12 Sep 2012

From ITF Pro Circuit Champs to Grand Slam Champs


NEWS ARTICLE

By  Nick Fishpool

Photo: Paul ZimmerAndy Murray (GBR)

The current ATP singles top four ranked players have each won a Grand Slam singles title in 2012 but did you know that they had also all competed on the ITF Pro Circuit during their careers?

In fact, all the current ATP ranked singles players have, at some stage in their careers, competed on the ITF Pro Circuit. Of the women on the latest WTA singles rankings list, only the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, have not seen any action on the ITF Pro Circuit.

 

Roger Federer (SUI)Looking at the ATP top four players and current Grand Slam champions, world No. 1 Roger Federer won the last of his ITF Pro Circuit singles titles in November 1998 as the No. 1 seed in a Satellite tournament in his native Switzerland and then just four years and eight months later he was lifting his first Grand Slam trophy at 2003 Wimbledon.

 

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB)World No. 2, Novak Djokovic, was also named as the No. 1 seed when he won his last ITF Pro Circuit singles title. This came in the then nation of Serbia and Montenegro during August 2004 and he was being crowned a Grand Slam champion for the first time just three years and five months later when he took the 2008 Australian Open title.

 

 

Andy Murray (GBR)Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, the world No. 3, just recently ended Great Britain’s long wait for a Grand Slam singles champion at teh 2012 US Open. Of the four current Grand Slam title holders, he had the longest wait between his last ITF Pro Circuit triumph and that first Grand Slam win. Murray was an unseeded player when he claimed his last ITF Pro Circuit singles title in Spain back in December 2004, he then had a seven years nine months wait until he became a major winner.

 

 

Like Federer and Djokovic, Rafael Nadal was the top Rafael Nadal (ESP)seed when he lifted his last winner’s trophy on the ITF Pro Circuit. His success came at the start of December 2002 in Spain and of the four players he made the quickest leap to Grand Slam champion, winning the title at Roland Garros two years six months later in 2005.

 

 

Other Active Former Grand Slam Singles Champions

 

Player Name

Last ITF Singles Title

First GS Singles Title

Title Gap

Maria Sharapova

May-03

Jul-04

1yr 2mths

Petra Kvitova

Apr-08

Jul-11

3yrs 3mths

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Apr-01

Sep-04

3yrs 5mths

Ana Ivanovic

Sep-04

Jun-08

3yrs 9mths

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Feb-99

Jun-03

4yrs 4mths

Juan Martin Del Potro

Apr-05

Sep-09

4yrs 5mths

Victoria Azarenka

Jul-05

Jan-12

6yrs 6mths

Na Li

Oct-04

Jun-11

6yrs 8mths

Samantha Stosur

Oct-01

Sep-11

9yrs 11mths

Lleyton Hewitt

no singles title won

Sep-01

NA

Francesca Schiavone

no singles title won

Jun-10

NA

Serena Williams

Never played ITF

Sep-99

NA

Venus Williams

Never played ITF

Jul-00

NA



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