Rafael Nadal recently won the Monte Carlo Open for the ninth time. Was this some sort of record? asked Chris Taylor
The week after his victory in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal also won in Barcelona for the ninth time, equalling his own Open-era record for victories at a single event. He has also won the French Open nine times -- the men's record for any Grand Slam tournament -- and, given his current form, stands a good chance of extending that to ten victories when things get serious at Roland Garros later this month.
In gentler times, the popular Frenchman Jean Borotra won the British Covered Court Championship at Queen's Club 11 times between 1926 and 1949, while South Africa's Eric Sturgess won his home championship on 11 occasions between 1939 and 1957. Bill Johnston -- "Little Bill" to his rival "Big Bill" Tilden -- won the Pacific Coast Championship in his native California ten times between 1913 and 1927.
Turning to the women, Martina Navratilova won the WTA event in Chicago no fewer than 12 times between 1978 and 1992. She also won the Eastbourne tournament on 11 occasions [1978-93], as did Blanche Bingley Hillyard between 1885 and 1905. Margaret Court won the Australian Open 11 times between 1960 and 1973, the record for any Grand Slam tournament.