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Wayne Arthurs Tennis

Wayne Arthurs
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Full nameWayne Sean Arthurs
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Born (1971-03-18) 18 March 1971 (age 51)
Adelaide, Australia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2007
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,687,809
Singles
Career record133-159
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 44 (9 July 2001)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2001, 2007)
French Open4R (2001)
Wimbledon4R (1999, 2002)
US Open4R (2000)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004)
Doubles
Career record313-253
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 11 (3 November 2003)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2001)
French OpenSF (2003)
WimbledonSF (2004)
US OpenQF (2003)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2003, 2005)
Olympic Games2R (2004)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2005)
French Open1R (1995, 1996)
WimbledonQF (1998)
US Open1R (1995, 1999)
Last updated on: 30 September 2021.

Wayne Arthurs (born 18 March 1971) is a retired Australian professional tennis player.

Career

His serve was his strongest weapon by far, and had been referred to as the "best in the world" by several of his fellow players, including Jim Courier,[1] Andre Agassi,[2] Thomas Johansson,[3] and Ivo Karlovi?.[4] He consistently had one of the highest ace counts on the ATP Tour and favours a serve-and-volley style of play. Because of this, his game is best suited to fast surfaces.

Arthurs at the 2007 Australian Open

Arthurs has won 12 ATP doubles titles in his career. In February 2005 he achieved a belated breakthrough in singles by winning the ATP event in Scottsdale, United States, the Tennis Channel Open, in straight sets over Croat Mario An?i?. No other player in history had won his first ATP singles title at such an advanced age (Arthurs was almost 34 at the time). He also was a runner-up there for doubles with Paul Hanley, and lost to American team Bob and Mike Bryan. He is an Australian hero when it comes to Davis Cup, winning countless doubles rubbers for Australia. Throughout his singles career Arthurs experienced victory over no fewer than six players who have reached the number 1 world ranking: Pete Sampras, Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Patrick Rafter, Andy Roddick and Gustavo Kuerten. He also beat Stefan Edberg (another former number 1) in a money tournament in England on Grass - at the time, Arthurs' singles ranking was 1100 and Edberg's was 2, making for one of the biggest differences in ranking between winner and loser on the Tour that year.[5]

In his last ever Australian Open match the Aussie retired just three games into his third-round match against American Mardy Fish due to a rare reaction to a local anaesthetic. In practice that morning he tried out a short-term local anaesthetic that worked well against his sore hip. Just before the match began, he took another shot that was supposed to last for the duration of the match. The stronger dose deadened his leg and he could not co-ordinate his movements. He refused to blame his doctors who said that this adverse reaction happens to about 1 in 1000 patients. Arthurs became emotional during the match once he realised he couldn't compete. After the in-between-game break, down 3-0 he waved to the crowd who thanked him for an outstanding career. It was the last Australian Open match of his career. At the time, he was the oldest participant in the Australian Open.

Arthurs played his final tournament at Wimbledon in 2007. He won qualifying matches to advance to the main draw of the major tournament. In the first round he came back from two sets down to finally win in five sets against Dutch teenager Thiemo de Bakker. In the second round Arthurs caused a major boilover by defeating the 11th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo in straight sets. Arthurs was defeated in the third round by 19th seed Jonas Björkman in straight sets.

Following his retirement, Arthurs coached Queensland player Oliver Anderson.

In January 2019 Arthurs received the OLY post-nominal title at the Brisbane International tournament.[6]

On 30 August 2000, Arthurs was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his strong commitment to tennis.[7]

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1-1)
Indoor (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jun 2002 Nottingham, United Kingdom International Series Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 2-6
Win 1-1 Feb 2005 Scottsdale, United States International Series Hard Croatia Mario An?i? 7-5, 6-3

Doubles: 27 (12 titles, 15 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (3-4)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2-0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7-11)
Titles by surface
Hard (5-9)
Clay (5-5)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (1-1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (8-11)
Indoor (4-4)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Sep 1994 Bucharest, Romania World Series Clay Australia Simon Youl Spain Jordi Arrese
Spain Jose-Antonio Conde
6-4, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Jul 1995 Amsterdam, Netherlands World Series Clay United Kingdom Neil Broad Chile Marcelo Rios
Netherlands Sjeng Schalken
6-7, 2-6
Loss 1-2 Aug 1995 Kitzbühel, Austria World Series Clay Spain Jordi Arrese United States Francisco Montana
United States Greg Van Emburgh
7-6, 3-6, 6-7
Loss 1-3 Mar 1996 Copenhagen, Denmark World Series Carpet Australia Andrew Kratzmann Czechoslovakia Libor Pimek
South Africa Byron Talbot
6-7, 6-3, 3-6
Win 2-3 Jul 1997 Kitzbühel, Austria World Series Clay Australia Richard Fromberg Austria Thomas Buchmayer
Austria Thomas Strengberger
6-4, 6-3
Win 3-3 May 1998 Prague, Czech Republic World Series Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Sweden Fredrik Bergh
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6-1, 6-1
Win 4-3 Aug 1998 New Haven, United States Championship Series Hard Australia Peter Tramacchi Canada Sebastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7-6, 1-6, 6-3
Loss 4-4 Sep 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom World Series Clay Spain Alberto Berasategui United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Kevin Ullyett
6-7, 3-6
Win 5-4 May 1999 Hamburg, Germany Masters Series Clay Australia Andrew Kratzmann Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
2-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-2
Win 6-4 Jul 1999 Newport, United States World Series Grass India Leander Paes Armenia Sargis Sargsian
United States Chris Woodruff
6-7(6-8), 7-6(9-7), 6-3
Loss 6-5 May 2000 Hamburg, Germany Masters Series Clay Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7-6(7-4), 4-6, 3-6
Loss 6-6 Jan 2001 Adelaide, Australia World Series Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge Australia David Macpherson
South Africa Grant Stafford
7-6(7-5), 4-6, 4-6
Loss 6-7 Sep 2002 Hong Kong, Hong Kong World Series Hard Australia Andrew Kratzmann United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Graydon Oliver
7-6(7-2), 4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 6-8 Oct 2002 Stockholm, Sweden World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
4-6, 6-2, 6-7(4-7)
Win 7-8 Feb 2003 Rotterdam, Netherlands Championship Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Switzerland Roger Federer
Belarus Max Mirnyi
7-6(7-4), 6-2
Win 8-8 May 2003 Rome, Italy Masters Series Clay Australia Paul Hanley France Michael Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
6-1, 6-3
Loss 8-9 Aug 2003 Cincinnati, United States Masters Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5-7, 6-7(5-7)
Win 9-9 Sep 2003 Shanghai, China World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley China Zeng Shaoxuan
China Zhu Benqiang
6-2, 6-4
Loss 9-10 Oct 2003 Stockholm, Sweden World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Sweden Jonas Bjorkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3-6, 4-6
Win 10-10 Nov 2003 Paris, France Masters Series Carpet Australia Paul Hanley France Michael Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Loss 10-11 May 2004 Rome, Italy Masters Series Clay Australia Paul Hanley India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6-2, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 10-12 Jul 2004 Los Angeles, United States World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 10-13 Oct 2004 Stockholm, Sweden World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Spain Feliciano Lopez
Spain Fernando Verdasco
4-6, 4-6
Win 11-13 Feb 2005 San Jose, United States International Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Switzerland Yves Allegro
Germany Michael Kohlmann
7-6(7-4), 6-4
Loss 11-14 Feb 2005 Scottsdale, United States International Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5-7, 4-6
Loss 11-15 Mar 2005 Indian Wells, United States Masters Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley Canada Daniel Nestor
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
6-7(6-8), 6-7(2-7)
Win 12-15 Oct 2005 Stockholm, Sweden World Series Hard Australia Paul Hanley India Leander Paes
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjic
5-3, 5-3

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 3 (3-0)

Legend
ATP Challenger (3-0)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Dec 1997 Perth, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Todd Larkham 7-5, 7-6
Win 2-0 Jun 2000 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass Italy Laurence Tieleman 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-4
Win 3-0 Aug 2000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Challenger Hard Slovakia Ladislav Svarc 6-2, 6-4

Doubles: 15 (3-12)

Legend
ATP Challenger (3-12)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-3)
Clay (1-3)
Grass (0-4)
Carpet (0-2)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 1991 Salou, Spain Challenger Clay Australia Carl Limberger United States Murphy Jensen
United States Francisco Montana
7-5, 2-6, 5-7
Win 1-1 Aug 1993 Winnetka, United States Challenger Hard United Kingdom Mark Petchey Australia Patrick Rafter
Australia Sandon Stolle
7-6, 6-7, 6-4
Loss 1-2 Aug 1993 Cincinnati, United States Challenger Hard India Leander Paes South Africa Johan De Beer
South Africa Kevin Ullyett
6-7, 4-6
Loss 1-3 Aug 1993 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard Australia Grant Doyle South Africa Johan De Beer
South Africa Kevin Ullyett
6-7, 6-7
Loss 1-4 Feb 1994 Wolfsburg, Germany Challenger Carpet Australia Simon Youl United States Rich Benson
Malaysia Adam Malik
6-7, 4-6
Loss 1-5 Aug 1994 Graz, Austria Challenger Clay Australia Simon Youl Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
Netherlands Stephen Noteboom
6-4, 3-6, 6-7
Loss 1-6 Nov 1994 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Australia Brent Larkham Sweden David Engel
Sweden Ola Kristiansson
4-6, 4-6
Loss 1-7 Dec 1994 Perth, Australia Challenger Grass Australia Neil Borwick Australia Ben Ellwood
Australia Mark Philippoussis
5-7, 6-7
Loss 1-8 Dec 1995 Perth, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Andrew Kratzmann Australia Joshua Eagle
Australia Andrew Florent
4-6, 4-6
Win 2-8 Sep 1997 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Challenger Clay Australia Grant Doyle South Africa Chris Haggard
Australia James Holmes
4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Loss 2-9 Oct 1997 Cairo, Egypt Challenger Clay Israel Eyal Ran Spain Tomas Carbonell
Spain Francisco Roig
3-6, 3-6
Loss 2-10 Jul 1998 Bristol, United Kingdom Challenger Grass Australia Ben Ellwood Belarus Max Mirnyi
Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov
4-6, 6-3, 6-7
Loss 2-11 Jul 1998 Manchester, United Kingdom Challenger Grass Australia Ben Ellwood Italy Mose Navarra
Italy Stefano Pescosolido
1-6, 7-6, 6-7
Win 3-11 Nov 1998 Rancho Mirage, United States Challenger Hard Australia Peter Tramacchi Australia Todd Larkham
Australia Grant Silcock
6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Loss 3-12 Jun 2006 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass Australia Chris Guccione Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Jim Thomas
2-6, 4-6

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Singles

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q3 A Q3 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 9 6-9 40%
French Open A A A Q1 Q2 A A A A Q1 1R 4R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 7 4-7 36%
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 A Q2 A Q1 4R 1R 1R 4R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 9 10-9 53%
US Open A A Q1 Q1 A A A A 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 A 0 / 8 5-8 38%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 4-3 3-4 5-4 4-4 2-4 1-4 1-4 0-3 4-2 0 / 33 25-33 43%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1-1 50%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 4R 2R A A 0 / 4 4-4 50%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R Q1 1R A A A A 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A Q1 A A 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Rome A A A A A A A A A A A Q2 A 1R 1R Q1 A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Hamburg A A A A A Q2 A A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A Q1 A Q1 Q2 A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A A Q1 A A A A A 1R A 1R QF 1R 3R Q1 Q1 A 0 / 5 5-5 50%
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A Q1 Q1 A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Stuttgart A A A A A Q1 A A A Q2 Q1 A Not Held 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-1 1-3 3-3 0-6 7-4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 / 20 13-20 39%

Doubles

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R SF 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 16 10-16 38%
French Open A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 1R QF SF 1R QF 1R 2R 0 / 13 16-13 55%
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R QF SF 1R 2R 2R 0 / 14 14-14 50%
US Open A A A A A 1R A 1R A 3R 3R 3R 3R QF 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 10 14-10 58%
Win-loss 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-4 1-3 2-4 2-3 7-4 4-4 7-4 6-4 10-4 5-4 6-4 2-4 2-3 0 / 53 54-53 50%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1-1 50%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R A 2R QF F A A 0 / 5 9-5 64%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A A 1R QF A A A 1R A A 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Monte Carlo A A A A A Q1 A A A SF 1R A A QF A SF A A 0 / 4 7-4 64%
Rome A A A A A 2R 1R A A A A 1R A W F 2R A A 1 / 6 9-5 64%
Madrid Not Held A A Q4 QF A A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Hamburg A A A A A SF 1R A A W F 2R 2R QF QF QF A A 1 / 9 16-8 67%
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A QF A QF 2R QF QF A 0 / 5 6-5 55%
Cincinnati Masters A A A Q1 A A A A A 1R A 2R 1R F 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 7 5-7 42%
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A QF QF A A W 1R QF A A 1 / 5 9-4 69%
Stuttgart A A A A A 2R A A A QF SF QF Not Held 0 / 4 8-4 67%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 5-3 0-2 0-0 0-0 12-4 9-6 9-7 1-2 17-5 7-7 10-9 3-2 0-0 3 / 50 73-47 61%

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R A A A QF 2R 0 / 6 5-6 45%
French Open A A A A 1R 1R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Wimbledon Q1 A A A 2R 1R 3R QF 1R 2R A A A 2R A 1R 0 / 8 8-8 0%
US Open A A A A 1R A A A 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-2 2-1 4-2 0-3 1-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 2-1 1-2 0 / 18 13-18 42%

References

  1. ^ "Arthurs a legitimate cup No. 2 - Tennis". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Clarey, Christopher (30 May 2002). "FRENCH OPEN TENNIS - Ferrero's hope fades before match begins - NYTimes.com". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 4 September 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ""I like aces": Nearing 40, Ivo Karlovic continues an underrated career". Tennis.com. February 2019. Retrieved 2019. Asked to name the best server he has ever faced, Karlovic selects the long retired Australian left-hander Wayne Arthurs. "I just could not return his serve. I had no idea where he was going to hit it, which speed, what direction."
  5. ^ "Tennis - ATP World Tour - Tennis Players - Wayne Arthurs". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "ITF Tennis - ABOUT - Articles - Tennis stars honoured with OLY in Brisbane". Archived from the original on 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Wayne Arthurs". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2012.

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