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Soon to be Retired Wayne Ferreira full of regret

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Record-maker Ferreira full of regret


Eleanor Preston
Wednesday June 23, 2004
The Guardian

There was a touch of melancholy in Wayne Ferreira's voice yesterday, despite just having played his way into the record books by beating Ivan Ljubicic 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 on his 55th consecutive grand slam appearance.
Ferreira bettered Stefan Edberg's record the moment he hit his first ball against the Croatian, yet afterwards his demeanour was that of a man with his mind on what he had not done, rather than what he had.

"I do have regrets that I didn't win a grand slam or get to a final," said the 32-year-old, who has confirmed he plans to retire after the US Open in September. "I felt there were some years I had a really good chance and deserved to."

Against Ljubicic, the South African did enough to remind those watching why he has won 15 titles, been twice an Australian Open semi-finalist, made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and was, in the early 90s, a regular fixture in the world's top 20.

Ferreira has also fought many battles against the Association of Tennis Professionals as the leader of the breakaway players' union, the International Men's Tennis Association, which was the driving force behind last year's threatened boycott of the grand slams over the issue of prize-money. Despite those efforts, he said with some feeling that the sport is in far worse shape than it was when he played his first grand slam match in 1990.

"I don't think it's that good right now, I think it needs a lot of help," he said. "I went through that whole process of trying to help it but I'm not sure if I'm going to be around to do it anymore."

One of those problems is a relentless schedule which many observers blame for the numerous injuries which have truncated some careers and ended others. The aches and pains which have become an intrinsic part of the modern game are exactly what makes Ferreira's achievement so remarkable. To remain injury free throughout all four of the season's grand slams is hard enough these days, let alone to manage it for 55 in a row.

"It's not something I started thinking about at the beginning of my career, but during the last two or three grand slams a lot of the players have started congratulating me," he said, "and many have respect for me because they know how difficult it is to stay healthy for this amount of time."

He received a scare a year ago, when a fall at the French Open jeopardised his chances of playing at Wimbledon, but the ankle recovered in time for him to keep his streak going.

It would have been unbearably cruel for fate to have stopped him achieving yesterday's notable milestone. At least now he can cross that off his list of regrets.

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With his talent, it wouldn't have been a surprise to see him in slam finals and winning at least one. Wayne is so naturally talented.

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Thanks for that article GeorgeWHitler!
Yeah, it´s a pity that Wayne never got to win a Slam. He really had the talent for it, but somehow he never had enough luck

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That title made me think he was completely disappointed with his career or something. lol

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"I do have regrets that I didn't win a grand slam or get to a final," said the 32-year-old, who has confirmed he plans to retire after the US Open in September. "I felt there were some years I had a really good chance and deserved to."
That's sad,,

But I am glad other players have brought him to realize what he's accomplished--maybe he didnt win a Slam, but he still deserves a lot of praise. I can't believe somebody went 55 slams with their body always in good condition

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He deserves a lot of respect.....I t would be nice to see him picking up a slam trophy...

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I don't get why he is sad. He has had one heck of a career and he doesn't really have the talent, in my opinion, to win a Grand Slam. In his case, there have always been better players out there, so he should be proud instead of sad..

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Totally agree with you CooCoo.....He earned a lot of respect, he should be happy
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Bye stay away ciao.

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It would be interesting (to say the least) to hear Cliff Drysdale's comments on why Wayne Ferriera never made a major final...
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coocoo, nowadays probably he cant win a slam, but he was good enough to win slams, he was one of the most talented players of his generation, he was top ten for 3 straight years during 94 95 and 96.

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I don't get why he is sad. He has had one heck of a career and he doesn't really have the talent, in my opinion, to win a Grand Slam. In his case, there have always been better players out there, so he should be proud instead of sad..
He's regretful because HE thinks he could've done more. If other people don't, that doesn't matter.
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But im not retiring.

So to bad.

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But im not retiring.

So to bad.
Double O there, chief.

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I don't get why he is sad. He has had one heck of a career and he doesn't really have the talent, in my opinion, to win a Grand Slam. In his case, there have always been better players out there, so he should be proud instead of sad..
I concur. I never thought of him as a slam-winning caliber of a player. He should be happy that he often gave Sampras fits.

And, a record is still a record. Don't see anyone breaking his record any time soon.

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