The Grand Slam tournaments are the most highly anticipated and celebrated events in the tennis calendar. Hugely popular around the world, millions of people tune in each year to watch the four events that make up a Grand Slam – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. For two weeks over each tournament, the world’s best players battle it out for ranking points and, of course, substantial amounts of prize money.
The Grand Slams offer plenty of history, with even the youngest tournament (the Australian) standing at an impressive 112 years old. Winning one of these tournaments guarantees huge prestige and respect. And, while winning just one is a huge achievement, winning all four in one year is the ultimate goal for the best tennis players. This has only ever been done by two people – Don Budge and Rod Laver (who did it twice!).
Here are few key stats about each tournament: