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ATP year-end No. 1 players

 

Since 1973, 25 players have been able to reach the No. 1 spot for at least 1 week, as we discovered in our topic on weekly No. 1's. Only 16 of those 25 players would become the year-end No. 1 :

Becker is the only player of our Grand Slam Top 10 who never was year-end No. 1, allthough he once was elected year-end No. 1 by the journalists (cfr infra).

For a chronologic graph, and more details about kings, their challengers and the lesser gods, check out our recent topic on the year-end ATP Rankings for our Top10.

 

Top 10

1. Sampras: 6 consecutive times year-end No. 1

2. Connors : 5 consecutive times

3. Federer : 5 times, 4 consecutive

4. McEnroe : 4 consecutive times

5. Lendl : 4 times, 3 consecutive

6. Djokovic : 3 times, 2 consecutive

7. Nadal : 3 times

8. Borg, Edberg and Hewitt : 2 consecutive times

 

Overview 1973-2014

 

Year No. 1 ATP No. 1 journalists
2014 Djokovic  
2013 Nadal  
2012 Djokovic  
2011 Djokovic  
2010 Nadal  
2009 Federer  
2008 Nadal  
2007 Federer  
2006 Federer  
2005 Federer  
2004 Federer  
2003 Roddick  
2002 Hewitt  
2001 Hewitt  
2000 Kuerten  
1999 Agassi  
1998 Sampras  
1997 Sampras  
1996 Sampras  
1995 Sampras  
1994 Sampras  
1993 Sampras  
1992 Courier  
1991 Edberg  
1990 Edberg  
1989 Lendl Becker
1988 Wilander  
1987 Lendl  
1986 Lendl  
1985 Lendl  
1984 McEnroe  
1983 McEnroe  
1982 McEnroe Connors
1981 McEnroe  
1980 Borg  
1979 Borg  
1978 Connors Borg
1977 Connors Borg/Vilas
1976 Connors  
1975 Connors Ashe
1974 Connors  
1973 Nastase

 

Our Top 10 may be subject to discussion though as for some years the journalists elected another No. 1 than the official ATP No. 1. The journalists' No. 1 is an unofficial award that existed already before the ATP Rankings were introduced. Journalists and connaisseurs voted their No. 1 at the end of the season. 5 times, the journalists elected a different player than the ATP year-end No. 1. The table above mentions only the 'alternative' No. 1.

If we consider only the Grand Slam tournaments, the journalist's No. 1 seems justified in four years:

The situation in 1975 is less clear. Connors reached 3 Grand Slam finals, but lost all 3 of them. Ashe won 1 Grand Slam title, but so did Borg, Newcombe and Orantes. None of the 4 Grand Slam winners reached another Grand Slam final, so Connors might as well deserve the No. 1 spot.

In 3 different years, Connors' year-end No. 1 is contested. On the other hand, the journalists elected him once when McEnroe was the official ATP year-end No. 1. Lendl's year-end No. 1 too was contested once. If we consider Vilas the strongest in 1977, and follow the journalists for 1978, 1982 and 1989, the Top 10 would be :

1. Sampras: 6 consecutive times

2. Federer : 5 times, 4 consecutive

3. Connors : 4 times, 3 consecutive

4. Lendl & Borg : 3 consecutive years

6. Mc Enroe and Djokovic : 3 years, 2 consecutive

8. Nadal : 3 years, no consecutive

9. Edberg and Hewitt : 2 consecutive years

This Top 10 might be slightly more credible than the first one, mostly for acknowledging Borg's Grand Slam domination in the late 70's. After all, Connors won most of his Grand Slam titles (6/8) before or after Borg's prime (3 in 1974, and another 3 in the 80's after Borg had retired).

 

 

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