Novak Djokovic Talks Grand Slam Possibility, ATP Scheduling and Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic

World #1 Novak Djokovic fielded some questions at the Laureus Sports Awards show, including whether he can win the Grand Slam. For those who are new to my blog, I am a little old school in that I prefer to refer to each of the 4 tournaments that comprise the Grand Slams as Majors, not Slams or Grand Slams. That said, concerning the calendar year Grand Slam, Novak doesn’t say he will win it or anything like that. No player would be so bold as to say something like that. He simply says he remains optimistic about the possibility. Incidentally, if he wins Roland Garros 2012, he will complete the Career Grand Slam, all four Majors won in a career. He would also complete a Novak Slam (or Djoker Slam, or whatever people call it), by winning all 4 Majors in a row, although not in the same calendar year. Only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) have won the calendar year Grand Slam in men’s singles. It’s extremely difficult to do in men’s tennis. Even the list of men’s players to have won 3 Majors in a row is a Hall of Fame short list; Budge, Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic. Men’s players who have won the career Grand Slam are Budge, Laver, Federer, Nadal, Fred Perry, R0y Emerson and Andre Agassi. Even some of the best men’s players of all-time didn’t win the career Grand Slam. Pete Sampras, Arthur Ashe, Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors never won Roland Garros. Bjorn Borg never won the US Open or Australian Open. Ivan Lendl and Ken Rosewall never won Wimbledon. John McEnroe never won Roland Garros or the Australian Open. Just for the sake of this blog post, let’s say Novak Djokovic won the calendar year Grand Slam in 2012. In fact, let’s say he won the Golden Slam (which means he wins the Gold Medal at the Olympics in addition to the Grand Slam), the media hype at the final leg, the US Open, would be more than anything we’ve seen in tennis in a long, long time. Maybe ever. By the way, husband and wife Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf both have a Golden Slam. Steffi has the calendar year Golden Slam, won in 1988. Andre has a career Golden Slam. Andre won his Gold Medal in 1996 and completed the Golden Slam in 1999 with a Roland Garros win. Rafael Nadal also has a singles career Golden Slam.

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