The most exclusive achievement in Men's professional tennis is membership in the career Grand Slam club.
Just five players in the modern era, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won the Australian, French, U.S. Opens and Wimbledon in their career. The likes of Sampras, Connors, Lendl, Becker, Courier, Wilander, Vilas, Rosewall and Newcombe have come close with three of the four but failed. All time greats Borg and McEnroe have managed two of the four.
Novak Djokovic is a French Open title short of a career Slam. He's poised to become an all time great in the next few weeks.
Three career grand slam champions have never competed in the same tournament and I am hoping this changes at Wimbledon this June.
It's an exciting time in Men's tennis.
Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.