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Countries with most Grand Slam Tennis Titles

Name the countries whose citizens have won the most men's or women's singles titles since the start of the Open Era in 1968.
One of these countries no longer exists!
Through 2019
Quiz by Rodman
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First submittedDecember 7, 2014
Last updatedSeptember 13, 2019
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Top Player
Country
142
Serena Williams
United States
42
Margaret Court
Australia
33
Rafael Nadal
Spain
32
Steffi Graf
Germany
29
Roger Federer
Switzerland
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Top Player
Country
25
Björn Borg
Sweden
24
Novak Djokovic
Serbia
15
Ivan Lendl
Czechoslovakia
12
Maria Sharapova
Russia
11
Justine Henin
Belgium
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level 71
Jul 5, 2016
Ivan Lendl 8 + Navratilova 18 = 26? assuming you consider both Czechoslovakia - looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_related_tennis_records#Most_singles_titles_.28Open_Era.29 it looks like they can both be considered from USA
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level 79
Jul 5, 2016
They are current US citizens, but during their playing days they were Czechoslovakians. Thus it is not the Czech Republic, as that has gone away too.
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level 74
Jul 5, 2016
Navratilova took out US citizenship in 1981. She won 3 majors prior to that point. Ivan Lendl became a US citizen in 1992, ie. after he won his 8 majors. The other 4 majors won by a Czechoslovak were won by Hana Mandlikova.
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level ∞
Jul 6, 2016
@BazMcHat is correct
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level 71
Jul 6, 2016
Double nationality is messy to handle with sport records I suppose. I went to read wikipedia on navratilova and actually it looks to me that when she won the 3 titles before becoming US citizen she had already been stripped off her czechislovak nationality
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level 72
Jul 9, 2016
If you tweak the instructions to say "Which countries are they from?" you'll avoid fiddling around with exactly when people were citizens of which country.
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level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
Why tweak anything? The quiz is perfectly accurate.
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level 48
Sep 13, 2019
They had to give up Czechoslovakia nationality. Now Czech republic allows dual citizenship.
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level 56
Sep 13, 2019
It still seems strange that Lendl is listed as the top athlete for Czechoslovakia instead of Navratilova.
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level 53
Jul 8, 2016
Monica Seles won 8 majors representing Yugoslavia. Serbia should only have 13, 12 for Djokovic and 1 for Ivanovic. If Serbia gets 20 then the Czech Republic should get 19 from Novtona, Korda and Kvitova in addition to Kodes, Lendl and Mandlikova.
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level 66
Jul 8, 2016
Hear hear!
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level ∞
Jul 8, 2016
The country Seles represented was Serbia and Montenegro, or alternately FR Yugoslavia. In any case, it's complicated and it doesn't matter since the list doesn't change either way.
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level 72
Jul 9, 2016
Hear hear
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level 44
Feb 5, 2017
Not correct. It was Yugoslavia with all republics until late 1991 so not all Seles titles should count plus Seles was never citizen of Serbia.
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level 69
Sep 15, 2019
ivanb22 Seles was citizen of Serbia, but also Yugoslavia. Every citizen of Yugoslavia had citizenship of one of the republics he/she lived in.
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level 38
Jul 8, 2016
Seems a bit harsh to not accept "Czech Republic".
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level 61
Jul 8, 2016
Why? They haven't won any
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level 66
Jan 24, 2018
wrong... heard about Kvitova at Wimbledon (twice) and Korda at the australian, for example ?
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level 61
Sep 13, 2019
along with "Czechia"
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level 45
Sep 15, 2019
Agreed.
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level 68
Jul 8, 2016
Showing Czechoslovakia in one instance and not Yugoslavia in another is not consistent.
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level 70
Jul 8, 2016
No. Lendl won his titles for Czechoslovakia, not the Czech Republic. Dvokovic won his titles for Serbia, not Yugoslavia. Timing matters.
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level 77
Jul 8, 2016
Interesting how by default women are considered part of the stats for tennis, but they are not for some other sports.
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level 80
Jul 8, 2016
Well, it counts for *these* stats. In my opinion, total majors by country is just an interesting way to slice the overall data; never remember anyone really talking about it this way. It seems that it's only when discussing total Olympic medals won by each country do the male/female totals get counted together.
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level 73
Jul 8, 2016
Maybe because sports like tennis, croquet... were considered competitive for women way earlier than the vast majority of other sports.
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level 42
Jul 9, 2016
Mainly to do with the competitiveness. The problem with many female sports is that there isn't much interest in doing them due to low prize money so there's only a few players/teams in the world that take it seriously, a good example of this is women's football (soccer) where USA dominates due to being one of the only national sides made up of full-time professionals in comparison to a team like England (who finished 3rd in the last World Cup) where many of the players have day jobs. In women's tennis though you need to dedicate your life to the game to have any chance of winning a major, which makes it more competitive and so harder to win.
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level 77
Sep 13, 2019
This is a ridiculous excuse I hear Europeans use all the time. There are countries competing in the Women's World Cup from all over the world. It's more internationally competitive as a women's sport than any other. Just because you suck at it or your country doesn't do a good job of supporting its female athletes in this sport doesn't make it less competitive. Nor does the fact that the #1 team in the world is so dominant and has been for decades, as there is still heated competition for 2nd place and below. But it's not even as if they never lose; they do. Imagine how competitive these other teams would have to be to go up against such a dominant squad and still win from time to time. There are many more countries where football is popular than tennis, and they come from every continent other than Antarctica.
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level 77
Sep 15, 2019
A true statement might be that men's and women's tennis are more similar in their level of popularity than men's and women's soccer or men's and women's basketball and some other sports. But it's inaccurate to say that women's tennis is more competitive than women's football.
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level 44
Jul 8, 2016
I am curious why you would not accept Czech Republic for Czechoslovakia since that it what the country is now called. I tried this and Slovakia, but neither worked.
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level 61
Jul 9, 2016
Because Czechoslovakia is a country that comprises the current lands of Czechia and Slovakia. Neither state is a successor state, so the former country of Czechoslovakia stands on its own.
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level 60
Feb 10, 2018
interestingly, the day when Czechoslovakia was established is still of big significance here (it's a national holiday, celebrations take place, president awards people Orders and such). The "problem" with the split of Czechoslovakia is that it was so peaceful that people don't think of it as such a turning point in our history :)
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level 72
Jul 8, 2016
Here's the equivalent quiz for golf majors.
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level 57
Jul 11, 2016
Tried both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and it never occured to me Czechoslovakia could be correct.
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level 21
Mar 17, 2019
Rog is the only reason Switzerland is on there XD
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level 64
Jun 3, 2019
Mmh, Roger has 20, Stan 3, Martina Hingis 5. So without Roger, 8 is still a good result, as much as the UK, more than France, Argentina or Croatia! Anyway Switzerland has 28, not 29.
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level 72
Sep 13, 2019
The total given for Switzerland appears to include Lolette Payot's French title in 1945. Though born in Switzerland, she became a French citizen in 1937, so if she is counted, she ought to count for France. But she probably should not be counted at all, as the International Tennis Federation does not recognize the championships held during German occupation of France.
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level 69
Sep 13, 2019
I don't follow and sports and I really don't know anything about tennis, but I always thought the UK (well, England) did well in tennis. I guess not.
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level 50
Sep 13, 2019
Sadly no
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level 57
Sep 16, 2019
Brittons are better at inventing games than at playing them
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level 59
Sep 13, 2019
why is Spain 4th if it has more than Germany?
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
Forgot to reorder after all of Rafa's titles have moved Spain higher. Fixed now.
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level 37
Sep 14, 2019
Only missed Belgium. I only got Czechoslovakia when I read that one doesn't exist.