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~**~Don BUDGE won 6-SLAMS STRAIGHT.!!!..How would he have fared in the present era??#


Considering how difficult it was to travel around the World in the the 1930`s the fact that BUDGE managed to win 6-SLAMS in a ROW on 3-continents is truly remarkable

What do you guys/gals think~>> how would have the old Budgemeister fared in the present era !! Surely greatness will shine through no matter the circumstances/competition/technology

Also does anybody know more about Don Budge`s life~>> how did he become so dominant & who financed his expeditions to Europe & Australia in the 1930s>> when the sport was supposedly amateur



1937 Wimbledon Championships Gottfried von Cramm 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1937 U.S. Championships Gottfried von Cramm 6-1, 7-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
1938 Australian Championships John Bromwich 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

1938 French Championships Roderik Menzel 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1938 Wimbledon Championships 2 Bunny Austin 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
1938 U.S. Championships 2 Gene Mako 6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1

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Considering how difficult it was to travel around the World in the the 1930`s ]
say who? it was pretty easy, just took some time

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say who? it was pretty easy, just took some time
...Did he go by ship

Surely it would have cost a pretty penny to travel the World in those days
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Considering how difficult it was to travel around the World in the the 1930`s the fact that BUDGE managed to win 6-SLAMS in a ROW on 3-continents is truly remarkable

What do you guys/gals think~>> how would have the old Budgemeister fared in the present era !! Surely greatness will shine through no matter the circumstances/competition/technology

Also does anybody know more about Don Budge`s life~>> how did he become so dominant & who financed his expeditions to Europe & Australia in the 1930s>> when the sport was supposedly amateur



1937 Wimbledon Championships Gottfried von Cramm 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1937 U.S. Championships Gottfried von Cramm 6-1, 7-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
1938 Australian Championships John Bromwich 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

1938 French Championships Roderik Menzel 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1938 Wimbledon Championships 2 Bunny Austin 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
1938 U.S. Championships 2 Gene Mako 6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1
It was made easier by the number of professional players ineligible to play grand slams. Budge won those titles after Perry the defending W and US turned professional
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why wasnt budge forced to turn pro after winning 4 slams in a row?

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why wasnt budge forced to turn pro after winning 4 slams in a row?

Perhaps the tennis authorities at the time wanted to allow the Budgemeister to win the calendar Slam 1st, before forcing his hand to the pro ranks

Are you sure they were even forced

I assumed that famous tennis players in those days chose to turn pro merely for financial survival reasons ...The glory of winning the calendar SLAM [or 6-Slams straight in Budge`s case] was all fine & dandy but if you couldn`t make a cent or bring home the bacon there wouldn`t have been any practical reason to dominate over a long period of time back then

I really would like to know more about Budge & how it was for him back then

Seems like he was a true pioneer in terms of chasing the big prizes [slams] on foreign soil ..Until then you have had the odd foreign winner but the Slams were still primarily NATIONAL events..
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Seems like he was a true pioneer:worship: in terms of chasing the big prizes [slams
on foreign soil ..Until then you have had the odd foreign winner but the Slams were still primarily NATIONAL events..

Acually Fred Perry did from 1933-36 win at one time or another all 4 of the grand slam. Ending I think with 3 Wimbledon, 3 United States, 1 French Open and 1 Australian Open.
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Acually Fred Perry did from 1933-36 win at one time or another all 4 of the grand slam. Ending I think with 3 Wimbledon, 3 United States, 1 French Open and 1 Australian Open.

Thanks for the info DrJules ~ guess i should have researched more carefully
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John Donald Budge "Don"

Born: June 13, 1915

Died: January 26, 2000

Hometown: Oakland, California, United States

Citizenship: United States

Handed: Right

Inducted: 1964
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Australian Singles 1938


French Singles 1938
Doubles finalist 1938


Wimbledon Singles 1937-38
Doubles 1937-38
Mixed 1937-38
Mixed finalist 1936


U.S. Singles 1937-38
Singles finalist 1936
Doubles 1936, 1938
Doubles finalist 1935, 37
Mixed 1937-38
Mixed finalist 1936
Tournament Record

Davis Cup Team Member 1935-38



In sheer achievement, John Donald Budge accomplished what nobody before 1938 had been able to do--he won the Grand Slam of tennis, capturing the championships of Australia, France, Wimbledon and the United States in the same year. People were suddenly speaking of Budge in the same breath with the already immortal Bill Tilden.

Born June 13, 1915, in Oakland, CA, Budge had been less interested in tennis than in baseball, basketball and football while growing up in the California City where his Scottish-born father, a former soccer player, had settled.

When the 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hander turned to tennis, his strapping size enabled him to play a game of maximum power. His service was battering his backhand considered perhaps the finest the game has known, his net play emphatic his overhead drastic. Quick and rhythmic, he was truly the all-around player and, what is more, was temperamentally suited for the game. Affable and easygoing, he could not be shaken from the objective of winning with the utmost application of hitting power.

The red-haired young giant was a favorite wherever he played, and he quickly moved up the tennis ladder. At the age of 19, he was advanced enough to be named to the Davis Cup team. The next year, 1936, he lost at Wimbledon and Forest Hills to Fred Perry, the world's No.1 amateur, but beat Perry in the Pacific Southwest tournament.

In 1937 Perry turned pro and Budge became the world's No. 1. He won at Wimbledon and Forest Hills and led the U.S. to its first Davis Cup in 11 years, 4-1 over Britain. The most brilliant act therein was his famous revival in the fifth set of the fifth match against Germany in the person of the stylish Baron Gottfried von Cramm to win the interzone final at neutral Wimbledon. He had already beaten Henner Henkel and won the doubles with Gene Mako over Henkel-von Cramm, so, with the score knotted, 2-2, up came the decisive test, another of his classic jousts with von Cramm. Not only was Budge far back, by two sets, but he had to rise from 1-4 in the fifth to win on a sixth match point, 6-8, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 8-6, and tip the series to the U.S., 3-2.

After that the Challenge Round against Britain, also at Wimbledon, was relatively easy, though Don had to beat lefty Charlie Hare in a rugged first set, and take him, 15-13, 6-1, 6-2, to offset Frank Parker's lead-off loss to Bunny Austin. Budge and Mako won the doubles, and Don beat Austin on the third day, his 18th successive singles win on his seeming home turf. Culminating a fantastic year, Budge received the Sullivan Award as America's top amateur athlete, the first tennis player to be so honored.

The high regard in which Budge was held by fellow players, spectators and officials was reflected by the loyalty he demonstrated in 1937. He was a big attraction for pro tennis but decided against leaving the amateur ranks for another year. The United States had the Davis Cup and he decided that, in return for all tennis had done for him, he must help in the defense of the Cup for at least another year.

So he turned down the professional offers, aware that poor fortunes in 1938 could hurt, if not end, his earning power as a pro. As it turned out, 1938 would be his most glorious year. He defeated John Bromwich, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, in the Australian final, losing only one set in the entire tournament. In the French championship he beat Roderich Menzel of Czechoslovakia in the final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, and yielded three sets in the tournament. At Wimbledon he did not lose a single set, beating Bunny Austin of Britain, 6-1, 6-0, 6-3, for the title, and at Forest Hills he gave up but one set-to Gene Mako in the final--in winning the U.S. crown, 6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1.

Budge had won the Grand Slam and was the toast of the tennis world. After helping the U.S. retain the Davis Cup over Australia, beating Adrian Quist and Bromwich, and after four years in the World Top Ten, No. 1 in 1937-38, and five years in the U.S. Top Ten, he left the amateur ranks. He did so with the blessing of the USTA president, Holcombe Ward, and the Davis Cup captain, Walter L. Pate, who wished him well in his pro career.

Budge's 1938 season was limited to eight tournaments, of which he won six on 43-2 in matches. His incredible 92-match, 14-tournament winning streak that began after a January 1937 loss to Bitsy Grant was ended by Quist in four sets at the Pacific Southwest. His farewell to amateurism was a defeat by Bromwich in his home territory, Berkeley, in the Pacific Coast tourney.

He made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden in New York early in 1939 and, before a crowd of 16,725, defeated Ellsworth Vines, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. On tour, Budge defeated Vines, 21 matches to 18, and also defeated Perry, 18-11. On tour with the 47-year-old Tilden, Budge beat him, 51-7.

Budge won two U.S. pro titles at Forest Hills before entering the Air Force in 1942: 1940 over Perry, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, and 1942 over Bobby Riggs, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. A shoulder injury suffered in military training reduced his post-war effectiveness, and he lost the pro tour hegemony to challenger Riggs in a close journey of one-nighters, 24-22. Still, he battled to the U.S. Pro tourney finals of 1946,'47,'49, and '53, losing the first three to Riggs and the last to 25-year-old Pancho Gonzalez, 13 years his junior, and left little doubt as to his greatness. "I consider him," said Bill Tilden, "the finest player 365 days a year who ever lived." He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.
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