Feliciano Lopez to tie Federer's record of most grand slam appearences
Spain's Feliciano Lopez has replaced Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Wimbledon main draw of the men's singles for the upcoming edition allowing him to tie Federer's record.
The 40-year-old Spanish player will make his 81st Grand Slam appearance, equalling Roger Federer's
record. No other player in the history of the sport has participated in
more Majors. and it all started at the 2001 French Open which was his first grand slam event.
The World No. 122 had an opportunity to level with the Swiss Maestro last month in Paris. Unfortunately, he lost against Gian Marco Moroni in the first round of qualifiers for the 2022 French Open. The defeat also meant that his record streak of 79 consecutive Grand Slam singles' main draw appearances was broken.
At SW19 this year, Feliciano Lopez, who turned pro in 1997, is all set to become the first-ever player with a minimum of 20 appearances at all four Grand Slam events. With Federer most likely to miss the fourth Slam of the year at the US Open, Lopez will have a great chance to break the record for most Grand Slam appearances.