Spanish Veteran Feliciano Lopez’s Incredible Streak Comes to an End at French Open 2022

Published 05/18/2022, 12:35 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Feliciano Lopez (ESP) looks dejected against Karen Khachanov (RUS) during their Gentlemen’s Singles 2nd Round match on Day 3 of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

40-year-old Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez has been one of the legends of this game. Even at this age, he’s still playing tennis at the highest level. Recently, his focus a little bit shifted towards managing tennis competitions, like the Madrid Open. Notably, he is the new tournament director at the Madrid Open. Despite all the success in his career, he will feel a bit sad about his recent streak, which ended earlier in the qualifying rounds at the French Open.   

Tennis – ATP 500 – Queen’s Club Championships – Queen’s Club, London, Britain – June 17, 2021 Spain’s Feliciano Lopez =in action during his second round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The streak is over for Feliciano Lopez 

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Recently, the Spaniard was playing in the qualifiers at the French Open, trying to qualify for the main draw. Unfortunately, he lost to the 166th-ranked Italian player Gian Marco Moroni in straight sets. Despite being the no.4 seed in the qualifiers, his loss has shocked tennis fans. Most importantly, with this loss, his streak of appearing in 79 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments just ended. 

Notably, this streak started in the 2002 French Open and ended in the 2022 French Open, almost after 20 years. During this period, Lopez had a 98-80 overall winning record. His best result at a Grand Slam level came at Wimbledon where he reached the quarter-final stage on three occasions. Also, he reached the Quarter-final once at the US Open in 2015. 

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Another Grand Slam appearance streak ended yesterday 

Yesterday, Italian tennis player Andreas Seppi also lost his Grand Slam appearance streak at the hand of another Italian player, Giulio Zeppieri. Earlier, at the Australian Open, he surpassed Roger Federer with 66 Grand Slam appearances. However, this streak didn’t last, as the 38-year-old Italian player lost at the French Open qualifier. Notably, his streak started at the Wimbledon in 2005. 

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In the meantime, Roger Federer has the most number of Grand Slam appearances, 81. Lopez has a great chance of matching the Swiss Maestro’s record, as Roger will likely miss the next Grand Slam at Wimbledon as well. In terms of Women’s tennis, the 7-time Grand Slam winner, Venus Williams has the most number of Grand Slam main draw appearances, 90. According to reports, she will probably make her return at this year’s Wimbledon. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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