There is a lot of history at stake in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Tokyo Paralympics with tennis stars chasing the Golden Slam calendar’s dream feat. In a rare case, up to 5 players will head for the multi-sport extravagance in search of gold and remain in pursuit to complete the Golden Slam calendar.
By definition, if a tennis player manages to win all 4 Grand Slam titles in one year – the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and takes all of those victories with a medal of or at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, this player will achieve the incredible feat of winning a Calendar Golden Slam.
Tennis, in recent times, is severely dominated by a certain troop of players who have shaped themselves for Grand Slam success. The results speak for themselves and it is indeed impressive that 5 players will sail to Tokyo in search of the same golden triumph.
Let’s take a look at these stunning World No.1 athletes who redefined tennis:
# Novak Djokovic – 20 times Grand Slam champion
Currently leading the GOAT debate, Novak Djokovic crowned himself 20 times Grand Slam champion when he won his 6th Wimbledon title last weekend. On a marvelous and impressive streak, the Serbian world number one drew the Slams towards him like irons attracted by magnetic finesse.
Well, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medalist, is quite the clinical champion and has nerves of steel, but before him lies the great opportunity to do something no man has ever done. previously – win a Golden Slam calendar.
Having previously won titles at the Australian Open, French Open and most recently Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic will head to the Tokyo Olympics as the top gold contender. Provided he wins gold and continues this magical run at the US Open and also wins the title there, Novak Djokovic will become the first male tennis player to capture this feat.
Only 19-year-old Steffi Graf won this ceremonial race in 1988, where she won the 4 Slams and won gold at the Seoul Games.
# Dylan Alcott – 22 times Grand Slam champion (14 men’s single quads, 8 men’s double quads)
Unparalleled wheelchair tennis legend, Australian Dylan Alcott is an unstoppable sensation once unleashed on the tennis and basketball courts. The 30-year-old plays tennis and basketball well, but in the racquet sport Alcott is triumphing a bit more and he has the numbers and the record to speak for themselves.
A regular face at the Paralympic Games, Alcott has tasted success on the biggest of sporting platforms. In fact, Alcott won gold in both men’s single quad and men’s quad at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Having already completed the Grand Slam of the calendar year in 2019 in the double quad category, Alcott is also having a breathtaking race in 2021 and will continue the story to win a Calendar Gold Slam at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Defeating Dutchman Sam Schroder, 6-2, 6-2 in the quad singles final at Wimbledon, reigning world No.1 Dylan Alcott effectively defended the Big W title and brought his slam tally to 22 – 14 in single in quad, 8 titles in double in quad.
Having already won the Australian and French Open titles this year with Wimbledon, Alcott hopes to defend his gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and hopefully follow it up with a victory at the US Open.
# Diede de Groot – 22 times Grand Slam champion (11 ladies single quad, 11 ladies double quad)
Originally from the Netherlands, world No. 1 in women’s single quad as well as in women’s double quad, Diede de Groot will also be at the dawn of history if she wins gold at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old wheelchair tennis star is set to emulate a second Calendar Slam feat in her career after finishing it once in 2019 when she won all 4 Grand Slam titles in the double quad category.
This year, the 22-time Grand Slam winner, de Groot has also been in top form in the women’s quad singles and has already won the trio of Grand Slam tournaments played so far this year. With the opportunity to win a Golden Slam on the most mature calendar, de Groot, at 24, is poised to make history as the first wheelchair tennis player to achieve this rave feat. .
Silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in women’s doubles quad, de Groot hopes to make history by winning gold in singles and staying on track to win the US Open and claim the Calendar crown. Golden Slam.
# Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid – 12 Grand Slam titles (men’s double quad)
Virtually an unstoppable force on the men’s wheelchair tennis doubles circuit, the all-British world No.1 pair of Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have caused a storm with their streak of winning streak in the 7-a-side Grand Slam trotting dating back to at the 2019 US Open.
History seems to beckon this British pair as they enjoy a sensational run and score many successes as they clinched their 12th Grand Slam title together.
No other British wheelchair tennis duo have seen such success and the combination of Hewett and Reid shows no signs of stopping or slowing down as they chase after the honor of winning a Golden Slam schedule at the Games Tokyo Paralympics. Hoping to turn their Rio money into Tokyo gold, the Hewett-Reid duo hope to continue their winning streak.