One of the Finest Seasons in Tennis History

Dr. Aramais Paronyan, a family medicine doctor based in Southern California, has more than 25 years of experience of providing medical services to clients in and around Los Angeles. Beyond his professional and charitable activities, Dr. Aramais Paronyan enjoys playing tennis.

A number of players past and present, as well as tennis pundits and writers, have cited Steffi Graf’s 1988 season as the finest in tennis history. From the perspective of a year-end winning percentage, Graf’s 73-3 record was impressive, though it represented a step back from her 75-2 record in 1987. Both years would go on to be overshadowed by her 86-2 run in 1989. As far as achievements are concerned, however, Graf’s level of play in 1988 has yet to be matched.

In 1988 Graf secured the calendar grand slam, winning the sport’s four major events at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. Graf set herself apart from the five players who had achieved the calendar slam before her by also taking home a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Seoul. The accomplishment, known informally as the calendar golden slam, has yet to be repeated. In fact, only Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Andre Agassi have managed the feat over an entire career.