2003 "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 14th 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) in the main draw of tournaments on the ATP Tour (not qualifying, challengers or below, or Davis Cup).  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.  And the lists only include the top 50 among those who played in 10 or more events.

So let's get to the awards.
Our grand prize winners this year are David Sanchez and Alexander Waske.  Sanchez takes the crown for most first round losses.  He suffered 19 of them, two more than any other player.  By the way, 19 was the mark last year as well.  Karol Beck and Nikolay Davydenko were next with 17 first round losses each.  Our other winner, Waske, was at 16 along with 4 other players.  Last year's winner in this category, Stefan Koubek, was near the top again this year in 9th place with 15.

In the percentage category, its Alexander Waske who played in 18 events in 2003 and lost in the first round 16 of those times.  Zeljko Krajan was next losing 12 of his 14 attempts.  Andrei Pavel and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo had fewer events, 11, but also got out of the first round only twice.

As usual, we also reward those for being on the opposite end of things.  Although no one got through the entire year without losing in the first round at least once (at least among those with 10 or more events), Juan Carlos Ferrero lost only once in the first round in 20 events.  Roger Federer fell only two times in 23 tourneys while Rainer Schuettler went down in his opening match only three times in 28 events.  Andy Roddick also lost only three times in 23 events.  You can see the pattern here: seldomly lost in the first round = top player!

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:
2002      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  Sanchez, David         ESP      19     29    0.6552
2  Beck, Karol            SVK      17     23    0.7391
3  Davydenko, Nikolay     RUS      17     32    0.5313
4  Waske, Alexander       GER      16     18    0.8889
5  Arthurs, Wayne         AUS      16     22    0.7273
6  Vahaly, Brian          USA      16     23    0.6957
7  Martin, Alberto        ESP      16     26    0.6154
8  Vicente, Fernando      ESP      16     29    0.5517
9  Koubek, Stefan         AUT      15     25    0.6000
10 Sa, Andre              BRA      14     18    0.7778
11 Corretja, Alex         ESP      14     22    0.6364
12 Mathieu, Paul-Henri    FRA      14     23    0.6087
13 Lee, Hyung-Taik        KOR      14     24    0.5833
14 Sluiter, Raemon        NED      14     24    0.5833
15 Verkerk, Martin        NED      14     25    0.5600
16 Ferrer, David          ESP      14     27    0.5185
17 Rochus, Olivier        BEL      14     28    0.5000
18 Voinea, Adrian         ROM      13     19    0.6842
19 Enqvist, Thomas        SWE      13     23    0.5652
20 Gambill, Jan-Michael   USA      13     26    0.5000
21 Lopez, Feliciano       ESP      13     31    0.4194
22 Krajan, Zeljko         CRO      12     14    0.8571
23 Mamiit, Cecil          USA      12     15    0.8000
24 Gimelstob, Justin      USA      12     17    0.7059
25 Labadze, Irakli        GEO      12     17    0.7059
26 Melzer, Jurgen         AUT      12     18    0.6667
27 Sanguinetti, Davide    ITA      12     21    0.5714
28 Carlsen, Kenneth       DEN      12     22    0.5455
29 Lapentti, Nicolas      ECU      12     22    0.5455
30 Youzhny, Mikhail       RUS      12     26    0.4615
31 Montanes, Albert       ESP      11     16    0.6875
32 Acasuso, Jose          ARG      11     19    0.5789
33 Kratochvil, Michel     SUI      11     20    0.5500
34 Mantilla, Felix        ESP      11     23    0.4783
35 Gonzalez, Fernando     CHI      11     25    0.4400
36 Zabaleta, Mariano      ARG      11     25    0.4400
37 Vacek, Jan             CZE      10     13    0.7692
38 Norman, Magnus         SWE      10     16    0.6250
39 Voltchkov, Vladimir    BLR      10     16    0.6250
40 Portas, Albert         ESP      10     20    0.5000
41 Massu, Nicolas         CHI      10     22    0.4545
42 Stepanek, Radek        CZE      10     22    0.4545
43 Hrbaty, Dominik        SVK      10     26    0.3846
44 Sargsian, Sargis       ARM      10     26    0.3846
45 Srichaphan, Paradorn   THA      10     29    0.3448
46 Pavel, Andrei          ROM       9     11    0.8182
47 Ramirez-Hidalgo,       ESP       9     11    0.8182
48 Puerta, Mariano        ARG       9     14    0.6429
49 Volandri, Filippo      ITA       9     16    0.5625
50 Ancic, Mario           CRO       9     18    0.5000
51 Rochus, Christophe     BEL       9     18    0.5000

* 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  Waske, Alexander       GER      16     18    0.8889
2  Krajan, Zeljko         CRO      12     14    0.8571
3  Pavel, Andrei          ROM       9     11    0.8182
4  Ramirez-Hidalgo, Ruben ESP       9     11    0.8182
5  Mamiit, Cecil          USA      12     15    0.8000
6  Chang, Michael         USA       8     10    0.8000
7  Heuberger, Ivo         SUI       8     10    0.8000
8  Llodra, Michael        FRA       8     10    0.8000
9  Sa, Andre              BRA      14     18    0.7778
10 Vacek, Jan             CZE      10     13    0.7692
11 Beck, Karol            SVK      17     23    0.7391
12 Arthurs, Wayne         AUS      16     22    0.7273
13 Gimelstob, Justin      USA      12     17    0.7059
14 Labadze, Irakli        GEO      12     17    0.7059
15 Kendrick, Robert       USA       7     10    0.7000
16 Kim, Alex              USA       7     10    0.7000
17 Morrison, Jeff         USA       7     10    0.7000
18 Vahaly, Brian          USA      16     23    0.6957
19 Montanes, Albert       ESP      11     16    0.6875
20 Voinea, Adrian         ROM      13     19    0.6842
21 Melzer, Jurgen         AUT      12     18    0.6667
22 Sanchez, David         ESP      19     29    0.6552
23 Puerta, Mariano        ARG       9     14    0.6429
24 Corretja, Alex         ESP      14     22    0.6364
25 Savolt, Attila         HUN       7     11    0.6364
26 Norman, Magnus         SWE      10     16    0.6250
27 Voltchkov, Vladimir    BLR      10     16    0.6250
28 Martin, Alberto        ESP      16     26    0.6154
29 Mathieu, Paul-Henri    FRA      14     23    0.6087
30 Koubek, Stefan         AUT      15     25    0.6000
31 Lee, Hyung-Taik        KOR      14     24    0.5833
32 Sluiter, Raemon        NED      14     24    0.5833
33 Verdasco, Fernando     ESP       7     12    0.5833
34 Acasuso, Jose          ARG      11     19    0.5789
35 Sanguinetti, Davide    ITA      12     21    0.5714
36 Enqvist, Thomas        SWE      13     23    0.5652
37 Volandri, Filippo      ITA       9     16    0.5625
38 Verkerk, Martin        NED      14     25    0.5600
39 Vicente, Fernando      ESP      16     29    0.5517
40 Kratochvil, Michel     SUI      11     20    0.5500
41 Carlsen, Kenneth       DEN      12     22    0.5455
42 Lapentti, Nicolas      ECU      12     22    0.5455
43 Safin, Marat           RUS       7     13    0.5385
44 Davydenko, Nikolay     RUS      17     32    0.5313
45 Ferrer, David          ESP      14     27    0.5185
46 Rochus, Olivier        BEL      14     28    0.5000
47 Gambill, Jan-Michael   USA      13     26    0.5000
48 Portas, Albert         ESP      10     20    0.5000
49 Ancic, Mario           CRO       9     18    0.5000
50 Rochus, Christophe     BEL       9     18    0.5000
51 Draper, Scott          AUS       8     16    0.5000
52 Escude, Nicolas        FRA       5     10    0.5000

* minimum 10 tournaments