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Most Tennis Grand Slams: Who Rules the Court?

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Winning majors in tennis is amongst the most prestigious victories in all of sports. Today we're looking at which players have the most tennis grand slams.

RELATED: Who has the most Wimbledon titles?

On the men's side, the sport has been dominated by a trio of superstars; Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Combined, the three men have over 60 grand slam titles, with Nadal boasting an amazing 22 of his own.

Meanwhile, the women's side has their own legendary trio, with Australia's Margaret Court (24) leading the way, followed closely by Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22).

Before we get into who has the most tennis grand slams, let's first discuss what makes up the grand slam:

What are the four Grand Slam tournaments?

The ATP and WTA Tours both mirror their schedules around four major tournaments on their calendars; the grand slams.

The Australian Open kicks off the year in January, with the best players in the sport competing in Melbourne.

That's followed by the French Open, where Nadal has dominated the clay court surface for over a decade.

Wimbledon is the third major, which is held at the All-England Club in London. It's the only grass surface of the major tournaments.

The major seasons concludes in the early fall with the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

Who has won the most tennis Grand Slams?

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lead the way for the men after playing a massive role in the growth of the sport since the turn of the century. They have the most tennis grand slams by a wide margin.

Nadal and Federer have been dubbed kings of their respective best surfaces, with the Spaniard (Nadal) dominating clay and the Swiss (Federer) excelling on grass.

Out of the bunch, Djokovic has become the most well-rounded player over the years by winning multiple majors at every location. These three players have all had rivalries with one another and countless incredible matches across the world.

Prior to their arrival, Pete Sampras carried the torch for the United States and the men's side of the game with 14 titles.

Serena Williams (23) has been knocking on the door of the all-time women's record, which currently belongs to Margaret Court (24).

There are seven women with 10 or more major championships, as I will illustrate below.

Most Grand Slam titles - Men's Singles

Rafael Nadal (Spain) - 22 majors

Australian Open: 2 (2009, 2022)

French Open: 14 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022)

Wimbledon: 2 (2008, 2010)

US Open: 4 (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - 21 majors

Australian Open: 9 (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021)

French Open: 2 (2016, 2021)

Wimbledon: 7 (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

US Open: 3 (2011, 2015, 2018)

Roger Federer (Switzerland) - 20 majors

Australian Open: 6 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)

French Open: 1 (2009)

Wimbledon: 8 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)

US Open: 5 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Pete Sampras (USA) - 14 majors

Australian Open: 2 (1994, 1997)

French Open: None

Wimbledon: 7 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

US Open: 5 (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)

Roy Emerson (Australia) - 12 majors

Australian Open: 6 (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967)

French Open: 2 (1963, 1967)

Wimbledon: 2 (1964, 1965)

US Open: 2 (1961, 1964)

Rod Laver (Australia) - 11 majors

Australian Open: 3 (1960, 1962, 1969)

French Open: 2 (1962, 1969)

Wimbledon: 4 (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)

US Open: 2 (1962, 1969)

Bjorn Borg (Sweden) - 11 majors

Australian Open: None

French Open: 6 (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

Wimbledon: 5 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)

US Open: None

Bill Tilden (USA) - 10 majors

Australian Open: None

French Open: None

Wimbledon: 3 (1920, 1921, 1930)

US Open: 7 (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929)

Jimmy Connors (USA) - 8 majors

Australian Open: 1 (1974)

French Open: None

Wimbledon: 2 (1974, 1982)

US Open: 5 (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983)

Fred Perry (England) - 8 majors

Australian Open: 1 (1934)

French Open: 1 (1935)

Wimbledon: 3 (1934, 1935, 1936)

US Open: 3 (1933, 1934, 1936)

Andre Agassi (USA) - 8 majors

Australian Open: 4 (1995, 2000, 2001, 2005)

French Open: 1 (1999)

Wimbledon: 1 (1992)

US Open: 2 (1994, 1999)

Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia & USA) - 8 majors

Australian Open: 2 (1989, 1990)

French Open: 3 (1984, 1986, 1987)

Wimbledon: None

US Open: 3 (1985, 1986, 1987)

Ken Rosewall (Australia) - 8 majors

Australian Open: 4 (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972)

French Open: 2 (1953, 1968)

Wimbledon: None

US Open: 2 (1956, 1970)

Most Grand Slam Titles - Women's Singles

Margaret Court (Australia) - 24 majors

Australian Open: 11 (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)

French Open: 5 (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973)

Wimbledon: 3 (1963, 1965, 1970)

US Open: 5 (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)

Serena Williams (USA) - 23 majors

Australian Open: 7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)

French Open: 3 (2002, 2013, 2015)

Wimbledon: 7 (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)

US Open: 6 (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Steffi Graf (Germany) - 22 majors

Australian Open: 4 (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)

French Open: 6 (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999)

Wimbledon: 7 (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)

US Open: 5 (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996)

Helen Wills (USA) - 19 majors

Australian Open: None

French Open: 4 (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932)

Wimbledon: 8 (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938)

US Open: 7 (1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931)

Chris Evert (USA) - 18 majors

Australian Open: 2 (1982, 1984)

French Open: 7 (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986)

Wimbledon: 3 (1974, 1976, 1981)

US Open: 6 (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982)

Billie Jean King (USA) - 12 majors

Australian Open: 1 (1968)

French Open: 1 (1972)

Wimbledon: 6 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975)

US Open: 4 (1967, 1971, 1972, 1974)

Maureen Connolly (USA) - 9 majors

Australian Open: 1 (1953)

French Open: 2 (1953, 1954)

Wimbledon: 3 (1952, 1953, 1954)

US Open: 3 (1951, 1952, 1953)

Monica Seles (Serbia) - 9 majors

Australian Open: 4 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)

French Open: 3 (1990, 1991, 1992)

Wimbledon: None

US Open: 2 (1991, 1992)

Suzanne Lenglen (France) - 8 majors

Australian Open: None

French Open: 2 (1925, 1926)

Wimbledon: 6 (1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925)

US Open: None

Molla Mallory (Norway) - 8 majors

Australian Open: None

French Open: None

Wimbledon: None

US Open: 8 (1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1926)

What is a Golden Slam?

Grand slams are tough enough to win as it is, but a Golden Slam is even more challenging. It requires players to win an Olympic gold medal on top of all four major titles in the same calendar year.

Steffi Graf is the only female to complete this feat in 1988.

Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott were able to complete the Golden Slam in the wheelchair singles and wheelchair quad singles divisions, respectively.

Meanwhile, Bob and Mike Bryan won the 'Golden Bryan Slam' with five consecutive titles from 2012 to 2013, which included the London Olympics.

Has anyone won all four Grand Slams in the same year?

Six players have won all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year, but nobody's done it since Steffi Graf in 1988.

Meanwhile, Rod Laver is the only player to complete this amazing feat on two different occasions.

Don Budge - 1938

Maureen Connolly - 1953

Rod Laver - 1962 and 1969

Margaret Court - 1970

Steffi Graf - 1988

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