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History Of No. 1

History Of No. 1

Sampras© Getty ImagesPete Sampras holds the record for most weeks spent at No. 1.
RANKINGS HISTORY OF NO. 1 -- Since Ilie Nastase became the first No. 1 on 23 August, 1973, there have been 89 changes at the top of the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Bold denotes the first time a player reached No. 1.

Rank Date Player Weeks At No. 1
23.08.1973 Ilie Nastase (1) 40
03.06.1974 John Newcombe (2) 8
29.07.1974 Jimmy Connors (3) 160
23.08.1977 Bjorn Borg (4) 1
30.08.1977 Jimmy Connors 84
09.04.1979 Bjorn Borg 6
21.05.1979 Jimmy Connors 7
09.07.1979 Bjorn Borg 34
03.03.1980 John McEnroe (5) 3
24.03.1980 Bjorn Borg 20
11.08.1980 John McEnroe 1
18.08.1980 Bjorn Borg 46
06.07.1981 John McEnroe 2
20.07.1981 Bjorn Borg 2
03.08.1981 John McEnroe 58
13.09.1982 Jimmy Connors 7
01.11.1982 John McEnroe 1
08.11.1982 Jimmy Connors 1
15.11.1982 John McEnroe 11
31.01.1983 Jimmy Connors 1
07.02.1983 John McEnroe 1
14.02.1983 Jimmy Connors 2
28.02.1983 Ivan Lendl (6) 11
16.05.1983 Jimmy Connors 3
06.06.1983 John McEnroe 1
13.06.1983 Jimmy Connors 3
04.07.1983 John McEnroe 17
31.10.1983 Ivan Lendl 6
12.12.1983 John McEnroe 4
09.01.1984 Ivan Lendl 9
12.03.1984 John McEnroe 13
11.06.1984 Ivan Lendl 1
18.06.1984 John McEnroe 3
09.07.1984 Ivan Lendl 5
13.08.1984 John McEnroe 53
19.08.1985 Ivan Lendl 1
26.08.1985 John McEnroe 2
09.09.1985 Ivan Lendl 157
12.09.1988 Mats Wilander (7) 20
30.01.1989 Ivan Lendl 80
13.08.1990 Stefan Edberg (8) 24
28.01.1991 Boris Becker (9) 3
18.01.1991 Stefan Edberg 20
08.07.1991 Boris Becker 9
09.09.1991 Stefan Edberg 22
10.02.1992 Jim Courier (10) 6
23.03.1992 Stefan Edberg 3
13.04.1992 Jim Courier 22
14.09.1992 Stefan Edberg 3
05.10.1992 Jim Courier 27
12.04.1993 Pete Sampras (11) 19
23.08.1993 Jim Courier 3
13.09.1993 Pete Sampras 82
10.04.1995 Andre Agassi (12) 30
06.11.1995 Pete Sampras 12
29.01.1996 Andre Agassi 2
12.02.1996 Thomas Muster (13) 1
19.02.1996 Pete Sampras 3
11.03.1996 Thomas Muster 5
15.04.1996 Pete Sampras 102
30.03.1998 Marcelo Rios (14) 4
27.04.1998 Pete Sampras 15
10.08.1998 Marcelo Rios 2
24.08.1998 Pete Sampras 20
15.03.1999 Carlos Moya (15) 2
29.03.1999 Pete Sampras 5
03.05.1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (16) 6
14.06.1999 Pete Sampras 3
05.07.1999 Andre Agassi 3
26.07.1999 Patrick Rafter (17) 1
02.08.1999 Pete Sampras 6
13.09.1999 Andre Agassi 52
11.09.2000 Pete Sampras 10
20.11.2000 Marat Safin (18) 2
04.12.2000 Gustavo Kuerten (19) 8
29.01.2001 Marat Safin 4
26.02.2001 Gustavo Kuerten 5
02.04.2001 Marat Safin 3
22.04.2001 Gustavo Kuerten 30
19.11.2001 Lleyton Hewitt (20) 75
28.04.2003 Andre Agassi 2
12.05.2003 Lleyton Hewitt 5
16.06.2003 Andre Agassi 12
08.09.2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) 8
03.11.2003 Andy Roddick (22) 13
02.02.2004 Roger Federer (23) 237
18.08.2008 Rafael Nadal (24) 46
06.07.2009 Roger Federer 48
07.06.2010 Rafael Nadal 56
04.07.2011 Novak Djokovic (25) 1


TOTAL WEEKS AT NO. 1 -- Pete Sampras owns the record for most weeks at No. 1, one week more than Roger Federer's hold on top spot.

Player Weeks At No. 1
Pete Sampras 286
Roger Federer 285
Ivan Lendl 270
Jimmy Connors 268
John McEnroe 170
Bjorn Borg 109
Rafael Nadal 102
Andre Agassi 101
Lleyton Hewitt 80
Stefan Edberg 72
Jim Courier 58
Gustavo Kuerten 43
Ilie Nastase 40
Mats Wilander 20
Andy Roddick 13
Boris Becker 12
Marat Safin 9
Juan Carlos Ferrero 8
John Newcombe 8
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6
Thomas Muster 6
Marcelo Rios 6
Carlos Moya 2
Patrick Rafter 1
Novak Djokovic 1


AGE WHEN REACHING NO. 1 -- Fifteen of the other 24 world No. 1s were younger than Novak Djokovic when they first rose to top spot.

Player Reached No. 1 Age
Lleyton Hewitt 19.11.2001 20 years, 8 months, 26 days
Marat Safin 20.11.2000 20 years, 9 months 24 days
John McEnroe 03.03.1980 21 years, 16 days
Andy Roddick 03.11.2003 21 years, 2 months, 4 days
Bjorn Borg 23.08.1977 21 years, 2 months, 17 days
Jim Courier 10.02.1992 21 years, 5 months, 24 days
Pete Sampras 12.04.1993 21 years, 8 months
Jimmy Connors 29.07.1974 21 years, 10 months, 27 days
Rafael Nadal 18.08.2008 22 years, 2 months, 15 days
Marcelo Rios 30.03.1998 22 years, 3 months, 4 days
Roger Federer 02.02.2004 22 years, 5 months, 25 days
Carlos Moya 15.03.1999 22 years, 6 months, 16 days
Ivan Lendl 28.02.1983 22 years, 11 months, 21 days
Boris Becker 28.01.1991 23 years, 2 months, 6 days
Juan Carlos Ferrero 08.09.2003 23 years, 6 months, 27 days
Mats Wilander 12.09.1988 24 years, 21 days
Novak Djokovic 04.07.2011 24 years, 1 month, 12 days
Gustavo Kuerten 04.12.2000 24 years, 2 months, 24 days
Stefan Edberg 13.08.2000 24 years, 7 months, 11 days
Andre Agassi 10.04.1995 24 years, 11 months, 12 days
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 03.05.1999 25 years, 2 months, 15 days
Patrick Rafter 26.07.1999 26 years, 6 months, 28 days
Ilie Nastase 23.08.1973 27 years, 1 month, 4 days
Thomas Muster 12.02.1996 28 years, 4 months, 10 days
John Newcombe 03.06.1974 30 years, 11 days

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