Today in Sports History: January 28

By Jonah Sharf On January 28, 2017, Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus, in the Australian Open Finals to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22. It also marked her seventh Australian Open title, marking another Open Era record. The match between sisters was the first time…

Today in Sports History: January 27

By Jonah Sharf On January 27, 1996, Monica Seles won the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam victory since being stabbed by a spectator in Germany in 1993. In April of 1993 during the quarterfinals of an event, a fan of Seles’ rival, Steffi Graf, ran to the edge of the court and stabbed Seles…

Today in Sports History: January 21

By Jonah Sharf On January 21, 1990, John McEnroe became the first tennis player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament for misconduct since 1963, in the fourth round of the Australian Open. McEnroe was disqualified due to the newly enacted three-step rule towards disqualification, which goes first a warning, then a point penalty,…

Today in Sports History: January 2

By Jonah Sharf On January 2, 1981, tennis great Martina Navratilova beat Chris Evert to win the first of her three Australian Open titles. Before the Australian Open win, Navratilova had already won two singles Wimbledon titles, but it was her first singles title at any of the other Grand Slams. In her career, Navritalova…

Today in Sports History: November 30

By Jonah Sharf On November 30, 1986, Ivan Lendl became the first ever tennis player to earn $10 million over his career. Lendl is widely considered one of the 10 best men’s tennis players of all time, and one of the most dominant players of the 1980s, holding the No. 1 ranking in the world…

Today in Sports History: September 11

By Jonah Sharf On September 11, 1994, tennis legend Andre Agassi won the first US Open championship of his career and the second major of his career. By winning the 1994 US Open, he became the first unseeded male player to win the US Open during the Open Era. Agassi wound up winning two US…

Today in Sports History: September 8

By Jonah Sharf On September 8, 2008, legendary tennis star Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in straight sets to win the US Open. With the win, Federer tied fellow tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for the most men’s US Open singles titles in the modern era. It also marked his fifth consecutive US…

Today in Sports History: September 2

By Jonah Sharf On September 2, 1991, tennis legend Jimmy Connors was involved in one of the longest matches of his career in the US Open. Lasting four hours and 41 minutes on his 39th birthday, he beat the 24-year-old Aaron Krickstein 3–6, 7–6, 1–6, 6–3, 7–6. He would go on to lose in the…

Today in Sports History: August 13

By Jonah Sharf On August 13, 1999, tennis legend Steffi Graf announced her retirement at 30 years old after playing 17 years of professional tennis. She held the sole record of most grand slam singles titles with 22 from 1999 until Serena Williams tied it in 2016 at Wimbledon and broke it with her 23rd…