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Carlos Gracida Sr. Accomplishments
The winningest player in polo
Gracida was ranked 10 goals internationally for 15 consecutive years. Carlos was reportedly Queen Elizabeth's favorite player. He was a favorite instructor with celebrities and royalty and gave lessons to HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince William, HRH Prince Harry, King Constantine II of Greece, HRH Prince Talal of Jordan, James Packer and Sylvester Stallone.
Similar to other sports, the Grand Slam is when a player wins all three major opens in the same year. Not only is Carlos Gracida Sr. the only player to ever do this, but he did it three times. He won the Grand Slam in 1987, 1988, and also in 1994.
He won 9 U.S. Opens, which makes him the second highest winner. He only falls short to his brother, Guillermo “Memo” Gracida Jr., who won this 16 times. The U.S. Open was in Carlos’ backyard of Wellington, Florida, where he raised his family.
Carlos won the British Open 10 times making him the winningest player in England. This was his favorite tournament to play due to the beauty of the English countryside and his close relationship with the Royal Family.
He won the Argentine open 6 times, which is more than any foreign player. He also won the Olimpia de Plata and was the only foreigner to ever do so. This led him being awarded Player of the Year in Argentina. He won 5 of 6 with La Espadaña. He won his last Argentine Open with Ellerstina, the team owned by Cary Packer. During this final win, he also won the Triple Crown.
In 1994 Gracido won nearly every possible tournament in the game, including the Argentinian Triple Crown of Hurlingham, Tortuguitas and Palermo. That same year, he also won the US Open and the British Open Gold Cup, becoming the only player in history to win the Grand Slam of Polo, in 1987, a feat he replicated twice, in 1988 and 1994.
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