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The 1% Of Tennis

Novak Djokovic just took down Andy Murray in the Australian Open finals, and we’ve got tennis on the mind! No better way to start the 2013 season than looking at what happened in the past. Check out what we dug up about the ’30s til now.

1. Grand Slam Wins Across The Globe

Check out where the Grand Slammers from each decade are from!

2. Career Grand Slams by Decade and Country

Only 17 people have ever succeeded in winning each of the four Tennis Grand Slams and achieving a Career Grand Slam. Four of them (S. Williams, Federer, Nadal, & Sharapova) are still active today. Here’s a breakdown of how many your parents and grandparents got to see and where they’re all from.

3. The 17 Career Grand Slammers at the Grand Slams

How dominant can 17 people be?
-the left bars show the number of Grand Slams held per decade.
-the right bars show the number of wins by Career Grand Slammers.
Tennis suffered from WW2 as much as anything. The US Open was the only Grand Slam held each year during the ’40s. The 1986 Australian Open didn’t happen because of a schedule change from December to January of ‘87.

4. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, & Novak Djokovic vs John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, & Jimmy Connors: Grand Slams

We decided to compare today’s big 3 with three stars of the 70’s-80’s. These pie charts breakdown who won Grand Slams when at least one of the trio participated. The old guys won an impressive 72%, but it pales in comparison to the 83% we’ve witnessed in the last 10 years. Helps having Roger who accounts for 43%.

5. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, & Novak Djokovic vs John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, & Jimmy Connors: Tournaments

This set of pies breaks down tournament winners when at least one of the trio participated. Here the old guys shined with a whopping 47% led by Connors with 20%. Roger led his trio with 19% but the other two only boosted them to 39%.

6. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, & Novak Djokovic vs John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, & Jimmy Connors: Matchs

Here you see how many of their matches each trio won. The losses are broken down by whether they lost to each other or anybody else. McEnroe, Borg, and Connors came up victorious 87% of the time with 22% of the losses coming from each other. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic came close by winning 84% of their matches, but 26% of the losses came from each other.

7. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, & Novak Djokovic vs John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, & Jimmy Connors: Only Matchs Against Others

We finally look at how the trios did only in matches against everyone else. John, Bjorn and Jimmy took this one by a sliver with 89% won compared to 87%.

8. Earnings since 2003

No surprises here as Switzerland, Serbia and Spain, behind Federer, Djokovic and Nadal respectively, led the world in earnings per player since 2003. Spain’s 120 men on tour beat out America’s156 to top the globe in total earnings.

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