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Don Budge

Born: Jun 13, 1915

Death: Jan 26, 2000

Birthplace: Oakland

Profession: Tennis player

Nationality: United States

Don Budge

Date of Birth : Jun 13, 1915
Date of Death : Jan 26, 2000
Birth Place : Oakland

John Donald Budge was an American tennis champion who was a World No. 1 player for five years, first as an amateur and then as a professional. He is most famous as the first player, male or female, and only American male to win in a single year the four tournaments that comprise the Grand Slam of tennis and second male player to win all four Grand Slams in his career after Fred Perry, and is still the youngest to achieve that feat. He won 10 majors, of which six were Grand Slams and four Pro Slams, the latter achieved on three different surfaces. Budge was considered to have the best backhand in the history of tennis, at least until the emergence of Ken Rosewall in the 1950s and 1960s.

Profession


  • Tennis player

Also known as


  • John Donald Budge
  • John "Donnie" Budge
  • John "Don" Budge

Parents


  • John Budge

Spouse


  • Loriel Budge
  • Diedre Budge

Awards Won


  • James E. Sullivan Award
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
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