2002 "Time To Get a Day Job" Awards

Well, here it is...a tradition started by Jacqueline Dupree (JD--the stat queen) back in 1990. So that would make this the 13th annual "Time To Get a Day Job Awards."  This "honors" those players who have been KO'd in the first round (or second round if they received a first round bye) of tournaments on the ATP Tour (not qualies or challengers).  It is sorted in two ways: By number of first round losses and then by percentage to total tournaments played.  And, remember, this is all in fun.

Note: Tournaments do not include World Team Cup or Tennis Masters Cup due to different format, just the grand slams, tennis masters series and international series events.

So let's get to the awards.
Our grand prize winners this year are Stefan Koubek and Andreas Vinciguerra.  Both have started out well in 2003 so perhaps 2002 served as a wake-up call for these two.  Stefan Koubek takes home the crown for most first round loses.  He suffered 19 of them, two more than any other player.  Jan Vacek and Mariano Zabaleta were next on the list with 17 each and three players finished with 16, Albert Portas, Julien Boutter, and Andrea Gaudenzi.  In the category of highest percentage of first round losses, that goes to Andreas Vinciguerra who had a dismal year.  At one point, Vinciguerra was 1-17 overall and at the ATP level, he finished the year losing 10 of his 12 opening matches.  Alex Kim was a close second, losing 9 of 11 and Alexandre Simoni lost 8 of 10.

Looking at last year's winner, Davide Sanguinetti, we know what kind of start he got to 2002.  He lost his first two then went 17-2, taking titles in Milan and the Wroclaw challenger.  Now this year, at the time of this report, Vinciguerra has jumped out to an 9-2 record with a quarterfinals in Doha and reaching the third round in the Australian Open, qualifying for both.  And Koubek won that event in Doha and reached the quarterfinals the next week in Auckland for a 7-1 jump.  So perhaps the Time To Get a Day Job Awards has become some sort of inspiration! ;-)

If we're going to note those on the low end of the totem pole, we might as well recognize the player at the other end of the list ... the one who managed to avoid first round losses.  That would be Andre Agassi, who lost only once in the first round in 15 events.  It happened at Indian Wells suffering a shocker to Michel Kratochvil.  But Andre rebounded in a big way, winning 20 of his next 21 matches including titles the following week in Miami and also in Rome.  Also somewhat surprising was Marat Safin, who lost only twice in 21 events.  Other top players in this category were Tim Henman (2/19), Lleyton Hewitt (3/19), and Tommy Haas (4/22).

Well there you have it.  Below is the full top 50 lists of this year's Time To Get a Day Job Awards. For previous years' awards:
2001      2000      1999      1998      1997      1996 (JD)      1995 (JD)      1994 (JD)

Number of first round losses: 
 
                                 First  Total 
                                 Round  Tourn. 
   Player               Country  Losses Played* Percentage 
   -------------------- -------  ------ ------  ----------  
1  Koubek, Stefan         AUT      19     31    0.6129
2  Vacek, Jan             CZE      17     24    0.7083
3  Zabaleta, Mariano      ARG      17     28    0.6071
4  Portas, Albert         ESP      16     23    0.6957
5  Boutter, Julien        FRA      16     25    0.6400
6  Gaudenzi, Andrea       ITA      16     26    0.6154
7  Delgado, Ramon         PAR      15     20    0.7500
8  Burgsmuller, Lars      GER      15     22    0.6818
9  Clavet, Francisco      ESP      15     22    0.6818
10 Dupuis, Anthony        FRA      15     23    0.6522
11 Davydenko, Nikolay     RUS      15     24    0.6250
12 Mirnyi, Max            BLR      15     27    0.5556
13 Rochus, Christophe     BEL      14     21    0.6667
14 Squillari, Franco      ARG      14     22    0.6364
15 Kratochvil, Michel     SUI      14     27    0.5185
16 Ulihrach, Bohdan       CZE      14     27    0.5185
17 Blanco, Galo           ESP      13     19    0.6842
18 Rochus, Olivier        BEL      13     22    0.5909
19 Sanguinetti, Davide    ITA      13     23    0.5652
20 Montanes, Albert       ESP      13     24    0.5417
21 Santoro, Fabrice       FRA      13     26    0.5000
22 El Aynaoui, Younes     MAR      13     28    0.4643
23 Hrbaty, Dominik        SVK      13     28    0.4643
24 Lapentti, Nicolas      ECU      13     28    0.4643
25 Vicente, Fernando      ESP      13     28    0.4643
26 Chang, Michael         USA      12     18    0.6667
27 Norman, Magnus         SWE      12     19    0.6316
28 Arazi, Hicham          MAR      12     21    0.5714
29 Bjorkman, Jonas        SWE      12     22    0.5455
30 Pless, Kristian        DEN      12     22    0.5455
31 Savolt, Attila         HUN      12     22    0.5455
32 Sanchez, David         ESP      12     23    0.5217
33 Arthurs, Wayne         AUS      12     24    0.5000
34 Kiefer, Nicolas        GER      12     24    0.5000
35 Sa, Andre              BRA      12     24    0.5000
36 Gambill, Jan-Michael   USA      12     26    0.4615
37 Nieminen, Jarkko       FIN      12     26    0.4615
38 Knowle, Julian         AUT      11     14    0.7857
39 Lee, Martin            GBR      11     14    0.7857
40 Russell, Michael       USA      11     15    0.7333
41 Pioline, Cedric        FRA      11     16    0.6875
42 Meligeni, Fernando     BRA      11     23    0.4783
43 Ljubicic, Ivan         CRO      11     27    0.4074
44 Schalken, Sjeng        NED      11     28    0.3929
45 Schuettler, Rainer     GER      11     29    0.3793
46 Vinciguerra, Andreas   SWE      10     12    0.8333
47 Sargsian, Sargis       ARM      10     19    0.5263
48 Labadze, Irakli        GEO      10     20    0.5000
49 Costa, Albert          ESP      10     21    0.4762
50 Calleri, Agustin       ARG      10     23    0.4348
51 Youzhny, Mikhail       RUS      10     23    0.4348
52 Martin, Alberto        ESP      10     24    0.4167
53 Nalbandian, David      ARG      10     25    0.4000

* minimum 10 tournaments


Percentage of first round losses to total number of ATP tournaments played:

                                 First  Total  
                                 Round  Tourn.  
   Player               Country  Losses Played* Percentage  
   -------------------- -------  ------ ------  ----------  
1  Vinciguerra, Andreas   SWE      10     12    0.8333
2  Kim, Alex              USA       9     11    0.8182
3  Simoni, Alexandre      BRA       8     10    0.8000
4  Knowle, Julian         AUT      11     14    0.7857
5  Lee, Martin            GBR      11     14    0.7857
6  Delgado, Ramon         PAR      15     20    0.7500
7  Balcells, Juan         ESP       9     12    0.7500
8  Ginepri, Robby         USA       9     12    0.7500
9  Russell, Michael       USA      11     15    0.7333
10 Vacek, Jan             CZE      17     24    0.7083
11 Levy, Harel            ISR       7     10    0.7000
12 Portas, Albert         ESP      16     23    0.6957
13 Pioline, Cedric        FRA      11     16    0.6875
14 Blanco, Galo           ESP      13     19    0.6842
15 Burgsmuller, Lars      GER      15     22    0.6818
16 Clavet, Francisco      ESP      15     22    0.6818
17 Rochus, Christophe     BEL      14     21    0.6667
18 Chang, Michael         USA      12     18    0.6667
19 Dupuis, Anthony        FRA      15     23    0.6522
20 Heuberger, Ivo         SUI       9     14    0.6429
21 Mamiit, Cecil          USA       9     14    0.6429
22 Boutter, Julien        FRA      16     25    0.6400
23 Squillari, Franco      ARG      14     22    0.6364
24 Norman, Magnus         SWE      12     19    0.6316
25 Davydenko, Nikolay     RUS      15     24    0.6250
26 Gaudenzi, Andrea       ITA      16     26    0.6154
27 Galvani, Stefano       ITA       8     13    0.6154
28 Koubek, Stefan         AUT      19     31    0.6129
29 Zabaleta, Mariano      ARG      17     28    0.6071
30 Verkerk, Martin        NED       6     10    0.6000
31 Rochus, Olivier        BEL      13     22    0.5909
32 Arazi, Hicham          MAR      12     21    0.5714
33 Kohlmann, Michael      GER       8     14    0.5714
34 Sluiter, Raemon        NED       8     14    0.5714
35 Sanguinetti, Davide    ITA      13     23    0.5652
36 Saretta, Flavio        BRA       9     16    0.5625
37 Mirnyi, Max            BLR      15     27    0.5556
38 Bjorkman, Jonas        SWE      12     22    0.5455
39 Pless, Kristian        DEN      12     22    0.5455
40 Savolt, Attila         HUN      12     22    0.5455
41 Montanes, Albert       ESP      13     24    0.5417
42 Coutelot, Nicolas      FRA       7     13    0.5385
43 Golmard, Jerome        FRA       7     13    0.5385
44 Okun, Noam             ISR       8     15    0.5333
45 Stoliarov, Andrei      RUS       8     15    0.5333
46 Hipfl, Markus          AUT       9     17    0.5294
47 Llodra, Michael        FRA       9     17    0.5294
48 Spadea, Vince          USA       9     17    0.5294
49 Sargsian, Sargis       ARM      10     19    0.5263
50 Sanchez, David         ESP      12     23    0.5217

* minimum 10 tournaments