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Queen's 1998: most bizarre tournament ever?

raskolnikow
06-13-2012, 08:52 AM
I was a bit surprised to see Scott Draper on the Queen's palmares, but actually the entire tournament was unusual.

Imagine a field with Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Enqvist, Tim Henman, Mark Phillippoussis, Patrick Rafter, Greg Rusedski, Todd Martin, Mark Woordforde and Jonas Björkman - oh the era!

But these were the finalists: Scott Draper and Laurence Tieleman
The semi-finalists: Mark Woodforde and Byron Black
The quarter finalists: Doug Flach, Brian MacPhie, Thomas Enqvist, Tim Henman

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Share/Event-Draws.aspx?e=311&y=1998

What happened? :confused:

TigerTim
06-13-2012, 09:04 AM
:haha:

crazy!

Geo
06-13-2012, 10:23 AM
It would be fun if something like that happened this year at an event with a lot of big names in the draw.

TigerTim
06-13-2012, 10:25 AM
It would be fun if something like that happened this year at an event with a lot of big names in the draw.

Canada last year was pretty crazy IIRC

asmazif
06-13-2012, 11:09 AM
:lol: forgot about this one. BB was hardly that much of a surprise (esp. in hindsight, seeing as he made the W QF a couple of years later), but funny, funny stuff.

TigerTim
06-13-2012, 11:11 AM
Those grass years were class years :)

BroTree123
06-13-2012, 11:33 AM
64 players. Christ.

A year later, Federer gets bageled by some Zimbabwe mug :o

scarecrows
06-13-2012, 11:34 AM
Tieleman was the grass version of Roberto Carretero

clokey34
06-13-2012, 12:06 PM
Hewitt back where he was 14 years ago!

asmazif
06-13-2012, 12:12 PM
64 players. Christ.

A year later, Federer gets bageled by some Zimbabwe mug :o

the very same Byron Black - guy's a hero.

Chase Visa
06-13-2012, 12:15 PM
Tieleman was the grass version of Roberto Carretero

Except Draper won it, no?

n8
06-13-2012, 12:24 PM
Australia with 10 direct acceptances and 1 qualifier (Hewitt).

BroTree123
06-13-2012, 12:29 PM
the very same Byron Black - guy's a hero.

Even Clement took more games off him, but he lost to Henman after :lol:

Action Jackson
06-13-2012, 12:29 PM
Not the most bizarre, but hilarious.

scarecrows
06-13-2012, 12:33 PM
Except Draper won it, no?

yes

LeChuck
06-13-2012, 01:30 PM
That was a funny tournament. Tieleman was ranked at no. 253 going into that tournament. Rusedski had to retire with an ankle injury after just 4 games in their R3 match. Then in his QF Tieleman saved 2 match points en-route to beating Henman.

Scott Draper was a very flashy player and an excellent shotmaker, breathtaking to watch when he was in form. Unfortunately for him he didn't have enough power (either with his serve or from the baseline) to enjoy a more successful career.

He has the distinction of winning professional tournaments in two sports, as he won a pro-golf tournament in NSW in 2007. During the Aussie Open in 2005, he played at a golf tournament in Victoria and then won the mixed doubles title with Stosur a couple of days later.

Sampras lost to the doubles specialist Woodforde, but then again these type of defeats were very common for him in the smaller non-slam events, where he didn't look remotely motivated. Even though he did win Queen's twice, he never looked like he was over-exerting himself there, and only cared about getting some match-time on grass before Wimbledon. Once Wimbledon rolled around he inevitably looked like a completely different player (the bookmakers knew that and didn't adjust his Wimbledon odds after he lost at Queen's).