Grand slam continuous appearance records

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  1. roysid

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    This famous record is held by Wayne Ferreira - 56 continuous GS appearances. It should be broken by Federer who has played 53 consecutive GS.

    But the surprising factor is that 4 Spaniards are in Top 10 list with Feliciano Lopez leading with 44 appearances. Ferrer and Verdasco are at 41 and 39. Robredo stopped at 39.

    Who knows, one of them might overtake Roger.

    And Thomas Berdych is at 38

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_related_tennis_records
     
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  2. joeri888

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    It's not strange that many active players are on the list (although a relatively young fella like Verdasco or Berdych does surprise a bit)m because every player plays the AO today and the surfaces are enough alike to play every slam. Even Davydenko and Almagro play wimbledon now instead of looking for some mickey mouse clay tournament.
     
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    This is like turning up every single day to work, even on the days you are ill. Sure, you might get a promotion, but in the end no one will remember you for it. Even though Ferreira has this record, no one cares, because he's a nobody. Whereas other records, like surface streaks (which Nadal holds the record for at 81 consecutive wins on clay), are much more important. They're about WINNING. :p
     
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    I think a guy like Wayne Ferreira or Fabrice Santoro is more remembered than many players that were better than them at winning, like Cedric Pioline or Mecir, or whatever. Of course if you win many slams like Federer or Sampras or even Emerson (see what I did there?) you are MORE remembered, but it's not like this means zero for a guy like Ferreira.
     
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    I never said it meant nothing for Ferreira. This probably means everything to Ferreira. But it only means something to him and a small number of people who care about these silly records. :p
     
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    It means they are well-conditioned athletes with enough tennis talent to gain direct acceptance to the four majors and stay injury-and-illness-free for 14 years, not whiney little girls who sulk in a cave for eight months after losing to 100th-ranked players, no?
     
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    But wouldn't you agree that the more records the better? In that case, Federer holds the surface records for Hardcourt and Grass..

    Federer also won 17 grand slams in his 53 straight appearances. He also was YE#1 5 years, and holds the record for weeks at number 1 with 302. He also is tied for the record of most major titles at the AO, Wimbledon, and USO, and has a chance to break one or two of those records this year. In addition, he has Silver Medal in singles, Gold Medal in doubles, 6 WTF titles, 21 Masters 1000 titles, and 76 titles overall.

    And while Rafa may have 81 consecutive wins on clay, some people don't care about those silly records. They care about winning, and winning on the biggest stages of the game, and dominating the field. :p
     
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    yes.

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    This is a lot easier to do when there are so many clay tournaments that he can play. There are 2 tournies on grass (Fed's best surface). If there were more grass tournaments, especially one or two Masters I'm sure Fed would have had more consecutive grass wins during the years 2003-2007 than Nadal had on clay. As it stands he still won 60 straight grass matches just by playing 2 tournaments, Halle and Wimbledon. But we'll never know what might have been because the grass season is so ridiculously short.
     
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    More impressively, two of the top three guys in this category were also multiple major-winners;

    56 - Wayne Ferreira
    54 - Stefan Edberg
    53 - Roger Federer

    Amazing to think that the last time Federer missed a slam, it was the 1990s! :shock:
     
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    I believe that Fabrice Santoro has the record for highest total number of appearances in the main draws of the mainstream majors, with 70. The first was at the 1989 French Open when he was 16, and the last at the 2010 Australian Open when he was 37.
     
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  12. Moose Malloy

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    Mecir gets 10 times the amount of talk on this board than Ferreira(and Ferreira played a lot more recently than Mecir)
    And Pioline gets more as well.

    almost every 'best to never win a major' thread begins with Mecir(with Pioline in the mix)

    I followed tennis during Ferreira's entire career, he wasn't some fan favorite at all. And some of those majors he played injured just for the record, I remember him badly spraining his ankle at the French one year & he showed up at Wimbledon just for the record & barely moved in his 1st round match.
    That was a lame move imo.
    I think he may actually hold the record for most retirements in Slam play.
     
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    I think you might be right. Wayne Ferreira has a total of 7 retirements in majors, plus giving an opponent a walkover in another major. Janko Tipsarevic has to be giving Ferreira a run for his money, though.

    Wayne Ferreira retired at the 1991 US Open against Pete Sampras, at the 1994 French Open against Alberto Berasategui, at the 1997 Australian Open against Albert Costa, at the 1998 French Open against Marcelo Rios, at 2001 Wimbledon against Andrei Stoliarov, at the 2002 Australian Open against Marat Safin, and at the 2003 French Open against Rainer Schuettler.

    Ferreira also gave Petr Korda a walkover at the 1997 French Open.
     
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    I've just checked, and Janko Tipsarevic has retired in 7 majors. Those were against David Nalbandian at the 2007 Australian Open, against Rafael Nadal at the 2007 US Open, against Sam Warburg at the 2008 US Open, against Andy Murray at the 2009 French Open, against Ivo Karlovic at 2011 Wimbledon, against Novak Djokovic at the 2011 US Open, and against Nicolas Almagro at the 2013 Australian Open.
     
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    Tanko Retirevic! :twisted:
     
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    Yes Santoro leads with 70 thats 17 and half years of grand slam singles play. Very long.

    Agassi is at 61 and Connors is at 58.

    If Roger plays till 2017 AO he breaks that record also :)
     
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    Good we have guys like you who are not nobodies on the board.
     
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