Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
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.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.