Post by Bonehead's Barber on Aug 12, 2016 2:44:13 GMT -5
I have tried to look this up before but have found no conclusive answer so I'm hoping someone can help. What is it that makes the Grand Slams in tennis (Wimbledon, US, French and Australian) 'Grand Slams'? As well as this, could there ever be another Grand Slam champion on the circuit? Seems a random question, I know, but it's something I've always wanted to know.
I may be wrong but wasn't it that basically they were the original (or if not best back in the day) tournaments that take place. Then following on from that the tour was created around these.
I think technically they are just 'Majors' and the Grand Slam is winning all four.
This is basically the idea.
The tour as a whole is built around these 4 major tournaments. Why these four? It has to do with prestige of the event for starters. Also, location and playing surface. The reason it is so hard to win all four is in large part due to the different playing surfaces used (hard court vs. grass court vs. clay court). Additionally, when you make the larger focus of a season on 4 events, then it is easier to sell adverts and raise money for prizes, etc.