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September 13, 2012

Tournament wins before a first grand slam

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 11:30 am

This week Andy Murray broke through with his first grand slam singles title in the 2012 US Open. This led me to compile the following list of the grand slam singles champions (winning for the first time in the Open era from 1968) along with the number of tournaments they won before winning that first grand slam. As can be seen, only a handful won more than a dozen tournaments before their first major, with Ivan Lendl leading the way with 40 tournament wins spanning four years before his first major! Aside from Murray and his coach Lendl, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna, Kim Clijsters, Guillermo Vilas, Thomas Muster and Goran Ivanišević won more than 20 tournaments before finally achieving that first grand slam win.

A few players won a grand slam as their first tournament victory, Gustavo Kuerten the most recent to do so. As far as I can tell only Chris O’Neil won her one and only singles tournament at a grand slam.

As an aside, I noticed that Thomas Muster had an amazing run in 1995, winning 11 tournaments in just over six months, all on clay!

Men # tournament wins before first slam Women # tournament wins before first slam
Andy Murray 23 Victoria Azarenka 9
Juan Martín del Potro 6 Samantha Stosur 2
Novak Djokovic 7 Petra Kvitová 4
Rafael Nadal 6 Li Na 4
Gastón Gaudio 2 Francesca Schiavone 3
Andy Roddick 10 Ana Ivanović 6
Roger Federer  8 Amélie Mauresmo 19
Juan Carlos Ferrero 9 Kim Clijsters  27
Albert Costa 11 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3
Thomas Johansson 6 Maria Sharapova 3
Lleyton Hewitt 9 Anastasia Myskina 7
Goran Ivanišević 21 Justine Henin 9
Marat Safin 4 Jennifer Capriati 12
Carlos Moyá 4 Venus Williams 9
Petr Korda 9 Serena Williams 3
Patrick Rafter 1 Lindsay Davenport 17
Gustavo Kuerten 0 Jana Novotná 21
Richard Krajicek 9 Iva Majoli 8
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 9 Martina Hingis 3
Thomas Muster 28 Mary Pierce 5
Sergi Bruguera 7 Conchita Martínez 18
Andre Agassi  15 Gabriela Sabatini 14
Michael Stich 1 Monica Seles 6
Jim Courier 3 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2
Pete Sampras 2 Steffi Graf 14
Andrés Gómez 19 Hana Mandlíková 11
Michael Chang 1 Tracy Austin 7
Pat Cash 3 Barbara Jordan 1?
Boris Becker 1 Martina Navratilova 22
Stefan Edberg 5 Virginia Ruzici 2
Ivan Lendl 40 Chris O’Neil 0
Yannick Noah 13 Mima Jaušovec 2
Mats Wilander 0 Kerry Melville Reid ?
Johan Kriek 3 Sue Barker 5
Brian Teacher 3 Chris Evert [3] 30
John McEnroe 11 Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6
Vitas Gerulaitis 7 Virginia Wade 0
Guillermo Vilas 22
Roscoe Tanner 8
Adriano Panatta 5
Mark Edmondson 0
Manuel Orantes 18
Björn Borg 4
Jimmy Connors 17
Ilie Năstase 17
Andrés Gimeno 3
Stan Smith 7
Jan Kodeš 0
Arthur Ashe 1

References

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_men%27s_singles_champions

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_women%27s_singles_champions

[3] Chris Evert – Match Results & Records

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