Has anyone ever won 3 titles in 3 weeks (like Ruud) ??

Tennisfan339

Semi-Pro
Obviously the average ranking of the 12 players Ruud beat wasn't very high, but still. That's a big achievement for a guy like him who's still relatively new on the Tour.

Question: has another player ever done this? Winning 3 titles 3 consecutive weeks?
2 titles in 2 weeks already seems rare (last one could be Zverev in Köln1 and Köln2) but 3, I can't remember. In 2013 Fognini won Stuttgart, Hambourg but lost the Umag final.

Could be on the ATP or WTA Tour. Anyone has other example(s) ??
 

JustMy2Cents

Professional
Obviously the average ranking of the 12 players Ruud beat wasn't very high, but still. That's a big achievement for a guy like him who's still relatively new on the Tour.

Question: has another player ever done this? Winning 3 titles 3 consecutive weeks?
2 titles in 2 weeks already seems rare (last one could be Zverev in Köln1 and Köln2) but 3, I can't remember. In 2013 Fognini won Stuttgart, Hambourg but lost the Umag final.

Could be on the ATP or WTA Tour. Anyone has other example(s) ??
Murray won 250, 500 then a Masters 1000 in Oct 2011
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
Lendl apparently did this in 1980.


Barcelona 6-12 Oct on Clay
Basel 13-19 Oct on indoor Hard
Tokyo Outdoor 20-26 Oct on Clay

And there are some references online to him also winning three in three weeks on three different surfaces that year (clay, hard and carpet), but from what I checked there seems to have been one week gap there between one of those.
 

ibbi

Legend
Also, does it count if it's just 3 weeks and 2 titles because one of them is a grand slam, because Novak did that this year between Serbia 2, and Roland Garros, right?
 
The best I know of is Guillermo Vilas, who won five tournaments in five weeks in 1977 (Kitzbuhel, Washington DC, Louisville KY, South Orange NJ, and Columbus OH).


Lendl apparently did this in 1980.


Barcelona 6-12 Oct on Clay
Basel 13-19 Oct on indoor Hard
Tokyo Outdoor 20-26 Oct on Clay

And there are some references online to him also winning three in three weeks on three different surfaces that year (clay, hard and carpet), but from what I checked there seems to have been one week gap there between one of those.
So weird. It was in his wikipedia bio for fifteen years, but I removed it literally only 12 hours ago. What he did do was win five tournaments in six weeks, on two continents, and on three different surfaces (Barcelona on clay, Basel on hard, Tokyo on clay, Hong Kong on hard, Taipei on carpet).

However, he did do three tournaments in three weeks on three surfaces in 1985: Fort Myers (hard), Monte Carlo (clay), and Dallas WCT (carpet). Somehow managed two transatlantic flights in between... And at Monte Carlo he had to play his semi and final on Sunday before flying back as well. (I posted about this on Reddit last year.)
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Obviously the average ranking of the 12 players Ruud beat wasn't very high, but still. That's a big achievement for a guy like him who's still relatively new on the Tour.

Question: has another player ever done this? Winning 3 titles 3 consecutive weeks?
2 titles in 2 weeks already seems rare (last one could be Zverev in Köln1 and Köln2) but 3, I can't remember. In 2013 Fognini won Stuttgart, Hambourg but lost the Umag final.

Could be on the ATP or WTA Tour. Anyone has other example(s) ??
Is this a troll post? Of course it has happened…many times. Guillermo Vilas won five tournaments in five weeks twice in one year.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
When del Potro won 4 consecutive titles in 2008 I think 3 were in consecutive weeks.

Nadal never did it during the clay season? In 2007 or 2010?
No, JMDP had a pair of deuces separated by a transatlantic flight, a change of surface and two weeks of adjustment. The tournament finals were played on 13 & 20 July and then 10 & 17 August.
 

BauerAlmeida

Professional
No, JMDP had a pair of deuces separated by a transatlantic flight, a change of surface and two weeks of adjustment. The tournament finals were played on 13 & 20 July and then 10 & 17 August.
Ah, nice. So it was 2 and 2 and not 3 and 1. What I didn't remember was two weeks in the middle, I thought it all happened in a shorter period of time and it was only one.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Is this a troll post? Of course it has happened…many times. Guillermo Vilas won five tournaments in five weeks twice in one year.
Wow, even if he was just playing clay 250s similar to Ruud that’s incredibly impressive.

I was told Borg only played nobodies in the French Open though? ;)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Wow, even if he was just playing clay 250s similar to Ruud that’s incredibly impressive.

I was told Borg only played nobodies in the French Open though? ;)
1977 was the year of his streaks. He won 5 before USO (which he also won but rested a week in between) in Kitzbuhel and then 4 straight in America on the HarTru clay of the USO. Three of those tournaments were full 64-draw affairs so he won 28 matches, rested a week and then won 7 more at USO. Only the last three were Bo5 that year at Forest Hills so the title wasn’t without an asterisk IMO, even though Borg was in the draw (retired 4R vs Stockton due to a water ski accident induced injury to his shoulder) and he beat Connors in the final.

What should also be an asterisk but in Vilas’ favor happened after USO. He jetted immediately to Buenos Aires for DC (won his two matches), then flew to Paris to restart his ATP schedule. He won his first tournament there and headed to Aix-en-Provence for the next week of action. All was fine until the final and Ilie Nastase using the funky spaghetti stringing pattern that produced unpredictable spin. After two sets in the Bo5 final it was Vilas that ended his own streak by retiring in protest. Spaghetti stringing stopped a historic streak. It also stopped being legal weeks later.

After that It was on to Tehran for another title. A month later he started a second streak of playing four consecutive weeks (sorry, my error in previous post about five weeks twice; it was a 5 week and a 4 week set of streaks) on two continents. That was 20 more wins. All total from early July to November, he was 72-0 and one default/retirement.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Very happy for Ruud. The tennis channel is also hyping his wins. He is playing aggressive in Kitzbuel. Would love to see him go far on hard courts.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Very happy for Ruud. The tennis channel is also hyping his wins. He is playing aggressive in Kitzbuel. Would love to see him go far on hard courts.
Cross your fingers. His HC record at ATP level: 5-2 with an exiting walkover offered (best win Thompson) in 2021; 3-8 (best win Isner) in 2020; 3-8 (best win Bublik) in 2019.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Cross your fingers. His HC record at ATP level: 5-2 with an exiting walkover offered (best win Thompson) in 2021; 3-8 (best win Isner) in 2020; 3-8 (best win Bublik) in 2019.
He is just 22. Don't be daft.

Thiem used to be very much a failure on hard courts 5 years ago. He is US open and Miami champ now. Ruud will gradually get better too.
 
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