Don Budge

Born 1916 - Died January 26, 2000

Tennis great Don Budge dead at 84

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Don Budge, who in 1938 swept all four major tennis tournaments to become the sport's first "Grand Slam" winner, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest. He was 84.

Budge died at 2:04 p.m. EST at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, hospital spokeswoman Mary Leone said.

Budge was injured Dec. 14 in northeastern Pennsylvania when he apparently lost control of the car he was driving and it went off the road. He had to be cut from the wreckage and was hospitalized in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., until Jan. 8, when he was transferred to a nursing home in Scranton.

Budge had a complete game built around a whiplash backhand, which still is considered the best ever. He backed up a strong serve with power and accuracy off the ground and volleyed effectively.

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