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" Grand Slam" and "Major"

Maybe this is nit picky to some of you but if we can't even use tennis terms correctly on a tennis board then what kind of example are we setting for the rest?
A grand slam is not a tournament, it's when someone wins all 4 majors in one calendar year.
A "grand slam" in the context that most of us have been using to mean one of the 4 big tournaments (Australian open, French open, Wimbledon, US open) is really called a "major."

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ATP diasgree with you

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No dufus, 'major' is just the word you clueless Americans use for all sports. Tennis is not American, for god's sake. Grand Slam is the usual term for one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Very strange, huh?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Slam_(tennis)

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The four Grand Slam tournaments, also called the Majors, are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of world ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, and public attention. They are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

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No dufus, 'major' is just the word you clueless Americans use for all sports. Tennis is not American, for god's sake. Grand Slam is the usual term for one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Very strange, huh?
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Well maybe that's because the ATP itself has bastardized the term as well to comply with the wrongful consensus. Or maybe the ATP had to redefine it because they realized that everyone was misusing it. I just saw something on the Tennis channel where Bud Collins reiterates that a grand slam only means winning the 4 big ones in a calendar year and each of those 4 big ones is called a major.
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Does it really matter at this point? The meaning of words can change, and at the moment, the genereal consensus is that grand slam and major can both refer to the four big tournaments of the tennis year. I have no idea why people try and correct something like this when it's use is so rampant besides feeling smug and know-it-all. This is is pointless to debate, but if you have nothing else to do...
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I use "slam" and "major" interchangeably. Why can't more people be like me?
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Well then is Bud Collins wrong then? I would think what he says has some validity.
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Well then is Bud Collins wrong then? I would think what he says has some validity.
Bud Collins is an idiot that still thinks Sampras/Agassi are still playing on the ATP tour.

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Well then is Bud Collins wrong then? I would think what he says has some validity.
I don't know how much validity he has, but even if he has some validity, that doesn't prevent him from ever being wrong.
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Bud Collins is an idiot that still thinks Sampras/Agassi are still playing on the ATP tour.
So the Tennis Channel is also idiotic for producing and showing that clip of Bud Collins saying that?
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He might be....wrong?

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So the Tennis Channel is also idiotic for producing and showing that clip of Bud Collins saying that?
Yes. No one sane listens to Bud Collins for many years now.

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Re: " Grand Slam" and "Major"

Clearly Bud Collins and his outrageous outfits make him the authority on the grand slam vs. major debate.

Seriously it's nothing to be arguing about, we all know what people are referring to if they say either term
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