All the numbers on grass in the Open Era. Who won the most matches in a row? Which nation won most tournaments? How many qualifiers lifted a trophy? - UBITENNIS
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All the numbers on grass in the Open Era. Who won the most matches in a row? Which nation won most tournaments? How many qualifiers lifted a trophy?



Roger Federer - Wimbledon 2021 (via Twitter, @Wimbledon)

This is an analysis of 432 tournaments played from ‘68 until today. Federer is the best by percentage and number of victories, Delbonis the worst: 0-12.

by Nicola Gillio, translated by Carla Montaruli

Analysing the men’s results from the men’s side of tournaments on grass from the beginning of the Era Open (1968) until today, 432 is the number obtained that represents the tournaments played, including Halle and Queen’s played last week. For the first two years, the tournaments Open (not just on grass) were few, 17 in 1968 and 30 in 1969. This statistic will take into account all tournaments in those two years following the official ATP Tour position.

All these tournaments took place in only 10 nations around the world, England is leading with 184 tournaments followed by Australia with 80, then the United States with 70, and Germany with 38. Closing the top 5 the Netherlands close the top 5 with 10 tournaments and New Zealand with 10.

Roger Federer’s records on the grass

Roger Federer is the player who won the most matches on grass, has the highest percentage of matches won out of those played, and has the longest streak of wins. He won the most Wimbledon (8) titles and the most tournaments. Considering these numbers, there is no doubt that to date the Swiss was the best player on grass in the Open Era.

First things first, let’s break down the several statistics in more detail. At least 184 tennis players won one tournament on grass, of these 105 won one, 32 won two, 15 won three, and 32 players won at least 4 (as well as the Italian Matteo Berrettini).

This is the comprehensive list of the players who have at least four titles on grass:

1Federer, Roger (SUI)19
2Sampras, Pete (USA)10
3Connors, Jimmy (USA)9
4Laver, Rod (AUS)9
5Djokovic, Novak (SRB)8
6Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)8
7Mcenroe, John (USA)8
8Metreveli, Alex (RUS)8
9Murray, Andy (GBR)8
10Rosewall, Ken (AUS)8
11Smith, Stan (USA)8
12Amritraj, Vijay (IND)7
13Ashe, Arthur (USA)7
14Becker, Boris (GER)7
15Borg, Bjorn (SWE)7
16Newcombe, John (AUS)7
17Roche, Tony (AUS)7
18Edmondson, Mark (AUS)6
19Edberg, Stefan (SWE)5
20Graebner, Clark (USA)5
21Kriek, Johan (RSA)5
22Roddick, Andy (USA)5
23Rusedski, Greg (GBR)5
24Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)4
25Isner, John (USA)4
26Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)4
27Mahut, Nicolas (FRA)4
28Nadal, Rafael (ESP)4
29Okker, Tom (NED)4
30Rafter, Patrick (AUS)4
31Ruffels, Ray (AUS)4
32Stich, Michael (GER)4

In this ranking, Federer towers over all the others with 19 tournaments (8 Wimbledon, 10 Halle, and 1 Stuttgart Open).  Sampras follows with 10 (7 Wimbledon, 2 Queen’s e 1 Manchester Open), then Connors with 9 (3 Queen’s, 2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open, 1 US Open, 1 Manchester Open, and 1 Birmingham Open) and Laver with 9 as well (2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open, 1 US Open, 1 Sydney Open, 1 Boston Open, 1 Queen’s, 1 Baltimore Open, and 1 South Orange Open).

Percentage of victories on grass.

If we look at the statistics of best percentage (at least 30 matches played), only 24 players manage to have a result of 75% or more and only 4 are still active players (Djokovic, Berrettini, Murray e Nadal):

Federer leads also the ranking for most wins (192), below are considered all players with “at least” 100 matches won on grass.

Let’s move on to rankings that consider how many placements from the quarterfinals onward have been achieved; the first place is always occupied by Roger Federer with 40, followed by Newcombe with 35 and Connors with 34.

The United States and Australia are the most prolific nations

If we analyse the same statistics considering the nations (68 are the ones to have had at least one tennis player place from the quarterfinals onward). The United States and Australia on grass have obtained results significantly higher than all other nations, partly thanks to their larger number of players involved.

It is worth noting that the sum of the placings of the first three nations (1737) is greater than the sum of the remaining 65 (1689).

Winning streaks and other curiosities

Also of interest are the longest Open Era winning streaks on grass:

  • 65, Federer from Halle 2003 to Wimbledon 2008 when he lost to Nadal in the famous final
  • 41, Borg from Wimbledon 1976 to Wimbledon 1981. It was J. McEnroe who ended his dominion, defeating him in the final
  • 28, Novak Djokovic from Wimbledon 2018 to date, still running

Other Interesting facts:

  • Until 1974, three of the four Grand Slams were played on grass (Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the US Open at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York)
  • In the Open Era, 6 of the 432 tournaments played were not concluded due to adverse weather conditions (Queen’s 1968, Adelaide 1970, Bristol and Eastbourne 1971, Nottingham 1976 and 1977)
  • The player who has lost the most matches on grass without winning any (0-12) is Argentine left-hander Federico Delbonis, followed by Russian Sergei Likhachev with 0-10; however, if we consider the players who have won only 1 match and have the most losses, tied with 1-13 are Australian Carl Limberger, German Bjorn Phau, and Ecuadorean Eduardo Zuleta.
  • A tournament has been won by a qualified player only on 6 occasions. In 1985 in Adelaide (E. Edwards RSA), 1991 Manchester (G. Ivanisevic CRO), in 1996 Halle (N. Kulti SWE), in 2009 S’Hertogenbosch (Benjamin Becker GER, not the famous Boris), and in 2013 and 2015 also in S’Hertogenbosch (Nicolas Mahut FRA). On the other hand, only once did it happen that a lucky loser won a tournament on grass, in 2009 in Newport the American tennis player Rajeev Ram, No. 181 in the world.

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French Open: WTA Made No Push To Schedule Women’s Matches In Prime Time Slot, Says Chief Mauresmo



The fallout over the decision to schedule only men’s matches in the evening sessions at this year’s French Open has been defended by tournament director Amelie Mauresmo.

In a deal with Amazon Prime, the Grand Slam schedules one match to take place at 7pm on their premier Philippe Chatrier court every day until the quarter-finals. This year was the first time that no women’s matches were played in the slot since the deal was established in 2021. Overall, there have been 43 night sessions in the tournament’s history with 39 of them being awarded to the men’s draw.

Recently the WTA issued a statement to Reuters news agency calling for there to be more balance in the scheduling. A spokesperson said ‘fans want to see the excitement and thrill of women’s tennis on the biggest stages and in the premium time slots.’ However, it has now been claimed that the governing body was involved in the allocation of matches in the tournament. 

Mauresmo, who is a former world No.1 and previously coached Andy Murray, said there was never any ‘push’ for women’s matches to be held in this spot which some players don’t want due to its time. 

“When we do the scheduling, the WTA is in the room as well as the ATP, the Grand Slam supervisor, TV, we are all together,” Mauresmo said on Sunday.
“I did not see any push also to have the women’s match in the evening. I think it’s a very complicated decision. 
“It’s not easy having one match (at night) but again I never say it’s gonna be never (to having women’s matches).”

Elaborating further on the topic, Mauresmo argues that men’s matches usually last longer due to their best-of-five format. Making these more valuable for fans attending in terms of duration. The idea of playing two matches at night has been dismissed because it would ‘create other problems’ such as extremely late finishes. Novak Djokovic didn’t end his third round match until after 3am.

“It’s not a matter of how interesting the matches can be or could be. For us, it’s a matter of the length of the matches.”She said.
“In terms of the people that are coming to watch the match, the 15,000 people that are coming. It’s complicated for us to think that maybe it’s going to be very, very short. So we try our best, and it’s not easy.”

This year’s Olympic tennis tournament will be held at Roland Garros. That event will also have a night session but two matches will take place as they will all be best-of-three sets. 

More than 650,000 spectators came to the French Open over the past three weeks. A review of the event will start in a couple of weeks.

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Roland Garros Daily Preview: Carlos Alcaraz Plays Sascha Zverev in the Men’s Final



Carlos Alcaraz on Friday in Paris (

The championship matches in men’s singles and women’s doubles will be played on Sunday.

19 years ago, a young Spaniard named Rafael Nadal started a legendary relationship with Roland Garros, winning his first of a record-breaking 14 titles at this event.  Now in the same year that Nadal seemingly bid farewell to the French Open, another young Spaniard looks to begin his own Parisian legacy.  On Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz plays for his third Major title, and his first on the surface he grew up on.

Four years ago, Sascha Zverev reached his only other Major final, in an empty stadium during the 2020 US Open.  Despite holding a two-set lead, Zverev lost that championship match to Dominic Thiem in a fifth-set tiebreak, after some extremely nervous play.  On Sunday, a confident and self-described more mature version of Sascha returns to the last round of a Major, this time in a sold out stadium, and looking for a different result.

Also on Day 15, in the women’s doubles championship match at 11:30am local time, it will be Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini (11) vs. Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova (5).  After losing the women’s singles final on Saturday, Paolini vies for Grand Slam glory alongside Errani, who is a five-time Major champion in women’s doubles.  Between singles and doubles, Gauff is 0-3 in Slam finals, which includes a runner-up appearance here two years ago in both disciplines.  Siniakova owns seven Major titles in women’s doubles, all of which came with Barbora Krejcikova.

Sascha Zverev (4) vs. Carlos Alcaraz (3) – Not Before 2:30pm on Court Philippe-Chatrier

Alcaraz has only played 29 matches this year, with a record of 24-5, as he missed several big events due to a right arm injury.  That included absences at two of the ATP’s biggest European clay court events, Monte Carlo and Rome.  Yet despite the injury and lack of match play, Carlitos has advanced to his third Major final with the loss of just three sets, two of which came against Jannik Sinner in Friday’s semifinals. 

By contrast, Zverev has been the healthiest of the top seven ATP players during this clay court season.  He is 34-9 in 2024, and comes into this match on a 12-match winning streak, after taking the Masters 1000 title in Rome three weeks ago.  Sascha endured a complicated path to this championship match, which included a pair of five-setters.  And he surely values his bodily health after the awful ankle injury he suffered in the semifinals of this event two years ago.  He would love to continue creating more positive memories on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Zverev holds a narrow 5-4 edge in their head-to-head, though on clay, Alcaraz leads 2-1.  However, Sascha’s sole victory on clay came in their only previous meeting at this event, in the 2022 quarterfinals.  And the German is 2-1 against the Spaniard at Majors.

Alcaraz has a definitive edge in speed as well as on the forehand side, while Zverev will look to use his serve to dictate play, and possesses a more formidable backhand.  But the biggest difference between these two is how they play in big matches.  Carlitos is 7-1 in finals at Majors and Masters 1000 tournaments, with his only loss coming in an epic championship match last summer in Cincinnati against Novak Djokovic.  Sascha is just 6-6 in finals at those same levels, and his record of 2-6 in Major semifinals speaks to how passively he often plays in big matches.

And if the match goes the distance, that is a distinct advantage for Alcaraz, who is 10-1 lifetime in five-setters.  While Zverev’s mark of 23-11 is actually pretty strong, many of those wins came against players ranked outside the top 100, and in matches where Sascha arguably should have won without going five.

Plus, trying to accomplish the sport’s biggest feat, winning a Major title, when you have not only never done so before, but actually choked when you were so close to doing so, is a lot to overcome.  While I don’t expect Zverev to play as nervously in his second Major final as his first, Alcaraz remains the freer swinger at crucial moments.  Carlitos should be favored to win his third Major title on Sunday in Paris.

Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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