Flashback Friday: The Woodies complete career Grand Slam
In our Flashback Friday series, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde’s 2000 triumph at Roland Garros.
Australian duo Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde created history at Roland Garros in 2000, becoming only the second men’s doubles team in the Open era to achieve a career Grand Slam.
Success at the clay-court Grand Slam had previously eluded the Woodies, with a 1997 finals run their best result from nine previous appearances.
However, the stars finally aligned in Paris for the much-loved Aussie team in 2000.
As the second seeds they dropped only two sets throughout the tournament, securing the title with a 7-6(7) 6-4 victory against fellow Australian Sandon Stolle and the Netherlands’ Paul Haarhuis in the final.
|The Woodies’ French Open 2000 title-winning run|
|First round||defeated Lan Bale (RSA)/Marcos Ondruska (RSA) 6-4 6-3|
|Second round||defeated Lucas Arnold Ker (ARG)/Donald Johnson (USA) 6-2 4-6 6-2|
|Third round||defeated Marius Barnard (RSA)/Francisco Montana (USA) 6-4 6-2|
|Quarterfinals||defeated  Jiri Novak (CZE)/David Rikl (CZE) 3-6 7-6(6) 6-1|
|Semifinals||defeated Jaime Oncins (BRA)/Daniel Orsanic (ARG) 6-4 7-6(7)|
|Final||defeated  Paul Haarhuis (NED)/Sandon Stolle (AUS) 7-6(7) 6-4|
This Paris breakthrough was extra special, as Woodforde planned to retire at season-end. It meant this was their final chance to complete a career Grand Slam.
Seems like yesterday! We never thought we would get the French, it was our last chance Mark was retiring at the of the year, we saved match point in the 1/4’s to Novak/Rikl … https://t.co/V6X3eZxzEk
— Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) October 9, 2020
In achieving the feat, they joined an illustrious list of champions:
Frank Sedgman (AUS)/Ken McGregor (AUS) – achieved in 1951
Ken Rosewall (AUS)/Lew Hoad (AUS) – achieved in 1956
Neale Fraser (AUS)/Roy Emerson (AUS) – achieved in 1962
John Newcombe (AUS)/Tony Roche (AUS) – achieved in 1967
Jacco Eltingh (NED)/Paul Haarhuis (NED) – achieved in 1998
Todd Woodbridge (AUS)/Mark Woodforde (AUS) – achieved in 2000
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have since completed a career Grand Slam (in 2006), as have French combination Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (in 2019).
The Woodies finished their partnership with 61 doubles titles, including 11 Grand Slams and one Olympic gold medal. Only two men’s doubles teams in history have won more Grand Slam titles – Mike and Bob Bryan with 16, and Australia’s Tony Roche and John Newcombe with 12.