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The Giants of the Game
In the myriad of confusing and convoluted tennis history since the birth of modern tennis in 1870s, marred by elitism and amateurism, a few giants of tennis stand as the illuminating way for us to understand the vagaries of tennis. This is not a list of the ever popular, precise and totally irrelevant GOAT discussion - but rather a guide to understand tennis history and its perplexing but enthralling tennis and its characters. Populism comes and goes in each era - but there are a few on who's shoulders that the modern Federers and Sampras' stand on.
Note2: x indicates that the tournament was not held for that year.
Note3: Budge served in United States Air Force during 1943-45. Laver served at Australian Army in 1957. Both are indicated by 'a' for the respective grand slams.
Note4: Bill Tilden played till his untimely passing in 1953. He played in 6 more U.S Pro - 1940 (SF), 1941 (QF), 1943 (QF), 1945 (SF), 1946 (r16) and 1952 (QF). U.S. Pro was not held in 1944. Those are not shown in the table above and is indicated by 'b' on his US Open Career column.
Note5: Ken Rosewall played at age 16, in 1951 Australian Championships with his first round (r32) and is not shown in the table above. It is indicated by 'c' on his Australian Open Career column.
Note6: French Championships pre-1925 are from World Hard Court Championships (1912-23), which has a direct lineage to the modern French Open rather than club-member only event (1891-1924) that has been typically considered as the precursor.
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