If you're not top 20 as a teenager, you won't win multiple majors.

11-02-2006, 11:48 PM
Of the 18 multiple majors winners who were teens in the ATP era,

-12 of them made the top 20 as teens
-Another 4 did it at the age of 20 (Kuerten, Kafelnikov, Safin, and Bruguera)
-Only Pat Rafter won multiple majors, but did not make the top 20 until he was 21 years old.

(and I can't find ranking info on Johan Kriek)

Making the year-end top 20 as a teen doesn't necessarily mean you will win a major tournament, but it is a good indicator.

Of the 22 men who made the year-end top 20 as teens, 5 retired without winning a major. 10 of them won multiple majors. 4 of them won just one major.

Good news for Gasquet, Djokovic, and Murray, who could all use some good news this week.

Tennis Fool
11-03-2006, 12:01 AM
I've already cornered you on this. Check out the "21 Rule" thread.

11-03-2006, 12:06 AM
I think my cutoff is more relevant. You could also say, if you don't win a match by the time you're 65 you won't win 572 majors. :p

11-03-2006, 12:07 AM
And I thought TF has another user name! :tape:

11-03-2006, 12:13 AM
(and I can't find ranking info on Johan Kriek)

I think it's safe to say that Kriek didn't crack the Top 20 as a teenager. He finished 1977 (at age 19) at rank 278; 1978 (at age 20) at rank 27; 1979 (age 21) ranked 35. In 1980 at age 22 he finally finished ranked 18. His Australian Open titles came in 1981 and 1982. :)