Feliciano López, the record tennis player
At 39 years old, Feliciano López continues to show that he still can go on for a while and this week at the Australian Open he set a new longevity record. The Spanish tennis player played his 75th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, a record that continues to grow thanks to the good work of the player in the physical and injury prevention section. He is the tennis player with the most consecutive participations in history and Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open still lie ahead this season.
“I have been lucky with injuries but I have also earned praise for it, I take good care of myself” he said the day he managed to break the record for participations at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. No active or retired player has participated in more editions than the player from Toledo. Manuel Orantes settled in 16 editions and Feliciano already accumulated 19, despite the cancellation of last year’s edition.
The player from Toledo can also boast of having 19 consecutive seasons within the Top-100, a feat within the reach of very few. In fact, he only surpasses Roger Federer with 22. “Feli” first entered the Top 100 club on July 8, 2002 after reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
Currently, Feliciano combines his role as a player with that of director of the Mutua Madrid Open and has not yet set a date for his retirement. He grew up as a tennis player on the courts of RCTB-1899, his club, and if he participates in this year’s edition from April 17 to 25, he will continue to expand his legacy in Barcelona with his 20th participation.