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ATP weekly No. 1 players

How hard can it be to define the 10 best players ever on the weekly ATP Rankings? Since the introduction of the ATP Rankings in 1973, only 25 players reached the No. 1 spot for at least 1 week. The table below shows their total No. 1 weeks, plus the longest streaks they realised. Below the table you'll find a closer look on the youngest & oldest No. 1 players.

Top 10

From the 25 No. 1 players, nine players occupied the No. 1 spot for more than 100 weeks. One 'outsider' completes the Top 10:

1. Federer, 302 weeks

2. Sampras, 286 weeks

3. Lendl, 270 weeks

4. Connors, 268 weeks

5. McEnroe, 170 weeks

6. Nadal, 141 weeks

7. Borg, 109 weeks

8. Djokovic, 108 weeks (and going)

9. Agassi, 101 weeks

10. Hewitt, 80 weeks

Only the Top 4 players collected more than 200 weeks. These four also realised the 4 longest streaks ever (more details in the table below). Federer suffered considerably less interruptions than the other 3.

McEnroe still owns the 5th spot, but Nadal and/or Djokovic might one day overtake him.

Hewitt seems the most obvious candidate for our remaining Top 10 spot. He's the only player left with 80 weeks or more at No. 1. He even realised the 5th longest No. 1 streak ever.

Of the 10 players with 7 Slam-titles or more, Wilander is the only one who doesn't make it to this Top 10. The Suede ends up on the 15th spot, behind Edberg, Courier, Kuerten and Nastase1.

Records are marked in yellow, players holding the records in bold.

Player
1st No. 1
Age at 1st No. 1
Last No. 1
Age at last No. 1
Total weeks
Longest streak
# of streaks
Djokovic
Jul 4 2011
24
Current No. 1
27
108
53
3
Nadal
Aug 18 2008
22
06/07/2014
28
141
56
3
Federer
Feb 2 2004
22
Nov 4 2012
31
302
237
3
Roddick
Nov 3 2003
21
Feb 1 2004
21
13
13
1
Ferrero
Sept 8 2003
23
Nov 2 2003
23
8
8
1
Hewitt
Nov 19 2001
20
Jun 15 2003
22
80
75
2
Kuerten
Dec 4 2000
24
Nov 18 2001
25
43
30
3
Safin
Nov 20 2000
20
Apr 22 2001
21
9
4
3
Rafter
Jul 26 1999
26
Aug 1 1999
26
1
1
1
Kafelnikov
May 3 1999
25
Jun 13 1999
25
6
6
1
Moya
Mar 15 1999
22
Mar 28 1999
22
2
2
1
Rios
Mar 30 1998
22
Aug 23 1998
22
6
4
2
Muster
Feb 12 1996
28
Apr 14 1996
28
6
5
2
Agassi
Apr 10 1995
24
Sep 7 2003
33
101
52
6
Sampras
Apr 12 1993
21
Nov 19 2000
29
286
102
11
Courier
Feb 10 1992
21
Sep 12 1993
23
58
27
3
Becker
Jan 28 1991
23
Sep 8 1991
23
12
9
1
Edberg
Aug 13 1990
24
Oct 4 1992
26
72
24
4
Wilander
Sep 12 1988
24
Jan 29 1989
24
20
20
1
Lendl
Feb 28 1983
22
Aug 12 1990
30
270
157
8
McEnroe
Mar 3 1980
21
Sep 8 1985
26
170
58
13
Borg
Aug 23 1977
21
Aug 2 1981
25
109
46
6
Connors
Jul 29 1974
21
Jul 3 1983
30
268
160
9
Newcombe
Jun 3 1974
30
Jul 28 1974
30
8
8
1
Nastase
Aug 23 1973
27
Jun 2 1974
27
40
40
1
Averages
23
26
84
47
3

 

Youngest & oldest No. 1

Hewitt is the youngest No. 1 ever on the weekly ATP Rankings, 1 month younger than Safin who was born 1 year before Hewitt and grabbed the No. 1 spot 1 year before him, to become the youngest No. 1 ever -until 1 year later. Safin never could remain No. 1 as long as Hewitt: Kuerten dethroned him after 2 weeks. Safin was able to regain No. 1 twice, but never would reach it again after Hewitt's first No. 1 ranking... neither would Kuerten.

Agassi did become No. 1 again, twice, during Hewitt's No. 1 reigns, which oddly relates the youngest with the oldest player. Agassi not only is the oldest No. 1, if we filter down to our Top 10 ATP players, he's also the oldest to reach it for the first time: just a few weeks before his 25th birthday. He lost his 3 first slam finals and is, together with Djokovic and Lendl, the only player in our Top 10 that didn't win his first slam final. Lendl is one of the few players who reached No. 1 before winning his first Grand Slam title.

 

1 Since the largest part of Nastase's career lies before the introduction of the ATP Rankings, we don't take his results in consideration, not on this page, nor anywhere else on this site. We're sorry for all Nastase fans, but our main focus lies on the post 1974-icons.

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