Winning the Career Golden Slam in Tennis

An experienced pharmacist and clinical researcher, Mary Pat Higley works as an independent medical consultant. Beyond her professional activities, Mary Pat Higley enjoys following and playing tennis.

The career Golden Slam ranks as one of the rarest achievements in professional tennis. Only four singles players have accomplished the feat. A career Grand Slam, an impressive accolade in its own right, involves winning each of the sport’s four major tournaments at least once. Players who manage to win a gold medal at the Olympics in addition to their Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open titles are considered to have won a career Golden Slam.

Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the only two male players to secure the Golden Slam as singles players. Agassi won his first major tournament at Wimbledon in 1992. He completed the career Golden Slam at the 1999 French Open, having earned gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the first of Nadal’s nine Roland-Garros trophies came in 2005. After winning Wimbledon and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics during the summer of 2008, Nadal rounded out the Golden Slam with titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2010 U.S. Open.

Steffi Graf, wife of Agassi, became the only singles player to complete a calendar year Golden Slam with her stellar 1988 season. Over the course of the year, she took all four major championships, adding to her 1987 Roland-Garros title, and finished with gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics. Serena Williams completed the Golden Slam in 2001. She is the only player in tennis history to hold career Golden Slam victories in both singles and doubles.