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What is a Grand Slam and does it have different meanings in Rugby Union Six Nations, Tennis and Golf?

RUGBY, tennis and golf stars are all talking about the golden nugget of their sport – winning a coveted Grand Slam.

But what is a Grand Slam and how is it different from rugby union, golf and tennis?

Wales were the last rugby team to win the Six Nations Grand Slam

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Wales were the last rugby team to win the Six Nations Grand SlamPhoto credit: Reuters
Roger Federer knows a thing or two about winning Grand Slams

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Roger Federer knows a thing or two about winning Grand SlamsPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

SunSport gives you everything you need to know about achieving greatness in the three sports.

What is a Grand Slam?

The term Grand Slam, in sport in general, means that a team or individual has won a number of tournaments in a calendar year.

Teams can also claim a Grand Slam if they win all of their matches in a given tournament.

A Grand Slam is about winning, not going undefeated.

Dylan Hartley and England secured the Grand Slam at the 2016 Six Nations

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Dylan Hartley and England secured the Grand Slam at the 2016 Six NationsPhoto credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

What is a Rugby Union Grand Slam?

This is when a country participating in the Six Nations or the old Five Nations wins all of its games to win the annual tournament.

You can still win the Six Nations by tying or even losing a game, but the coveted Grand Slam will be lost.

Currently, England have 13 and Wales have 12, while France have nine in the history of the Five and Six Nations.

Wales can draw level with England if they beat France in Paris.

What is a Golf Grand Slam?

Greatness in golf is achieved by winning all four majors in a calendar year – the Masters, the US Open, the Open and the PGA Championships.

The great Tiger Woods won a Grand Slam, the American held all four major titles simultaneously, but that was over two calendar years.

Tiger gets his first Green Jacket in 1997 from Faldo

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Tiger gets his first Green Jacket in 1997 from Faldo

You have to go back to 1930 when Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam – which consisted of Open Championship, US Open, US Amateur and British Amateur.

Jones still remains the only man to reach the Grand Slam, but that was before the Masters was created and when amateur tournaments were considered majors.

What is a tennis grand slam?

As in golf, a player or doubles team must win all four Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) in that order, starting with the Australian title in January and continuing through to the US Open in September.

Steffi Graf is the last woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year

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Steffi Graf is the last woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in a calendar yearCredit: PA:Press Association

American Don Budge was the first man to win the Grand Slam in 1938, while another American, Maureen Connolly, was the First Lady in 1953.

Steffi Graf in 1988 and Rod Laver in 1960 were the last singles players to reach the Grand Slam.

Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have won Grand Slams off the calendar.

Djokovic’s victory at the French Open in 2016 saw him hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.

But his loss to Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final meant he failed to win the career Grand Slam that year, as he only won three of the four trophies.

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