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2015 clay-court season by the numbers

By Guillaume Willecoq   on   Monday 10 August 2015
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The 2015 clay-court season is over, after Philipp Kohlschreiber’s triumph in Kitzbuhel. The German player close a serial of 37 chapters (22 for the men, 15 for the women) which reached its climax in Roland-Garros last June. The season by the numbers.

The men

Hall of fame :

  • Quito : Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
  • Sao Paulo : Pablo Cuevas (URU)
  • Rio de Janeiro : David Ferrer (ESP)
  • Buenos Aires : Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  • Casablanca : Martin Klizan (SVK)
  • Houston : Jack Sock (USA)
  • MONTE-CARLO : NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)
  • Barcelona : Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • Bucarest : Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP)
  • Munich : Andy Murray (GBR)
  • Estoril : Richard Gasquet (FRA)
  • Istanbul : Roger Federer (SUI)
  • MADRID : ANDY MURRAY (GBR)
  • ROME : NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)
  • Geneva : Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
  • Nice : Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • ROLAND-GARROS : Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • Bastad : Benoît Paire (FRA)
  • Umag : Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • Hamburg : Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  • Gstaad : Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • Kitzbühel : Philipp Kohlschreiber (ALL)

 

Statistics :

Number of players who won at least one title : 17.
Most titles won : Dominic Thiem (3). The 21 year-old newcomer in the Top 20 is followed by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal (2).

Number of countries which won at least one title : 13.
Most titles won for one country : Spain (4). As usual… but much lesser than previous years. Mainly due to Nadal and Ferrer’s low records on clay this year.

They won their first title on clay : Victor Estrella Burgos, Jack Sock, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Benoît Paire.
They won their first title, all surfaces included : Victor Estrella Burgos, Jack Sock, Dominic Thiem and Benoît Paire.

Victor Estrella Burgos made history winning the first ATP World Tour title ever for the Dominican Republic.
Not a first time ever, but Great Britain was waiting for an ATP World Tour title on clay since 1976 (Christopher Mottram in Palma de Mallorca). Thank you Andy Murray !

Most career titles on clay (players in activity in singles) : Rafael Nadal (47, +2 in 2015), David Ferrer (12, +1), Nicolas Almagro (12), Roger Federer (11, +1) and Novak Djokovic (11, +2).

Youngest winner on clay this year : Dominic Thiem (21 years and 9 months in Nice).
Oldest winner : Victor Estrella Burgos (34 years and 6 months in Quito).

One or two handed-backhand ? 12 titles for the two-handers versus 10 for the one-handed backhands. Opposite to the general trend on hard courts, the one-handed backhand is still competitive on clay.

The 2015 clay-season of the Roland-Garros champion, Stan Wawrinka : 4th round in Monte-Carlo (lost to Grigor Dimitrov) ; 4th round in Madrid (lost to Grigor Dimitrov) ; semifinal in Rome (lost to Roger Federer) ; quarterfinals in Geneva (lost to Federico Delbonis) ; champion in Roland-Garros. 13 victories for 4 losses.


The ladies

Hall of fame :

  • Rio de Janeiro : Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Charleston : Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • Bogota: Teliana Pereira (BRA)
  • Stuttgart : Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • Marrakech : Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • Prague : Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • MADRID : Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • ROME : Maria Sharapova (RUS)
  • Strasbourg : Samantha Stosur (AUS)
  • Nürnberg : Karin Knapp (ITA)
  • ROLAND-GARROS : Serena Williams (USA)
  • Bucarest : Anna Schmiedlova (SVK)
  • Bastad : Johanna Larsson (SWE)
  • Bad Gastein : Samantha Stosur (AUS)
  • Florianopolis : Teliana Pereira (BRA)

 

Statistics :

Number of players who won at least one title : 12.
Most titles won : Angelique Kerber, Samantha Stosur and Teliana Pereira (2).

Number of countries which won at least one title : 10.
Most titles won for one country : Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic (2). Australia, Brazil and Germany thanks to only one player, Italy and Czech Republic thanks to two players.

They won their first title on clay : Angelique Kerber, Teliana Pereira, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Karin Knapp, Anna Schmiedlova and Johanna Larsson.
They won their first title, all surfaces included : Teliana Pereira, Anna Schmiedlova and Johanna Larsson.

Brazil and Ukraine were waiting for a WTA clay title since respectively 1988 (Neige Dias) and 1993 (Natalia Medvedeva) : thanks to Teliana Pereira and Elina Svitolina, those two countries refresh their records.

Most career titles on clay (players in activity in singles) : Serena Williams (12, +1 in 2015) Maria Sharapova (11, +1), Venus Williams (9).

Youngest winner on clay this year : Elina Svitolina (20 years and 7 months in Marrakech, versus 20 years and 10 months for Anna Schmiedlova in Bucarest).
Oldest winner : Serena Williams (33 year and 8 months at Roland-Garros).

One or two-handed backhand ? No contest with the ladies : the two-handed backhand won all the 15 titles played this season.

The 2015 clay-court season of the Roland-Garros champion, Serena Williams : victory over Argentinian Maria Irigoyen on Fed Cup first round ; victories over Sara Errani and Camila Giorgi in the Fed Cup play-offs ; semifinals in Madrid (lost to Petra Kvitova) ; 4th round in Rome (walkover against Christina McHale) ; champion in Roland-Garros ; 2nd round in Bastad (walkover against Klara Koukalova). 16 victories for 1 loss.

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