By Nick Georgandis
Career Grand Slam winner Shirley Fry Irvin turns 86. The No. 1 player in the world in singles and doubles in the 1950s, Irvin is one of six players ever - male or female - to win a career Grand Slam in both singles and same-sex doubles. She won each of the singles Slams once between 1951-1957, and won 12 women's doubles Slams including the French Open (1950-1953) and the US Open (1951-1954) four years in a row, and Wimbledon three years in a row (1951-1953). She also won Wimbledon in mixed doubles in 1956 to give her 17 total Slams. She joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.
Two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jared Palmer turns 42. Palmer reached No. 1 in the world in doubles in 2000. He won 28 career doubles titles, including the Australian Open in 1995 with Richey Reneberg and Wimbledon in 2001 with Donald Johnson.
Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, currently ranked No. 21 in the world, turns 22. Pavlyuchenkova has won five career singles titles and four career doubles titles.
Twenty-two-time doubles' Grand Slam champion Pam Shriver turns 51. Shriver won 20 women's doubles Grand Slams between 1981-1991, including eight titles at the Australian Open and at least five at the other three majors. She won 112 doubles titles overall and also teamed with Spain's Emilio Sanchez to win the mixed doubles title at the 1987 French Open.
France's Henri Leconte, 1988 French Open finalist, turns 50. Leconte won nine career titles in signles and 10 in doubles, and reached the Top 10 in both. He was the No. 11 seed at Roland Garros in 1988 but lost the final to Mats Wilander.
Former No. 1 doubles player Ai Sugiyama turns 38. Sugiyama reached No. 8 in singles and won six singles titles and 38 doubles titles, includng the 2000 US Open and both the French Open and Wimbledon in 2003.
Former world No. 4 Nicolas Kiefer of Germany turns 36. Kieffer won six career titles and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2006.
Amelie Mauresmo, two-time Grand Slam winner and former No. 1 player, turns 34. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.
Belarus doubles champion Max Mirnyi turns 36. Currently No. 3 in men's doubles, Minryi has been ranked No. 1 and has 47 career titles, including four French Open championships and two at the US Open. In mixed doubles, he has three Grand Slams - the US Open in 1998 and 2007, and Wimbledon in 1998. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he paired with Victoria Azarenka to win the mixed doubles gold medal.
Posted: 6/28/2013 11:08:35 PM