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No. 1 DO THE TOP MALE PLAYERS HAVE EASIER MATCHES IN THE FIRST WEEK OF GRAND SLAMS THAN THEY DID IN THE PAST?
No. 2 HOW WELL DO HOME PLAYERS PERFORM IN THEIR GRAND SLAM EVENTS?
No. 3 WHAT WAS THE CHALLENGE ROUND?
No. 4 WHO LOST IN GRAND SLAM FINALS?
No. 5 WHAT ARE THE MEN'S SINGLES GRAND SLAM RECORDS?
No. 6 WHAT IS A TRIPLE BAGEL?
No. 7 WHAT ARE QUALIFIERS, LUCKY LOSERS AND WILD CARDS?
No. 8 WHO LOST IN GRAND SLAM SEMI FINALS?
No. 9 WHICH GREAT HAD THE BEST RECORD AGAINST OTHER GREATS?
No. 10 WHAT IS SEEDING?
No. 11 WHO WERE THE MOST AND LEAST DOMINANT CHAMPIONS?
No. 13 WHAT IS A DEFAULT?
No. 14 WHAT NATIONALITY ARE GRAND AND PRO SLAM CHAMPIONS?
No. 15 WHAT IS A RETIREMENT?
No. 16 WHO WERE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONS ON EACH SURFACE?
In the twelfth article of the series, the results on this website, displayed as statistics, answer the question:
WHO WERE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TENNIS FAMILIES? (singles players only)
Although there is often more than one member of the same family that plays tennis professionally, there are few families where more than one family member reaches the latter stages of Grand Slam singles events. There are many tennis families that don't qualify for any of the lists on this page. Amongst these are Don Black and his children Byron, Wayne and Cara; Einer Ulrich and his sons Torben and Jorgen; Kazuko Sawamatsu, Junko Sawamatsu (who played only doubles) and Junko's daughter Naoko Sawamatsu; Christine Truman and her family; the Amritraj family and Tracy Austin and her siblings. 1931 Wimbledon champion Sidney Wood (jr) last entered the U. S. the year his son Sidney III made his debut in the event (an unusual achievement). Sidney III never won a match. There were few sons with a successful tennis parent that achieved much success. Daughters performed only slightly better. There were far more successful tennis siblings than there were parent and children. By far the most successful siblings have been the remarkable Williams sisters. The most successful married couple were Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. Graf and Agassi both triumphed at the 1999 French Open. Their relationship was soon to blossom off court. Back in the 1980s, Agassi's sister Rita had been married to Pancho Gonzales. Between them Agassi, Graf and Gonzales won 52 major singles titles!
GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLES FAMILY LEADERBOARD Only siblings, parent/child & spouses are listed.
Qualification: more than one family member must have won a title.
1. AGASSI-GRAF (30) Andre Agassi (8) & Steffi Graf Agassi (22) Husband-wife
1. WILLIAMS (30) Venus Williams (7) & Serena Williams (23) Sisters
3. DOHERTY (10) Reginald Doherty (4) & H. Laurie Doherty (6) Brothers
4. RENSHAW (8) William Renshaw (7) & Ernest Renshaw (1) Brothers (twins)
5. SUTTON-BUNDY (4) May Sutton Bundy (3) & Dorothy Bundy (1) Mother-daughter
6. BOWREY-TURNER (3) Bill Bowrey (1) & Lesley Turner Bowrey (2) Husband-wife
6. O'HARA WOOD (3) Arthur O'Hara Wood (1) & Pat O'Hara Wood (2) Brothers
There were four other sets of Grand Slam singles champions known to have close family connections. Andre Agassi (8) and Pancho Gonzales (2) were brothers-in-law (Agassi's sister Rita married Gonzales). Roy Emerson (12) and Mal Anderson (1) were brothers-in-law (Emerson's sister Daphne married Anderson). Richard Sears (7) and Evelyn Sears (1) were uncle and niece. John Doeg (1) was a nephew of May Sutton Bundy (3). If you include Doeg with the Sutton-Bundys then they have a total of 5 Grand Slam singles titles.
GRAND SLAM SINGLES SIBLINGS SEMI FINALISTS
The siblings in both men's and women's singles that have both reached the semis or better are listed in the table below. Many of the great tennis siblings played a long time ago. John & Patrick McEnroe were the only brothers to reach semi finals or better in the open era. Barbara & Kathy Jordan and Serena & Venus Williams were the only sisters to reach semi finals or better in the open era. Cliff & Nancy Richey and Marat & Dinara Safin(a) were the only brothers and sisters to reach semis or better in the open era. The Williams sisters were the only siblings that both won Grand Slam singles titles in the open era.
Herbert Baddeley (3 Wimbledon semi finals) & Wilfred Baddeley (3 Wimbledon titles)
Charles Chase (semi finalist at U. S.) & Samuel Chase (semi finalist at U. S.)
Clarence Clark (finalist at U. S.) & Joe Clark (3 U. S. semi finals)
H. Laurie Doherty (5 Wimbledon & 1 U. S. titles) & Reggie Doherty (4 Wimbledon titles)
John Fraser (semi finalist at Wimbledon) & Neale Fraser (2 U. S. & 1 Wimbledon titles)
Edward L. Hall (semi finalist at U. S.) & Valentine Hall (semi finalist at U. S.)
Edward Larned (semi finalist at U. S.) & William Larned (7 U. S. titles)
Arthur Lowe (semi finalist at Wimbledon & Australian) & F. Gordon Lowe (1 Australian title)
John McEnroe (4 U. S. & 3 Wimbledon titles) & Patrick McEnroe (semi finalist at Australian)
Arthur O'Hara Wood (1 Australian title) & Pat O'Hara Wood (2 Australian titles)
Ernest Renshaw (1 Wimbledon title) & William Renshaw (7 Wimbledon titles)
Philip Sears (semi finalist at U. S.) & Richard Sears (7 U. S. titles)
Quincy Shaw (challenge round loser at U. S.) & Tom Shaw (semi finalist at U. S.)
George Thomas (semi finalist at Australian) & Ron Thomas (finalist at Australian)
George Wrenn (finalist at U. S.) & Robert Wrenn (4 U. S. titles)
Blanche Amblard (semi finalist at WHC) & Suzanne Amblard (3 WHC semi finals)
Juliette Atkinson (3 U. S. titles) & Kathleen Atkinson (2 U. S. semi finals)
Barbara Jordan (1 Australian title) & Kathy Jordan (finalist at Australian)
Ellen Roosevelt (1 U. S. title) & Grace Roosevelt (finalist at U. S.)
Eleanora Sears (3 U. S. finals) & Evelyn Sears (1 U. S. title)
Joan Shackle (semi finalist at Wimbledon) & Maud Shackle (2 finals at Wimbledon)
Florence Sutton (challenge round loser at U. S.) & May Sutton Bundy (2 Wimbledon & 1 U. S. titles)
Lillian Watson (finalist at Wimbledon) & Maud Watson (2 Wimbledon titles)
Serena Williams (7 Australian, 6 Wimbledon, 6 U. S. & 3 French titles) & Venus Williams (5 Wimbledon & 2 U. S. titles)
BROTHER AND SISTER (brother listed first)
Robert LeRoy (finalist at U. S.) & Margaret LeRoy (semi finalist at U. S.)
G. Cliff Richey (2 semi finals at U. S. & 1 semi final at French) & Nancy Richey (1 Australian & 1 French title)
Marat Safin (1 Australian & 1 U. S. title) & Dinara Safina (2 finals at French & 1 final at Australian)
GRAND SLAM SINGLES PARENT AND CHILD SEMI FINALISTS
Two father and son combinations just miss out on qualification. Jean Washer was twice a finalist at the World Hard Court and his son Phillippe Washer was a French quarterfinalist. Ramanathan Krishnan was twice a Wimbledon semifinalist and his son Ramesh Krishnan was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and twice quarterfinalist at the U. S.
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
Tom Bundy (challenge round loser at U. S.) & Dorothy Bundy (1 Australian title)
Don Turnbull (semifinalist at Australian) & Wendy Turnbull (finalist at Australian, French and U. S.)
Ian Vermaak (finalist at French) & Yvonne Vermaak (semi finalist at Wimbledon)
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
May Sutton Bundy (2 Wimbledon and 1 U. S. titles) & Dorothy Bundy (1 Australian title)
Vera Puzejova Sukova (finalist at Wimbledon) & Helena Sukova (2 Australian and 2 U. S. finals)
GRAND SLAM SINGLES HUSBAND AND WIFE SEMI FINALISTS
Like the siblings list, there have been few husband and wife semi finalists in recent times. The only couples to achieve their best results in the open era were Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf & John Lloyd and Chris Evert Lloyd.
Andre Agassi (4 Australian, 2 U. S., 1 French & 1 Wimbledon title) & Steffi Graf Agassi (7 Wimbledon, 6 French, 5 U. S. & 4 Australian titles)
Alfred Beamish (Australian finalist) & Winifred Ramsey Beamish (3 Wimbledon & 1 WHC semi finals)
Bill Bowrey (1 Australian title) & Lesley Turner Bowrey (2 French titles)
Tom Bundy (challenge round loser at U. S.) & May Sutton Bundy (2 Wimbledon & 1 U. S. title)
Elwood Cooke (Wimbledon finalist) & Sarah Palfrey Cooke (2 U. S. titles)
Jack Crawford (4 Australian, 1 French & 1 Wimbledon titles) & Marjorie Cox Crawford (Australian finalist)
Pierre Darmon (French finalist) & Rosa Reyes Darmon (French semifinalist)
Paul de Borman (Wimbledon semi finalist) & Ann de Borman (2 WHC semifinals)
Clark Graebner (U. S. finalist) & Carol Caldwell Graebner (U. S. finalist)
Lew Hoad (2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian & 1 French title) & Jenny Staley Hoad (Australian finalist)
Clarence Hobart (challenge round loser at U. S.) & Augusta Schultz Hobart (U. S. finalist)
Harry Hopman (3 Australian finals) & Nell Hall Hopman (2 Australian finals)
Frank Kovacs (U. S. finalist) & Vera Wolfenden Kovacs (semi finalist at U. S.)
John Lloyd (Australian finalist) & Chris Evert Lloyd (7 French, 6 U. S., 3 Wimbledon & 2 Australian titles)
Pat O'Hara Wood (2 Australian titles) & Meryl Waxman O'Hara Wood (Australian semi finalist)
Qualification: Three players or more from the same family that have played in Grand Slam singles events, two reaching Grand Slam singles quarter finals or better. Players that qualify are listed in bold type.
Andre Agassi (8) and his wife Steffi Graf (22) won 30 Grand Slam singles titles between them. Agassi's former brother-in-law Pancho Gonzales won 22 major titles (2 of them Grand Slams). There was also another, slightly more obscure, tennis link in the Agassi family. Agassi's first wife Brooke Shields was the granddaughter of Wimbledon and U. S. finalist Frank Shields. The only other family with three family members that won Grand Slam singles titles was the SUTTON-BUNDY-DOEG family. May Sutton won three Grand Slam singles titles and her husband Tom Bundy reached a U. S. Challenge Round. May's sister Florence Sutton reached the U. S. challenge round. May had two other sisters (Ethel and Violet) who were both very good players. May's daughter Dorothy Bundy won the Australian. May's nephew (Violet's son) John Doeg won the U. S. Another successful tennis family were the SEARS-DWIGHTs. Seven times U. S. champion Richard Sears beat his cousin James Dwight in the final of the U. S. one year. Sears' brothers Philip Sears and H. Sears also entered the U. S. championships and later his nieces Eleanora Sears and Evelyn Sears both reached U. S. finals (Evelyn won the title). However, in the Sutton and Sears era, tennis was played by only a wealthy elite in America and they had all the right connections (the Roosevelt sisters were cousins of U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt).
There were a number of tennis families where at least two members of the family reached Grand Slam quarter finals. Edda Buding was a French semifinalist. Her brother Ingo Buding and sister Ilsa Buding Davies both reached the quarters. Ilsa was married to Mike Davies, who played Grand Slam singles. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was a three times French and one time U. S. champion. Her brother Emilio Sanchez was a French and U. S. quarter finalist and brother Javier Sanchez was twice a U. S. quarter finalist. Manuela Maleeva Fragniere reached two U. S. semi finals and numerous Grand Slam quarter finals. Her sister Katerina Maleeva also reached numerous Grand Slam quarter finals and younger sister Magdalena Maleeva reached the quarters of the U. S. (where she lost to Manuela). Their mother was also a fine player. In addition to Robert Wrenn (a 4 time U. S. champion) and his brother George Wrenn (a finalist), there was also a third brother Everts Wrenn. Bill Larned (a 7 times U. S. champion) had a brother Edward Larned (a semi finalist) and a son Gardner Larned. Charles O. Tuckey, his wife Agnes Daniell Tuckey (twice a Wimbledon quarterfinalist) and children Charles Tuckey and Kay Tuckey (quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and the U. S.) all played singles at Wimbledon. There was also D. Tuckey. Tony Mottram was a Wimbledon quarter finalist and his wife Joy Gannon Mottram was a quarterfinalist at the French. Their son Buster Mottram reached the Wimbledon and French last 16. Buster's sister Linda Mottram also played singles. Decades before Tim Henman (a six time Grand Slam semi finalist) was born, his grandfather Henry Billington had been a French quarterfinalist. Henman's grandmother played and his great grandmother Ellen Stawell Brown played singles at Wimbledon. Vera Puzejova Sukova was a Wimbledon finalist and her daughter Helena Sukova reached four Grand Slam finals. Helena's brother Cyril Suk played singles at the Australian. Pat O'Hara Wood won two Australian titles. His brother Arthur O'Hara Wood won one Australian title. Pat's wife Meryl Waxman O'Hara Wood reached the semis. George Hillyard (three times a Wimbledon quarter finalist) was married to six times Wimbledon champion Blanche Bingley Hillyard. There were also Brame Hillyard (a Wimbledon quarter finalist) and J. Hillyard.
Bunny Austin (a French finalist and twice Wimbledon finalist) had a sister Joan Austin Lycett, who played singles. Joan married Wimbledon finalist Randolph Lycett. U. S. finalist E. Cliff Drysdale was married to singles player Jean Forbes Drysdale, whose brother Gordon Forbes was a U. S. quarterfinalist (Forbes' wife Valerie Koortzen Forbes also played singles). Charles Hare (a French and U. S. quarterfinalist) was married to Mary Hardwick Hare (a U. S. semi finalist). Charles' brothers H. Hare and Peter Hare played singles. French finalist Pierre Darmon was married to French semi finalist Rosa Reyes Darmon, whose brother Esteban Reyes played Grand Slam singles. Paul de Borman was a Wimbledon semi finalist. His wife Ann de Borman was a twice World Hard Court semi finalist. Their son Leopold de Borman and daughter M. de Borman played Grand Slam singles. Robert Powell was a Grand Slam semi finalist and brother Kenneth Powell a quarter finalist. There was also J. Powell and others later. Six time Grand Slam winner Jack Crawford's wife Marjorie Cox Crawford was an Australian finalist and his nephew Neil Gibson and niece Joan Gibson (an Australian quarterfinalist) played Grand Slam singles. Neil's wife R. White Gibson also played Grand Slam singles. Don Turnbull was an Australian semi finalist and his daughter (according to The Concise Dictionary of Tennis) was Wendy Turnbull (an Australian, French and U. S. finalist). Wendy's brother H. Turnbull was a doubles player but played singles at Wimbledon 1973. Max Newcombe and his wife Sadie Berryman Newcombe were both Australian quarter finalists and there was Kay Newcombe. Australian semifinalist Daphne Seeney Fancutt married Australian quarterfinalist Trevor Fancutt. Their sons Charles Fancutt and Michael Fancutt played Grand Slam singles. Australian semi finalist Nicolas Lapentti and brother Giovanni Lapentti are first cousins of French champion Andres Gomez. Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kathy May was married to Australian Open champion Brian Teacher and she married again and had a son Taylor Fritz. Bill Bowrey and Lesley Turner Bowrey were both Grand Slam singles champions. Their daughter Michelle Bowrey and Lesley's sisters Noelene Turner and Patricia Turner also played Grand Slam singles. Two-time U. S. champion Sarah Palfrey's sister Mary Ann Palfrey won the U. S. indoors and played Grand Slam singles. Sarah was married to Wimbledon finalist Elwood Cooke. Australian finalist John Lloyd had two brothers (David Lloyd and Anthony Lloyd) that played singles at Wimbledon and was married to 18 times Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert (whose sister Jeanne Evert and father Jimmy Evert played Grand Slam singles).
Although this page was researched using many different sources, apologies if there are any families that qualify but aren't listed.
This page treats World Hard Court as a Grand Slam. (WHC= World Hard Court).
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