List of ATP number 1 ranked singles tennis players

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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 ATP-ranking points. 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.[2]

Rafael Nadal, the current world No. 1

Since 1973, 26 men have been ranked No. 1 by the ATP,[3][4] of which 17 have been year-end No. 1. The current world number one is Rafael Nadal.[5]

Ranking method[edit]

Since the introduction rankings the method used to calculate a player's ranking points has changed several times. As of 2011, 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 World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the player's best four eligible ATP World Tour 500 series 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 World Tour 250 series. 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 Series, and Futures Series tournaments. Players who qualify for the year-end ATP Finals also include any points gained at that tournament in their total, increasing the number of tournaments they may count to 19.[6]

Records and particularities[edit]

Roger Federer holds the records for both the most total weeks at No. 1 (310) and most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (237).[7] Pete Sampras holds the record for the most year-end No. 1 rankings (six, all consecutive).[8][9] Patrick Rafter spent the least time at No. 1 (one week).

Lleyton Hewitt is both the youngest world No. 1 (20 years, 268 days) and youngest year-end No. 1,[10][11] while Rafael Nadal is the oldest year-end No. 1 (31 years, 211 days). Roger Federer is the oldest No. 1 (36 years, 314 days).[12]

Four players have regained the year-end No. 1 ranking after having lost it: Lendl (1989), Federer (2009), Nadal (2010, 2013, and 2017) and Djokovic (2014). Nadal is the only player to have done this more than once.

Roger 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, 9 years, between his first and last year-end No. 1 titles, 2008 and 2017.

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; Ivan Lendl in 1986 and 1987; Pete Sampras in 1994 and 1997; Lleyton Hewitt in 2002; Roger Federer in 2005, 2006, and 2007; and Novak Djokovic in 2015. In contrast to this, 1999 saw five different players hold the No. 1 ranking (the most in any single year): Pete Sampras, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andre Agassi, and Patrick Rafter.

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

Number 1 ranked players[edit]

The statistics are updated only when the ATP website revises its rankings (usually every Monday morning except when tournament finals are postponed).
A tennis player in the middle of his service motion, arms and eyes raised
Roger Federer has spent a total of 310 weeks at world No. 1, including 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, the most of any player. Federer is also the player with the longest time span between first and most recent dates as world No. 1.
Ilie Năstase became the first ATP world No. 1 ranked player on August 23, 1973.
A tennis player holds a racket in his hand and prepares to serve
Pete Sampras spent a total of 286 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings and holds the record of six consecutive years ended as world No. 1.
Ivan Lendl spent a total of 270 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
A man wearing white clothes swinging a tennis racket
Jimmy Connors spent a total of 268 weeks at world No. 1, including 160 consecutive weeks (a record he held for 30 years before being overtaken by Federer in 2007).
Novak Djokovic spent a total of 223 weeks at world No. 1.
No. Country Player Start date End date Weeks Total
1  ROU Ilie Năstase August 23, 1973 June 2, 1974 40 40
2  AUS John Newcombe June 3, 1974 July 28, 1974 8 8
3  USA Jimmy Connors July 29, 1974 August 22, 1977 160 160
4  SWE Björn Borg August 23, 1977 August 29, 1977 1 1
 USA Jimmy Connors (2) August 30, 1977 April 8, 1979 84 244
 SWE Björn Borg (2) April 9, 1979 May 20, 1979 6 7
 USA Jimmy Connors (3) May 21, 1979 July 8, 1979 7 251
 SWE Björn Borg (3) July 9, 1979 March 2, 1980 34 41
5  USA John McEnroe March 3, 1980 March 23, 1980 3 3
 SWE Björn Borg (4) March 24, 1980 August 10, 1980 20 61
 USA John McEnroe (2) August 11, 1980 August 17, 1980 1 4
 SWE Björn Borg (5) August 18, 1980 July 5, 1981 46 107
 USA John McEnroe (3) July 6, 1981 July 19, 1981 2 6
 SWE Björn Borg (6) July 20, 1981 August 2, 1981 2 109
 USA John McEnroe (4) August 3, 1981 September 12, 1982 58 64
 USA Jimmy Connors (4) September 13, 1982 October 31, 1982 7 258
 USA John McEnroe (5) November 1, 1982 November 7, 1982 1 65
 USA Jimmy Connors (5) November 8, 1982 November 14, 1982 1 259
 USA John McEnroe (6) November 15, 1982 January 30, 1983 11 76
 USA Jimmy Connors (6) January 31, 1983 February 6, 1983 1 260
 USA John McEnroe (7) February 7, 1983 February 13, 1983 1 77
 USA Jimmy Connors (7) February 14, 1983 February 27, 1983 2 262
6  TCH Ivan Lendl February 28, 1983 May 15, 1983 11 11
 USA Jimmy Connors (8) May 16, 1983 June 5, 1983 3 265
 USA John McEnroe (8) June 6, 1983 June 12, 1983 1 78
 USA Jimmy Connors (9) June 13, 1983 July 3, 1983 3 268
 USA John McEnroe (9) July 4, 1983 October 30, 1983 17 95
 TCH Ivan Lendl (2) October 31, 1983 December 11, 1983 6 17
 USA John McEnroe (10) December 12, 1983 January 8, 1984 4 99
 TCH Ivan Lendl (3) January 9, 1984 March 11, 1984 9 26
 USA John McEnroe (11) March 12, 1984 June 10, 1984 13 112
 TCH Ivan Lendl (4) June 11, 1984 June 17, 1984 1 27
 USA John McEnroe (12) June 18, 1984 July 8, 1984 3 115
 TCH Ivan Lendl (5) July 9, 1984 August 12, 1984 5 32
 USA John McEnroe (13) August 13, 1984 August 18, 1985 53 168
 TCH Ivan Lendl (6) August 19, 1985 August 25, 1985 1 33
 USA John McEnroe (14) August 26, 1985 September 8, 1985 2 170
 TCH Ivan Lendl (7) September 9, 1985 September 11, 1988 157 190
7  SWE Mats Wilander September 12, 1988 January 29, 1989 20 20
 TCH Ivan Lendl (8) January 30, 1989 August 12, 1990 80 270
8  SWE Stefan Edberg August 13, 1990 January 27, 1991 24 24
9  GER Boris Becker January 28, 1991 February 17, 1991 3 3
 SWE Stefan Edberg (2) February 18, 1991 July 7, 1991 20 44
 GER Boris Becker (2) July 8, 1991 September 8, 1991 9 12
 SWE Stefan Edberg (3) September 9, 1991 February 9, 1992 22 66
10  USA Jim Courier February 10, 1992 March 22, 1992 6 6
 SWE Stefan Edberg (4) March 23, 1992 April 12, 1992 3 69
 USA Jim Courier (2) April 13, 1992 September 13, 1992 22 28
 SWE Stefan Edberg (5) September 14, 1992 October 4, 1992 3 72
 USA Jim Courier (3) October 5, 1992 April 11, 1993 27 55
11  USA Pete Sampras April 12, 1993 August 22, 1993 19 19
 USA Jim Courier (4) August 23, 1993 September 12, 1993 3 58
 USA Pete Sampras (2) September 13, 1993 April 9, 1995 82 101
12  USA Andre Agassi April 10, 1995 November 5, 1995 30 30
 USA Pete Sampras (3) November 6, 1995 January 28, 1996 12 113
 USA Andre Agassi (2) January 29, 1996 February 11, 1996 2 32
13  AUT Thomas Muster February 12, 1996 February 18, 1996 1 1
 USA Pete Sampras (4) February 19, 1996 March 10, 1996 3 116
 AUT Thomas Muster (2) March 11, 1996 April 14, 1996 5 6
 USA Pete Sampras (5) April 15, 1996 March 29, 1998 102 218
14  CHI Marcelo Ríos March 30, 1998 April 26, 1998 4 4
 USA Pete Sampras (6) April 27, 1998 August 9, 1998 15 233
 CHI Marcelo Ríos (2) August 10, 1998 August 23, 1998 2 6
 USA Pete Sampras (7) August 24, 1998 March 14, 1999 29 262
15  ESP Carlos Moyá March 15, 1999 March 28, 1999 2 2
 USA Pete Sampras (8) March 29, 1999 May 2, 1999 5 267
16  RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov May 3, 1999 June 13, 1999 6 6
 USA Pete Sampras (9) June 14, 1999 July 4, 1999 3 270
 USA Andre Agassi (3) July 5, 1999 July 25, 1999 3 35
17  AUS Patrick Rafter July 26, 1999 August 1, 1999 1 1
 USA Pete Sampras (10) August 2, 1999 September 12, 1999 6 276
 USA Andre Agassi (4) September 13, 1999 September 10, 2000 52 87
 USA Pete Sampras (11) September 11, 2000 November 19, 2000 10 286
18  RUS Marat Safin November 20, 2000 December 3, 2000 2 2
19  BRA Gustavo Kuerten December 4, 2000 January 28, 2001 8 8
 RUS Marat Safin (2) January 29, 2001 February 25, 2001 4 6
 BRA Gustavo Kuerten (2) February 26, 2001 April 1, 2001 5 13
 RUS Marat Safin (3) April 2, 2001 April 22, 2001 3 9
 BRA Gustavo Kuerten (3) April 23, 2001 November 18, 2001 30 43
20  AUS Lleyton Hewitt November 19, 2001 April 27, 2003 75 75
 USA Andre Agassi (5) April 28, 2003 May 11, 2003 2 89
 AUS Lleyton Hewitt (2) May 12, 2003 June 15, 2003 5 80
 USA Andre Agassi (6) June 16, 2003 September 7, 2003 12 101
21  ESP Juan Carlos Ferrero September 8, 2003 November 2, 2003 8 8
22  USA Andy Roddick November 3, 2003 February 1, 2004 13 13
23   SUI Roger Federer February 2, 2004 August 17, 2008 237 double-dagger 237
24  ESP Rafael Nadal August 18, 2008 July 5, 2009 46 46
  SUI Roger Federer (2) July 6, 2009 June 6, 2010 48 285
 ESP Rafael Nadal (2) June 7, 2010 July 3, 2011 56 102
25  SRB Novak Djokovic July 4, 2011 July 8, 2012 53 53
  SUI Roger Federer (3) July 9, 2012 November 4, 2012 17 302
 SRB Novak Djokovic (2) November 5, 2012 October 6, 2013 48 101
 ESP Rafael Nadal (3) October 7, 2013 July 6, 2014 39 141
 SRB Novak Djokovic (3) July 7, 2014 November 6, 2016 122 223
26  GBR Andy Murray November 7, 2016 August 20, 2017 41 41
 ESP Rafael Nadal (4) August 21, 2017 February 18, 2018 26 167
  SUI Roger Federer (4) February 19, 2018 April 1, 2018 6 308
 ESP Rafael Nadal (5) April 2, 2018 May 13, 2018 6 173
  SUI Roger Federer (5) May 14, 2018 May 20, 2018 1 309
 ESP Rafael Nadal (6) May 21, 2018 June 17, 2018 4 177
  SUI Roger Federer (6) June 18, 2018 June 24, 2018 1 310 double-dagger
 ESP Rafael Nadal (7) § June 25, 2018 Present 4 181
Key
§ Current No. 1 player as of July 16, 2018[18][19]
double-dagger ATP Ranking record

Weeks at No. 1[edit]

By player[edit]

The table on the left shows the total number of weeks that each player has been ranked No. 1 in their career by the ATP.[7]

The table on the right shows the number of consecutive weeks that each indicated player has been ranked No. 1 by the ATP.[7]

Rank Player Total
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 310
2. United States Pete Sampras 286
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 270
4. United States Jimmy Connors 268
5. Serbia Novak Djokovic 223
6. Spain Rafael Nadal 181
7. United States John McEnroe 170
8. Sweden Björn Borg 109
9. United States Andre Agassi 101
10. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 80
11. Sweden Stefan Edberg 72
12. United States Jim Courier 58
13. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 43
14. United Kingdom Andy Murray 41
15. Romania Ilie Năstase 40
16. Sweden Mats Wilander 20
17. United States Andy Roddick 13
18. Germany Boris Becker 12
19. Russia Marat Safin 9
20. Australia John Newcombe 8
Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero
22. Austria Thomas Muster 6
Chile Marcelo Ríos
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
25. Spain Carlos Moyá 2
26. Australia Patrick Rafter 1
active players - current No. 1 in bold

Rank Player Consecutive
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 237
2. United States Jimmy Connors 160
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 157
4. Serbia Novak Djokovic 122
5. United States Pete Sampras 102
6. United States Jimmy Connors (2) 84
7. United States Pete Sampras (2) 82
8. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl (2) 80
9. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 75
10. United States John McEnroe 58
11. Spain Rafael Nadal 56
12. United States John McEnroe (2) 53
Serbia Novak Djokovic (2)
14. United States Andre Agassi 52
15. Switzerland Roger Federer (2) 48
Serbia Novak Djokovic (3)
17. Sweden Björn Borg 46
Spain Rafael Nadal (2)
19. United Kingdom Andy Murray 41
20. Romania Ilie Năstase 40
current streak in bold

By country[edit]

Country No. of
players
No. of
weeks
Players Ref
1.  United States 6 896 Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick [20]
2.   Switzerland 1 310 Roger Federer [20]
3.  Czechoslovakia 1 270 Ivan Lendl [20]
4.  Serbia 1 223 Novak Djokovic [20]
5.  Sweden 3 201 Björn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg [20]
6.  Spain 3 191 Carlos Moyá, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Rafael Nadal double-dagger [20]
7.  Australia 3 89 John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt [20]
8.  Brazil 1 43 Gustavo Kuerten [20]
9.  United Kingdom 1 41 Andy Murray [20]
10.  Romania 1 40 Ilie Năstase [20]
11.  Russia 2 15 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin [20]
12.  Germany 1 12 Boris Becker [20]
13.  Austria 1 6 Thomas Muster [20]
 Chile 1 6 Marcelo Ríos [20]
  • Active players are in bold.
  • double-dagger Current number 1 as of 16 July 2018.

Year-end No. 1[edit]

The ATP year-end No. 1 ranked player is determined as the player at the head of the ATP rankings following the completion of the final tournament of the calendar year, usually in November or December. Pete Sampras holds the record of six year-end No. 1 rankings, which were in consecutive years from 1993 through 1998.

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.

Only four players (Ivan Lendl, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) have achieved multiple year-end No. 1 rankings in non-consecutive years.

Key
(1) Time as year-end number 1/Total times as year-end number 1
§ Ranked number 1 during every week of the calendar year
double-dagger Active players [21][22]
John McEnroe playing tennis
John McEnroe finished the year as the top-ranked player for four consecutive years from 1981 to 1984.
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.
Year Player Ref(s)
1973 Romania Ilie Năstase [23]
1974 United States Jimmy Connors (1/5) [24][25]
1975 United States Jimmy Connors § (2/5) [24][25]
1976 United States Jimmy Connors § (3/5) [24][25]
1977 United States Jimmy Connors (4/5) [26]
1978 United States Jimmy Connors § (5/5) [26]
1979 Sweden Björn Borg (1/2) [26]
1980 Sweden Björn Borg (2/2) [26]
1981 United States John McEnroe (1/4) [26][27]
1982 United States John McEnroe (2/4) [26][27]
1983 United States John McEnroe (3/4) [26][27]
1984 United States John McEnroe (4/4) [26][27]
1985 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl (1/4) [26][28]
1986 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl § (2/4) [28]
1987 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl § (3/4) [28]
1988 Sweden Mats Wilander [27]
1989 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl (4/4) [27]
1990 Sweden Stefan Edberg (1/2) [29]
1991 Sweden Stefan Edberg (2/2) [29][30]
1992 United States Jim Courier [31]
1993 United States Pete Sampras (1/6) [9]
1994 United States Pete Sampras § (2/6) [32]
1995 United States Pete Sampras (3/6) [9]
1996 United States Pete Sampras (4/6) [9]
1997 United States Pete Sampras § (5/6) [32]
1998 United States Pete Sampras (6/6) [9]
1999 United States Andre Agassi [33]
2000 Brazil Gustavo Kuerten [30][34]
2001 Australia Lleyton Hewitt (1/2) [35]
2002 Australia Lleyton Hewitt § (2/2) [10][36]
2003 United States Andy Roddick [37]
2004 Switzerland Roger Federer (1/5) [38]
2005 Switzerland Roger Federer § (2/5) [39]
2006 Switzerland Roger Federer § (3/5) [40]
2007 Switzerland Roger Federer § (4/5) [41][42]
2008 Spain Rafael Nadal (1/4) [43]
2009 Switzerland Roger Federer (5/5) [44]
2010 Spain Rafael Nadal (2/4) [45][46]
2011 Serbia Novak Djokovic (1/4) [47]
2012 Serbia Novak Djokovic (2/4) [48]
2013 Spain Rafael Nadal (3/4) [49]
2014 Serbia Novak Djokovic (3/4) [50]
2015 Serbia Novak Djokovic § (4/4) [51][52]
2016 United Kingdom Andy Murray [53]
2017 Spain Rafael Nadal (4/4) [54]

Number of Years as Year-end No. 1 Player
6 United States Pete Sampras
5 United States Jimmy Connors
Switzerland Roger Federer double-dagger
4 United States John McEnroe
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
Serbia Novak Djokovic double-dagger
Spain Rafael Nadal double-dagger
2 Sweden Björn Borg
Sweden Stefan Edberg
Australia Lleyton Hewitt
1 Romania Ilie Năstase
Sweden Mats Wilander
United States Jim Courier
United States Andre Agassi
Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
United States Andy Roddick
United Kingdom Andy Murray double-dagger

Time spans holding the ranking[edit]

Between first and last dates No. 1 ranking was held[edit]

No. Player Time span Date first held No. 1 ranking Date last held No. 1 ranking
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 14 years, 142 days February 2, 2004 June 24, 2018
2. Spain Rafael Nadal 9 years, 333 days August 18, 2008 Present
3. United States Jimmy Connors 8 years, 339 days July 29, 1974 July 3, 1983
4. United States Andre Agassi 8 years, 150 days April 10, 1995 September 7, 2003
5. United States Pete Sampras 7 years, 221 days April 12, 1993 November 19, 2000
6. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7 years, 165 days February 28, 1983 August 12, 1990
7. United States John McEnroe 5 years, 189 days March 3, 1980 September 8, 1985
8. Serbia Novak Djokovic 5 years, 125 days July 4, 2011 November 6, 2016
9. Sweden Björn Borg 3 years, 344 days August 23, 1977 August 2, 1981
10. Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 years, 52 days August 13, 1990 October 4, 1992
11. United States Jim Courier 1 year, 214 days February 10, 1992 September 12, 1993
12. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1 year, 208 days November 19, 2001 June 15, 2003
13. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 349 days December 4, 2000 November 18, 2001
14. United Kingdom Andy Murray 286 days November 7, 2016 August 20, 2017
15. Romania Ilie Năstase 283 days August 23, 1973 June 2, 1974
16. Germany Boris Becker 223 days January 28, 1991 September 8, 1991
17. Russia Marat Safin 153 days November 20, 2000 April 22, 2001
18. Chile Marcelo Ríos 146 days March 30, 1998 August 23, 1998
19. Sweden Mats Wilander 139 days September 12, 1988 January 29, 1989
20. United States Andy Roddick 90 days November 3, 2003 February 1, 2004
21. Austria Thomas Muster 62 days February 12, 1996 April 14, 1996
22. Australia John Newcombe 55 days June 3, 1974 July 28, 1974
Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 55 days September 8, 2003 November 2, 2003
24. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 41 days May 3, 1999 June 13, 1999
25. Spain Carlos Moyá 13 days March 15, 1999 March 28, 1999
26. Australia Patrick Rafter 6 days July 26, 1999 August 1, 1999
Current No. 1 player as of July 9, 2018

Between first and last dates No. 1 ranking was achieved[edit]

No. Player Time span Date of first becoming No. 1 Date of last becoming No. 1
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 14 years, 136 days February 2, 2004 June 18, 2018
2. Spain Rafael Nadal 9 years, 311 days August 18, 2008 June 25, 2018
3. United States Jimmy Connors 8 years, 319 days July 29, 1974 June 13, 1983
4. United States Andre Agassi 8 years, 67 days April 10, 1995 June 16, 2003
5. United States Pete Sampras 7 years, 152 days April 12, 1993 September 11, 2000
6. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 5 years, 337 days February 28, 1983 January 30, 1989
7. United States John McEnroe 5 years, 176 days March 3, 1980 August 26, 1985
8. Sweden Björn Borg 3 years, 331 days August 23, 1977 July 20, 1981
9. Serbia Novak Djokovic 3 years, 3 days July 4, 2011 July 7, 2014
10. Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 years, 32 days August 13, 1990 September 14, 1992
11. United States Jim Courier 1 year, 194 days February 10, 1992 August 23, 1993
12. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1 year, 174 days November 19, 2001 May 12, 2003
13. Germany Boris Becker 161 days January 28, 1991 July 8, 1991
14. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 140 days December 4, 2000 April 23, 2001
15. Chile Marcelo Ríos 133 days March 30, 1998 August 10, 1998
Russia Marat Safin 133 days November 20, 2000 April 2, 2001
17. Austria Thomas Muster 28 days February 12, 1996 March 11, 1996

Age at first and last dates No. 1 ranking was held[edit]

No. Player Date of Birth Age first held No. 1 ranking Age last held No. 1 ranking
1. Romania Ilie Năstase (1946-07-19) 19 July 1946 (age 71) 27 years, 35 days 27 years, 318 days
2. Australia John Newcombe (1944-05-23) 23 May 1944 (age 74) 30 years, 11 days 30 years, 66 days
3. United States Jimmy Connors (1952-09-02) 2 September 1952 (age 65) 21 years, 330 days 30 years, 304 days
4. Sweden Björn Borg (1956-06-06) 6 June 1956 (age 62) 21 years, 78 days 25 years, 57 days
5. United States John McEnroe (1959-02-16) 16 February 1959 (age 59) 21 years, 16 days 26 years, 204 days
6. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl (1960-03-07) 7 March 1960 (age 58) 22 years, 358 days 30 years, 158 days
7. Sweden Mats Wilander (1964-08-22) 22 August 1964 (age 53) 24 years, 21 days 24 years, 160 days
8. Sweden Stefan Edberg (1966-01-19) 19 January 1966 (age 52) 24 years, 206 days 26 years, 259 days
9. Germany Boris Becker (1967-11-22) 22 November 1967 (age 50) 23 years, 67 days 23 years, 290 days
10. United States Jim Courier (1970-08-17) 17 August 1970 (age 47) 21 years, 177 days 22 years, 360 days
11. United States Pete Sampras (1971-08-12) 12 August 1971 (age 46) 21 years, 243 days 29 years, 99 days
12. United States Andre Agassi (1970-04-29) 29 April 1970 (age 48) 24 years, 346 days 33 years, 100 days
13. Austria Thomas Muster (1967-10-02) 2 October 1967 (age 50) 28 years, 133 days 28 years, 195 days
14. Chile Marcelo Ríos (1975-12-26) 26 December 1975 (age 42) 22 years, 94 days 22 years, 240 days
15. Spain Carlos Moyá (1976-08-27) 27 August 1976 (age 41) 22 years, 200 days 22 years, 213 days
16. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1974-02-18) 18 February 1974 (age 44) 25 years, 74 days 25 years, 115 days
17. Australia Pat Rafter (1972-12-28) 28 December 1972 (age 45) 26 years, 210 days 26 years, 216 days
18. Russia Marat Safin (1980-01-27) 27 January 1980 (age 38) 20 years, 298 days 21 years, 85 days
19. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten (1976-09-10) 10 September 1976 (age 41) 24 years, 85 days 25 years, 69 days
20. Australia Lleyton Hewitt (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 37) 20 years, 268 days 22 years, 111 days
21. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero (1980-02-12) 12 February 1980 (age 38) 23 years, 177 days 23 years, 263 days
22. United States Andy Roddick (1982-08-30) 30 August 1982 (age 35) 21 years, 65 days 21 years, 155 days
23. Switzerland Roger Federer (1981-08-08) 8 August 1981 (age 36) 22 years, 178 days 36 years, 320 days
24. Spain Rafael Nadal (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 32) 22 years, 76 days 32 years, 44 days
25. Serbia Novak Djokovic (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 31) 24 years, 43 days 29 years, 168 days
26. United Kingdom Andy Murray (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 31) 29 years, 176 days 30 years, 97 days
active players - current No. 1 in bold as of July 2, 2018
Record

No. 1 ranked players without a previous Grand Slam tournament title[edit]

Player Date of first No. 1 position First Grand Slam final reached First Grand Slam title Ref
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl February 28, 1983 1981 French Open (June 1981) (1st of 19) 1984 French Open (1st of 8)
Chile Marcelo Ríos March 30, 1998 1998 Australian Open (January 1998) None (retired in 2004) [14]

Weeks at number 1 by decade[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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