Don Budge

Don Budge
1915 - 2000

Don Budge  American


Don Budge passed away on 26th Jan 2000 aged 84.


Don Budge is a member of the following lists: Professional tennis players before the Open Era, Grand Slam (tennis) champions in mixed doubles and Grand Slam (tennis) champions in men's doubles.


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First Name Don
Last Name Budge
Age 84 (age at death) years
Birthday 13th June, 1915
Birthplace Oakland, California
Died 26th January, 2000
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight W
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality American

John Donald ("Don" or "Donnie") Budge (June 13, 1915 – January 26, 2000) was an American tennis champion who was a World No. 1 player for five years, first as an amateur and then as a professional. He is most famous as the first player, male or female, and only American male to win in a single year the four tournaments that comprise the Grand Slam of tennis and second male player to win all four Grand Slams in his career after Fred Perry, and is still the youngest to achieve that feat. He won 10 majors, of which six were Grand Slams (consecutively, male record) and four Pro Slams, the latter achieved on three different surfaces. Budge was considered to have the best backhand in the history of tennis, at least until the emergence of Ken Rosewall in the 1950s and 1960s.

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