2004 "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 15th 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 Rainer Schuettler and Brian Vahaly.  Schuettler takes the crown for most first round losses.  He suffered 19 of them, two more than any other player.  This marks the third consecutive year the winning total was 19.  Xavier Malisse was next with 17.  Nikolay Davydenko comes in third with 16.  He also came in third last year.

In the percentage category, its Brian Vahaly who went down in the first round in 9 of the 10 events he played in in 2004.  Mark Philippoussis is next with 13 early exits in 16 events, while Jeff Salzenstein lost 8 times in 10 attempts.  Jean-Rene Lisnard and John van Lottum each lost in 10 of 13 tournaments.

As usual, we also reward those for being on the opposite end of things.  Once again this year, 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), Andy Roddick lost only once in the first round in 19 events.  Roger Federer also once again came in second place, this time losing once in 16 events.  Federer only lost twice in the first round last year.  Andre Agassi, Sebastien Grosjean, Felix Mantilla, Carlos Moya, and David Nalbandian each lost just 3 times in their opening match in 2004.

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:
2003      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  Schuettler, Rainer      GER     19     29    0.6552
2  Malisse, Xavier         BEL     17     26    0.6538
3  Davydenko, Nikolay      RUS     16     31    0.5161
4  Massu, Nicolas          CHI     15     29    0.5172
5  Burgsmuller, Lars       GER     14     19    0.7368
6  Ramirez-Hidalgo, Ruben  ESP     14     19    0.7368
7  Labadze, Irakli         GEO     14     21    0.6667
8  Clement, Arnaud         FRA     14     22    0.6364
9  Dupuis, Antony          FRA     14     22    0.6364
10 Ginepri, Robby          USA     14     24    0.5833
11 Karlovic, Ivo           CRO     14     25    0.5600
12 Ferrer, David           ESP     14     31    0.4516
13 Philippoussis, Mark     AUS     13     16    0.8125
14 Hernandez, Oscar        ESP     13     19    0.6842
15 Enqvist, Thomas         SWE     13     20    0.6500
16 Hanescu, Victor         ROM     13     24    0.5417
17 Andreev, Igor           RUS     13     27    0.4815
18 Sanchez, David          ESP     13     27    0.4815
19 Sargsian, Sargis        ARM     13     27    0.4815
20 Horna, Luis             PER     13     28    0.4643
21 Portas, Albert          ESP     12     16    0.7500
22 Montanes, Albert        ESP     12     17    0.7059
23 Rochus, Christophe      BEL     12     18    0.6667
24 Ulihrach, Bohdan        CZE     12     19    0.6316
25 Carraz, Gregory         FRA     12     20    0.6000
26 Sanguinetti, Davide     ITA     12     20    0.6000
27 Bjorkman, Jonas         SWE     12     25    0.4800
28 Gambill, Jan-Michael    USA     12     25    0.4800
29 Martin, Alberto         ESP     12     26    0.4615
30 Mirnyi, Max             BLR     12     26    0.4615
31 Soderling, Robin        SWE     12     28    0.4286
32 Moodie, Wesley          RSA     11     16    0.6875
33 Arthurs, Wayne          AUS     11     20    0.5500
34 Ancic, Mario            CRO     11     22    0.5000
35 Chela, Juan Ignacio     ARG     11     27    0.4074
36 Hrbaty, Dominik         SVK     11     28    0.3929
37 Lisnard, Jean-Rene      FRA     10     13    0.7692
38 van Lottum, John        NED     10     13    0.7692
39 van Scheppingen, Dennis NED     10     14    0.7143
40 Blanco, Galo            ESP     10     15    0.6667
41 Acasuso, Jose           ARG     10     17    0.5882
42 Ascione, Thierry        FRA     10     17    0.5882
43 Tursunov, Dmitry        RUS     10     17    0.5882
44 Corretja, Alex          ESP     10     19    0.5263
45 Costa, Albert           ESP     10     22    0.4545
46 Rochus, Olivier         BEL     10     22    0.4545
47 Melzer, Jurgen          AUT     10     23    0.4348
48 Canas, Guillermo        ARG     10     24    0.4167
49 Lopez, Feliciano        ESP     10     26    0.3846
50 Verdasco, Fernando      ESP     10     26    0.3846

* 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  Vahaly, Brian           USA      9     10    0.9000
2  Philippoussis, Mark     AUS     13     16    0.8125
3  Salzenstein, Jeff       USA      8     10    0.8000
4  Lisnard, Jean-Rene      FRA     10     13    0.7692
5  van Lottum, John        NED     10     13    0.7692
6  Portas, Albert          ESP     12     16    0.7500
7  Vacek, Jan              CZE      9     12    0.7500
8  Burgsmuller, Lars       GER     14     19    0.7368
9  Ramirez-Hidalgo, Ruben  ESP     14     19    0.7368
10 Peya, Alexander         AUT      8     11    0.7273
11 van Scheppingen, Dennis NED     10     14    0.7143
12 Montanes, Albert        ESP     12     17    0.7059
13 Behrend, Tomas          GER      7     10    0.7000
14 Ivanisevic, Goran       CRO      7     10    0.7000
15 Lu, Yen-Hsun            TPE      7     10    0.7000
16 Mahut, Nicolas          FRA      7     10    0.7000
17 Mutis, Olivier          FRA      9     13    0.6923
18 Moodie, Wesley          RSA     11     16    0.6875
19 Hernandez, Oscar        ESP     13     19    0.6842
20 Labadze, Irakli         GEO     14     21    0.6667
21 Rochus, Christophe      BEL     12     18    0.6667
22 Blanco, Galo            ESP     10     15    0.6667
23 Schuettler, Rainer      GER     19     29    0.6552
24 Malisse, Xavier         BEL     17     26    0.6538
25 Enqvist, Thomas         SWE     13     20    0.6500
26 Vliegen, Kristof        BEL      9     14    0.6429
27 Clement, Arnaud         FRA     14     22    0.6364
28 Dupuis, Antony          FRA     14     22    0.6364
29 Ulihrach, Bohdan        CZE     12     19    0.6316
30 Levy, Harel             ISR      8     13    0.6154
31 Carraz, Gregory         FRA     12     20    0.6000
32 Sanguinetti, Davide     ITA     12     20    0.6000
33 Lapentti, Nicolas       ECU      9     15    0.6000
34 Martin, Todd            USA      9     15    0.6000
35 Popp, Alexander         GER      9     15    0.6000
36 Mathieu, Paul-Henri     FRA      6     10    0.6000
37 Acasuso, Jose           ARG     10     17    0.5882
38 Ascione, Thierry        FRA     10     17    0.5882
39 Tursunov, Dmitry        RUS     10     17    0.5882
40 Ginepri, Robby          USA     14     24    0.5833
41 Elseneer, Gilles        BEL      7     12    0.5833
42 Hernych, Jan            CZE      7     12    0.5833
43 Heuberger, Ivo          SUI      8     14    0.5714
44 Karlovic, Ivo           CRO     14     25    0.5600
45 Arthurs, Wayne          AUS     11     20    0.5500
46 Hanescu, Victor         ROM     13     24    0.5417
47 Berdych, Tomas          CZE      8     15    0.5333
48 Gasquet, Richard        FRA      8     15    0.5333
49 Bogomolov, Alex         USA      9     17    0.5294
50 Corretja, Alex          ESP     10     19    0.5263

* minimum 10 tournaments