golden Slam by a large majority in the third set 6-1.

Novak Djokovic was left without hope of Golden Slam. This year he had already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He only needed to be crowned in the Olympic games, but the illusion disappeared. The number 1 of the individual ATP ranking did not even manage to get on the podium, because in the dispute for the third place he was defeated by the 30-year-old Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreño Busta in a high-tension match in which Djokovic ended up furious and threw his racket to the rostrum.

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The Golden Slam has been achieved by only one tennis player in history, it is the German Stefanie Maria Graf better known as Steffi Graf, who at 19 years of age conquered 4 Grand Slam and Olympic gold in Seoul 1988.

The German tennis player spent 377 weeks leading the WTA ranking, the world classification of professional female tennis players, reached 107 victories in tournaments, and won 22 Grand Slam throughout her career. His track record had a broad resume, but his most notable achievement was undoubtedly the coveted Golden Slam, the jewel in the crown with which he marked a milestone in the history of world tennis.