- Age: 42 (15.09.1971)
- Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Residence: Berkeley, California, USA
- Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
- Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1989
- Coach: David Nainkin
As of 02.12.2013
*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is Wayne Richard Ferreira...In 1992 Barcelona Olympics, he became first South African to win an Olympic medal (bronze) in 32 years...Played in 1996 Atlanta Olympics and reached QF in singles and doubles (w/E. Ferreira)...Ranked as No. 1 doubles junior in world in 1989, capturing US Open juniors doubles crown (w/Stafford) and finishing No. 6 in singles...Father is a chartered accountant and mother is a bookkeeper...Has a 39-14 overall Davis Cup record in 22 ties since 1992, including 28-10 in singles...Wife, Liesl is American (married Dec. 16, 1994); son, Marcus William (born Sept. 15, 1999, same birthdate as Wayne) and couple lives in Berkeley, California... Wayne serves as volunteer assistant tennis coach at University of California-Berkeley... In 2000, launched Wayne Ferreira Trust Fund to help cover travel costs for young South African players...Enjoys golf and one of best players with four handicap...Participated in Nelson Mandela Tribute tournament in Cape Town, South Africa in December 1997...A member of ATP Player Council for 2001-2002...Coached by countryman David Nainkin.
2003 -- The South African No. 1 finished in Top 30 and captured his first ATP title in three years...Increased his consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played streak to 52, longest among active players and second only to Stefan Edberg's record of 54...Opened season with SF in Sydney (l. to Lee) and followed with SF at Australian Open (d. Ferrero in QF, l. to Agassi)...Reached SF in Australia 11 years apart, longest gap in Open Era...Did not win back-to-back matches again until May when he advanced to SF at TMS Hamburg (d. Kuerten, l. to Calleri) and followed with 3rd RD at Roland Garros (ret. vs. Schuettler)...In August, defeated Grosjean (QF), Philippoussis (SF) and Hewitt (F-saved three match points), en route to his 15th career title in Los Angeles...Struggled rest of season with a 3-8 mark...Compiled 17-12 record on hard and 7-4 on clay.
2002 -- Finished in Top 50 for 10th time in last 12 years, highlighted by QF at Australian Open...In Melbourne, posted wins over Gambill, Nalbandian, Ljubicic (trailed 4-6, 4-6, 1-5 and saved two match points) and Costa (9-7 in fifth) before retiring with a groin injury to Safin in QF...Returned in late February and reached back-to-back QF in San Jose and Scottsdale...His best win of season came over No. 4 Kafelnikov in 2nd RD at TMS Roma...Suffered his lone five-set loss of year (4-1) to Mathieu in opening round at Roland Garros...On grass, reached QF at Queen's Club (d. Philippoussis, ret. vs. Sluiter) and 3rd RD at Wimbledon...During summer hard court circuit, advanced to 3rd RD at TMS Cincinnati and 4th RD at US Open (d. Costa in five, l. to El Aynaoui)...Compiled records of 15-11 on hard and 5-2 on grass.
2001 -- Finished in Top 60 in singles for 11th consecutive year and continued his success in doubles by capturing two titles...Reached 3rd RD at Australian Open...At TMS Roma he had straight-set victories over Hrbaty, Rusedski and Federer before falling to eventual champion Ferrero in QF...Began grass court season with SF appearance at Queen's and followed with a QF showing in Nottingham...Had an impressive run to QF at TMS Stuttgart as defending champion where he defeated Hrbaty, Federer, and Grosjean in a third-set tie-break...Captured doubles titles at TMS Indian Wells and TMS Roma (both w/Kafelnikov), 10th of his career.
2000 -- Compiled best season in four years by winning first ATP title and finishing with his best year-end ranking since then...Reached SF in San Jose and QF in Memphis, TMS in Miami and Nottingham...Compiled 7-3 record during European indoor circuit, highlighted by his biggest week at TMS Stuttgart where he defeated Hewitt in five-set final...Broke title drought of 99 tournaments played (since last winning TMS Toronto on Aug. 25, 1996)...In doubles, captured title at TMS Monte Carlo, reached final at TMS Roma and SF at US Open (all w/Kafelnikov).
1999 -- Reached a singles final for first time in nearly three years in Tokyo (l. to Kiefer)...Came back from two sets deficit to beat No. 9 Krajicek en route to Australian Open 4th RD...Reached QF in Rotterdam...Went 3-1 in five-set matches during year...In doubles, won title in Los Angeles (w/B. Black) and reached three other finals.
1998 -- Finished in Top 50 for eighth consecutive year and as No. 1 South African, posting wins over three of top four finishers (Sampras, Rios, Rafter) ...Advanced to four SF and won doubles title in Antwerp (w/Kafelnikov).
1997 -- His best results were SF in Gstaad and Indianapolis and QF in Dubai...Hampered by injuries most of season...Suffered an ankle injury at Roland Garros in June and underwent right ankle surgery to remove fluid on Oct. 22...Went 6-0 in five-set matches.
1996 -- Became first South African to finish in Top 10 in consecutive seasons...Appeared in three ATP hard court finals, winning in Scottsdale (d. Rios) and at TMS in Toronto (d. Woodbridge)...Also reached final in Washington (l. to Chang)...Played consistently in TMS tournaments, compiling an 18-7 record with QF or better in five stops...His best stretch came in July and August when he won 18 of 22 matches...Lost in 1st RD at US Open (l. to Nainkin) and afterward underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on Aug. 29.
1995 -- Won at least four ATP titles for second consecutive year...After leading his country to a 3-2 1st RD Davis Cup victory over Australia with two singles wins, won his first title of the year in Dubai (d. Gaudenzi)...Reached a career-high No. 6 on May 8 after winning his first career clay court title in Munich (d. Stich)...Turned in his best season on clay with a 14-3 record, reaching SF in TMS Roma, QF in TMS Hamburg and 3rd RD at Roland Garros...Enjoyed strong European indoor season, winning consecutive titles in Ostrava (d. Washington) and Lyon (d. Sampras)...Earned his first ATP World Championship berth when Agassi withdrew because of an injury...Went 2-1 in round-robin play (d. Kafelnikov, Sampras), only to lose out on a place in SF when Becker prevailed with better sets winning percentage...In doubles, won in TMS Hamburg (w/Kafelnikov) and reached final in Lyon (w/de Jager).
1994 -- Career bests in titles (five), finals (seven) and match wins (69)...Finished in Top 20 in singles and doubles...All five of his titles came on hard courts...Helped his country into 1995 Davis Cup World Group with a 3-2 victory over India...In Basel final, had a career-high 36 aces...In doubles, reached finals in Rome (w/J. Sanchez) and TMS Cincinnati (w/M. Kratzmann) and SF at Wimbledon (w/Stich) and US Open (w/Knowles).
1993 -- Reached finals in Indian Wells (l. to Courier) and Queen's (l. to Stich)...Advanced to SF in Durban and Sydney-indoor.
1992 -- Broke into the Top 10, winning his first singles titles at Queen's (d. Matsuoka) and Schenectady (d. Morgan)...Also reached final in Memphis and Stuttgart-outdoor...Advanced to first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open...Silver medalist in doubles at Barcelona Olympics (w/Norval)...Served as alternate at ATP World Championship...Became first South African to break Top 10 since Kevin Curren in 1985...Surpassed $1 million in career earnings.
1991 -- Broke into the Top 100 for the first time, reaching consecutive QF in Brisbane and Sydney (d. Lendl)...In doubles, won Adelaide (w/Kruger) and TMS Miami (w/Norval), and reached SF at Wimbledon (w/Norval)...The alternate team (w/Norval) at the World Doubles Championship in Johannesburg.
1990 -- QF at Durban and Pretoria Challengers and upset No. 27 Noah in 1st RD at Wimbledon in first Grand Slam match (as a qualifier)...Reached doubles SF in Newport (w/Norval), upsetting Leach-Pugh the week after they won Wimbledon.
1989 -- Reached singles final at Johannesburg-2 and Johannesburg-3 Challengers.