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John Donald Budge 
June 13, 1915 – January 26, 2000 (aged 84)
Oakland, California  6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Don Budge’s backhand backhand with a slight amount of topspin was dominating as the first tennis player to win consecutively all four Grand Slam (Australian, French, Wimbledon, US Open).  After Fred Perry (1909-1995), Budge was the second to complete the career Grand Slam, and remains the youngest to achieve the feat.  10 majors, of which 6 were Grand Slam events (consecutively, men’s record)  4 Pro Slams, three different surfaces. 3 times Budge is also the only man to have achieved the Triple Crown (winning singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles – same tournament) (Wimbledon in 1937 and 1938, and the US Championships in 1938), and achieved it twice in one year.

Professional 1938 (amateur tour from 1932)  Budge was the world Number 1 amateur in 1937 and 1938 and world Number 1 professional in 1939, 1940 and 1942.  He joined United States Army Air Forces to serve in World War II.  Which hew injured his shoulder on an obstacle course. Professional tennis Don Budge and Bobby Riggs(1918-1995) (aged 77) were the best players in the world in 1942.  Post war, in 1946, Budge battled Riggs in a U.S. tour, winning 24 matches to 22.


in 1949 Budge reached two more U.S. Pro finals, losing at Forest Hills to Riggs and in 1953 in Cleveland to Pancho Gonzales. In 1954, Budge recorded his last significant victory in a North American tour when, in Los Angeles, he defeated Poncho Gonzales, at the time the best player in the world. In1955 Budge won the U. S. Pro Clay Court Championships at Fort Lauderdale beating Riggs in the final.

After retiring from competition, Budge turned to coaching and conducted tennis clinics for children.

Career Highlights 

Int. Tennis HoF               1964

Career record                 649-297 (68%)

Career titles                   43

Ranking #1                    1937


Grand Slam Singles

Australian Open             1938

French Open                  1938

Wimbledon                    1937 – 1938

  1. S. Open 1937 – 1938


Professional Majors

US Pro                           1940 , 1942

Wembley Pro                 1939

French Pro                     1939


Doubles Career record

Rank No. 1 (1942, Ray Bowers)


Grand Slam – Doubles

Australian Open  SF (1938)

Wimbledon                    1937, 1938

US Open                        1936, 1938


Grand Slam mixed doubles results

Wimbledon                    1937, 1938

US Open                        1937, 1938


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