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Don Budge: The first Grand Slam (and the evolution of tennis through history)

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".

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The every era has its clowns, explains this in language easier to understand.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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It's admirable to try and educate people when it comes to the game, cyclical trends and the like, some fundamentals will remain the same no matter what generation.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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It's admirable to try and educate people when it comes to the game, cyclical trends and the like, some fundamentals will remain the same no matter what generation.
There, good boy.

Also, the first minute or so of the clip features Budge against German Gottfried Von Cramm in an epic Davis Cup tie. Old Adolf really wanted that one, but Budge wouldn't allow it.
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There, good boy.

Also, the first minute or so of the clip features Budge against German Gottfried Von Cramm in an epic Davis Cup tie. Old Adolf really wanted that one, but Budge wouldn't allow it.
That and the Catholic Church, anyway where's the paella?

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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thank you

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Epic movies, like brokeback mountain, are seldom found in the industry or worthy for the mainstream viewer. As often as I have watched the clips of this movie, I always find something more to it. For one, the gay stuff doesn't enter the picture for me, only the dimension of the highest love I have ever witnessed in life or on film.
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On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I thought that Connors not only created tennis but also the universe. Thanks for the educational lesson. Surprisingly good tennis by the way by budge.
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JimmyV, you're quite a clever fellow.
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Solid effort at making me laugh Jimmy
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Jimmy delivers once again

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