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Old 07-08-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Yokozuna tennis -- Rafa Nadal the 15th male Yokzouna of the tennis open era

I've started an own Website (pure hobby) that applies the career ranking criteria of sumo, Japan's national sport, to grand slam tennis. The highest rank that can be obtained in sumo is Yokozuna, and a Yokozuna promotion typically requires winning back-to-back Grand (Slam) tournaments. Nadal jumped this hurdle at Wimbledon, he is the 15th player in the open ear who did. The other 14 are listed in the table linked up here.

27 male players reached the second highest rank, Ozeki, in their careers, Nadal just waved these bye-bye. There are also 15 female Yokozuna and 28 female career-high Ozeki, and many players at two somewhat lesser championship ranks (Sekiwake and Komosubi).

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The list of male Yokozuna.

Male Yokozuna Promotion to… GS Grand slam achievements 1/

Y O S K debut Titles Finals Sfinals Qfinals

1 Rod Laver 2/ Dai-Y F69 W68 F68 F68 (A56) 5 1 0 1

2 Ken Rosewall 2/ W71 U68 F68 F68 (A50) 4 4 5 2

3 Jimmy Connors U74 A74 A74 U73 U70 8 7 16 10

4 John Newcombe 2/ A75 U69 F69 A69 (A60) 5 2 3 8

5 Bjorn Borg Dai-Y F78 F75 F74 F74 F73 11 5 1 4

6 John McEnroe U81 U80 U79 W77 F77 7 4 8 7

7 Mats Wilander F85 A83 F82 F82 W81 7 4 3 6

8 Ivan Lendl F86 U83 F81 F81 F78 8 11 9 6

9 Boris Becker U89 W86 W85 W85 W84 6 4 8 5

10 Stefan Edberg U91 A87 A85 F85 W83 6 5 8 7

11 Jim Courier F92 W91 F91 F91 U88 4 3 4 4

12 Pete Sampras Dai-Y U93 U92 U90 U90 U88 14 4 5 6

13 Andre Agassi A95 U90 U88 F88 U86 8 7 11 10

14 Roger Federer Dai-Y U04 A04 W03 W01 F99 12 4 3 2

15 Rafael Nadal W08 F06 F05 F05 W03 5 2 1 2
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Current sanyaku ranked players:
Yokozuna: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (Dai-Y), Rafael Nadal (Dai-Y)
Ozeki: Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, Marin Cilic
Sekiwake: David Ferrer (ex-Ozeki), Kei Nishikori
Komusubi: Milos Raonic (ex-Sekiwake), Tomas Berdych (ex-Ozeki), Gael Monfils

Active ex-sanyaku ranked players: Ozeki: Del Potro, Hewitt. Sekiwake: Baghdatis, Haas. Komusubi: Robredo, Ginepri, Gasquet, Verdasco, Melzer, Youzhny, Dimitrov, Gulbis
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