Wed. May 18th, 2022

RUGBY, tennis and golf stars all talk about their sport’s golden nuggets of winning the coveted Grand Slam.

But what is a grand slam and what if it’s different in rugby union, golf and tennis?

    Wales were the last rugby team to win the Six Nations Grand Slam.

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Wales were the last rugby team to win the Six Nations Grand Slam.Credit: Reuters
    Roger Federer knows a thing or two about winning a Grand Slam.

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Roger Federer knows a thing or two about winning a Grand Slam.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

SunSport gives you everything you need to know about how to achieve greatness in three sports.

What is Grand Slam?

The term grand slam usually means in sports that a team or individual has won a series of tournaments in a calendar year.

A team can even claim a grand slam if it wins all matches in a particular tournament.

Grand Slam is all about winning and staying undefeated.

    Dylan Hartley and England achieved a Grand Slam at Six Nations 2016.

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Dylan Hartley and England achieved a Grand Slam at Six Nations 2016.Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

What is the Rugby Union Grand Slam?

This is when a country participating in the Six Nations or the old Five Nations wins all games to win the annual tournament.

A draw can win or lose a Six Nations game, but you lose the coveted Grand Slam.

Currently, England has 13, Wales has 12 and France has 9 in the history of 5 and 6 countries.

Wales could tie with England if they beat France in Paris.

What is the Golf Grand Slam?

Greatness in golf is achieved by winning all four majors in the calendar year: the Masters, the US Open, the Open and the PGA Championship.

The great Tiger Woods claimed a grand slam and the American held four major titles simultaneously, but that was over two years ago.

    Tiger gets his first green jacket from Faldo in 1997.

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Tiger gets his first green jacket from Faldo in 1997.

Go back to 1930, when Bobby Jones won the Open Championship, the US Open, the Grand Slam of the US Amateur and British Amateur.

Jones still remains the only person to achieve a Grand Slam, but this was before the Masters were created and when amateur tournaments were considered majors.

What is the Tennis Grand Slam?

As in golf, a player or doubles team must win all four Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) in this order, starting with the Australian title in January and ending at the US Open in September.

    Steffri Graf is the last woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year.

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Steffri Graf is the last woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year.Credit: PA: Press Association

American Don Budge was the first man to win a Grand Slam in 1938, and another American, Maureen Connolly, was first lady in 1953.

Steffi Graf in 1988 and Rod Laver in 1960 were the last singles to achieve a Grand Slam.

Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic won the Grand Slam, not the calendar.

Djokovic won all four Grand Slams simultaneously while winning the French Open in 2016.

However, losing to Stan Wavrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final, he did not achieve a career Grand Slam that year, winning only three of his four trophies.

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