Entering this week's ATP 250 event in Kitzbuhel, the 35-year-old German Philipp Kohlschreiber has become the tenth player in the Open era with at least 360 ATP tournaments played. Kohlschreiber has joined Fabrice Santoro, Feliciano Lopez, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco, Jimmy Conors, David Ferrer, John Alexander, Andreas Seppi and Tommy Robredo, eager to extend his career as long as possible despite a mediocre string of results that have pushed him out from the top-70 for the first time in 13 years!
For the first time since 2005, Philipp has lost five straight matches on the Tour, bowing out early at Roland Garros, Stuttgart, Halle, Wimbledon and Hamburg, failing to win an ATP match during the grass season for the first time in a career and taking only three games against Marton Fucsovics in Hamburg.
Hoping for a better run in Kitzbuhel, the German veteran is celebrating a massive ranking milestone this week, becoming the seventh player with the longest active streak in the top-100, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, Richard Gasquet, Novak Djokovic and Gilles Simon as the player with 700 consecutive weeks in the elite group!
Finding himself on the ATP ranking list for the first time in 1999, Philipp needed a couple of years actually to start making progress through the list, cracking the top-100 only in August 2004. After five weeks outside that group at the beginning of 2006, Philipp had settled in the top-100 again in March and stayed there ever since, entering 18 ATP finals and competing in more than 800 encounters on the Tour so far.
Kohlschreiber has finished in the top-45 in the last 12 years, settling between positions 27-43 and delivering one consistent season after another to earn this huge ranking record. Battling against all the best player in the world in the last 15 years, Philipp notched 25 top-10 triumphs overall and the latest one at Indian Wells where he ousted world no.
1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets en route to the spot in the last 16. Kohlschreiber is well aware of his current form but will do his best to get back on the winning way and secure another year-end top-50 position if he finds the pace in the last three months of the season.