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Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

Why are Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open called "Grand Slams"? Who started saying this? Has anyone thought about this? Why "Grand Slams"?? Or am I the only one here who doesn't know it???

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

Originally they were just called the major championships of tennis, and then this phrase "doing the Grand Slam" was coined by a journalist in the 20s or 30s, referring to winning all four majors in the same year. The idea gradually took hold, I suppose, but I'm no expert on the historical aspect. A couple of traditionalists still right into ACE tennis magazine now and then complaining that the term "Grand Slam" has been misused to refer to each individual major, rather than the calendar Slam.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

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Why are Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open called "Grand Slams"? Who started saying this? Has anyone thought about this? Why "Grand Slams"?? Or am I the only one here who doesn't know it???

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It comes from the game of Bridge, where winning 12 of 13 tricks in a deal is a Small Slam and winning 13 of 13 tricks is a Grand Slam.

Originally it was applied just to winning all four of the major tournaments (a Grand Slam) and eventually the tournaments themselves were called Grand Slam tournaments.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

To add to Sjengster, winning just one or two of the 4 majors is really nothing, but now that they are called Slam tournaments, people refer to winning a Slam.
I suppose winning three of the four could be called a Small Slam, but the term Grand Slam should be reserved for winning all four, no matter what names people now give to the tournaments.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

Thank you for your early, but well explained replies. So, it was not an individual who started to call it so.

Does anyone have more thoughts??

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

The term was coined by John Kieran in 1933.
If you do a Yahoo search for ''grand slam tennis'' and choose the WIKIPEDIA website you can read all this and much more, eg. the ''Serena Slam'' etc.

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Thank you for your early, but well explained replies. So, it was not an individual who started to call it so.

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Yes it was an individual, John Kieran, if that is what you meant.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

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The term was coined by John Kieran in 1933.
If you do a Yahoo search for ''grand slam tennis'' and choose the WIKIPEDIA website you can read all this and much more, eg. the ''Serena Slam'' etc.
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Your welcome. I am very much in favour of protecting the true meaning of a ''Grand Slam''

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Your welcome. I am very much in favour of protecting the true meaning of a ''Grand Slam''
And, I feel you are doing a good job.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

the word Grand Slam has been used in US since the late 1890's in Baseball. meaning a home run with base's loaded.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

One major by itself is NOT a "Grand Slam". To win all four in one calender year is called a "Grand Slam". Technically The 4 Opens are really "Majors". Recently they have started calling them "Slams" but that's not really correct.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

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I suppose winning three of the four could be called a Small Slam, but the term Grand Slam should be reserved for winning all four, no matter what names people now give to the tournaments.
I agree with you. But should be called Majors(like in golf) and when all four are won, then thats a Grand Slam.

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Re: Why are they called "Grand Slams"?

Why are 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon, 2 Sausage, and 2 Pancakes called a "Grand Slam" at Denny's? Who started saying this? Has anyone thought about this? Why "Grand Slam"?? Or am I the only one here who doesn't know it???

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