What does CGS mean?
I know CGS means Career Grand Slam but I wanted to know what people think it means in terms of tennis greatness. I ask because I think it is a huge and rare feat but I would say the Calendar Grand Slam, or holding all 4 slams at once, is more of an indication of greatness. There however, are plenty of great players who are Hall of Famers that never won the CGS, or even came close. Just wanted to have some other thoughts and opinions on it.
I got this quote online from wikipedia page about the Career Grand Slam.
"Seven men and ten women have won Career Grand Slams in singles play; among them two men and four women have at least two CGS in singles.
Since the beginning of the open era, four men and six women have done it (Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal; Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova).
Several singles players have won multiple major championships without achieving the Career Grand Slam.
Björn Borg never won the US Open or the Australian Open, and John McEnroe never won the Australian Open or the French Open.
Ken Rosewall, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Monica Seles, Mats Wilander, and Justine Henin failed to win Wimbledon.
Pete Sampras, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Martina Hingis, and Lindsay Davenport failed to win the French Open.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley never won the US Open. Helen Wills Moody and Althea Gibson never won the Australian Open.
Among active singles players who won multiple championships, Venus Williams has not won either the Australian Open or the French Open; Novak Djokovic has not won the French Open"
All of that is to say there are plenty of LEGENDS that never won the Career Grand Slam, but it is never a knock on their record when their careers are discussed so what does it say about the few that have achieved this feat and those that have not?
Player AO FO W USO
1. Maureen Connolly Brinker 1953 1953 1952 1951
2. Doris Hart 1949 1950 1951 1954
3. Shirley Fry Irvin 1957 1951 1956 1956
4. Margaret Court 1960 1962 1963 1962
5. Billie Jean King 1968 1972 1966 1967
6. Chris Evert 1982 1974 1974 1975
7. Martina Navratilova 1981 1982 1978 1983
*8. Steffi Graf 1988 1987 1988 1988
*9. Serena Williams 2003 2002 2002 1999
10. Maria Sharapova 2008 2012 2004 2006
*- achieved Career Golden Slam (only 2 women to do it in Singles)
*inserts a couple fingers into you*
Last edited by iWill; Jan 30th, 2013 at 08:46 PM.