Whatever Happened To … The Grand Slam Cup?

Not a place for Doubles

The Grand Slam Cup was an indoor carpet tournament played during the 1990s, that was known for it’s huge million dollar payouts and courts without doubles lines. Played in Munich is was a sort of rebel tournament, not recognized by the ATP with no ranking points at stake, which possibly explained the size of the prize money.

For players like Magnus Larsson, who won in 1994, it paid out in 1 day more than he had made in his whole career. The singles court was cool and there is not a tournament that I know of which uses this style of court anymore. It did throw up some good finals though with the aforementioned Larsson, Korda, Rios and Rusedski providing the most entertaining ones.

Here’s a list of the winners, courtesy of Wikipedia!

1990 United States Pete Sampras United States Brad Gilbert 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
1991 United States David Wheaton United States Michael Chang 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
1992 Germany Michael Stich United States Michael Chang 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1993 Czech Republic Petr Korda Germany Michael Stich 2–6, 6–4, 7–6 (7–5), 2–6, 11–9
1994 Sweden Magnus Larsson United States Pete Sampras 7–6 (8–6), 4–6, 7–6 (7–5), 6–4
1995 Croatia Goran Ivanišević United States Todd Martin 7–6 (7–4), 6–3, 6–4
1996 Germany Boris Becker Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
1997 United States Pete Sampras Australia Patrick Rafter 6–2, 6–4, 7–5
1998 Chile Marcelo Ríos United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 2–6, 7–6 (7–1), 5–7, 6–3
1999 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski Germany Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 7–6 (7–5)

Watch: Stich v Sampras -Grand Slam Cup 1992

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