Grand Slam (tennis)

The four most important tennis tournaments

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The Grand Slam tournaments, also called majors, are the four most important annual tennis events. They offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and greater number of "best of" sets for men, which is 5. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open around late May through early June, Wimbledon in June-July, and the US Open in August-September. Each tournament is played over a two-week period. The Australian and United States tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924โ€“25, when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments. Skipping majorsโ€”especially the Australian Open because of the remoteness, the inconvenient dates and the low prize moneyโ€”was not unusual before 1982.

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The 139th U.S. Open starts in New York City next week and Naomi Osaka, one of the biggest names in tennis, will be there to defend her title. At 21 years old,..
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Althea Gibson became the first black player to win a Grand Slam yet she received little recognition during her life. Why?
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The New York City Comptroller said on Thursday that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) had under-reported millions in gross revenue, days before the..
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