American Don Budge was the first player ever to complete the so-called Grand Slam: winning all four majors in the same year. He did it in 1938. I have found a fresh new clip (at least for me) in Italian with pretty good highlights from three of the four finals (I think Wimbledon's missing sadly). You can clearly see his famous backhand, sometimes deemed the best of all time. I hope you find it as interesting as I do.
I also hope it helps to open the eyes of those of you who think tennis was invented by Jimmy Connors at some point in the seventies. Well, surprise, it wasn't. What's more, Connors didn't even invent the two-handed backhand! In the images from the Australian Open final you can see aussie John Bromwich (bottom) hit the backhand with two hands as well. As early as 1938! It was a long time ago, but you can clearly see that tennis was already played basically as it is today. There wasn't so much Serve & Volleying as in the 50s or 60s, not so little as today or in the early 20th century. I'm sure you can find a pattern there. This is for all of you who don't like the way tennis is played today, and believe it will stay like this forever (yes, I'm looking at you habibko
). It won't. Quoting Battlestar Galactica: "All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again".