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List of ATP Number 1 Ranked Singles Tennis Players

Novak Djokovic, the current men's singles world No. 1, and the record holder of most weeks spent at the top of the rankings.

The ATP Rankings are the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) merit-based method 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.[1] Starting in 1979, an updated rankings list is released at the beginning of each week. Since 1973, 26 men have been ranked No. 1 by the ATP,[2][3] of which 17 have been year-end No. 1. The current world number one is Novak Djokovic from Serbia.

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.[4]

ATP records and particularities

Novak Djokovic has spent the most weeks as world No. 1, a total of 324 weeks. Roger Federer has the record of 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1.[5] Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras hold the record for the most year-end No. 1 rankings, both men achieving the feat six times.[6][7] Sampras' record was achieved in consecutive years. Patrick Rafter spent the least time at No. 1 (one week).

Novak Djokovic has the record of most ATP rankings points (16,950). Federer in 2004/2006, Nadal in 2010 and Djokovic in 2015 clinched Year-end No. 1 the earliest in the season (September).

Lleyton Hewitt is both the youngest world No. 1 (20 years, 8 months) and youngest year-end No. 1,[8][9] while Federer is the oldest No. 1 (36 years, 10 months).[10][11] Djokovic is the oldest year-end No. 1 (33 years, 7 months).[12]

Federer is the player with the longest time span between first and most recent dates at world No. 1 in the history of the ATP. He most recently held the top ranking the week of June 18, 2018, more than fourteen years after first becoming No. 1 on February 2, 2004.[13]

Rafael Nadal has the longest timespan, 11 years, between his first and last year-end No. 1 titles, 2008 and 2019. He is also the only player to be world No. 1 in three decades.

Two players, Ivan Lendl and Marcelo Ríos, have reached No. 1 without previously having won a Grand Slam tournament.[14] Lendl reached No. 1 on February 21, 1983, but did not win his first Grand Slam title until the 1984 French Open.[15] Ríos reached No. 1 on March 30, 1998, but retired without ever having won a Grand Slam singles title, making him the only No. 1 player with that distinction.[16][17]

Since 1973 when the ATP rankings started, there have been twelve 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. In contrast to this, 1999 saw five players hold the No. 1 ranking (the most in any single year): Sampras, Carlos Moyá, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andre Agassi, and Rafter.

John McEnroe held the No. 1 ranking on a record 14 occasions, and Sampras is the only other player to have held it on 10 or more occasions with 11 stints.

World No. 1 ranked players

The statistics are updated only when the ATP website revises its rankings (usually on Monday mornings except when tournament finals are postponed). Weeks' stats will be automatically updated every Monday (UTC).
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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.

Weeks at No. 1

The ATP Tour was suspended from March 16 to August 21, 2020. The ATP Rankings were frozen from March 23 to August 23, 2020; thus that period was not counted towards the total. In that period (22 weeks), the world number one was Novak Djokovic.
Total weeks

Consecutive weeks
Key
? Current No. 1 player (weeks are automatically updated)
Active streaks and players in bold

Weeks at No. 1 leaders


No. 1 leaders timeline

Ilie N?staseJimmy ConnorsIvan LendlPete SamprasRoger FedererNovak Djokovic

No. 1 leaders' weeks milestones by age

Year-end No. 1

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Pete Sampras finished a record six years as world No. 1 (tied with Djokovic).
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 and Pete Sampras hold the ATP record of six year-end No. 1 rankings. Six players have stayed at ATP No. 1 in the rankings every week of a calendar year. Roger Federer is the only player to have been ranked No. 1 every week for three consecutive calendar years. Four players (Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal) have achieved year-end No. 1 rankings in non-consecutive years.

Key
(n) Times as year-end No. 1 (more than once)
* Player was ranked No. 1 during every week of the calendar year

Players who became No. 1 without having won a Major title

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) [57]
Chile Marcelo Ríos March 30, 1998 1998 Australian Open (only final) None (retired in 2004) [14]

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

Time span Player First held No. 1 Last held No. 1
Date Age Date Age
14 years, 142 days  Switzerland  Roger Federer Feb 2, 2004 22 years, 5 months Jun 24, 2018 36 years, 10 months
11 years, 168 days Spain Rafael Nadal Aug 18, 2008 22 years, 2 months Feb 2, 2020 33 years, 7 months
9 years, 343 days Serbia Novak Djokovic? Jul 4, 2011 24 years, 1 month June 12, 2021 34 years
8 years, 339 days United States Jimmy Connors Jul 29, 1974 21 years, 10 months Jul 3, 1983 30 years, 10 months
8 years, 150 days United States Andre Agassi Apr 10, 1995 24 years, 11 months Sep 7, 2003 33 years, 3 months
7 years, 221 days United States Pete Sampras Apr 12, 1993 21 years, 8 months Nov 19, 2000 29 years, 3 months
7 years, 165 days Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl Feb 28, 1983 22 years, 11 months Aug 12, 1990 30 years, 5 months
5 years, 189 days United States John McEnroe Mar 3, 1980 21 years Sep 8, 1985 26 years, 6 months
3 years, 344 days Sweden Björn Borg Aug 23, 1977 21 years, 2 months Aug 2, 1981 25 years, 1 month
2 years, 52 days Sweden Stefan Edberg Aug 13, 1990 24 years, 6 months Oct 4, 1992 26 years, 8 months
1 year, 214 days United States Jim Courier Feb 10, 1992 21 years, 5 months Sep 12, 1993 22 years, 11 months
1 year, 208 days Australia Lleyton Hewitt Nov 19, 2001 20 years, 8 months Jun 15, 2003 22 years, 3 months
349 days Brazil Gustavo Kuerten Dec 4, 2000 24 years, 2 months Nov 18, 2001 25 years, 2 months
286 days United Kingdom Andy Murray Nov 7, 2016 29 years, 5 months Aug 20, 2017 30 years, 3 months
283 days Romania Ilie N?stase Aug 23, 1973 27 years, 1 month Jun 2, 1974 27 years, 10 months
223 days Germany Boris Becker Jan 28, 1991 23 years, 2 months Sep 8, 1991 23 years, 9 months
153 days Russia Marat Safin Nov 20, 2000 20 years, 9 months Apr 22, 2001 21 years, 2 months
146 days Chile Marcelo Ríos Mar 30, 1998 22 years, 3 months Aug 23, 1998 22 years, 7 months
139 days Sweden Mats Wilander Sep 12, 1988 24 years Jan 29, 1989 24 years, 5 months
90 days United States Andy Roddick Nov 3, 2003 21 years, 2 months Feb 1, 2004 21 years, 5 months
62 days Austria Thomas Muster Feb 12, 1996 28 years, 4 months Apr 14, 1996 28 years, 6 months
55 days Australia John Newcombe Jun 3, 1974 30 years Jul 28, 1974 30 years, 2 months
55 days Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero Sep 8, 2003 23 years, 5 months Nov 2, 2003 23 years, 8 months
41 days Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov May 3, 1999 25 years, 2 months Jun 13, 1999 25 years, 3 months
13 days Spain Carlos Moyá Mar 15, 1999 22 years, 6 months Mar 28, 1999 22 years, 7 months
6 days Australia Patrick Rafter Jul 26, 1999 26 years, 6 months Aug 1, 1999 26 years, 7 months


Weeks at No. 1 by decade

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

No. 1 players by country

See also

References

General

  • "ATP Rankings - Singles". atptour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2021.
  • "ATP Rankings - No. 1s (Singles)". atptour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2021.

Specific

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