I was posting about the conditioning and stamina of Ferrer in tough matches and how you can always count on him to fight in a match . As great as it is to wager on a fighter, sometimes it can be horrible to wager on a player who you know will never retire but will stick it out to the bitter end, like petkovic said, "I would rather die than retire during a match", she has retired 3 times.
Sometimes wagering on a player who just caves in rather than fight can save you some money if you make sure you have some books with full match or two set rules. I decided to look up some stats on retirement and see which players tend to fight it out and which ones retire. There is also a list of some books and their retirement rules.
The first one that really stood out to me was a post from tennis warehouse about Tipsarevic. He has achieved something that may not ever be duplicated, he has achieved a career golden retirement grand slam. He has retired from the 2008 olympics, retired from the US Open in 3 different years, retired from the french in 2009, australian open in 2007, and wimbledon in 2011. Phenomenal.
I actually like Tipsarevic alot but I remember people saying that the reason he performed so poor here against Gasquet was jet lag. Jet lag??? Everyone flies over here, that performance was just abysmal against Gasquet. I still like Tipsy though , he just needs to read more Nietzsche on will and not just get tattoos of his sayings, his retirement rate is pretty bad.
I got some of these from an 2011 article http://www.thesportsjournalist.co.uk...s-withdrawals/ but I am going to try and do a more thorough collection of numbers when I get time.
Matchstat, http://www.matchstat.com/PlayerInjuries/552seems seems to have the easiest and quickest way to retrieve this data, you just put in the players name and it brings up an option to checkout players injuries and retirements and withdrawals. I havent looked at oncourt or tennis insight but I didnt see anything comparable at first glance.
hese are just atp numbers and keep in mind the age of the players, though Zverev and Tipsarevic have done an amazing job of retiring from matches at a pretty young age, notching 21 retirements.
Most retirements and withdrawals.
Michael Llodra (27)
Nicolas Kiefer (28)
Filippo Volandri (26)
Nikolay Davydenko (25)
Zverev (25) another young player
Marcos Daniel (23 ),
Xavier Malisse 19 (this article said one of them was for a tantrum on court)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (19)
Victor Hanescu (18),
Jose Acasuso (17)
players on (16),
includes Philipp Kohlschreiber, Richard Gasquet, Steve Darcis, Rob Kendrick and Rainer Schuettler.
Juan Martin Del Potro (15 , in a very short career)
Bogomolov, Istomin, Tursunov, Mayer, Stepanek, Roddick, Youzhny, Tsonga, Monfils,
and Gonzalez (12- 15)
The career golden slam of retirements- Tipsarevic
Fewest retirements and withdrawals
Federer 2 withdrawals and has never retired in a match.Never. Thats a Brett Favre-like stat , an amazing stat in an amazing career.
James Blake 1
Sam Querrey 1
Alejandro Falla 0 in 152 matches