Don Budge International Hall of Fame

June 13, 1915
January 26, 2000
Place of Birth:
Oakland, California
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Tall and rangy, regularly displaying immense grace under pressure, Don Budge carved out a place for himself as one of the legendary figures in the history of tennis. Most admired for his backhand-a golden stroke that was the best of his era and one of the finest of all time-the supremely gifted Budge was the first player ever to capture a sweep of the four majors in a single year for a Grand Slam, realizing that lofty goal in 1938. A gracious gentleman on and off the court, the red-headed Budge wore the robe of champion as comfortably as anyone.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion 1938

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1938


  • Singles Champion 1937-38
  • Doubles Champion 1937-38
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1937-38

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1937-38
  • Doubles Champion 1936, 1938
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1937-38

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1935-38


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  • Robert A

    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    These two photos pretty much say it all — balanced turn on the backhand with the posture vertical and relaxed, uncoiling into the ball with the wrist cocked back, and on the running forehand, shoulders and upper body turned up the court after the hit in a completely relaxed posture, racket decelerating with the forearm rolled down. Some details may have changed, but the core of the modern game is demonstrated right there.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 31, 2012

      Robert – thanks for the note – and totally agree on the photos – balance and posture (might as well be Federer)

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