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What is the rarest accomplishment that can be done in tennis?

Reading dawn marie's post about not hitting unforced errors in a match made me wonder what would be considered the rarest thing that can be accomplished in tennis?

Is it what dawn marie talks about? Winning "golden" sets or matches (not losing a point in a set or match)? Winning a Grand Slam as an amatuer in the Open era? Winning a Grand Slam ranked outside the top 100?

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Reading dawn marie's post about not hitting unforced errors in a match made me wonder what would be considered the rarest thing that can be accomplished in tennis?

Is it what dawn marie talks about? Winning "golden" sets or matches (not losing a point in a set or match)? Winning a Grand Slam as an amatuer in the Open era? Winning a Grand Slam ranked outside the top 100?

Any thoughts?

I would think that winning every point in a match would be the rarest accomplishment. I would think that it would also make for an extremely boring match. The only way that it could be interesting would be if each point was ended after 20 stroke rally.
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In terms of tournaments, I'd say winning the Golden Slam (all 4 Slams and an Olympic gold medal in the same year).

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Statistically speaking, it would probably be winning the triple calendar slam; winning the singles, doubles, and mixed at all 4 slams in the same calendar year. This has never been done.

There have been at least 2 golden matches in tournament finals, and presumably many more cases in early rounds.

Only once has a player reached the finals of every slam event held in a calendar year.

And we've had one occurence of a woman ranked outside the top 100 winning a slam.
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Winning a tournament without loosing a game
I don't think it has ever been done.
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Winning a golden match - against anybody - is a hugh deal. Got to be the greatest achievement.

With all due respect to Graf, a golden slam is no more significant than a regular slam. A gold medal in tennis is nice but in terms of athletic accomplishment, winning a slam event (7 matches against top players) is a bigger deal.

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Pat-the great Suzanne Lenglen of the 1920s won SEVERAL events without losing a game! She was something else. Her father used to lay out hancherchiefs on the court and make her stay out there until she could hit them again and again.
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Pat-the great Suzanne Lenglen of the 1920s won SEVERAL events without losing a game! She was something else. Her father used to lay out hancherchiefs on the court and make her stay out there until she could hit them again and again.
I heard she could hit coins too. Brian, who reached all 12 Slam finals? (Though I think we all know who it must've been).

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Great post calabar but I don't totally agree with you. Brushing the Golden Slam aside since it may not happen again in the near future, I think the Olympics are actually a very big deal to many different countries.

Especially for the old Eastern European block nations. I never saw her play the match but I remember reading how Manuela Maleeva was completely ecstatic when she made it to the medal round of the 88 Seoul games.

If anyone remembers her, she was a rather stoic player on court. I think playing for Bulgaria was the one of her career highlights if you were to ask her.
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Biggest and rarest accomplishement... Let's see...

How about being stabbed on the tennis court and then coming back 2.5 years later and winning a tier 1 title in the first tournament back losing only 13 games in 5 matches (2.6 games by match). Most players would have lost the first match or would have lost more then 13 games in the first match. Then Monica made the US Open final and won the Australian Open. NOBODY on earth would do that so soon after 2.5 year absence. That was the ultimate comeback and the ultimate accomplishement.
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