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Don Budge

AKA John Donald Budge

Born: 13-Jun-1915
Birthplace: Oakland, CA
Died: 26-Jan-2000
Location of death: Scranton, PA [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Tennis

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First ever to win Grand Slam

Military service: US Army Air Corps (WWII)

Considered one of the best tennis players of all time, certainly among the top five. In 1938, Budge performed the first "Grand Slam" by winning at Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open. For five years he was ranked at or tied as the #1 tennis player in the world -- 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942.

[1] Mercy Hospital, Scranton, PA.

Brother: Lloyd Budge
Wife: Deirdre Conselman (m. 26-May-1941, div., two sons)
Son: Jeffrey Donald Budge
Son: David Budge
Wife: Loriel McPherson (m. 1967, until his death)

    University: University of California at Berkeley (attended 1933)

    Winner, US Open (men's singles) 1937
    Winner, Wimbledon (men's singles) 1937
    Winner, Australian Open (men's singles) 1938
    Winner, French Open (men's singles) 1938
    Winner, US Open (men's singles) 1938
    Winner, Wimbledon (men's singles) 1938
    Sullivan Award 1937
    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male) 1937
    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male) 1938
    International Tennis Hall of Fame 1964
    Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1982

    Pat and Mike (13-Jun-1952) · Himself

Author of books:
Budge on Tennis (1939, sports)
Don Budge: A Tennis Memoir (1969, memoir)

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