Since the start of the Open era in 1968, 12 players have won all four Major titles and an Olympic gold medal. Four players have achieved that in singles, and Serena Williams stands alone as the only competitor who earned that in both singles and doubles! On the other hand, Steffi Graf stole the honors in 1988 when she won all four Major titles and the Olympic gold in Seoul, securing a “Golden Slam,” as the new accomplishment was called. Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the only players who won all four Major titles and the Olympic gold in men’s singles, with Novak Djokovic looking good to join them in a couple of months in Tokyo! The Serb achieved a Career Grand Slam at Roland Garros 2016, and he only needs to conquer the Olympic tournament to complete every notable title that our sport offers.
Todd Woodbridge backs Novak Djokovic to chase a Golden Slam this season.
Todd Woodbridge is among those 12 players with a Golden Slam, achieving the feat in doubles after winning Roland Garros in 2000. The Aussie believes that Novak could follow Steffi and claim all four Majors and the Olympic gold this season after already lifting trophies in Melbourne and Paris. The Serb is the clear favorite at Wimbledon, and he should be in Tokyo as well, in what should probably be his last realistic chance of claiming the Olympic gold medal. If Novak achieves that, he should play for tennis glory and history at the US Open, feeling confident in his game and wanting those three titles badly. Djokovic went all the way at the Australian Open and Roland Garros to stand on 19 Major trophies, just one behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“The Golden Slam is very much on the cards; there is no doubt about that. What Novak managed to produce in Paris, in two comebacks from two sets to love down, is some of the best mental stuff you’ll ever see. Now, he does get a bit extreme at times on the court, but he’s an athlete who can focus on what he needs to do to get the result done. Coming from two sets to love down against Stefanos Tsitsipas was a fantastic effort. And he’s just freshening up; he is down in Mallorca on grass courts to get ready for Wimbledon. He most definitely goes as a heavy favorite at Wimbledon,” Todd Woodbridge said.