General Wayne Richard
Ferreira
Male
South Africa
1971-09-15
Johannesburg, South Africa


About

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 second (to Roger Federer's record 61) 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]



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Archive statistics 1990 - 2003
1
85
53


Tournament wins 1996 - Canadian International Championships ()


Tournaments Australian Open - 2003 Australian Open - 2002 US Open - 2002 Italian International Championships - 2001 Australian Open - 2000 Wimbledon - 2000 US Open - 2000 Canadian International Championships - 2000 Australian Open - 1999 Wimbledon - 1998 Australian Open - 1997 Wimbledon - 1997 US Open - 1997 Wimbledon - 1996 Roland Garros - 1996 Canadian International Championships - 1996 Wimbledon - 1995 Australian Open - 1994 Wimbledon - 1994 Australian Open - 1993 Wimbledon - 1993 Roland Garros - 1993 US Open - 1993 Indian Wells - 1993 Australian Open - 1992 Wimbledon - 1992 Roland Garros - 1992 US Open - 1992 Australian Open - 1991 Wimbledon - 1991 Roland Garros - 1991 US Open - 1991 Wimbledon - 1990

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