At the age of 37, Feliciano Lopez is set to create a new record.
The Spaniard who is as of this year tournament director in Madrid did something that hasn’t been done since 1997 at Queens Club winning both singles and doubles titles.
Now he is about to embark on his 70th consecutive Grand Slam appearance which is a stand out record.
Wimbledon will be Roger Federer’s 66th consecutive appearance where as Alize Cornet is the highest active player on the women’s tour on the leader board with Wimbledon being her 51st.
This is a remarkable record by Feli who during his career hasn’t really had an injury at all and I find it refreshing to see someone so hungry at this latter stage of their career and how much it means to them.
He has 5 doubles titles (3 of which are with his brother Mark) and 7 singles titles with two of them being at Queens Club in London in 2017 and 2019.
I don’t know which win was bigger. 2017 or 2019?
2017. He’s been coming here all his life and in 2014 he lost 6-7 7-6 7-6 to Grigor Dimitrov in the final, that’s brutal.
Two years ago he saw off Wawrinka, Berdych, Dimitrov and Cilic to win the title which meant soo much to him.
This year he returned as a wildcard. He recently spoke about retirement and basically said if he can still play at majors he’s staying. His win at Queens has taken him from outside top 100 to top 50.
The way he went about it is what tennis is about.
With the way social media absorbs the world now the word ‘role model’ and ‘inspiration’ get’s thrown around like confetti.
Feli is a prime example of a player who is talented, has improved his skills over the years and continues to work hard. There isn’t any showing off, complaining, moaning etc… it’s all as it should be.
These last four years since he turned 33 when most slow down he’s achieved new heights. Career high ranking of 7 in 2015,French Open doubles in 2016, double at Queens and closing in on 500 career wins.
Across singles and doubles he has featured in 1430 career matches. It’s insane!
It is fair to say Feli is one of the tours unappreciated talents and I do hope we have him around the tour for a couple more years or so!