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List of ATP Number 1 Ranked Players

Carlos Alcaraz, the current men's singles world No. 1.

The Pepperstone ATP rankings[1] are the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) merit-based system for determining the rankings in men's tennis. The top-ranked player is the player who, over the previous 52 weeks, has garnered the most ranking points on the ATP Tour. Points are awarded based on how far a player advances in tournaments and the category of those tournaments. The ATP has used a computerized system for determining the rankings since August 23, 1973.[2] Starting in 1979, an updated rankings list is released at the beginning of each week. Since 1973, 28 players have been ranked No. 1 by the ATP,[3][4] of which 17 have been year-end No. 1. The current world number one is Carlos Alcaraz from Spain, who also holds the record for being the youngest ever No. 1 in history at 19 years and 4 months.

Ranking method

Since the introduction of the rankings, the method used to calculate a player's ranking points has changed several times. As of 2019, the rankings are calculated by totaling the points a player wins in his best eighteen tournaments, subject to certain restrictions. For top players the counting tournaments are the four Grand Slam tournaments, the eight mandatory ATP Masters tournaments, the player's best four eligible ATP Tour 500 tournaments (the non-mandatory ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo may be substituted for one of these), and his best two results from ATP Tour 250 tournaments. Lower-ranked players who are not eligible for some or all of the top tournaments may include additional ATP 500 and ATP 250 events, and also ATP Challenger Tour, and ITF Men's Circuit tournaments. Players who qualify for the year-end ATP Finals also include any points gained from the tournament in his total, increasing the number of tournaments counted to 19.[5]

ATP records and distinctions

Novak Djokovic has spent the most weeks as world No. 1, a record total 373 weeks. Roger Federer has the record of 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1.[6] Novak Djokovic also holds the record for the most year-end No. 1 rankings, achieving the feat for seven years (including the pandemic-shortened season[7]).[8][9] Pete Sampras held the year-end No. 1 title for a record six consecutive years,[10] while Djokovic held the year-end No. 1 ranking for consecutive years three times.

Since the introduction of a new point scale for the ATP rankings from 2009, Djokovic holds the record of 16,950 ranking points, the most ATP points ever accumulated by any player.[11][12][13]

Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest world No. 1 (19 years, 4 months),[14] while Lleyton Hewitt is the youngest year-end No. 1 (20 years, 8 months).[15] Federer is the oldest No. 1 (36 years, 10 months),[16] while Djokovic is the oldest year-end No. 1 (34 years, 7 months).[17]

Federer is the player with the longest time span (14 years) between his first and most recent dates (February 2004 - June 2018) at No. 1,[18] while Nadal has the longest time span (11 years) between his first and last (2008-2019) year-end No. 1 ranking.

Two players, Ivan Lendl and Marcelo Ríos, have reached No. 1 without previously having won a major singles title.[19] Lendl reached No. 1 on February 21, 1983, but did not win his first Grand Slam title until the 1984 French Open.[20] Ríos reached No. 1 on March 30, 1998, but retired without ever having won a Grand Slam title, making him the only No. 1 player with that distinction.[21][22]

Federer holds the record of wire-to-wire No. 1 for three consecutive calendar years. Since 1973 when the ATP rankings started, there have been 13 years in which one player held the top spot for the entire year: Jimmy Connors in 1975, 1976, and 1978; Lendl in 1986 and 1987; Pete Sampras in 1994 and 1997; Hewitt in 2002; Federer in 2005, 2006, and 2007; and Djokovic in 2015 and 2021. In contrast, 1999 saw five players hold the No. 1 ranking (the most in any single year): Sampras, Carlos Moyá, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andre Agassi, and Patrick Rafter.

John McEnroe held the No. 1 ranking a record 14 times, and Sampras is the only other player to have held it 10 or more times, with 11 stints. Rafter spent the least time at number 1 (one week).

ATP No. 1 ranked singles players

The statistics are updated only when the ATP website revises its rankings (usually on Monday mornings except when tournament finals are postponed).
Novak Djokovic, the record holder of most weeks spent as world No. 1.
A tennis player in the middle of his service motion, arms and eyes raised
Roger Federer spent a record 237 consecutive weeks at world No. 1. in the 2000s.
Ivan Lendl spent the most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings in the 1980s.
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Jimmy Connors spent the most weeks at world No. 1 in the 1970s.
Ilie N?stase became the first ATP world No. 1 ranked player on August 23, 1973.
double-dagger ATP rankings record.

Weeks at No. 1

Total

Consecutive

Weeks as No. 1 leaders timeline

Year span Leader Date achieved Duration Record
2021-Present Serbia Novak Djokovic March 8, 2021[25] 1 year, 6 months 373
2012-2021  Switzerland  Roger Federer July 16, 2012[26] 8 years, 7 months 310
1999-2012 United States Pete Sampras August 2, 1999[27] 12 years, 11 months 286
1990-1999 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl July 30, 1990 9 years 270
1975-1990 United States Jimmy Connors May 5, 1975 15 years, 2 months 268
1973-1975 Romania Ilie N?stase August 23, 1973 1 year, 8 months 40

No. 1 leaders timeline

Ilie N?staseJimmy ConnorsIvan LendlPete SamprasRoger FedererNovak Djokovic

No. 1 weeks by age

Year-end No. 1 players

Novak Djokovic serving the ball
Novak Djokovic holds an all-time record of seven year-end No. 1 rankings.
A tennis player holds a racket in his hand and prepares to serve
Pete Sampras finished a six consecutive years as world No. 1 in the 1990s.
John McEnroe playing tennis
John McEnroe finished as the year-end No. 1 for four consecutive years in the 1980s.
Lleyton Hewitt hitting a tennis ball
Lleyton Hewitt was the youngest male player to hold the world No. 1 ranking, at age 20 in November 2001.

The ATP year-end No. 1 (ATP Player of the Year), in recent decades, has been determined as the player who ends the year as world No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Prior to the early 1990s this was not always the case, in some instances the "ATP Player of the Year" and the Year-end No. 1 in the rankings were different players. Novak Djokovic holds the ATP record of seven year-end No. 1 rankings.[9] 17 players have achieved the year-end No. 1 ranking, only four them (Lendl, Federer, Djokovic, Nadal) have done so in non-consecutive years. Six players have stayed at No. 1 in the ATP rankings every week of a calendar year. Connors and Federer have done so for three calendar years, Connors non-consecutively and Federer consecutively.

By year

Per player

Players who became No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam

Player First ranked No. 1 First Grand Slam final First Grand Slam title Ref.
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl February 28, 1983 1981 French Open (1st of 19) 1984 French Open (1st of 8) [66]
Chile Marcelo Ríos March 30, 1998 1998 Australian Open (only final) None (retired in 2004) [19]

Time span between first and last dates No. 1 was held

Weeks at No. 1 by decade

  • Note: Rafael Nadal is the only male singles player to hold the ATP No. 1 ranking in three decades (2000s, 2010s and 2020s).

No. 1 players by country

  • Current No. 1 player indicated in bold.

Weeks are updated automatically.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ As of 1 March 2022, the ATP announced that players from Russia and Belarus will not compete under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  2. ^ a b c The ATP rankings were frozen from March 23 to August 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; thus 22 weeks were not counted towards the total of Djokovic.
  3. ^ Player was ranked No. 1 based on best of 22-month ranking due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[63]

References

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