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April 16, 2001
Slam or not? That's the big question after Tiger Woods's Masters victory. Overlooked in all the to-and-fro is one athlete who has a unique perspective on the question. In June 1984 Martina Navratilova won the French Open, giving her all four of tennis's major titles at the same time. Like Woods's sweep, Navratilova's didn't come within a calendar year: The '84 French capped a run that began in '83 at Wimbledon and continued through that year's U.S. and Australian Opens. "They can debate it all they want, but Tiger's got all four at the same time, and I had all four at the same time," says Navratilova, 44, who lives in Aspen and has returned to the tour part time as a doubles player. "That ain't shabby."
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April 16, 2001

Grand Masters

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Slam or not? That's the big question after Tiger Woods's Masters victory. Overlooked in all the to-and-fro is one athlete who has a unique perspective on the question. In June 1984 Martina Navratilova won the French Open, giving her all four of tennis's major titles at the same time. Like Woods's sweep, Navratilova's didn't come within a calendar year: The '84 French capped a run that began in '83 at Wimbledon and continued through that year's U.S. and Australian Opens. "They can debate it all they want, but Tiger's got all four at the same time, and I had all four at the same time," says Navratilova, 44, who lives in Aspen and has returned to the tour part time as a doubles player. "That ain't shabby."

The International Tennis Federation, which had put up a $1 million Slam award, presented Navratilova with a check for the bonus after her victory at Roland Garros. (She extended her streak to six majors, not losing until the semifinals of the Australian Open in December 1984, when she was going for the traditional Slam.) Over time, however, Navratilova's feat faded from memory. Tennis record books count only six Grand Slams: Don Budge's (1938), Maureen Connolly's ('53), Rod Laver's ('62 and '69), Margaret Smith Court's (70) and Steffi Graf's ('88). Says Navratilova, "Maybe it's a Slam with an asterisk. They call Tiger's the Tiger Slam. Maybe I had a Martina Slam."

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