Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other
January 16, 2011 · Print This Article
Recently, there has been plenty of talk in the tennis world as to whether or not holding all 4 Grand Slam titles in the same calendar year is as prestigious as holding all 4 titles, but overlapping two years.
Commonly referred to as a “Grand Slam”, the last player to win all four major events in the same year was Rod Laver in 1969.
Since the 2010 U.S. Open ended with Rafael Nadal hoisting the winner’s trophy, conversations and ticket prices have suggested that the 2011 Australian Open contains an additional story line. After pulling out of the quarter finals against Andy Murray in the 2010 Aussie Open, Nadal went on to win the remaining 3 majors of the year.
In what many purists are calling a “Rafa Slam”, this storyline is being written before the end plays itself out.
My question is whether this all matters? Are we, as fans and journalists, just busying ourselves with labels and semantics or are we tampering with history if we deem the true definition of a Grand Slam flexible?