Sampras : chronologic ATP Rankings

These 4 chronologic graphs show the evolution of Sampras' weekly ATP Rankings. Dates are indicated by a 13 weeks' interval, but the red line respects the weekly ATP Rankings as found on the official ATP-website and other websites. It might be interesting to keep Sampras' birthday in mind : 12-08-1971, or check out our age-based rankings graphs.

Let's start with the usual ATP Rankings milestones a player reaches on his climb to No. 1:

Milestone Date of 1st entry Rank at 1st entry Exits before next milestone Exit's lowest rank Total weeks exit
Top 100
Top 50
Top 20
Top 10
Top 5
Top 3
No. 1


Career ATP Rankings

9 months after his 1st ATP rank, Sampras already reaches Top 100. On the 1st graph below, we see him take this traject in 1 giant jump, followed by a few smaller jumps, without actually suffering any significant declines.

The climb to Top 10 seems to be taking longer, but these details are harder to spot, so check the segmented graphs further below. Sampras' first significant progress is followed by a decline to the lower Top 100 regions. From then on, he refinds his early pace to reach Top 20. The next 6 months, he suffers a status quo, but once he's past No. 15, Sampras needs only 1,5 month to reach Top 10. About 30 months after his 1st ATP Top 10 entry, he is No. 1 for the 1st time.

Sampras career rankings chronologic evolution


Climb to ATP Top 100

This climb constitutes the shortest segment of Sampras' climb to No. 1. He realises the largest part right at the start, as he jumps from No.893 to No.301 on 07-03-1988. A 2nd jump takes him from No.286 to No.213 on 25-07-1988. Between the first 2 jumps, Sampras suffers a 4 months' status quo between No.313 and No.282.

From Top 200 to Top 100, Sampras seems to be lacking these significant jumps. He doesn't suffer any major declines either, so he progresses still at a steady pace. It may seem rather slow on the graph below given its zoom in to week-level but Sampras reaches ATP Top 100 only 3 months after his Top 200 entry, mostly in 4 minor (between 18 and 34 ranks) jumps:

Sampras climb to Top100 age-based evolution


Top 100 to No. 1 rankings

During the first 10 months in the ATP Top 100, Sampras is unable to make any significant progress : No.85 remains the limit. He even drops out of Top 100 twice:

Shortly after the 2nd exit, he jumps to the middle regions of Top 100 (No.56-No.65), before he drops to the No.80-regions for a few weeks. After this decline, Sampras rapidly realises the largest part of the remaining climb, reaching Top 20 in just 9 weeks. The next 4 months, he's stuck between No. 17-No.21, but another 2 months later, he's inside Top 10 for the first time.

Sampras Top100 to n1 rankings evolution


Top 10 rankings

Only 1 month after his ATP Top 10 entry, Sampras already reaches No.5, which would remain his limit for the next 15 months. He soon even starts dropping a few places before he reaches No.4 on 27-01-1992.

From No.4 on, Sampras climbs rank-by-rank, but he seems to drop at least once from every rank he gains. 19 Months after his first Top 10 entry, he reaches No.3. Half a year later, he's No.2 for the first time, and another 6 months later he's No. 1.

Sampras would remain the dominant No. 1 player until 1999, except for 1995, when he's exiled to No.2 for 30 weeks. From 1999 on, Sampras' No. 1 reign definitely declines (24 weeks), to end in 2000, collecting his last 10 weeks at No. 1. From 2001 on, his decline is more drastic : he drops to No. 12 for a few weeks in July-August. Before the end of 2001, he makes it back to No. 10 (and No.9 for 1 week), but in January 2002 already, his final ATP Top 10 exit is inevitable. Sampras' last ranking was No.34, on 25-8-2003.

Besides his record career 286 weeks at No. 1, Sampras realised some other impressive series inside Top 10:

Will compare to other players' series soon...

Sampras Top10 rankings age-based evolution



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