Wayne Ferreira


Wayne Richard Ferreira (born 15 September 1971) is a South African former professional tennis player.

Wayne Ferreira
Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceLafayette, California, U.S.
Born (1971-09-15) 15 September 1971 (age 48)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro1989 (amateur tour from 1988)
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 9,969,617
Singles
Career record512–330 (60.8%)
Career titles15
Highest rankingNo. 6 (8 May 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1992, 2003)
French Open4R (1996)
WimbledonQF (1994)
US OpenQF (1992)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1995)
Grand Slam CupQF (1993)
Olympic GamesQF (1996)
Doubles
Career record295–210
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 9 (19 March 2001)
Team competitions
Hopman CupW (2000)

Career

As a junior player, Ferreira was ranked world no. 1 junior doubles player and no. 6 junior singles player. He won the junior doubles title at the US Open in 1989.[1]

Ferreira turned professional in 1989. He won his first ATP doubles title in Adelaide in 1991.

1992 was Ferreira's breakthrough year on the tour. He started out by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open. In June he won his first ATP singles title at Queen's Club, London.[2] His second singles title came just a few weeks later at Schenectady, New York. He also teamed-up with compatriot Piet Norval to win the men's doubles silver medal for South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.[3]

After a quieter year in 1993 in which he didn't win any singles titles, Ferreira came back strongly in 1994 to win a career-best five singles titles. He then won another four events in 1995.[4]

The biggest titles of Ferreira's career came at Toronto in 1996 and Stuttgart in 2000 (both Tennis Masters Series events).[5]

Ferreira teamed-up with Amanda Coetzer in 2000 to win the Hopman Cup for South Africa.[6]

Ferreira is third (to Roger Federer's record 65 and Feliciano López's 60 as of 2017 Australian Open) for the most consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances in men's tennis. He participated in 56 consecutive Grand Slams between the 1991 Australian Open and the 2004 US Open.[7][8] Ferreira's best Grand Slam results came at the Australian Open – where he reached the semi-finals twice in 1992 and 2003.[8][9]

During his career, Ferreira won 15 top-level singles titles and 11 doubles titles.[4] His career-high rankings were world no. 6 in singles (in May 1995) and world n. 9 in doubles (in March 2001). His career prize-money earnings totalled $9,969,617.[1]

Though Ferreira retired from the professional tour in 2005, he still plays on the Outback Champions Series senior tour. He finished both 2006 and 2007 fourth on points in that series. He is now residing in Lafayette, California. Ferreira is currently president and CEO of EcoloBlue, Life and Energy, an environmental and renewable resources corporation based in Miami, Florida, and Lafayette, California.

He is one of few players with a positive record against Roger Federer.[10] Ferreira teamed up with Federer in the men's doubles at Wimbledon in 2001. They got to the third round and were due to face Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer (the eventual champions) before Federer withdrew to focus on his singles campaign.[11]

Racket

Ferreira played with and endorsed rackets made by Slazenger early in his career. He switched to Dunlop Sport very early in his career and stayed with them, using the 200G racket, until the end of his ATP career.

Career statistics

Olympic games

Finals: 1 (1 silver medal)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 1992 Barcelona Olympics Clay
RSA Piet Norval
Boris Becker
Michael Stich
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6

Masters Series finals

Singles: 3 (2–1)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1993 Indian Wells Hard Jim Courier 3–6, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 1996 Canada Hard Todd Woodbridge 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2000 Stuttgart Hard (i) Lleyton Hewitt 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Doubles: 12 (6–6)
Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1991 Miami Hard Piet Norval Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
5–7, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1992 Rome Clay Mark Kratzmann Jakob Hlasek
Marc Rosset
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 1993 Rome Clay Mark Kratzmann Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 1994 Rome Clay Javier Sánchez Yevgeny Kafelnikov
David Rikl
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1994 Cincinnati Hard Mark Kratzmann Alex O'Brien
Sandon Stolle
7–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1995 Hamburg Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Byron Black
Andrei Olhovskiy
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 1999 Canada Hard Byron Black Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2000 Rome Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Martin Damm
Dominik Hrbatý
4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 2000 Monte Carlo Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Paul Haarhuis
Sandon Stolle
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2001 Indian Wells Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–5
Winner 2001 Rome Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Daniel Nestor
Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6
Winner 2003 Indian Wells Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4

Career finals

Singles: 23 (15–8)

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (1–4)
ATP Tour (12–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (11–4)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (2–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 17 February 1992 Memphis, US Hard (i) MaliVai Washington 3–6, 2–6
Win 1. 15 June 1992 Queen's Club, UK Grass Shuzo Matsuoka 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2. 20 July 1992 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 1–6
Win 2. 31 August 1992 Schenectady, US Hard Jamie Morgan 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Loss 3. 8 March 1993 Indian Wells, US Hard Jim Courier 3–6, 3–6, 1–6
Loss 4. 14 June 1993 Queen's Club, UK Grass Michael Stich 3–6, 4–6
Win 3. 10 January 1994 Oahu, US Hard Richey Reneberg 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
Loss 5. 28 February 1994 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Michael Stich 6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Loss 6. 20 June 1994 Manchester, UK Grass Patrick Rafter 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 4. 22 August 1994 Indianapolis, US Hard Olivier Delaître 6–2, 6–1
Win 5. 19 September 1994 Bordeaux, France Hard Jeff Tarango 6–0, 7–5
Win 6. 3 October 1994 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Patrick McEnroe 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(9–7), 6–3
Win 7. 17 October 1994 Tel-Aviv, Israel Hard Amos Mansdorf 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 8. 13 February 1995 Dubai, UAE Hard Andrea Gaudenzi 6–3, 6–3
Win 9. 8 May 1995 Munich, Germany Clay Michael Stich 7–5, 7–6(8–6)
Win 10. 16 October 1995 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet MaliVai Washington 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 11. 23 October 1995 Lyon, France Carpet Pete Sampras 7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–3
Win 12. 11 March 1996 Scottsdale, US Hard Marcelo Ríos 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 7. 22 July 1996 Washington, D.C., US Hard Michael Chang 2–6, 4–6
Win 13. 26 August 1996 Toronto, Canada Hard Todd Woodbridge 6–2, 6–4
Loss 8. 19 April 1999 Tokyo, Japan Hard Nicolas Kiefer 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Win 14. 6 November 2000 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Lleyton Hewitt 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Win 15. 4 August 2003 Los Angeles, US Hard Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 4–6, 7–5

Singles performance timeline

Tournament19881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004SRW–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 4R SF 4R 4R 2R 2R 4R 2R 4R 4R 3R QF SF 3R 0 / 14 39–14
French Open A A A 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R 4R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 14 18–13
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R 4R 4R QF 4R 3R 3R 4R 1R 4R 1R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 15 29–15
US Open A A A 2R QF 4R 3R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R 1R 0 / 14 18–14
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 6–4 14–4 10–4 9–4 6–4 6–4 10–3 6–4 4–4 9–4 2–4 9–4 8–4 4–4 0 / 57 104–56
Year-End Championships
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 2–1
Grand Slam Cup NH DNQ 1R QF 1R Did Not Qualify Not Held 0 / 3 1–3
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A 3R 2R F 2R QF QF 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 14 17–14
Miami NME A 4R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 3R 4R 2R QF 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 14 16–14
Monte Carlo NME A A 3R A 2R A A 2R 2R A 2R 1R A 2R A 0 / 7 6–7
Rome NME A 3R 2R 1R 3R SF SF 1R 2R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R A 0 / 13 21–13
Hamburg NME A 1R 2R 1R A QF QF 3R 3R 3R 3R 1R 2R QF A 0 / 12 17–12
Canada NME A A A 3R SF 3R W 3R 1R 3R SF 1R 1R 1R A 1 / 11 19–10
Cincinnati NME A 3R 1R 3R 3R 3R QF 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 13 14–13
Stuttgart1 NME A A 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R A 2R 2R W QF A 2R A 1 / 10 13–9
Paris NME A 2R 2R 2R 2R SF 3R A 1R 1R 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 11 5–11
Win–Loss N/A 0–0 9–6 5–8 9–8 11–8 17–8 18–7 5–7 9–9 6–8 19–8 6–9 5–6 7–9 2–2 2 / 105 128–103
Year End Ranking 315 229 173 41 12 22 12 9 10 42 26 54 13 62 39 26 128

1Held as Stockholm Masters until 1994, Essen Masters in 1995, Stuttgart Masters 1996-2001, Madrid Masters from 2002–08.

Doubles: 24 (11–13)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 7 January 1991 Adelaide, Australia Hard Stefan Kruger Paul Haarhuis
Mark Koevermans
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Win 2. 25 March 1991 Miami, US Hard Piet Norval Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
5–7, 7–6, 6–2
Win 3. 13 January 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Jim Grabb Grant Connell
Glenn Michibata
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1. 6 April 1992 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Piet Norval Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2. 18 May 1992 Rome, Italy Clay Mark Kratzmann Jakob Hlasek
Marc Rosset
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 3. 3 August 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona, Spain Clay Piet Norval Boris Becker
Michael Stich
6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 17 May 1993 Rome, Italy Clay Mark Kratzmann Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
4–6, 6–7
Win 4. 9 August 1993 Los Angeles, US Hard Michael Stich Grant Connell
Scott Davis
7–6, 7–6
Loss 5. 15 November 1993 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Javier Sánchez Grant Connell
Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 6–7
Loss 6. 16 May 1994 Rome, Italy Clay Javier Sánchez Yevgeny Kafelnikov
David Rikl
1–6, 5–7
Loss 7. 15 August 1994 Cincinnati, US Hard Mark Kratzmann Alex O'Brien
Sandon Stolle
7–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 5. 15 May 1995 Hamburg, Germany Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Byron Black
Andrei Olhovskiy
6–1, 7–6
Loss 8. 23 October 1995 Lyon, France Carpet John-Laffnie de Jager Jakob Hlasek
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
3–6, 3–6
Win 6. 23 February 1998 Antwerp, Belgium Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov Tomás Carbonell
Francisco Roig
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 9. 27 July 1998 Washington, D.C., US Hard Patrick Galbraith Grant Stafford
Kevin Ullyett
2–6, 4–6
Loss 10. 1 March 1999 London, UK Carpet Byron Black Tim Henman
Greg Rusedski
3–6, 6–7
Win 7. 2 August 1999 Los Angeles, US Hard Byron Black Goran Ivanišević
Brian MacPhie
6–2, 7–6
Loss 11. 9 August 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard Byron Black Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
6–7, 4–6
Loss 12. 25 October 1999 Lyon, France Carpet Sandon Stolle Piet Norval
Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 6–7, 6–7
Win 8. 24 April 2000 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Paul Haarhuis
Sandon Stolle
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 13. 15 May 2000 Rome, Italy Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Martin Damm
Dominik Hrbatý
4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 9. 19 March 2001 Indian Wells, US Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–5
Win 10. 14 May 2001 Rome, Italy Clay Yevgeny Kafelnikov Daniel Nestor
Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6
Win 11. 17 March 2003 Indian Wells, US Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament19881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004SRW–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R 2R 3R 1R A 3R A A 2R 3R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 10 12–10
French Open A A A A 3R 2R A A A 1R A 2R QF 1R 2R A A 0 / 7 8–7
Wimbledon A A 3R SF 1R 3R SF A A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R A A 0 / 9 16–8
US Open A A 3R 2R 3R 3R SF A A QF 1R A SF 2R 3R A A 0 / 10 21–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 4–2 5–2 5–4 7–4 8–3 0–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 2–3 10–4 5–3 5–4 0–0 1–1 0 / 36 57–34
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME A 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R SF W 1R W A 2 / 13 20–11
Miami NME A W SF 2R 2R A A QF QF 1R 2R A 1R A A 1 / 9 16–8
Monte Carlo NME A A QF A 1R A A A 2R A W 1R A A A 1 / 5 7–4
Rome NME A 1R F F F A QF A 1R QF F W 2R QF A 1 / 11 28–10
Hamburg NME A 1R A 1R A W 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R SF A A 1 / 10 9–9
Canada NME A A A 1R 1R 1R A A A F 2R 1R QF A A 0 / 7 7–7
Cincinnati NME A QF 1R 2R F QF A 1R A A 2R 2R 2R A A 0 / 9 12–7
Madrid (Stuttgart) NME A 2R 2R 1R A QF A A A 2R QF QF A A A 0 / 7 7–6
Paris NME A 1R QF A A A A A A QF 2R A A A A 0 / 4 4–4
Win–Loss N/A 0–0 8–6 13–7 6–7 10–6 8–3 3–3 5–4 4–5 10–7 16–8 13–4 7–5 7–1 0–0 6 / 75 110–66
Year End Ranking 511 357 87 25 31 35 19 59 100 114 66 31 14 31 56 85 495

Senior Tour championships

Top 10 wins

Season1990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005Total
Wins023017215131330032
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score FR
1991
1. Andrés Gómez 10 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 7–6(7–5) 121
2. Ivan Lendl 4 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) 3R 6–4, 2–6, 7–5 64
1992
3. Karel Nováček 10 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(9–7) 46
4. Pete Sampras 4 Memphis, United States Hard (i) QF 6–4, 6–2 26
5. Goran Ivanišević 4 Stuttgart, Germany Clay QF 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 6–4 16
1994
6. Goran Ivanišević 6 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) SF 6–2, 3–6, 7–5 17
1995
7. Michael Stich 8 Munich, Germany Clay F 7–5, 7–6(8–6) 12
8. Michael Stich 8 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 7–5, 6–1 6
9. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Lyon, France Carpet (i) SF 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3 13
10. Pete Sampras 2 Lyon, France Carpet (i) F 7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–3 13
11. Sergi Bruguera 10 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(7–3) 11
12. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1 9
13. Pete Sampras 1 ATP Tour World Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet (i) RR 7–6(7–1), 4–6, 6–3 9
1996
14. Jim Courier 8 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–4 10
15. Jim Courier 9 Cincinnati, United States Hard 3R 7–6(11–9), 6–7(4–7), 6–2 10
1997
16. Thomas Enqvist 7 Davis Cup, Växjö, Sweden Carpet (i) RR 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 10
1998
17. Patrick Rafter 3 London, United Kingdom Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 6–4 47
18. Pete Sampras 1 Miami, United States Hard 3R 0–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–3 36
19. Marcelo Ríos 3 Hamburg, Germany Clay 2R 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 32
20. Pete Sampras 1 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 1R 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3 35
21. Patrick Rafter 3 Lyon, France Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 6–1 29
1999
22. Richard Krajicek 9 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 3R 6–7(1–7), 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–2, 6–3 26
2000
23. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Toronto, Canada Hard QF 6–3, 7–6(7–1) 31
24. Thomas Enqvist 7 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 2R 6–2, 7–5 19
25. Lleyton Hewitt 8 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) F 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2 19
2001
26. Sébastien Grosjean 8 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 3R 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(9–7) 36
2002
27. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Rome, Italy Clay 2R 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 44
28. Albert Costa 7 Cincinnati, United States Hard 2R 7–6(8–6), 6–2 44
29. Albert Costa 8 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 1–6, 6–7(10–12), 6–4, 7–5, 6–4 39
2003
30. Juan Carlos Ferrero 4 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 6–1 39
31. Sébastien Grosjean 9 Los Angeles, United States Hard QF 7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 6–2 25
32. Lleyton Hewitt 5 Los Angeles, United States Hard F 6–3, 4–6, 7–5 25

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