To win a grand slam title is something every tennis player dreams of from the day they start swinging their racquet.
Despite the difficulty of winning a grand slam tournament, a select few have dominated on the biggest stage throughout the years.
The past two decades have in particular seen certain players cement their place in history by winning a record number of grand slam titles.
In 2024, the battle for those records continues.
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What are the four grand slam tournaments?
In running order, the four grand slam events held each year are the: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
The French Open is played on clay, Wimbledon on grass and the remaining two are competed on hard courts.
Wimbledon is the oldest grand slam event, founded in 1877, followed by the US Open four years later, the French Open in 1891, and the Australian Open in 1905.
Who has won the most grand slam titles?
Novak Djokovic and Margaret Court currently hold the record for most grand slam singles titles.
Djokovic took the lead outright in the men’s game by winning his third Roland-Garros title at the 2023 French Open when Rafael Nadal was ruled out of his title defence by injury.
Nadal had taken sole ownership of the men’s singles record after edging past Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic with his 2022 Australian Open triumph. He then extended his lead at that year’s French Open before Djokovic pulled back within one at Wimbledon.
Djokovic’s triumph in the 2023 Australian Open final, where he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, saw him draw level with Nadal at the top of the men’s standings and, after losing a five-set thriller to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final, he beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at the US Open.
That meant a third grand slam of the calendar year and a victory that drew him level with Court’s iconic haul of 24.
Swiss great Federer will not have the chance to add to his grand slam haul after announcing his retirement following the Laver Cup in September 2022, while Nadal’s chances of catching Djokovic again are in serious doubt after he spoke of the possibility of retiring in 2024.
Court, meanwhile, looked set to be caught by Serena Williams but the American failed to win any of her last four grand slam finals and, like Federer, recently stepped away from the sport.
Most grand slam titles won by a player: Men’s singles
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*Active players have been bolded
Most Grand Slam titles won by a player: Women’s singles
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Who has won all four grand slams in the same year?
The term ‘Grand Slam’ actually relates to the achievement of winning all four tournaments in the same year.
Winning one title is hard enough, but winning all four straight is extremely difficult.
American Don Budge was the first to achieve a Grand Slam in 1938, with Australian Rod Laver the only other men’s singles player to repeat the feat.
Maureen Connolly was the first woman to pull it off in women’s singles when she did so in 1953. Margaret Court and Steffi Graf are the only other players to have done the same since.
Dylan Alcott was the last player to complete a Grand Slam in 2021 when he did so in the wheelchair quad singles.