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Sporting Highlights for 1930

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1930. The major sporting event of this year was the inaugural  FIFA World Cup. The first edition of the tournament was held in Uruguay in which the host nation defeated Argentina 4-2 in the finals. Also this year was the first time an official Commonwealth Games sporting event was held, then called the British Empire Games.

It was another very successful year in golf for Bobby Jones, becoming the only golfer to complete the "grand slam" - winning all four of the major golf tournaments at the time. He won the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, for the sixth and seventh major wins of his career. It was the last time an amateur won the Open Championship. Jones became the first player since John Ball in 1890 to win both the British Amateur and British Open in the same year. He then returned to the US and won the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur titles. Jones then retired from competitive golf at age 28.

For women, there were no major golf tournaments up until now, when the Women's Western Open was inaugurated. Lee Mida won the inaugural edition of the now defunct tournament.

It was yet another year of Helen Wills Moody's dominance in women's tennis. She won two grand slam titles, the French Open and the Wimbledon, her fourth consecutive year with multiple slam wins. She won the French Open one more time and the Wimbledon four more times in the future to finish her career with 19 total grand slam titles.

In men's tennis, Edgar Moon, Henri Coche, Bill Tilden and John Doeg, won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open respectively. It was Tilden's third time win at the event which gave him his tenth and final career slam title. For Coche, it was his third French Open title, who also picked up a fourth title at the event a year later to finish his career with seven slams.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1930.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Gar Moon and Daphne Akhurst
May Tennis French Open won by Henri Cochet and Helen Moody
June 18–20 Golf The Open Championship won by Bobby Jones (Amateur)
July Golf US Open won by Bobby Jones (Amateur)
July 13-30 FIFA World Cup (Football) tournament was held in Uruguay, and won by Uruguay.
July the Cycling Tour de France won by André Leducq
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Bill Tilden and Helen Moody.
Aug Golf US PGA won by Tommy Armour
Aug 16-23 Commonwealth Games held in Hamilton, Canada.
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by John Doeg and Betty Nuthall
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Philadelphia Athletics

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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