Wayne was South Africa’s most successful players and hung around long enough to claim a Grand Slam record in longevity. He posed problems for all the top players especially Sampras who he beat 6 times. Apart from showing up for consecutive Grand Slams for years, he holds another record for slowest beard growth on a tennis player.
In the words of Wayne, “I’ve never been able to grow a beard, so I just thought I’d see how long it takes me. It’s been a long time, about a month, and it’s still not quite there.” Now you know.
What is he doing now?: Playing on the Outback Champions Series and also president and CEO of EcoloBlue, Life and Energy, an environmental and renewable resources company.
Career titles: 15
Win/Loss Record: 512/330
Career High Ranking: 6 (1995)
Finest moment: Winning Masters Series titles in Toronto and Stuttgart
Famous For: Holding the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances at 56.
Watch: A slick bio on Wayne by the ATP