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Soon to be Retired Wayne Ferreira full of regret

Action Jackson
06-23-2004, 12:45 PM
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/wimbledon2004/story/0,14530,1245163,00.html


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.

YoursTruly
06-23-2004, 12:50 PM
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.

WaynesWorld
06-23-2004, 12:59 PM
Thanks for that article GeorgeWHitler!
Yeah, itīs a pity that Wayne never got to win a Slam. He really had the talent for it, but somehow he never had enough luck :sad:

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-23-2004, 01:20 PM
That title made me think he was completely disappointed with his career or something. lol

"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

Gonzalo81
06-23-2004, 02:43 PM
He deserves a lot of respect.....I t would be nice to see him picking up a slam trophy...

I salute you Wayne :worship:

CooCooCachoo
06-23-2004, 03:00 PM
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..

Gonzalo81
06-23-2004, 03:29 PM
Totally agree with you CooCoo.....He earned a lot of respect, he should be happy

azza
06-23-2004, 04:27 PM
Bye stay away ciao.

alfajeffster
06-23-2004, 07:47 PM
It would be interesting (to say the least) to hear Cliff Drysdale's comments on why Wayne Ferriera never made a major final...

TennisLurker
06-23-2004, 08:12 PM
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.

CarnivalCarnage
06-23-2004, 08:26 PM
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.

CarnivalCarnage
06-23-2004, 08:28 PM
Bye stay away ciao.

Same to you.

azza
06-23-2004, 08:48 PM
But im not retiring.

So to bad.

CarnivalCarnage
06-23-2004, 09:02 PM
But im not retiring.

So to bad.

Double O there, chief.

You're an idiot.

J. Corwin
06-23-2004, 09:31 PM
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.

Kristen
06-24-2004, 02:18 PM
The record couldn't have gone to a nicer guy (except Jonas, maybe). It really wont be the same without him... I wish guys like him could be like Damm/Suk... they just hang around for years ;)

CooCooCachoo
06-24-2004, 03:03 PM
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.


In the years of Agassi and Sampras. He seriously never really had the talent and game (and mentality too, maybe) to beat them. He was a very good player, for sure, but there were always better players out there. And that's just a fact he has to deal with.

WaynesWorld
06-24-2004, 04:17 PM
The record couldn't have gone to a nicer guy (except Jonas, maybe). It really wont be the same without him... I wish guys like him could be like Damm/Suk... they just hang around for years ;)

My words Bjorkman-Girl ;) Why didnīt I pick up someone like Damm/Suk as my favorite player? :rolleyes:

CooCooCachoo
06-24-2004, 05:12 PM
Actually what Bjorkman_Girl said isn't entirely true. Well it is for doubles obviously, but Martin really slipped down the rankings in singles at a time, when I think he decided to stop playing singles. He used to be good..

rassklovn
09-01-2004, 04:43 AM
Bump

Possibly Ferreira is going to retire after the US Open at earliest and I know this is his last year on the tour.

He had the talent to make a Slam final, but it wasn't to be, I always loved his battles with Sampras and he would always make Sampras work very hard to beat him, though he never had a clue when it came to playing Agassi.

WyveN
09-01-2004, 04:46 AM
Could be his last match tonight, hopefully he makes a match out of it.

rassklovn
09-01-2004, 04:51 AM
He has a good record against Hewitt. I remember that match in TMS Stuttgart when he beat him 6-2 in the 5th set, it was a good match and he won the last time they played, just hope he can get inspired.

Marc Rosset is Tall
09-01-2004, 08:16 AM
I will miss Ferreira, and I just hope he can challenge Hewitt tonight, and cause an upset, which would be great, but I am not banking on it.

SuperFurryAnimal
09-01-2004, 08:26 AM
I will miss him too... He was a treasure for the sport, and a pioneer for African tennis!
I'm counting on you to beat Hewitt tonight, Wayne! ;)

Toppu
09-01-2004, 09:45 AM
Steffi Graf was onced called ""Fraeulein Forehand"".
So I'd like to call Wayne Ferreira "Herr Forehand".

He has such a big forehand. Moreover I share birthday with him and his son. So I'll miss you, Wayne.

tennischick
09-01-2004, 11:17 AM
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 understand his sadness completely. it's quite simple -- he never won a Slam and never made it to the finals of one. that's what these guys play for. it's not that he hasn't had a good career -- he just wishes it was better. i get that.

Marc Rosset is Tall
09-01-2004, 02:00 PM
Too bad Ferreira couldn't play consistently at the level he played against Sampras, then he might have got a Slam title. Thomas Johansson won one, and Ferreira was capable of winning one, so of course he has regrets, but his career hasn't been a bad one.

Neely
09-01-2004, 02:21 PM
that's correct, Marc.

But I also guess that maybe Ferreira simply liked the game of Sampras better than most other players and that he felt well suited facing Sampras. And Sampras on the other hand didn't like to play Ferreira.

Not many players have a significant postive, equal or only slightly negative h2h record against Sampras: it's only Krajicek, Stich, Safin and Hewitt. Ferreira joins that list!

WaynesWorld
09-01-2004, 07:47 PM
Too bad that he couldnīt make the sensation and kick Hewitt out in the 1st round. Yeah, he played some great matches against Lleyton and won two finals against him. Stuttgart 2000 and L.A. 2003. Stuttgart was such an incredible match which I will never ever forget! Iīve been to that tournament the whole week and at the beginning I never thought that I would have a reason to stay until the final. Well thanks to Wayne I had and wouldnīt wanna miss this great week for anything in the world ;)

MerchantWanker
09-02-2004, 03:10 AM
It looks like Hewitt is the career killer now, I mean he was the one that ended Goran's time on the tour and now he can add Wayne Ferreira to that list.

Hopefully Wayne can enjoy his retirement and spent more time with his family, and too bad there isn't anyone in South Africa at the moment, who has the potential to match his career achievements.