Wayne Arthurs (tennis)

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

Wayne Arthurs
Wayne Arthurs.jpg
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.

CareerEdit

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 Karlović.[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 Ančić. 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 finalsEdit

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

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   Jonas Björkman 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2005 Scottsdale, United States International Series Hard   Mario Ančić 7–5, 6–3

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

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

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3–0)Edit

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   Todd Larkham 7–5, 7–6
Win 2–0 Jun 2000 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Laurence Tieleman 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 3–0 Aug 2000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Challenger Hard   Ladislav Svarc 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 15 (3–12)Edit

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   Carl Limberger   Murphy Jensen
  Francisco Montana
7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Win 1–1 Aug 1993 Winnetka, United States Challenger Hard   Mark Petchey   Patrick Rafter
  Sandon Stolle
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Aug 1993 Cincinnati, United States Challenger Hard   Leander Paes   Johan De Beer
  Kevin Ullyett
6–7, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Aug 1993 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard   Grant Doyle   Johan De Beer
  Kevin Ullyett
6–7, 6–7
Loss 1–4 Feb 1994 Wolfsburg, Germany Challenger Carpet   Simon Youl   Rich Benson
  Adam Malik
6–7, 4–6
Loss 1–5 Aug 1994 Graz, Austria Challenger Clay   Simon Youl   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Stephen Noteboom
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Loss 1–6 Nov 1994 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet   Brent Larkham   David Engel
  Ola Kristiansson
4–6, 4–6
Loss 1–7 Dec 1994 Perth, Australia Challenger Grass   Neil Borwick   Ben Ellwood
  Mark Philippoussis
5–7, 6–7
Loss 1–8 Dec 1995 Perth, Australia Challenger Hard   Andrew Kratzmann   Joshua Eagle
  Andrew Florent
4–6, 4–6
Win 2–8 Sep 1997 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Challenger Clay   Grant Doyle   Chris Haggard
  James Holmes
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 2–9 Oct 1997 Cairo, Egypt Challenger Clay   Eyal Ran   Tomas Carbonell
  Francisco Roig
3–6, 3–6
Loss 2–10 Jul 1998 Bristol, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ben Ellwood   Max Mirnyi
  Vladimir Voltchkov
4–6, 6–3, 6–7
Loss 2–11 Jul 1998 Manchester, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ben Ellwood   Mose Navarra
  Stefano Pescosolido
1–6, 7–6, 6–7
Win 3–11 Nov 1998 Rancho Mirage, United States Challenger Hard   Peter Tramacchi   Todd Larkham
  Grant Silcock
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 3–12 Jun 2006 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Chris Guccione   Jordan Kerr
  Jim Thomas
2–6, 4–6

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

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%

DoublesEdit

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 doublesEdit

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%

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ ""I like aces": Nearing 40, Ivo Karlovic continues an underrated career". Tennis.com. February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 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 20 December 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 5 January 2012.

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