Tennis Prose



Grass Court Disasters

By Scoop Malinowski

Some prominent and distinguished professional players never could get the handle of playing on grass and struggled mightily to make any impact at Wimbledon…

Carlos Moya played Wimbledon eight times and lost first round three times and second round four times. The former French Open winner and AO runner up did reach the fourth round in 2004 and his most memorable match was a 2007 first round marathon 13-11 five setter to Tim Henman.

Former world no. 1 and French Open king Thomas Muster tried Wimbledon four times and never won a match.

Alberto Mancini reached the top ten and won Monte Carlo, Rome and Bologna titles on clay, but he never dared to be great on grass and never played Wimbledon.

Albert Costa played Wimbledon five times in his 13 year ATP career and only won two matches on the AELTC green terrain.

Gaston Gaudio attempted to conquer Wimbledon six times and won just two matches, reaching the second round twice.

Alex Corretja played Wimbledon four times in his 13 year career and won just two matches. However the Spanish stylist may have underestimated his grass court prowess. One of the best wins of Corretja’s career came in 2002 (he retired in 2005) at the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, where he rallied from two sets down to beat Pete Sampras on grass. The match was played in USA.

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