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World number 1 ranked male tennis players is a year-by-year listing of the male tennis players who were, at the end of a full calendar year of play, at the time, generally considered to be the best overall for that entire calendar year. The runner-up for each year is also listed as is a summary of the reasons why both were ranked as such, which includes the performance of the players in major tennis tournaments of the particular year, and the tennis ranking authorities which provided rankings.

Rankings before 1973

Before the open era of tennis arrived in 1968, rankings for amateur players were generally compiled only for a full year of play. Professional players were ranked by journalists, promoters, and players' associations usually at the end of the year. Even for amateurs, however, there was no single official overall ranking that encompassed the entire world. Instead, nation rankings were done by the national tennis association of each country, and world rankings were the preserve of tennis journalists. It was only with the introduction of computerized rankings in the open era that rankings were issued more frequently than once yearly. Even the end-of-year amateur rankings issued by official organizations such as the United States Lawn Tennis Association were based on judgments made by men and women and not on mathematical formulas assigning points for wins or losses.

In 1938, for instance, when Don Budge won the amateur Grand Slam, it was easy to conclude that Budge was not only the U.S. No. 1 but also the world No. 1 amateur player. It was far more difficult, however, to decide who was the best overall player, amateur or professional, for that year because both Ellsworth Vines and Fred Perry, now professionals, were still at the top of their form. Two different sources[which?], however, carefully studied the performances of the players for that year and both concluded that Budge was the best overall player, with Vines a close second. For the previous year, 1937, one of these same sources[which?] concluded that all three players, Perry, Vines, and Budge, deserved to be called the co-world No. 1 players.

In 1946 Bobby Riggs, a professional, had established himself as the best player in the world. In 1947, he was still the best professional player but Jack Kramer as an amateur player won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. Kramer, having turned professional in November after the amateur Pacific Coast Championships, met Riggs three times in late December on fast indoor courts and Riggs won twice. But at the end of their long series of matches in May 1948, Kramer had led Riggs decisively in head-to-head meetings.

1948 was the last year in which an amateur player turned professional and then went on to beat the defending professional champion. Therefore, it is generally acknowledged[disputed ] that the world No. 1 in every year since 1948 has been the best professional player.[citation needed]

Even here, however, some years present difficulties. Kramer was perhaps the world's best player in 1950 and 1951 when he crushed first Pancho Gonzales and then Pancho Segura in head-to-head tours but was dominated in tournaments by those same players. In 1952, there was no long, headline tour. Instead, there were short tours between different players and several professional tournaments, with the result that none of the professionals played extensively. The short-lived Professional Lawn Tennis Association published an end-of-the-year list in which Segura was ranked the best player in the world, with Gonzales second. During the year, however, Gonzales had defeated Segura 4 matches to 1. Segura had also won a number of important tournaments.

The following year, 1953, Kramer narrowly defeated the top amateur-turned-professional, Frank Sedgman, in their tour during the first half of the year and so reestablished himself as world No. 1, at least for that period. But then, because of injuries, he did not play the second half of the year. As a result, Kramer was now in semi-retirement.

In 1954, there were a number of round-robins tournaments as well as shorter tours, from which it is clear that Gonzales had now established himself as the best player in the world, the first year in a run of seven consecutive years as the world No. 1. But, given the spotty and often contradictory record-keeping of the professional results since 1926, it is frequently difficult to make a clear, objective judgment as to who was the best player in any number of years.

Professional tennis in Europe before 1926

There were numerous teaching professionals, that is, players who gave lessons for money at private clubs and public parks. Because they accepted money in return for their services, they were not allowed to participate in amateur tournaments. They did, however, create a number of relatively small professional tournaments for players like themselves, primarily in Europe.

Some of the oldest professional matches known are those between Irish player George Kerr and American Tom Pettitt. In 1889, Kerr beat Pettitt three times in four meetings. In June 1890, Kerr won all three matches against Pettitt in Dublin.

In April 1898, a professional, round-robin tournament was played in Paris on covered courts. Both Thomas Burke (tutor of the Tennis Club de Paris, former teacher of Joshua Pim who won Wimbledon twice) from Ireland and Kerr (Fitzwilliam Club) defeated Tom Fleming (Queen's Club), and Burke defeated Kerr 6–2, 4–6, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4.

During the 1900 Paris Exhibition, a professional tournament was held on clay, with Burke finishing ahead of both Kerr and the Englishman Charles Hierons.

In the spring of 1903 in Nice on clay, Reginald Doherty, the leading amateur, defeated the leading professional, Burke, 1–6, 6–1, 6–0, 6–0.

Burke was reportedly as good a player as the leading amateurs.[1] Charles Haggett was the best English teaching professional during the ealry 20th century. In 1913, Haggett settled in the United States, invited by the West Side Tennis Club of Forest Hills, New York and became the coach of the American Davis Cup team. In practice matches, he beat the leading amateurs Anthony Wilding, Wimbledon winner and Maurice McLoughlin, Wimbledon All Comer's winner.[2]

In the 1920s, Karel Koželuh, Albert Burke (son of Thomas Burke), and Roman Najuch were probably the most notable, as well as the best, of these players. The Bristol Cup, held at Beaulieu or at Cannes on the French Riviera and won seven consecutive times by Koželuh, was "the world's only significant pro tennis tournament."[3] Koželuh went on to become one of the best of the touring professionals in the 1930s. He and Burke, however, were not listed among the top players before 1928, as this was the first year when a ranking was published for all the top players, amateur and professional. All top 10 rankings for the years before 1928 were for amateurs only.

The major professional tournaments before 1968

Tradition on the pro circuit was non-existent before 1968 because the event hierarchy could change each year. Some major tournaments, however, stood out at different times.

Elite events that lasted only a few years (mostly because of financial collapse) included:

Three major tournaments held a certain tradition and usually had the best of the leading players. They were called "Championship Tournaments." The most prestigious of the three was generally the London Indoor Professional Championship. Played between 1934 and 1990 at Wembley Arena in the United Kingdom, the tournament was unofficially and usually considered the world's championship until 1967. The oldest of the three was the United States Professional Championship, usually called the U.S. Pro, played between 1927 and 1999. Between 1954 and 1962 it was played indoors in Cleveland and was called the World Professional Championships. The third major tournament was the French Professional Championship, played between 1934 and 1968, generally at Roland Garros. The British and American championships continued into the open era but devolved to the status of minor tournaments. The winner and runner-up in each of these tournaments will be shown for the years in which they were played.

These three tournaments (Wembley Pro, French Pro and U.S. Pro) through 1967 are sometimes referred to as the professional Grand Slam tournaments by tennis historians[who?][citation needed]. In any particular year, another tournament, such as the Forest Hills Pro or the Masters Pro, could have had a better field. But over the decades, these were the three "majors" that all professional players sought.

Discrepancies in source material

A good example of the occasional lack of authoritative material about the early years of the professional players is the somewhat surprising fact that the very existence of the 1936 and 1938 Wembley tournament is in question. Two sources, Collins and McCauley, give results for the Wembley tournament in each year. Bowers, however, is adamant that neither took place and offers some evidence to support his view.

Another example is 1947. Collins says that Riggs beat Budge in a tour; McCauley says that there was no long tour, only a short one between Riggs and Frank Kovacs. Tom LeCompte says that there was a small tour with Riggs overcoming Budge 12-6 followed by the short Riggs-Kovacs tour (4-3, but 11-10 according to McCauley).

Other examples : the French Pro until 1933. McCauley says that the first year of the French Pro is unknown but begins his list in 1930 whereas Ray Bowers doesn't talk about any French Pro before 1934 (even in 1934 he doesn't use the expression "French Professional Championships" but writes a three-day tournament at (Roland) Garros, September 21–23). For example, in 1933, the supposed Tilden-Cochet final (6-2 6-4 6-2) listed by McCauley was just according to Bowers a singles match (with a slightly different score 6-3 6-4 6-2) of a USA-France meeting (in the Davis Cup format) at Roland Garros (where Cochet defeated Bruce Barnes, Tilden beat Plaa and Cochet and Barnes overcame Plaa and the US won the doubles).

The world No. 1 and No. 2 rankings

Before 1973, there were no computer-based rankings based on the points players obtained for achieving a certain level of performance in particular tournaments, but only journalists or officials (on their personal behalf) or promoters or players themselves who listed their own annual rankings. In some years, however, only a small number of journalists or players released rankings at the end of the tennis year. For these years, rankings done by tennis historians or sports statisticians well after the tennis year ended (i.e. in the 2000s for a year in the 1960s) are considered in the determination of which players are ranked No. 1 and No. 2.

In 1973 the ATP listed its own rankings every fortnight and some years later (around 1977) every week but they had many imperfections because in the seventies and the eighties they didn’t take into account such events as the Davis Cup, the WCT Finals and the Masters (later called the Singles Championship and in the 2000s the Tennis Masters Cup). Currently, the ATP does award points for what is now called the ATP Finals. (See : List of ATP number 1 ranked players). As well, the ATP point rankings did not award the Grand Slam tournaments which most often attracted the most top-ranked players in the world (Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) and, therefore, were the most valuable to win in the minds of both players and tennis journalists, an amount of points commensurate with their importance. As well, some events which did not attract many or even a couple top-ranked players but offered high prize money were worth a higher number of points than their perceived importance.

Therefore, other rankings proposed by tennis experts or by the players themselves could be more accurate because they included these events and adjusted the rankings to reflect the actual importance of particular tournaments. From 1973 to 2006 this list sometimes differs from the ATP list because it shows journalists (or even players) rankings released at the time and not the computer-based point rankings. In particular, Connors has been ranked No. 1, at the end of the year, from 1974 to 1978 by the ATP but the majority disagreed with the computer rankings: for instance in 1975 all the journalists (among them John Barrett, Bud Collins, Barry Lorge and Judith Elian) ranked Arthur Ashe as the No. 1 in the world while his ATP ranking was only 4th; in 1977, no one, except the ATP ranking, considered that Connors was the best player in the world, and everyone thought that Borg and Vilas were the top two tennis players; and in 1978 everyone and, in particular, the ITF recognized that the Swede was the World Champion. In 1982 and in 1989, respectively, Connors and Becker, both winners of Wimbledon and the US Open, were considered as World Champions even though the ATP ranked McEnroe and Lendl as No. 1 in those years. Since the mid-'90s the ATP rankings had been more or less accepted by many as the official rankings (but in 1999 many considered Sampras as the second best player in the world while the ATP ranked Kafelnikov 2nd). Finally since 1978 the ITF (represented at the beginning by Sedgman, Hoad and Trabert) has designated his World Champion. From 1973 onward, as there is no shortage of rankings that were released by tennis authorities or publications at the end of each tennis year, which reflected the generally agreed upon importance of particular tournaments at the time, later rankings by tennis historians or sports statisticians are not considered in the listing of No. 1 and No. 2 players.

Before 1913 very few sources are available but Richard Yallop in Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club 100 Years in Australian Tennis stated that Norman Brookes was the champion of the world in 1907 and Len and Shelley Richardson in Anthony Wilding A Sporting Life cite the opinions of A. E. Crawley (an early-twentieth-century British journalist) and Anthony Wilding (the New Zealand tennis player). Other years dating back to 1913 also present difficulties and ambiguities. There are sometimes contradictions between sources regarding the same information.

List of No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players

1877–1912

Early tennis era rankings are more variable in nature due to limited sourcing.

A. = Amateur
P. = Professional (all players in the Open Era are professional unless otherwise indicated)

Year Number 1 Player Runner-up Player Source of Ranking
1877 Spencer Gore A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

Gore is the Wimbledon champion

1878 Frank Hadow A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

Hadow is the Wimbledon champion

1879 John Hartley A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

Hartley is the Wimbledon champion

1880 John Hartley A. (GB) William Renshaw A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

Hartley wins the only match he plays, against Lawford in the Wimbledon final.

1881 William Renshaw A. (GB) Herbert Lawford A. (GB) International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis,
R. Osborn (he ranked the Top7 British players), as reported by Tingay in his encyclopedia

William Renshaw is the Irish and Wimbledon champion.

1882 William Renshaw A. (GB) Ernest Renshaw A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

William Renshaw is the Irish and Wimbledon champion, his brother Ernest is the challenger both times.

1883 William Renshaw A. (GB) Ernest Renshaw A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Methven Brownlee: Lawn Tennis

William Renshaw has won the only singles match he played at Wimbledon against Irish champion Ernest Renshaw.

1884 William Renshaw A. (GB) Herbert Lawford A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. W. Renshaw 2. Lawford

William Renshaw has won the only singles match he played at Wimbledon against Irish champion Lawford.

1885 William Renshaw A. (GB) Herbert Lawford A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. W. Renshaw 2. Lawford

William Renshaw has won the only singles match he played at Wimbledon against Irish champion Lawford.

1886 William Renshaw A. (GB) Herbert Lawford A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. W. Renshaw 2. Lawford

William Renshaw has won the only singles match he played at Wimbledon against Irish champion Lawford.

1887 Ernest Renshaw A. (GB)
Herbert Lawford A. (GB)
International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-2. Lawford, E.Renshaw

Lawford beat Ernest Renshaw at Wimbledon and lost to him at the Irish. Neither of them has shown as good a form as William Renshaw last year who is absent because of injury.

1888 Ernest Renshaw A. (GB) Willoughby Hamilton A. Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. E. Renshaw 2-4. W. Renshaw, Hamilton, Lewis

Ernest Renshaw is the Irish and Wimbledon champion. Hamilton is the Irish challenger, and the Northern England champion.

1889 Willoughby Hamilton A. (IRL)
William Renshaw A. (GB)
Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-2. W. Renshaw, Hamilton

Hamilton has beaten William Renshaw (once again Wimbledon champion) at the Irish, won the Northern England title as well, but lost at the Wimbledon semis to Harry Barlow.

1890 Willoughby Hamilton A. (IRL)
Joshua Pim A. (IRL)
Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-2. Hamilton, Pim

Hamilton wins Wimbledon, but loses to Pim in Liverpool and Lewis in Dublin (although he is the Irish champ, he had severe defeats by Pim and G. Chaytor).

1891 Ernest Lewis A. (GB)
Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB)
Joshua Pim A. (IRL)
all 3 ranked equally International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-3. W. Baddeley, Lewis, Pim

Lewis is the Irish, Baddeley the Wimbledon champion, but they have not met. Both of them have beaten Pim, although Pim also beat Baddeley at the Northern Champ.

1892 Ernest Renshaw A. (GB)
Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB)
Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-2. E. Renshaw, W. Baddeley

Ernest Renshaw is the Irish, Baddeley the Wimbledon champion (in the absence of Renshaw), but they have not met.

1893 Joshua Pim A. (IRL) Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. Pim 2. W. Baddeley

Pim wins Wimbledon, the Irish and Northern England titles as well (no one has won all these three big titles in the same year yet). He twice defeats Baddeley.

1894 Joshua Pim A. (IRL) Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1. Pim 2. W. Baddeley

Pim defends his Wimbledon and Irish titles. Wilfred Baddeley is the Wimbledon challenger and wins the Northern England title beating Pim and also beats him at an international match.

1895 Joshua Pim A. (IRL)
Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB)
Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Pastime classification of British players:

1-2. W. Baddeley, Pim

Pim is the Irish champion demolishing Wilberforce Eaves, but is absent from Wimbledon that Baddeley wins from a weaker field narrowly beating Eaves.

1896 Wilfred Baddeley A. (GB) Harold Mahony A. (IRL) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis classification of British players (in alphabetical order, foreign and covered court tournaments were not taken into account):

1. W. Baddeley scratch 2. Mahony

Baddeley has beaten Mahony both at the Irish and Northern England Championships, but lost to him at Wimbledon. John Pius Boland won the Olympic gold.

1897 Reginald Doherty A. (GB) - Wilberforce Eaves A. (GB)
Robert Wrenn A. (USA)
all 3 ranked equally International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis classification of British players (in alphabetical order, foreign and covered court tournaments were not taken into account):

1. W. Baddeley, R. Doherty, Eaves scratch US rankings: 1. Wrenn 2. Larned 3. Eaves

There is very little difference between the top players. Wimbledon champion Doherty was beaten by Irish champ Eaves in Dublin, by Baddeley at the Northern England Championships and by Mahony at the international match, however he has beaten all of them at Wimbledon. Wrenn beats Eaves at the US but loses to Larned in Boston.

1898 Reginald Doherty A. (GB) Hugh Laurence "Laurie" Doherty A. (GB) International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis classification of British players (in alphabetical order, foreign and covered court tournaments were not taken into account):

1-5. G. Chaytor, L. Doherty (he was probably the most consistent), R. Doherty, W. Eaves, S. Smith

Wimbledon champ Reginald Doherty loses to Irish Mahony in Dublin. Laurie Doherty defeats Mahony at Wimbledon, but loses the challenge round to his brother.

1899 Reginald Doherty A. (GB) Sydney Smith A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis classification of British players (in alphabetical order, foreign and covered court tournaments were not taken into account):

1. R. Doherty scratch 2. S. Smith 1/6 US rankings: 1. Whitman

Reginald Doherty wins both the Wimbledon and the Irish titles and has an unbeaten season. Charles A. Voigt from Boston classified the national champions in this order: R. Doherty, Smith (of Wales), Whitman. Whitman wins all the important US tournaments, and according to Potter (in his Kings of the Court book) he played magnificently.

1900 Reginald Doherty A. (GB)
Malcolm Whitman A. (USA)
International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, British author Jackson ranked the British players in the American Outing as follows:

1. R. Doherty 2. Smith 3. Gore US rankings: 1. Whitman

Reginald wins both the Wimbledon and the Irish titles. Whitman wins all the important US titles and demolishes Gore in Davis Cup. Laurence Doherty won the Olympic gold.

1901 Reginald Doherty A. (GB)
Arthur Gore A. (GB)
William Larned A. (USA)
all 3 ranked equally International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis

Reginald (still Irish champ) is in poor health and loses his Wimbledon title to Gore. Larned is the best American in the absence of Whitman.

1902 Reginald Doherty A. (GB)
Laurence Doherty A. (GB)
William Larned A. (USA)
all 3 ranked equally Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis and Croquet classification of British players (some continental tournaments were also taken into account):

1. L. Doherty, R. Doherty scratch US rankings: 1. Larned 2. Whitman

Irish and Wimbledon champ Laurie was not selected for Davis Cup. US champ Larned was 1-1 with Reginald, who did not play singles anymore in England.

1903 Laurence Doherty A. (GB) William Larned A. (USA) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Anthony Wilding; DeWitt C. Regrave, Jr. in "World Tennis" November 1955 (Volume 3 Number 6)

Laurie was definitely the best, winning Wimbledon, the US Championship and Davis Cup. Larned nearly beats Laurie at Davis Cup.

1904 Laurence Doherty A. (GB) Reginald Doherty A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players (by the eminent handicapper Simond):

1. L. Doherty, 2. R. Doherty scratch US rankings: 1. Ward

Wimbledon champ Laurie has only one loss at the end of the season. US1 Ward loses to Larned in Boston. Beals Wright won the Olympics.

1905 Laurence Doherty A. (GB) Beals Wright A. (USA) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players and the American and Australian visitors:

1. L. Doherty 2. Wright 3. Brookes 4. Smith US rankings: 1. Wright

Doherty is the Wimbledon champion. US champion Wright twice beats Wimbledon challenger Brookes, but loses to Gore at Wimbledon.

1906 Laurence Doherty A. (GB) Norman Brookes A. (Aus) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis

Doherty is the Wimbledon champion. Brookes has won the Victorian Championships against Wilding but has not played outside Australia. US champion Clothier loses in Boston.

1907 Norman Brookes A. (Aus) William Larned A. (USA) International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Richard Yallop

Brookes was undefeated in Great Britain and won there in particular Wimbledon and the Davis Cup preliminary and challenge rounds; DeWitt C. Regrave, Jr. in "World Tennis" November 1955 (Volume 3 Number 6).

Larned is the US and Boston champion in weak fields (without Clothier or Wright).

1908 William Larned A. (USA) Arthur Gore A. (GB) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis

Larned is the US and Boston and wins his Davis Cup matches. In his book Anthony Wilding judged Brookes the best, however the actual results contradict his assertion. Brookes has lost to US No 2 Wright in Davis Cup and could only narrowly beat Alexander. Gore is the Wimbledon champion in a weak field. Arthur Gore won the Olympic Indoor tennis gold medal, Josiah Ritchie won the Olympic Outdoor tennis gold medal.

1909 William Larned A. (USA) Anthony Wilding A. (NZ) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis

Larned is the US and Boston and wins his Davis Cup matches. Wilding has defeated Brookes at the Victorian Championships. Gore is the Wimbledon champion in a weak field.

1910 William Larned A. (USA) Anthony Wilding A. (NZ) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis

Larned is once again US and Boston champ (he was named the best player of the world next April by a British expert, A. Crawley). Wilding wins Wimbledon but Wright nearly beats him in the all-comers’ final.

1911 Norman Brookes A. (Aus)
Anthony Wilding A. (NZ)
'International Tennis Hall of Fame; Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, Anthony Wilding

Wilding has barely defended his Wimbledon title. Brookes has won in Davis Cup and won the Australasian Championships (also beating Heath). Larned (US and Boston champ), suffering from rheumatism, lost to Heath. In his book Anthony Wilding judged Brookes the best, but based on their last encounter in 1909 they were probably equal

1912 Anthony Wilding A. (NZ) Maurice McLoughlin A. (USA) Karoly Mazak: The Concise History of Tennis, A.E. Crawley listed the world's ten best singles players in three classes : in the first Brookes and André Gobert the two most brilliant stroke makers; second class Wilding; third class five USA players William Larned, Beals Wright, Maurice McLoughlin, William Clothier, R. Norris Williams and two British players Charles Dixon (tennis) and Arthur Gore. Yet Crawley conceded that if the world's best were brought together in a round robin tournament on a perfect court, Wilding would win.

Wilding is the Wimbledon champion, but lost on wood to Gobert and Dixon. McLoughlin, who won the US Championship, is undefeated in America in the absence of Larned. The high placement of Brookes cannot be justified this year as he lost a critical Davis Cup match to Parke (in fact, Brookes has not beaten a world class player since 1907). Gobert was brilliant, but lost at Wimbledon to Gore and in Davis Cup to Dixon. Otto Froitzheim won the World Hard Court Championships (on Clay). Charles Winslow won the Olympics.

1913–present

From 1913 sources are more detailed and better documented.

Year Consensus world No. 1 Consensus world No. 2 Source of Ranking
1913 Anthony Wilding A. (NZ) Norman Brookes A.
Maurice McLoughlin A. (USA)
Arthur Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Wilding, Brookes & McLoughlin tied for 2nd, James Cecil Parke, R. Norris Williams, Percy Dixon, Otto Froitzheim, Stanley Doust, André Gobert, Max Décugis.

Brookes only played in Australia and gave a walkover in the final of the Victorian Championships (then the most important tournament in Australia even ahead the Australasian Championship). Wilding won all three of the ILTF's World Championships – Wimbledon, World Hard Court Championships (Clay), World Covered Court Championships (Indoor). Maurice McLoughlin won the U.S. Championships.

1914 Maurice McLoughlin A. (USA) Norman Brookes A. (Aus.)
Anthony Wilding A. (NZ)
A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were McLoughlin, Brookes & Wilding tied for 2nd, Froitzheim, Williams, Parke, Arthur Lowe, F. Gordon Lowe, Heinrich Kleinschroth, Décugis. P.A. Vaile disagreed, arguing that James Cecil Parke had a stronger claim to the top ranking than McLoughlin's. However, Vaile also credited Brookes with having the greatest season in tennis history up to that time. Norman Brookes won Wimbledon, Anthony won the World Hard Court Championship (Clay). Richard Norris Williams won the U.S. Championships. Parke had no major title wins in 1914.
1915-
1918
World War I, no world rankings
1919 Gerald Patterson A. (Aus.)
Bill Johnston A. (USA)
both ranked equally A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Patterson & Johnston tied for 1st, Gobert, Bill Tilden, Brookes, Algernon Kingscote, Williams, Percival Davson, Willis Davis, William Laurentz. Gerald Patterson won Wimbledon. Andre Gobert won the World Covered Court Championship (Indoor). Bill Johnston won the US Championship.
1920 Bill Tilden A. (USA) Bill Johnston A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Tilden, Johnston, Kingscote, Parke, Gobert, Brookes, Williams, Laurentz, Zenzo Shimidzu, Patterson. Bill Tilden won Wimbledon and the US Championship. William Laurentz won the World Hard Court Championships (Clay). Gordon Lowe won the World Covered Court Championship (Indoor). Louis Raymond won the Olympic Games.
1921 Bill Tilden A. (USA) Bill Johnston A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Tilden, Johnston, Vinnie Richards, Shimidzu, Patterson, James Anderson, Brian Norton, Manuel Alonso, Williams, Gobert. Bill Tilden won Wimbledon, the World Hard Court Championships (Clay) & the US Championship. William Laurentz won the World Covered Court Championship (Indoor).
1922 Bill Johnston A. (USA)
Bill Tilden A. (USA)
Capt. H. Liddel Hart who ranked the amateurs as 1. Johnston, Tilden, 3. Vincent "Vinnie" Richards, 4. Anderson, 5. Patterson, 6. Kingscote, 7. Williams, 8. Henri Cochet, 9. Alonso, 10. Gobert; New York Times (1 Tilden, 2 Johnston, 3 Richards, Patterson, 5 Alonso, 6 Williams, 7 Anderson, 8 Pat O'Hara Wood, 9 Kingscote, 10 Gobert); A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph (Tilden, Johnston, Patterson, Richards, Anderson, Henri Cochet, Pat O'Hara Wood, Williams, Kingscote, Gobert). Myers ranked Tilden ahead Johnston because he thought that Tilden was more intelligent on a tennis court than his countryman but Johnston beat Tilden three times in four meetings that year. Henri Cochet won 2 of the 3 International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) designated 'World Championships' - the World Hard court Championships (Clay) and the World Covered Court Championships (indoor). Gerald Patterson won Wimbledon and Bill Tilden won the US Championship.
1923 Bill Tilden A. (USA) Bill Johnston A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Tilden, Johnston, Anderson, Williams, Frank Hunter, Richards, Norton, Alonso, Jean Washer, Cochet. Bill Johnston won 2 of the 3 International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) designated 'World Championships' - Wimbledon and the World Hard Court Championships (Clay). Henri Cochet won the World Covered Court Championships (indoor). Bill Tilden won the US Championship.
1924 Bill Tilden A. (USA) Vinnie Richards A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Tilden, Richards, Anderson, Johnston, René Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Howard Kinsey, Patterson, Cochet, Alonso. The Australasian Championship has now being officially designated by the ILTF as a Major Championship, starting in this year. The champion of this tournament was James Anderson. The US Championships also, from this year, is now being officially designated as a Major Championship by the ILTF (though many viewed it unofficially as a major prior to this). The champion of that tournament was Bill Tilden. Wimbledon was won by Jean Borotra. The Olympic winner in Paris was Vincent Richards.
1925 Bill Tilden A. (USA) Bill Johnston A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Tilden, Johnston, Richards, Lacoste, Williams, Borotra, Patterson, Alonso, Norton, Takeichi Harada. In the Pro ranks, the two significant tournaments were the Bristol Cup in Menton, France, won by Albert Burke and the World Professional Championship in Deauville won by Karel Koželuh. The French Championships has now being designated as a Major Championship, by the ILTF. From this year it has also become open to international amateur competitors. The winner was René Lacoste who also won Wimbledon. Tilden won the US Championships and the Australasian Championships was won by James Anderson.
1926 René Lacoste A. (Fr.) Jean Borotra A. (Fr.) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; the top 10 amateurs rankings were Lacoste, Borotra, Cochet, Johnston, Tilden, Richards, Harada, Alonso, Kinsey, Jacques Brugnon; the promoter Charles C. Pyle signed Richards, Harvey Snodgrass, Kinsey, and Paul Féret for the first professional tour, which toured the United States and Canada in the fall of 1926; the headliner, however, was the French female player Suzanne Lenglen (against Mary Kendall Browne) and there are only scattered records of the men's matches. Karel Koželuh won the only significant pro tournament of the time : the Bristol Cup at Cannes.
1927 René Lacoste A. (Fr.) Bill Tilden A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; the top 10 amateur rankings were Lacoste, Tilden, Cochet, Borotra, Alonso, Frank Hunter, George Lott, John Hennessey, Brugnon, and Jan Koželuh; Richards beat Kinsey in the first U.S. Pro; Bowers ranks Karel Koželuh, the older brother of Jan Koželuh, and Richards as being tied for No. 1 among the few professional players, but does not make a joint amateur-professional ranking.
1928 Henri Cochet A. (Fr.) René Lacoste A. (Fr.) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; Cochet won the French and U.S. Championships, Lacoste won Wimbledon, Borotra won the Australian Championships; Koželuh, the winner of the Bristol Cup at Beaulieu, def. Richards 15 matches to 5 in a North American head-to-head tour; Richards beat Koželuh in the U.S. Pro; Robert Ramillon beat Edmund Burke at the Queen's Club Pro; Bowers ranks the top eight, in merging his pro list into Myers's amateur list, as being Cochet, Lacoste, Tilden, Koželuh, Richards, Hunter, Borotra, and George Lott, with Koželuh and Richards being the only professionals.
1929 Henri Cochet A. (Fr.) René Lacoste A. (Fr.) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; Lacoste won the French Championships, Tilden won the U.S. Championships, Cochet won Wimbledon, John Colin Gregory won the Australian Championships; Koželuh beat Richards in the U.S. Pro and Albert Burke at the Bristol Cup at Beaulieu; Koželuh apparently beat Richards 5 matches to 2 in the course of the year; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Cochet, Lacoste, Borotra, Tilden, Karel Koželuh, Hunter, Lott, and Richards, with Koželuh and Richards being the only professionals.
1930 Henri Cochet A. (Fr.) Bill Tilden A. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; Cochet won the French Championships, John Doeg won the U.S. Championships, Tilden won Wimbledon, Edgar Moon won the Australian Championships; Koželuh beat Roman Najuch at Beaulieu; Richards beat Koželuh in the U.S. Pro; Koželuh perhaps beat Albert Burke in the first French Pro (probably not held because Bowers didn't account it); Koželuh apparently beat Richards 4 matches to 2 in the course of the year; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Cochet, Tilden, Richards, Karel Koželuh, Borotra, Doeg, Frank Shields, and Wilmer Allison, with Koželuh and Richards being the only professionals. In October Richards announced his retirement.
1931 Bill Tilden P. (USA) Henri Cochet A. (Fr.) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; McCauley; Borotra won the French Championships, Ellsworth Vines won the U.S. Championships, Sidney Wood won Wimbledon, Jack Crawford won the Australian Championships; A. Wallis Myers ranked Cochet No. 1 amateur thanks to his wins over the British players in the Davis Cup but the French had a relatively poor season with only three tournament wins (Monte Carlo being the most prestigious); Myers strangely ranked Ellsworth Vines only No. 3 in the amateur ranks though the American won 9 tournaments including the U.S. amateur Championships (comparisons are difficult because that year Vines wasn't invited to play abroad and Cochet didn't quit Europe); Tilden, aged 38, turned professional and, in a head-to-head tour, def. Koželuh either 63 matches to 13 (McCauley) or 50 to 17 according to Tilden himself in the North American part of the tour (see Bowers) but the two players also competed in the first European tour with Martin Plaa, Albert Burke, Frank Hunter and Hans Nüsslein : many results are unknown nevertheless Tilden lost only one match against all these opponents (Koželuh at Amsterdam); Tilden also def. Richards, who had abandoned his retirement, either 12-1 over the year (McCauley) or 10 to 0 (Bowers); Tilden beat Richards in the U.S. Pro; Martin Plaa perhaps beat Robert Ramillon in the French Pro(probably not held because Bowers didn't account it); Koželuh def. Albert Burke at Beaulieu; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Tilden, Cochet, Bunny Austin, Vines, Fred Perry, Karel Koželuh, Richards, and Shields, with Tilden, Koželuh, and Richards being the only professionals; this was the first year a professional was ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.
1932 Ellsworth Vines A. (USA) Bill Tilden P. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Bowers; Collins; McCauley; Vines, a 20-year-old, won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships; Cochet won the French Championships, Crawford won the Australian Championships; in the pros Tilden beat Vinnie Richards 12-1 and, according to Collins, was 60-40 against the young German Hans Nüsslein; McCauley mistakenly says Tilden and Nüsslein played about 150 or 160 matches, with Tilden winning "about two-thirds" of them;[4] Koželuh beat Nüsslein in the U.S. Pro and beat Plaa at Beaulieu; Bowers, however, writes that a "tally" made just before their first encounter in 1934 showed that Tilden and Nüsslein had played 163 times to that point (so from their first meeting in 1931 through 1933 included), with Tilden winning 116 matches to 47, so the Collins figure is undoubtedly correct for 1932; Ramillon perhaps beat Plaa in the French Pro, although Bowers is unable to account for this tournament; Plaa won the World Pro Championship tournament in Berlin over Tilden; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Vines, Tilden, Cochet, Karel Koželuh, Borotra, Plaa, Allison, and Nüsslein, with Tilden, Koželuh, Plaa, and Nüsslein being professionals.
1933 Jack Crawford A. (Aus.) Fred Perry A. (GB) Bowers; A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Collins; McCauley; Crawford won 13 consecutive amateur tournaments, including the first three of the Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Championships, the French Championships, and Wimbledon, finally losing in five sets to Perry in the 4th, the U.S. Championships ; the professional picture was murky: Cochet, aged 31, turned pro; neither Tilden, aged 40, Koželuh, 38, nor the younger Nüsslein, Cochet, Richards, or Plaa was able to establish any clear superiority; Richards beat Frank Hunter in the depleted U.S. Pro; Nüsslein won the World Pro Championship tournament in Berlin by far the year's most significant pro tournament; data from more than half of the Tilden-Nüsslein tour in America (January-early May) indicates that Tilden won 2/3 of their meetings; Vines ranked the top pros as being Tilden, Cochet, Koželuh, Richards; Albert Burke, however, ranked them as being Nüsslein, Tilden, Koželuh, and Plaa; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Crawford, Perry, Nüsslein, Tilden, Karel Koželuh, Jiro Satoh, Austin, and Vines, with Nüsslein, Tilden, and Koželuh being the only professionals.
1934 Fred Perry A. (GB) Ellsworth Vines P. (USA) Bowers; A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Collins; McCauley; Perry won three of the four Grand slam tournaments; Australian Championships, Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships, Gottfried von Cramm won the French Championships; Vines, aged 22, turned pro; in their initial head-to-head tour, Vines def. Tilden 11 matches to 9; in subsequent tours Tilden beat Plaa 10-0 and Cochet 8-2 and Vines beat Cochet 10-0 and Plaa 8-2; Bowers says that by the end of May, having played somewhat more than 50 matches, Vines led Tilden by 19 wins; Nüsslein beat Vines and Koželuh in the U.S. Pro; Vines beat Nüsslein in the first Wembley Pro and in the Paris Indoor (not to be confused with the French Pro); Tilden beat Plaa in the French Pro; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Perry, Vines, Crawford, von Cramm, Nüsslein, Tilden, Austin, and Allison, with Vines, Nüsslein, and Tilden being the only professionals.
1935 Fred Perry A. (GB)
Ellsworth Vines P. (USA)
both ranked equally Bowers; McCauley; A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; Crawford won the Australian Championships, Allison won the U.S. Championships, Perry won Wimbledon and the French Championships; Vines beat Tilden in the Wembley Pro and in the Southport Pro; Vines beat Nüsslein in the French Pro; Tilden beat Koželuh in the U.S. Pro; Vines beat Les Stoefen 25-1 in a head-to-head tour while Tilden was beating George Lott 20-4 with one tie; after Stoefen fell ill, Vines beat Nüsslein in another tour about three-quarters of the time (and also Tilden in their few meetings); Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Perry and Vines tied for No. 1, then Crawford, von Cramm, Tilden, Nüsslein, Allison, and Austin, with Vines, Tilden, and Nüsslein, being the only professionals; in April the French amateur tennis association ranked the top six as being identical to Bowers's except that Vines was ahead of Perry.
1936 Fred Perry A. (GB)
Ellsworth Vines P. (USA)
both ranked equally Bowers; McCauley; A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; L'Auto; Donald Budge; Bill Tilden; Adrian Quist won the Australian Championships, von Cramm won the French Championships, Perry won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships; in the American tour Vines easily defeated Les Stoefen (finals standings are unknown but on March 29, Vines led 33-5) and in the Asian tour Vines led Tilden 8-1 at the end of the Japanese part of the tour; Joe Whalen beat Charles Wood in a depleted U.S. Pro; Cochet defeated Robert Ramillon in the French Pro without the three top pro players (Vines, Nüsslein, Tilden); Nüsslein won Southport Pro over Cochet; Vines beat Tilden in the Wembley Pro according to McCauley, but Bowers is categorical that the Wembley tournament did not take place that year, cancelled because Vines did not come from California; Bowers also states that a) Vines and Nüsslein never met between the French Pro in 1935 and the Wembley Pro in 1939 and b) Vines didn't enter any tournament from 1936 to 1938 included; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Perry, Vines, von Cramm, Nüsslein, Don Budge, Tilden, Quist, and Cochet, with Vines, Nüsslein, Tilden, and Cochet being the only professionals; Bowers also writes that three evaluators, L'Auto, Budge and Tilden ranked Vines ahead Perry for the year.
1937 Fred Perry P. (GB)
Ellsworth Vines P. (USA)
Don Budge A. (USA)
all 3 ranked equally Bowers; A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; McCauley; Henner Henkel won the French Championships, Budge won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships, Vivian McGrath won the Australian Championships; Vines def. Perry in the North American head-to-head tour 32-29 while Perry won a short British Isles tour 6-3; Perry def. Tilden 4-3 in America; Vines and Perry didn't enter any tournament; Koželuh beat Bruce Barnes in a depleted U.S. Pro (also, that year, called the U.S. Open); in the absence of Vines and Perry Nüsslein swept all the big tournaments beating Tilden in the Wembley Pro and in the World 's Pro Indoors at Paris and also winning the French Pro over Cochet; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Perry, Vines, and Budge tied for No. 1, with von Cramm and Nüsslein being tied for No. 4, then Henkel, Austin, and Tilden, with Perry, Vines, Nüsslein, and Tilden being the only professionals.
1938 Don Budge A. (USA) Ellsworth Vines P. (USA) A. Wallis Myers of London's The Daily Telegraph; McCauley; Bowers; Budge became the first amateur player to win all four of the Grand Slam tournaments; in the pros, Vines def. Perry 49-35 (or 48-35); the next year, as a pro, Budge narrowly defeated Vines; Vines still didn't enter any tournament as probably in 1936 and surely in 1937; Perry played his first (and single in 1938) pro tournament at the U.S. Pro beating Barnes; Nüsslein beat Tilden in the Wembley Pro; Bowers, however, in Chapter IX of his history, says there was no tournament at Wembley; Nüsslein beat Tilden in the French Pro and at Southport Pro; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Budge, Vines, Perry and Nüsslein tied for No. 3, Austin, John Bromwich, Bobby Riggs, and Tilden, with Vines, Perry, Nüsslein, and Tilden being the only professionals.
1939 Don Budge P. (USA) Ellsworth Vines P. (USA) John Olliff of London's The Daily Telegraph; McCauley; Bowers; Don McNeill won the French Championships, Riggs won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships, John Bromwich won the Australian Championships; Budge def. Vines 22-17 in the North American tour and also def. Perry 28-8; Vines beat Perry in the U.S. Pro; Budge beat Vines and Tilden in the French Pro and beat Nüsslein, Vines, and Tilden in the Wembley Pro; Nüsslein def. Vines and Tilden at Southport; Budge, Vines, Tilden, and Stoefen competed in a spring-summer European tour that was mainly a succession of 4-man tournaments; Budge was the winner, in particular beating Vines 15-5; Bowers ranks the top eight, both amateur and pro, as being Budge, Vines, Nüsslein, Perry, Riggs, Bromwich, Quist, and Tilden, with Budge, Vines, Nüsslein, Perry, and Tilden being professionals, the first time that 5 of the top 8 were pros.
1940 Don Budge P. (USA) Fred Perry P. (GB) Collins; McCauley; Bowers; The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis; Quist won the Australian Championships; McNeill won the U.S. Championships; the French Championships and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; Budge beat Perry in the U.S. Pro; there were no more world rankings by the Telegraph but Bowers ranks the top 4 as being Budge and Perry, followed by the American amateurs McNeill and Riggs, then goes on to say that in spite of uncertainty because of the war the next four are probably the 4 top American amateurs as shown in the Official Encyclopedia, Frank Kovacs, Joe Hunt, Frank Parker, and Jack Kramer; however, he also says that the Australians Bromwich and Quist could plausibly be included in the top 8.
1941 Fred Perry P. (GB)
Bobby Riggs A. (USA)
both ranked equally Collins; McCauley; Bowers; The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis; Riggs won the U.S. Championships; the Australian Championships, the French Championships, and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; Both Collins and McCauley say that Budge def. Tilden 51-7 in their head-to-head tour, but Bowers says that by his count the outcome was most probably 46-7 plus one tie, with 49 matches being fully documented for a result of 43-5 plus 1 tie; Perry completely dominated Tilden in a summer tour; Perry won 5 pro tournaments out of 5 including the U.S. Pro over Dick Skeen; Skeen was runner-up to Perry in 4 tournaments; Budge entered 3 tournaments and lost all of them; there were no more world amateur rankings because of the war but Bowers ranks the top 6 as being amateur Riggs and pro Perry in a tie for first place with amateur Kovacs third, while amateur Parker and professional Skeen are tied for fourth; Budge is sixth.
1942 Don Budge P. (USA) Bobby Riggs P. (USA)
Wayne Sabin P. (USA)
Ray Bowers; Collins; McCauley; The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis; Ted Schroeder won the U.S. Championships; the Australian Championships, the French Championships, and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; Riggs and Kovacs turned pro; in round robin matches Budge was the winner, 52-18; Riggs was 36-36, Kovacs 25-26, Perry 23-30, Stoefen 2-28; Budge beat Riggs in U.S. Pro; because of the war the only significant amateur rankings were American: Schroeder was No. 1, followed by Parker, Gardnar Mulloy, Pancho Segura, Bill Talbert, Sidney Wood, Seymour Greenberg, George Richards, Vic Seixas, and Ladislav Hecht; Ray Bowers ranks the top 8 as: Budge, Riggs and Sabin tied for No. 2, Kovacs fourth, Perry fifth, the top five pros ahead amateurs Schroeder No. 6 and Parker No. 7, professional Skeen being No. 8 (the USPLTA ranked the best pros as Budge, Riggs, Sabin, and Kovacs in that order).
1943–1944
World War II, no world rankings
1945 Bobby Riggs P. (USA) Don Budge P. (USA) Ray Bowers; Joe McCauley; The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis; 1943 : Joe Hunt won the U.S. amateur Championships (Forest Hills); the Australian amateur Chps., the French amateur Chps., and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; the USLTA ranked the top 10 American amateurs as being Hunt, Kramer, Segura, Talbert, Greenberg, Wood, Bob Falkenburg, Parker, James Brink, and Jack Tuero; in the pro ranks Budge, Kovacs, Skeen and Perry probably didn't play any match because they were under the Army service, after having won an exhibition against Wayne Sabin, Riggs joined in his turn the U.S Navy; the only pro tournament, without all these players, was the U.S. Pro where Bruce Barnes overcame John Nogrady; 1944 : McCauley; The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis; Parker won the U.S. amateur Championships (Forest Hills); the Australian amateur Chps., the French amateur Chps., and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; the USLTA ranked the top 10 American amateur as being Parker, Talbert, Segura, Don McNeill, Greenberg, Falkenburg, Jack Jossi, Charles W. Oliver, Jack McManis, J. Gilbert Hall; there was almost no pro tournament but many matches for War efforts or the Red Cross benefits opposing US professionals and US amateurs only if the pros were in the Army and if the amateurs were authorized by the USLTA to play (in a 1945 meeting with Tilden, Richards, Pauline Betz all pros and amateur Segura, the latter played against major Vincent Richards but couldn't play with or against civilian Tilden) : for instance Budge (pro) met Kramer (amateur) twice in 1944 and each one won a match; 1945 Parker won the U.S. amateur Championships (Forest Hills); the Australian amateur Chps., the French amateur Chps., and Wimbledon were not played because of World War II; the USLTA ranked the top 10 American amateur as being Parker, Talbert, Segura, Elwood Cooke, Wood, Mulloy, Shields, Harold Surface, Greenberg, and McManis; in the pro circuit the business return was slow : Riggs defeated Budge in the biggest pro tournament of the year, The US Pro harcourt Championships held at the Los Angeles Tennis Club; on December 27–30 Riggs won a second tournament, the Santa Barbara Invitational Pro Tournament, California, defeating Perry; Kovacs def. Welby Van Horn in San Francisco; Welby Van Horn def. Nogrady in a depleted U.S. Pro without Riggs nor Budge; in the summer before the soldiers came back to civilian life a 5-meeting series under the Davis Cup format was held between the US Army Air Corps, with Budge (pro) and Parker (amateur), and the US Navy, with Riggs (pro) and Sabin (pro), Riggs overcame Budge 3-2 and amateur Parker 3-2, thus indicating that Riggs was probably the best player in the world in 1945; as Ray Bowers wrote "The limited tennis activity over the last three years of the war dictates a single ranking list covering the entire period" he ranked the best eight players in the world for the entire 1943-1945 period  : 1. Riggs, 2. Budge, 3. Parker, 4. Kramer, 5. Kovacs, 6. Van Horn, 7. Quist, 8. Yvon Pétra.
1946 Bobby Riggs P. (USA) Don Budge P. (USA) Bud Collins; Joe McCauley; Bobby Riggs; Collins says Riggs def. Budge 18-16 on the head-to-head tour,[5] while McCauley says Riggs def. Budge 23-21;[6] Riggs himself says twice in his autobiography that he def. Budge 24-22;[7] Tilden organized a series of 31 tournaments: Riggs won 14 of them, Kovacs 7, Perry 4, Budge 3, Van Horn 2, and Skeen 1; Riggs beat Budge in U.S. Pro; the top 10 "Official PPA" rankings for the year were Riggs, Budge, Kovacs, Perry, Van Horn, Wayne Sabin, Carl Earn, Jossi, John Faunce, and Jack March;[8] in the amateur circuit Kramer was undefeated in Davis Cup and won the U.S. Championships, in his book "The Game" page 50 he wrote "...I don't think I was mature enough to beat him (Budge) in '46." Kramer then thinks that Riggs and Budge were probably better than him in 1946.
1947 Bobby Riggs P. (USA)
Jack Kramer A. (USA)
both ranked equally Joe McCauley; Bud Collins; Tilden was imprisoned for sexual offenses and his series of tournaments fell apart; Collins says that Riggs def. Budge 24-22 on a head-to-head tour,[9] but McCauley disputes that, saying that the only tour was a short USA Challenge Series between Riggs and Kovac that Riggs won 11 matches to 10, while Earn defeated March "easily" in preliminary matches;[10] Kramer won 8 of 9 amateur tournaments and 48 of 49 matches (among them his two singles in the Challenge Round of the Davis Cup);[11] Riggs beat Budge both in U.S. Pro and in U.S. Pro Indoor.
1948 Jack Kramer P. (USA) Bobby Riggs P. (USA) Collins; McCauley; Kramer def. Riggs 69-20 on the head-to-head tour after being led 8-6 and then having equalized at 14-14; in the preliminary matches Dinny Pails beat Pancho Segura 41-31 according to Kramer;[12] Kramer beat Riggs in U.S. Pro the most important pro tournament by far this year; then the 4 touring men played a short tour in South America in July on slow courts enabling Riggs to win his fair share of matches against Kramer (according to Pails in his book "Set Points"); Kramer ended the year by winning the Australian Pro tour in September–November, with the incomplete standings being as follows : Kramer 19-4 (1 match unfinished), Segura 14-9 (1 unfinished), Riggs 7-17, Pails 6-16 (2 unfinished).
1949 Jack Kramer P. (USA) Pancho Gonzales A/P. (USA) Joe McCauley; Bud Collins; in the pro circuit Kramer was clearly the best winning Wembley Pro over Riggs and Scarborough Pro over Budge; Riggs def. Budge in U.S. Pro without Kramer and Segura; in the amateur circuit Ted Schroeder and Gonzales won together Davis Cup and shared the two greatest tournaments Wimbledon for the former and the U.S. Championships for the latter; then Gonzales played his first pro match against Kramer on October 25 on the head-to-head tour (ended on May 21, 1950) : at the end of November Kramer still led 22-4 proving he was undoubtedly the best player in the world.
1950 Jack Kramer P. (USA)
Pancho Segura P. (Ecuador/USA)
both ranked equally Joe McCauley; PLTA; Kramer finished beating Gonzales on the head-to-head tour ended on May 21 (begun on October 25, 1949) 96-27 (97-26 according to Kramer himself); Segura beat Frank Parker "comfortably" in the head-to-head preliminary matches;[13] Kramer dominated Segura in the next tour begun on October 28 (finished in March 1951) : mid-November Kramer led 10-4; in tournaments Segura beat Kramer in Paris and once again in the semifinals of the U.S. Pro before overcoming Kovacs in the final; Gonzales beat Kramer at Philadelphia Pro and Van Horn in a depleted Wembley Pro without Kramer and Segura; the PLTA released "Official" pro rankings for the year but McCauley writes: "It is difficult to understand how the following rankings were arrived at:" Segura, Kramer, Kovacs, Riggs, Van Horn, Parker, Carl Earn, Jimmy Evert, Nogrady, Joe Fishbach, Jack Rodgers, Joe Whalen, Al Doyle, Robert "Junior" Stubbs, Jimmy Adler, March, Faunce, Vivian McGrath, Pierre Pellizza, Bill Kenney.[14] How indeed Gonzales can be omitted from this PLTA ranking ? McCauley thought Kramer was the number one because of Kramer's domination in tour whereas PLTA probably thought Segura was the best because he had dominated the tournaments circuit and among them the U.S. Pro.
1951 Jack Kramer P. (USA) Pancho Segura P. (Ecuador/USA) Joe McCauley; PLTA; Kramer finally def. Segura 64-28 (58-27 according to Kramer in his book, page 187) on the head-to-head tour finished in March (begun on October 28, 1950);[15] Kramer beat Segura and Gonzales in Philadelphia Pro; Segura beat Gonzales in U.S. Pro; Gonzales beat Segura in Wembley Pro; the PLTA "Official" rankings for the year were Segura, Gonzales, Kovacs, Riggs, Van Horn, Earn, Parker, Jimmy Evert, Bob Rogers, Jack Rodgers, Fishbach, Nogrady, Adler, Elwood Cooke, McGrath, Doyle, Harris Everett, Len Hartman, Norman Copeland, Mitchell Gornto; "Kramer and Budge were not ranked due to insufficient data".[16]
1952 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) - Pancho Segura P. (Ecuador/USA) both equally ranked Joe McCauley; Budge in McCauley's book page 57 : "the PLTA ranked Segura No. 1; Kramer was semi-retired; Budge and Gonzales played only sporadically". In his book McCauley has traced only 9 tournaments and a small US tour, among these 9 tournaments 2 seemed to be domestic Nationals (British Pro and German Pro) so there left 7 tournaments for the leading pros. Segura entered the 7 and Gonzales played 5 of them and won 4 and reached 1 final. Moreover, Gonzales defeated Segura 5 times out of 7 (including some tour matches in Paris in June). In the 1953 July edition of "Sport" magazine Budge declared :"In the past two years Pancho (Gonzales) has won the majority of all the big pro tournaments. He has to be considered the best, at least until somebody proves otherwise." In particular Gonzales def. Segura (and Kramer) in Philadelphia Pro and Gonzales def. Kramer in Wembley Pro; Segura overcame Gonzales in U.S. Pro and in a tour match in Paris; in the amateur circuit Frank Sedgman won the Davis Cup with Ken McGregor and the Australian also reached the four finals of the Grand Slam tournaments, winning the last (chronologically) two, Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. It is very hard to compare Gonzales, Segura, Kramer with Sedgman the best amateur : next year the Australian, turned pro, was dominated by Kramer and Segura but he defeated Gonzales 3 times (later Gonzales regularly beat Sedgman). Then it is possible that Gonzales and Segura were very slightly superior to Sedgman in 1952 but without any certainty.
1953 Jack Kramer P. (USA) Frank Sedgman P. (Aus.) Bud Collins; Joe McCauley; in the course of 1953 Lance Tingay wrote that it was very difficult to establish a hierarchy because Gonzales hadn't still met one of the top pros : in fact a) Kramer retired on July 9 and never met Gonzales that year and b) Gonzales met Segura and Sedgman for the first time of the year only in November. Kramer def. Sedgman 54-41 on the head-to-head tour while Segura def. McGregor 71-25 in the head-to-head preliminary matches; during tour breaks these four men played three 4-man tournaments with Kramer winning two of them; Kramer's whole 1953 record was 56-41 to Sedgman and 1-1 to Segura; the Ecuadorian won 5 tournaments (more than any other pro); Sedgman beat Gonzales in Wembley Pro, in Paris (probably not a French Pro as stated elsewhere) and in Lyon but the Australian trailed Segura 3-7 in head-to-head meetings; Gonzales not chosen for the world tour played until November in tournaments without the three other greats and then won a depleted U.S. Pro over Budge. Knowing that Sedgman won the greatest pro tournament, Wembley, and that he was beaten by Kramer in tour a possible, but not sure at all, 1953 pro ranking is 1) Kramer, 2) Sedgman; Tony Trabert, the best amateur of the time, was probably less good than the four best pros.
1954 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Frank Sedgman P. (Aus.) — Pancho Segura P. (Ecuador/USA) Joe McCauley; Jack Kramer; in 1953–1954 the sources are still conflicting : it would seem that there was only one Australian tour during these two years and that it happened in November–December 1954 and that Gonzales won it (16-9 to Sedgman; 4-2 to Segura; 15-0 to McGregor); the American also won, the North American tour (January 3 - May 30), a succession of 70 tournaments, all being 4-man events but one, a 3-man event. On June 2 a report stated that Gonzales won 29 tournaments and had an 85-40 win-loss while Sedgman won 21 tournaments and Segura won 20 tournaments. In head-to-head meetings the results aren't 100% sure : Gonzales win-loss record against Segura was about 30-21 (or 30-20) and was possibly exactly equal against Sedgman, 30-21 (or 30-20) too; and Segura would have led Sedgman by the slightest margin, 23-22. Budge won only one match in that tour (against Gonzales in the first round of the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 19). Earn apparently won none and Riggs won one against Gonzales on May 20 in Victoria (Canada, British Columbia); in autumn Segura, Gonzales, Sedgman and Kramer, coming back in singles, after his 20-month retirement, toured in the Far East with Segura's record as being Segura-Gonzales 1-1, Segura-Sedgman 2-1 and Segura-Kramer 4-0; in tournaments Gonzales def. Sedgman in U.S. Pro and Sedgman def. Segura in the first Australian Pro of tennis history; the amateur circuit was dominated by the duet Tony Trabert/Jaroslav Drobný, the American won with Seixas the Davis Cup and captured the French Championships while Drobny won at last Wimbledon; nevertheless these two players seemed a little rank below the trio Gonzales-Sedgman-Segura.
1955 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Pancho Segura P. (Ecuador/USA) Bud Collins; Joe McCauley; even though the USA lost the Davis Cup, Tony Trabert won 3 of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, but was never a consistent winner upon turning professional; Gonzales-Trabert head-to-head tour began in Dec and Gonzales overcame Trabert since the first match; Gonzales dominated the pros beating Segura in U.S. Pro; Sedgman has played very little in 1955 and in particular underwent a surgery of appendicitis; Lawn Tennis and Badminton ranked the top 12 professionals as Gonzales, Segura, Kovacs, Sedgman, Riggs, Earn, Budge, Parker, Pails, Perry, Doyle, and Sam Match.[17]
1956 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Frank Sedgman P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley, page 72; Gonzales def. Trabert 74-24 on the American head-to-head tour, Segura def. Rex Hartwig 56-22 (5 even) in the head-to-head preliminary matches; Gonzales beat Segura in U.S. Pro; Gonzales beat Sedgman both in the round-robin Pro Tournament of Champions, in Los Angeles, and in Wembley Pro; Trabert beat Gonzales in French Pro; as Trabert in 1955, Hoad made a "Little amateur Slam" but he was probably under the best pros as his pro debut, next year, proved it; Jack March, promoter of the Cleveland tournament ranked the pros as follows : 1 Gonzales, 2 Sedgman, 3 Segura, 4 Trabert, 5 Hartwig, 6 Kovacs, 7 Earn, 8 Riggs, 9 Budge, 10 Pails.
1957 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Gonzales def. Rosewall 50-26 in the World head-to-head tour, Segura def. Dinny Pails 51-8 in the head-to-head preliminary matches; Rosewall probably (to confirm) won a small European tour over Hoad, Segura and Kramer; Rosewall won a South African tour over Hoad, Kramer and Segura and an Australian tour over Hoad, Sedgman and Segura; Segura beat Sedgman in Australian Pro; Gonzales beat Segura in U.S. Pro; Gonzales also won the Pro Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills and the Masters Round Robin Pro in Los Angeles; Rosewall beat Segura in Wembley Pro; in the amateur circuit Hoad won Wimbledon easily, losing just one set and then he turned pro right after, regularly beaten by the best pros in the first three months.
1958 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Lew Hoad P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Jack March; Robert Geist; Gonzales def. Hoad 51-36 in the world tour and in the preliminary matches Trabert def. Segura 34-31; Gonzales beat Rosewall in the Pro Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills; Gonzales beat Hoad in U.S. Pro; Sedgman beat Trabert both in Wembley Pro and in the Australian Pro; Rosewall beat Hoad in French Pro; Jack March's pro ranking : 1 Gonzales, 2 Hoad, 3 Segura 4 Trabert 5 Rosewall 6 Sedgman 7 Parker 8 Kovacs 9 Riggs 10 Pails; Geist's (pro-amateur combined) ranking : 1 Gonzales, 2 Hoad, Rosewall.
1959 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Lew Hoad P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Jack Kramer; L'Équipe; Mal Anderson; Frank Sedgman; Ashley Cooper; McCauley page 97; American round robin results: : Gonzales 47-15, Hoad 42-20, Ashley Cooper 21-40, Mal Anderson 13-48; Hoad, however, def. Gonzales 15-13 during the round robin; Hoad beat Gonzales in the Pro Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills; Gonzales beat Hoad in U.S. Pro; Mal Anderson beat Segura in Wembley Pro; Trabert beat Sedgman in French Pro; Sedgman won the Grand Prix tour of Europe over Rosewall and others; Rosewall won a tour of New Zealand over Sedgman and others; Rosewall also took first prize in the tour of South Africa. Mal Anderson writing in World Tennis, stated that Kramer established a tournament points system to decide the best players in the world: 14 tournaments chosen with all the same points (7 points for the winner, 4 for the runner-up, 3 for 3rd place, 2 for 4th and 1 for each quarterfinalist), the final positions were : 1 Hoad, 2 Gonzales (only 11 tournaments played), 3 Rosewall, 4 Sedgman, 5 Trabert, 6 Anderson, 7 Segura, 8 Cooper. Kramer's own pro ranking (different from the points ranking) : 1 Gonzales, 2 Sedgman, 3 Rosewall, 4 Hoad, 5 Trabert, 6 Segura, 7 Cooper, 8 Anderson, 9 Rose, 10 McGregor, 11 Hartwig; Sedgman's proposed ranking was 1 Gonzales, 2 Hoad, 3 Rosewall; Ashley Cooper confirmed Sedgman's opinion but suggested that Sedgman should be the No. 4. L'Équipe (Robert Roy) pro-amateur combined ranking : 1 Gonzales, 2 Sedgman, 3 Rosewall, 4 Trabert, 5 Hoad, 6 Segura, 7 Kramer, 8 McGregor, 9 Hartwig, 10 Cooper, 11 Rose (for the first time L'Équipe ranked pros and amateurs together); Robert Barne (Kramer's Australian manager) 's pro ranking : 1 Hoad, 2 Gonzales, 3 Rosewall, 4 Sedgman, 5 Trabert, 6 Segura, 7 Cooper, 8 Anderson, 9 Rose.
1960 Pancho Gonzales P. (USA)
Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.)
both ranked equally Joe McCauley; L'Équipe; Robert Geist; McCauley p57 World Series Round Robin matches for the world championship among 4 players: Gonzales 49-8, Rosewall 32-25, Segura 22-28, Alex Olmedo 11-44; just after Gonzales won a small tournament and then shortly retired; Olmedo beat Trabert in a depleted U.S. Pro; Rosewall beat Segura in Wembley Pro; Rosewall beat Hoad in French Pro; Rosewall won 7 tournaments in all and beat Hoad in 4 out of 6 finals. Once again Kramer ranked Gonzales & Sedgman 1 and 2 for the year but Sedgman didn't win as much as in 1959; L'Équipe ranked Rosewall No. 1 because of European results; in his book "DER GRÖSSTE MEISTER Die denkwürdige Karriere des australischen Tennisspielers Kenneth Robert Rosewall" Robert Geist co-ranked Gonzales & Rosewall No. 1.
1961 Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Pancho Gonzales P. (USA) Joe McCauley; L'Équipe, Robert Geist; there were 47 World Series Round Robin matches for the world championship among 6 players, followed by 28 head-to-head matches between the top 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 to determine the final champion; Rosewall, however, took several long vacations and played very little in the first half of the year; substitutions were permitted for injured players in the round robin: Gonzales-(Segura) 33-14, Andrés Gimeno 27-20, Hoad-(Trabert, Cooper, Sedgman) 24-23, Barry MacKay 22-25, Olmedo 18-29, Butch Buchholz 16-31; No. 1 Gonzales then def. No. 2 Gimeno 21-7, No. 3 Sedgman (who definitely replaced Hoad) def. No. 4 MacKay 15-13; in tournaments Gonzales beat Sedgman in a depleted U.S. Pro; Rosewall beat Hoad in Wembley Pro; Rosewall beat Gonzales in French Pro; Hoad beat Gonzales in a small tour of the British Isles; at the end of the year (October 25) Gonzales retired once again for 20 months (back in the circuit on June 27, 1963). L'Équipe once again ranked Rosewall No. 1 (2) Gonzales, 3) Hoad, 4) Trabert, 5) Segura, 6) Gimeno, 7) Cooper, 8) MacKay, 9) Olmedo, 10) Buchholz, 11) Laver, 12) Anderson, 13) Emerson, 14) Pietrangeli, 15) Santana, 16) Ayala, 17) Krishnan, 18) Sangster, 19) Lundquist, 20) McKinley, 21) Darmon, ... 23) Neale Fraser) primarily because of European results in second half of year; McCauley's 1961 chapter is entitled: Gonzales Still World Champion but says in the text that Rosewall had a good claim to being No. 1;[18] Geist ranked Rosewall No. 1 alone.
1962 Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Lew Hoad P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Ken Rosewall; no American tour, very little tennis for first 6 months; Rosewall won 10 pro tournaments including the big European events; Butch Buchholz beat Segura in a depleted U.S. Pro; Rosewall beat Hoad in Wembley Pro; Rosewall beat Gimeno in French Pro; Hoad won the Trofeo Facis tour of Italy. Rod Laver had a successful amateur year, winning with Emerson the Davis Cup, and alone all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, but was severely beaten for his pro debut in 1963; Rosewall announced his Pro rankings at the end of 1962, omitting Segura then semi-retired : No. 1 Rosewall, No. 2 Hoad, No. 3 Gimeno, No. 4 Laver, No. 5 Buchholz.
1963 Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Rod Laver P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Frank Sedgman; Rosewall on Australasian grass dominated the new pro recruit Rod Laver, 11 victories to 2 and Hoad was omnipotent, winning 8-0 against Laver; then the World Championship Series was held in the USA with six players, two local players Buchholz and MacKay, one Spaniard Gimeno, one Chilean Ayala and only two Australians Rosewall and Laver (if Hoad had been selected there would have been too many Aussies in the US) : in the first phase Rosewall ended first (31 wins - 10 losses) ahead Laver (26- 16), Buchholz (23-18), Gimeno, MacKay and Ayala. In the second (and final) phase Rosewall won the tour, beating Laver 14-4, and Gimeno won 3rd place, beating Buchholz 11-7. Then Rosewall captured five tournaments including the 3 majors of that year and Laver reached the finals of two majors and also won 5 tournaments making him undoubtedly the vice-king; Rosewall def. Laver in U.S. Pro; Rosewall def. Laver in French Pro; Rosewall def. Hoad in Wembley Pro; Laver won the Trofeo Facis tour of Italy; in January 1964 Sedgman clearly stated that Laver was second to Rosewall and a real threat to his elder.
1964 Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.)
Rod Laver P. (Aus.)
both ranked equally Joe McCauley; Robert Geist; World Tennis; the pros established a ranking system based on points awarded at 19 major tournaments (7 points for the winner, 4 for the runner-up, 3 for 3rd place, 2 for 4th and 1 for each quarterfinalist); the final positions were: 1 Rosewall, 2 Laver, 3 Gonzales, 4 Gimeno, 5 Buchholz, 6 Hoad, 7 Olmedo, 8 Ayala. Laver beat Rosewall & Gonzales in U.S. Pro; Rosewall beat Laver in French Pro; Laver beat Rosewall in Wembley Pro. Rosewall won 11 tournaments in all and finished first in the Trofeo Facis tour of Italy and in the European Cup tour. Laver won 12 tournaments in all and won an Australian tour over Hoad, who in turn finished ahead of Laver in a 5-man tour of New Zealand. In all known matches throughout the year, Laver beat Rosewall 17-7 but trailed 5-7 to Gonzalez, who in turned trailed Rosewall 4-14. Laver is quoted by McCauley as saying after the Wembley Pro final: "I’ve still plenty of ambitions left and would like to be the World's No. 1. Despite this win, I am not there yet – Ken is. I may have beaten him more often than he has beaten me this year but he has won the biggest tournaments except here. I’ve lost to other people but Ken hasn’t. We are working on a points system which is the soundest way so that everyone has to try hard all the time and Ken has the most points";[19] McCauley's 1964 chapter is entitled: Rosewall Tops Again But Only Just;[20] Buchholz, writing in World Tennis, named Rosewall as No. 1 based on the pro body's tournament ranking system; Robert Geist co-ranked Laver & Rosewall No. 1 (in his book "DER GRÖSSTE MEISTER Die denkwürdige Karriere des australischen Tennisspielers Kenneth Robert Rosewall").
1965 Rod Laver P. (Aus.) Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; though Rosewall has won 2 of the 3 very major tournaments, Laver was the new undisputed king of tennis. Laver finished first in the pros' points ranking system, with Rosewall second and Gimeno third. Laver won 21 tournaments in all (to Rosewall's 7). Rosewall beat Laver in U.S. Pro; Rosewall beat Laver in French Pro; Laver beat Gimeno in Wembley Pro; Laver beat Rosewall 16-7 in head-to-head matches.
1966 Rod Laver P. (Aus.) Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; this was the year of the greatest rivalry between Laver and Rosewall; they shared all the major tournaments with Laver slightly ahead : in the world circuit played by the leading pros, Laver won 15 tournaments including Forest Hills Pro, the U.S. Pro and Wembley Pro over Rosewall runner-up the three times, Rosewall won 9 tournaments including Madison Square Garden Pro and the French Pro over ... Laver finalist both times, Gimeno won 6 tournaments, Gonzales won 1; Laver and Rosewall were tied 7-7 in head-to-head matches.
1967 Rod Laver P. (Aus.) Ken Rosewall P. (Aus.) Joe McCauley; Laver probably was at the peak of his whole career, at least on fast courts, winning 19 tournaments including all the majors : the Madison Square Garden Pro, the U.S. Pro, Wimbledon Pro, the French Pro and Wembley Pro; Rosewall stayed the n°2 in the world capturing 7 tournaments and reaching 3 majors finals in Madison Square Garden Pro, Wimbledon Pro and Wembley Pro; Gimeno was very close to Rosewall winning 3 tournaments and runner-up in two majors, the U.S. Pro and the French Pro; in head-to-head matches Laver beat Rosewall 8-5 and Gimeno 12-4, Rosewall and Gimeno were equal, 7-7.
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1968 Rod Laver (Aus.) Arthur Ashe A. (USA) Panel of European Journalists; Bud Collins; Joe McCauley of World Tennis; Lance Tingay of the London Daily Telegraph; The Open Era began in April and at least 10 open tournaments were played with professionals winning 8 and amateurs 2 with the pros leading in matches won 199 to 45.[21] Most pros played either the National Tennis League or World Championship Tennis circuits, so only 3 tournaments featured all the best players: 1) Wimbledon, where Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche in the finals, after they beat Arthur Ashe, an amateur, and Ken Rosewall in the semi-finals; 2) the Pacific Southwest Open, where Laver defeated Rosewall, who defeated Ashe in the SFs; and 3) the U.S. Open, where Ashe def. Tom Okker, also an amateur, who def. Rosewall in the SFs, with Laver losing in the 4th round. In the French Open Rosewall defeated Laver (no WCT players permitted; 4 of the top 10 players played) and at the Queen's Club Okker upset Laver to make made the finals which were cancelled due to bad weather (no WCT; 5 of the top 10). In major pro events with both NTL and WCT players, Rosewall won the Wembly Pro over Newcombe (8 of top 10 present), while Laver won both the U.S. Pro and the last-ever French Pro, both over Newcombe. Overall, Laver won 13 titles, although 5 of his wins were in 4-man invitationals; his wins included 7 of the 11 NTL tournaments and he was 1-0 vs. Ashe and 5-2 vs. Rosewall. Ashe won 10 tournaments,[22] including the U.S. Amateur Championships, and 8 other amateur titles and was 11-1 in the amateur-only Davis Cup. Rosewall won 5 titles, including the initial open event at Bournemouth, over Laver. Okker won 6 open or amateur events, including the Italian Open. In the WCT, Newcombe and Roche won 7 and 4 events (usually 8- or 12-men draws), respectively. Rankings: Collins and a 17-member panel of mostly European journalists both ranked players as 1) Laver, 2) Ashe, 3) Rosewall, 4) Okker, 5) Newcombe, and 6) Roche; McCauley concurred but switched Okker to No. 3 and Rosewall to No. 4;[23] Tingay had the same top 4 as Collins and then Roche and Newcombe.
1969 Rod Laver (Aus.) Tony Roche (Aus.) Sports-Informations-Dienst Panel (SID); Bud Collins; Lance Tingay; Rod Laver won the Grand Slam: At Wimbledon Laver beat John Newcombe, who defeated Tony Roche in the SFs; at the U.S. Open Laver defeated Roche, who defeated Newcombe in the SFs; at the French Open, Laver beat Ken Rosewall, after they beat Okker and Roche in the SFs, and Newcombe lost in the QFs (7 of the top 10 players played); and, at the Australian Open Laver defeated Roche in the SFs with Newcombe losing in the QFs (7 of top 10 played). Of the 8 tournaments with at least 6 of the top 10 players participating, Laver won 4 (he played all 8), including: the U.S. Pro Indoor and the Wembley Pro, both over Roche; South Africa over Okker; and the U.S. Pro over Newcombe; while among the other 4 events, Roche won Sydney over Laver, 41-year-old Pancho Gonzales won the Pacific Southwest Open, and Newcombe and Okker won none. The Italian Open was won by Newcombe over Roche and Monte Carlo by Okker (both had 5 of the top 10 players but no Laver). Laver won 18 tournaments, including 6 of the 9 National Tennis League events, for a 106-16 record[24] and was 3-0 vs Okker, 2-1 vs Newcombe but only 4-5 vs Roche. Roche won 5 titles with 5 runner-ups with a 63-13 record[25] and Newcombe won 3 titles with a 56-16 record. Okker had 4 victories with a 57-13 record, Rosewall won 3 titles, and Arthur Ashe won 2 titles and made the SFs of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Rankings: The panel for SID by Ulrich Kaiser, with 17 journalists (mostly from European newspapers including Hellberg, Mezzanotte, McCualey, Grau, Bellamy, Tingay, De Bie), voted as follows: 1) Laver (170 points), 2) Roche (153), 3) Newcombe (134), 4) Okker (109), 5) Ashe (104) and 6) Rosewall (87); Tingay and Collins concurred with the top 5 but Tingay had Rosewall No. 5 and Collins had Rosewall No. 4 and Okker No.5.
1970 Rod Laver (Aus.)
Ken Rosewall (Aus.)
generally ranked equally Martini and Rossi Award;The WCT panel; Judith Elian of L'Equipe (Paris); Joe McCauley; Bud Collins; Lance Tingay; Robert Geist; John Newcombe won Wimbledon over Ken Rosewall, who beat Tony Roche in the QFs, and Rosewall won the U.S. Open over Newcombe and Roche (SFs) (Rod Laver lost 4th round at both). In the inaugural Masters, the year-end Grand Prix tournament (all round robin), Stan Smith and Laver were both 4-1, but as Smith beat Laver he was named the champion (Rosewall was 3-2; neither Newcombe or Roche qualified). Of the 5 other tournaments with 8 of the top 10 players playing, Laver won 4: the WCT U.S. Pro Indoor over Roche; the WCT Dunlop Sydney Open over Rosewall; the Grand Prix Pacific Southwest Open over Newcombe; and the Grand Prix Wembley Pro. In the 5th, the U.S. Pro (joint Grand Prix-WCT), Roche beat Laver. Of the next 9 events with 4 or more of the top 10 players, Laver won 2 of the 5 he entered while Rosewall won 1 with Newcombe and Roche winning none. Jan Kodes won the French Open (WCT players not permitted), while Ilie Nastase won the Italian Open (both events had 2 of the top 10). Arthur Ashe won the Australian Open with Roche and Newcombe both losing in the QFs (4 of the top 10 played). In total, Laver won 12 ATP events, plus the Tennis Champions Classic, a series of two-player events, defeating Rosewall in the final, and 2 other invitational events. He was 84-14 including 5-0 vs. Rosewall, 3-0 vs. Newcombe, and 1-2 vs. Roche. Rosewall won 6 titles for a 68-18 record, including 4-1 vs. Newcombe and 3-1 vs. Roche. Newcombe won 2 other titles, but only had to beat 1 top 10 player in those; his record was 54-19. Roche won 3 titles for a 47-13 record. Rankings: The panel of 10 international journalists for the 'Martini and Rossi' Award, ranked Rosewall No. 1 with 97 points (out of 100) over Laver (89 pts) and Newcombe (81 pts) with Roche No. 4 and Ashe No. 5. The panel of 12 journalists which made the WCT draw for 1971 ranked Laver 1st, Rosewall 2nd and Newcombe 3rd;[26] Elian placed Rosewall 1st ahead of Newcombe, Roche and Laver; Robert Geist co-ranked Rosewall, Laver and Newcombe No. 1; Newcombe in "Newk-Life On and Off the Court" rated Laver No. 1; a small number of journalists - Tingay, McCauley and Collins ranked Newcombe ahead of Rosewall and Laver.
1971 Stan Smith A. (USA)
John Newcombe (Aus.)
generally ranked equally Martini-Rossi Award; Lance Tingay; Bud Collins; Judith Elian; Robert Geist; WCT and independent players played separate circuits with top WCT players playing only 1 or neither of the U.S. and French Opens in order to rest. Wimbledon, which had most top players playing, was won by John Newcombe over Stan Smith and Ken Rosewall (SFs) (Rod Laver lost QFs; Jan Kodes absent). In 3 joint WCT-Grand Prix events with 8 or 9 of the top 10 players playing: the Italian Open (Rosewall absent), was won by Laver beating, in succession, Kodes, Arthur Ash and Smith (QFs) (the only Laver-Smith match that year) while Newcombe lost in the QFs; the Washington Star International was won by Rosewall defeating Smith in the SFs (their only match); and the Stockholm Open was won by Ash over Kodes, who beat Laver in the QFs. The U.S. Open was won by Smith defeating Kodes, who beat Newcombe in the 1st round (event had 7 of the top 10; Laver and Rosewall of WCT absent), and the French Open was won by Kodes over Ilie Nastase, who beat Smith in the QFs (5 of the top 10; Laver, Rosewall and Newcombe of WCT absent). Nastase won the round-robin Masters (no WCT players), going 6-0, with a victory over Smith, who was 4-2. Smith won 6 titles overall, including 3 significant Grand Prix events, and was 70-13.[27] Of the WCT players, Rosewall won the WCT Finals defeating Laver and Newcombe (QFs) plus the U.S. Pro for a total of 7 titles with a 70-16 record, including 2-2 vs. Laver. Newcombe also won the U.S. Pro Indoor over Laver for a total of 5 titles for a 53-14 record, including 1-1 vs. Smith, 3-1 vs. Rosewall and 1-1 vs. Laver. Laver won 7 titles, including the final Tennis Champions Classic, going unbeaten in 13 matches and winning the final over Kodes, for an 82-18 record. Laver had the most success in the highest prize-money events: he earned $292,000, Rosewall $138,000, Smith $103,000 and Newcombe $101,000.[28] Rankings: The Martini-Rossi Award, voted for by 11 journalists, was shared by Smith and Newcombe with 96 points (out of 110); 3) was Rosewall (91 pts), 4) Laver (90 pts), and 5) Kodes with 7) Ashe; Elian co-ranked Newcombe and Smith No. 1; Geist co-ranked Smith, Newcombe and Rosewall No. 1; Tingay and Collins ranked Newcombe ahead of Smith with Collins' 3 to 5 mirroring the Martini-Rossi Award.
1972 Stan Smith A/P. (USA) Ilie Năstase (Rom.) Judith Elian; Lance Tingay; Joe McCauley; Bud Collins; WCT and independent players played separate circuits most of the year with WCT players banned from the French Open, Wimbledon and the Davis Cup by the ILTF. An agreement allowed WCT players to play the U.S. Open and Grand Prix events thereafter, but the top players of the two groups did not play each other aside from Ilie Năstase defeating Arthur Ashe (WCT) in the finals of the U.S. Open after Ash beat Stan Smith in the QFs (of other WCT players, Ken Rosewall lost 2nd round, Rod Laver 4th round, and John Newcombe 3rd round). Smith won the Pacific Southwest Open, an "A" Grand Prix tournament with some WCT players (Rosewall lost QFs; Nastase and Ash lost 3rd round; Laver and Newcombe absent), the Stockholm "A" Grand Prix, which had some lower-ranked WCT players, as well as the depleted Wimbledon over Năstase. Smith won 4 of the 7 "A" or "B" Grand Prix he entered and 9 titles overall for a 79-12 record (including 7-1 in the Davis Cup; def. Nastase in the finals) with a 4-1 record vs. Nastase. Năstase also won the Masters over Smith (no WCT players) for 12 titles in total (2 "A" or "B" Grand Prix) for a 110-19 record. The depleted French Open was won by Andres Gimeno (Smith lost QFs and Nastase lost 2nd round) while the Italian Open "A" Grand Prix was won by Manuel Orantes. On the WCT circuit, Rosewall won the WCT Finals in May def. Laver 7-5 in a 5th set tiebreak (heavily watched on U.S. television) plus won 2 other WCT tournaments, the Australian Open (Newcombe the only other top 10 player), and 1 other title with a 53-14 record. Laver won 5 WCT titles, including the U.S. Pro Indoor over Rosewall, for a 47-15 record, including 3-1 vs. Rosewall and 1-0 vs. Newcombe. Newcombe won 6 WCT titles for a 63-19 record, including 2-1 vs. Rosewall. Ashe won the WCT Winter Finals in November (Rosewall and Laver absent) plus 3 other WCT titles. Rankings: Elian, Tingay and McCauley all ranked Smith No. 1, Năstase No. 2 and Rosewall No. 3; Collins disagreed ranking Rosewall No. 2 and Nastase No. 3 with Laver No. 4, Ash No. 5 and Newcombe No. 6.
1973 Ilie Năstase (Rom.) John Newcombe (Aus.) Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) year-end Point System; Ilie Năstase won the French Open (no other the top players made the SFs) and the year-end Masters defeating Tom Okker and Jimmy Connors (SFs) (John Newcombe made SFs; Stan Smith lost round robin). Newcombe beat Jan Kodes to win the U.S. Open after they def. Ken Rosewall and Smith in the SFs (Nastase lost 2nd round) and won the Australian Open, Rosewall, who lost in the 3rd round, being the only other top 10 player entered. Kodes won Wimbledon which had a depleted field due to an ATP boycott - Năstase played losing in the 4th round. Nastase won 15 of 31 events he entered, including 3 of 5 USTLA Indoor Circuit events he played and 2 Group A Grand Prix tournaments (of 6 played), including the Italian Open; he was 1-0 vs. Newcombe and Smith and 4-1 vs. Connors. Newcombe only won 1 other title but was runner-up in 5, including in 2 of the 3 Group A Grand Prix events he entered. Smith won the WCT Finals def. Rosewall in the SFs (Rod Laver also lost SFs), the U.S. Pro Indoor and 5 of the 8 events of his group of the WCT but only won 1 mid-level Grand Prix. Smith and Newcombe did not play each other. Connors won 10 tournaments of 21 including 6 of the 8 USLTA events he played (but Nastasee was the only other top 10 player on the circuit) plus 2 Group A Grand Prix (of 5). Okker won 7 titles including 2 Group A Grand Prix. Rosewall (skipped the French and Wimbledon) and Laver (only slam was U.S. Open - lost 3rd round) mainly played the WCT winning 5 titles each. Rankings: The new ATP Point System (based on average points earned per event excluding the Masters and WCT Finals, minimum 12 events) had Nastase No. 1, Newcombe No. 2, Connors No. 3, Okker No. 4, Smith No. 5, and Rosewall No. 6 with Rod Laver No. 8 and Kodes No. 9. Tennis Magazine (U.S.) ranked Năstase No. 1, Newcombe No. 2, Smith No. 3, Okker No. 4, and Connors No. 5; Collins agreed with the top 3, but had Laver No. 4 and Rosewall No.5.
1974 Jimmy Connors (USA) No consensus among the sources:

John Newcombe (Aus.)
Guillermo Vilas (Arg.)
Tennis Magazine (U.S.); World Tennis; ATP year-end Point System; Bud Collins; Judith Elian; Lance Tingay; Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, both over 39-year-old Ken Rosewall (who defeated John Newcombe at both (QF and SF)), plus the Australian Open (Newcombe lost QFs; 3 top 10 players played and its ATP points were equal to a mid-level ("B") Grand Prix tournament), but was banned from playing the French Open by its organizers because he signed to play World Team Tennis with a season overlapping the event. Connors won 15 titles on a record of 99-4, including 3 of the 6 top-level ("AA") Grand Prix events he entered (including the US Clay Court over Bjorn Borg, their only match). Connors did not play the WCT circuit in the winter/spring instead playing the USLTA's indoor circuit, winning 7 of his titles, and did not play Newcombe or Vilas this year. Newcombe won 10 events, including 4 of 10 in 1 of the 3 groups of the WCT circuit, the non-tour affiliated Palm Springs (with 7 of top 10 players), and the WCT Finals over Borg (Guillermo Vilas and Rosewall did not play) and played few GP events, winning 3 mid-level events, def. Rosewall in a final; Newcombe was 2-0 vs. Borg. Borg won the French Open (Newcombe and Rosewall also absent), did not make the QFs of the other 3 Grand Slams, and won 2 of the 7 AA GP events he played (the Italian Open and the U.S. Pro; Connors absent from both) plus 2 events in his WCT group; Borg was 4-2 vs. Vilas. Vilas won the year-end Masters def. Ilie Nastase in the finals, plus def. Newcombe (their only match) and Borg in the round robin (Connors absent; Laver and Rosewall ineligible) plus 6 clay GP events (out of 20), including 3 AAs out of 9, but did not make the QFs of a Grand Slam. Rosewall won none of 9 events played. Laver won 6 of 13 events, including the US Pro Indoor which all WCT players played, plus 3 in his WCT group, but did not play a Grand Slam. Rankings: The ATP Point System had Connors No. 1, Newcombe No. 2, Borg No. 3, Laver No. 4 and Villas No. 5 (no points awarded for his Masters victory) with Rosewall No. 8. All sources had Connors No. 1 but No. 2 was disputed: Tennis Magazine (US) picked Newcombe, World Tennis and Collins picked Vilas (plus had Newcombe No. 3, Borg No. 4 and Laver No. 5), Tingay chose Rosewall and Elian chose Borg.
1975 Arthur Ashe (USA) No consensus among sources:
Björn Borg (Swe.)
Jimmy Connors (USA)
Manuel Orantes (Spain)
Tennis Magazine (U.S.); World Tennis; Bud Collins; Judith Elian; Barry Lorge of the Washington Post; Lance Tingay; Steve Flink; ATP Awards and Point System; Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon defeating Jimmy Connors (their only match of the year) and Bjorn Borg (in the SFs) (Guillermo Vilas lost QFs; Manuel Orantes absent); Manuel Orantes def. Connors on the new clay at the US Open (Connors def. Borg in SFs; Vilas also made SFs; Ashe lost 4th round); and Ilie Nastase won the Masters over Borg and Vilas (Borg beat Ashe in SFs; Orantes lost in round robin; Connors absent). Ashe won 9 tournaments (out of 29) including the WCT Finals over Borg (Connors, Vilas and Orantes ineligible and mostly did not play the WCT circuit), 2 top-tier ("AA") Grand Prix titles (out of 10 entered) and 4 of his 9 WCT group events. Ashe was 97-18 including 4-3 vs. Borg, 1-1 vs. Vilas and 1-2 vs. Orantes. Borg beat Vilas (was 3-1 vs. Vilas on the year) to win both the French Open (Orantes lost 1st round; Ashe and Connors absent) and the U.S. Pro AA Grand Prix event, won 1 "A" Grand Prix event, and won 2 of his 9 WCT group events for a 77-17 record. Connors also made the finals of the Australian Open losing to John Newcombe (they were the only top 10 players competing) and won 9 tournaments, none of them AA Grand Prix events (he only entered 2 of those beating Borg a 2nd time in the SFs of one) with an 82-8 record. Orantes won 8 tournaments, including 3 AA Grand Prix events, one being the US Clay Court (over Ashe), and was 87-18 (4-0 s. Vilas and 1-0 vs. Connors). Vilas won 5 events including 2 AA Grand Prix. Rankings: The ATP Point System had Connors No. 1, Vilas No. 2, Borg No. 3, Ashe No. 4 and Orantes No. 5. For the first time the ATP had a "Player of the Year" award, which went to Ash; All sources ranked Ashe No. 1. Collins, Elian and Lorge ranked Borg No. 2 (Collins also had Orantes No. 3 and Connors No. 4); Tingay ranked Orantes No. 2, Connors No. 3 and Borg No. 4; Flink had Orantes No. 2, Borg No. 3 and Connors No. 4.; World Tennis and Tennis Magazine (U.S.) placed Connors No. 2, Borg No. 3 and Orantes No. 4.
1976 Jimmy Connors (USA) Björn Borg (Swe.) Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.), Bud Collins; Lance Tingay; John Barrett of London Financial Times; Peter Bodo; Judith Elian; Joe McCauley; ATP Awards and year-end Point System; Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon over Ilie Nastase (Jimmy Connors and Guillermo Vilas made QFs; Manuel Orantes absent) and Connors won the US Open over Borg and Vilas (Borg beat Nastase in SFs and Orantes in QFs). Connors won 12 tournaments, including 3 top-tier Grand Prix (GP) events of 6 entered (1 being the US Clay Court), plus the U.S. Pro Indoor over Borg and the non-tour affiliated Palm Springs (8 of top 10 players playing), defeating Borg in the SFs, compiling a 90-8 record (4-0 vs. Borg). Borg won 7 titles including 1 top-tier GP event (the U.S. Pro) of 2 entered, and the WCT Finals over Vilas (Connors, Orantes and Nastase did not play) compiling a 63-14 record. Nastase won 6 tournaments, but no top-tier GP events (only entered 2), with a 76-17 record, including 3-2 vs. Connors and 1-2 vs. Borg. Orantes won 5 events including the year-end Masters (Vilas made SFs; Connors, Borg and Nastase all absent) plus 1 top-tier GP event, as well as making 6 finals. Adriano Panatta won the French Open defeating Borg in the QFs (Orantes lost QFs; Connors, Nastase, Vilas absent), as well as the Italian Open top-tier GP over Vilas who won 6 events including 1 top-tier GP. The Australian Open did not have any top 10 players participate. Rankings:The ATP Point System had Connors No. 1, Borg No. 2, Nastase No. 3, Orantes No. 4 with Vilas No. 6 and Panatta No. 7. Tennis Magazine (U.S.), Collins, Tingay, Barrett, Bodo, McCauley and Elian all ranked Connors No. 1 and Borg No. 2; Tennis Magazine (U.S.) Collins, Barrett, McCauley and Elian ranked Nastase No. 3; a minority of journalists ranked Borg No. 1, among them Tennis Magazine (France), and the ATP itself awarded Borg "Player of The Year" contradicting its point system for reasons unclear.
1977 Björn Borg (Swe.)
chosen by majority of sources in early 1978/

Guillermo Vilas (Arg.)
chosen by about half of sources by the 2010s
Jimmy Connors (USA)
chosen 3rd in both early 1978 and 2010s by almost every source, but listed as 1st by the ATP.
Numerous sources (see bottom) Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon over Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis (Guillermo Vilas lost in 3rd round) while Vilas won the US Open over Connors (Borg and Gerulaitis lost 4th round, Borg retiring due to injury) and a partially depleted French Open over Brian Gottfried (Borg and Connors played World Team Tennis; Gerulaitis and 2 further top 10 players absent). Connors won both the Masters beating Borg (Vilas beat Connors in round robin and lost to Borg in SFs; Gerulaitis ineligible) and the WCT Finals defeating 2 top-10- players (Gerulaitis lost in SFs; Borg and Vilas played minimal WCT events so were not eligible). Borg won 13 of 20 tournaments for an 81-7 match record, including 3-0 vs. Vilas (a 4th match between them in the final of the Johannesburg Open, a top-tier event, was cancelled) and 2-1 vs. Connors. Vilas won 17 out of 32 tournaments for a 145-14 record (including 4-match non-ATP title at Rye, New York and 6-0 in the Davis Cup), plus won 50 matches in a row, although some events had no top-10-ranked players; for the year Borg was 16-3 vs. Top 10 players; Vilas 13-6; and Connors 17-9. Vilas was 2-0 vs. Connors and made the finals of the January Australian Open (he was the only top 10 player who entered) losing to Roscoe Tanner. Connors won 8 of 19 events (9 being WCT) and made the finals of the U.S. Pro Indoor, which had 8 top 10 players, compiling a record of 70-11. Gerulaitis won the December Australian Open (he was only top 10 player) and the Italian Open, plus 3 other events. Rankings: The official year-end ATP Point Rankings (based on the average to points obtained per ATP tournaments played) had Connors No. 1, Vilas No. 2, Borg No. 3, Gerulaitis No. 4 and Gottfried No. 5. Tennis Magazine (France), Tennis Magazine (U.S.),[29] John Barrett, Barry Lorge,[30] Bud Collins,[31] Lance Tingay, Rino Tommasi of Tennis Club Magazine (Rome), Judith Elian and Rod Laver[32] rated Borg No. 1. The members of the ATP voted Borg "Player of the Year"[33]. World Tennis, France Presse,[34] Tennis de France, and Le Livre d'or du Tennis by Christian Collin and Bernard Ficot[35] ranked Vilas No. 1. Gene Scott and Peter Bodo also considered Vilas No.1[36][37][38] Almost all sources had Connors No. 3 except Tomassi had him No. 2. Christian Quidet in La fabuleuse historie du Tennis (1984)[full citation needed] and Michael Sutter in Vainquiers 1946-1991 ranked Vilas No. 1. By the 2010s Collins and Barrett were quoted saying Vilas deserved No. 1[39][40][41] and the International Tennis Hall of Fame inscription for Vilas stated "it was generally considered Vilas was the real No. 1 for 1977".[42] In a 2016 study John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times rated a virtual tie between Vilas and Borg.
1978 Björn Borg (Swe.) Jimmy Connors (USA) Tennis Magazine (France); World Tennis; Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF (International Tennis Federation); ATP Point Rankings and Awards; Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors who def. Vitas Gerulaitis in the SFs (Guillermo Vilas lost 3rd round; John McEnroe lost 1st round), and the French Open, def. Vilas (Connors, Gerulaitis and McEnroe absent, but 7 top 10 players participated). Connors won the first hard-court US Open def. Borg and McEnroe (SFs) (Borg def. Gerulaitis in SFs; Vilas lost 4th round). Borg won 9 titles, including the Italian Open, out of 17 ATP events entered compiling a 70-7 ATP record; he also won 9 additional titles in 10 special or invitational tournaments (draws of 4 to 16 players) plus was 9-0 in the Davis Cup. Connors won 10 titles, including the US Pro Indoor (most top players present except Vilas) and the U.S. Clay Court, in 16 ATP events entered for a 66-6 record, plus won 4 titles in special or invitational events. Which ATP tournaments were considered top-tier events was not clear but Borg had an 18-3 record versus top 10 players (defeated 7 more at special events) while Connors was 14-3. Borg was 3-2 vs. Connors (including 1-1 at special events). McEnroe won a depleted Masters (Connors defaulted to McEnroe in round robin due to injury; Borg, Vilas and Gerulaitis did not play) plus 4 other titles late in the year. Gerulaitis won the WCT Finals with Borg defaulting to him due to injury in the SFs (Connors absent) and 3 other titles. Vilas won the Australian Open with no other top 10 players, plus 7 other titles. Rankings: The year-end ATP Point Rankings were Connors No. 1, Borg. No. 2, Vilas No. 3, McEnroe No. 4 and Gerulaitis No. 5; the ATP named Borg "Player of the Year"; for the first time the ITF named a World Champion which was Borg; Tennis Magazine (France) and World Tennis ranked Borg No. 1 and Connors No. 2. as did Bud Collins (Collins had McEnroe No. 3, Gerulaitis No. 4 and Vilas No. 5); Tennis Magazine (U.S.) ranked Connors No. 1, Borg. No. 2, Gerulaitis No. 3 and Vilas No. 4.
1979 Björn Borg (Swe.) John McEnroe (USA) Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and Point Rankings; Bjorn Borg won 3 of the 4 most important events of the year: At Wimbledon he defeated Roscoe Tanner and Jimmy Connors (in SFs) (John McEnroe lost 4th round; Vitas Gerulaitis lost 1st round); at the French Open he def. Gerulaitis in the SFs (Connors lost SFs; McEnroe absent but 8 of the top 10 players participated); and at the Masters he def. Gerulaitis and McEnroe (SFs)(Connors lost in SFs). McEnroe won the U.S. Open, def. Gerulaitis and Connors (Borg lost QFs), and the WCT Finals def. Borg after they beat Connors and Gerulaitis in the SFs. Borg won 4 of the 5 Super Series events he played, including Las Vegas over Connors, and 13 titles out of 20 tournaments for an 84-6 record. McEnroe won 2 of 6 Super Series he played for 10 titles total with a 91-14 record, including 8-0 in the Davis Cup. Connors won 3 of 5 Super Series he played, including the U.S. Pro Indoor (9 of the top 10 players entered), the U.S. Clay Court and the U.S. Indoor, winning 8 titles in total with a 79-12 record. Borg was 4-0 vs. Connors and 4-2 vs. McEnroe while McEnroe-Connors were 2-2. Gerulaitis won the Italian Open Super Series event over Guillermo Vilas and 2 other titles. Vilas won the Australian Open but no other top 10 players participated. Rankings: The ATP year-end Point Rankings had Borg. No. 1, Connors No. 2, McEnroe No. 3, Gerulaitis No. 4, Tanner No. 5 and Vilas No. 6. The ITF named Borg World Champion; the ATP named Borg "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (U.S.) and Bud Collins ranked Borg No. 1, McEnroe No. 2, Connors No. 3 and Gerulaitus No. 4; Tennis Magazine (France) concurred with the top 3.
1980 Björn Borg (Swe.) John McEnroe (USA.) Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; Bjorn Borg won 3 of the 4 most important tournaments of the year and lost in 5 sets in the finals of the 4th, the U.S. Open. At Wimbledon he defeated John McEnroe (who beat Jimmy Connors in the SFs); at the French Open he def. Vitas Gerulaitis (who def. Connors in the SFs; McEnroe lost 3rd round); and at the Masters he def. Ivan Lendl and Connors (SFs) (Gene Mayer also made SFs; McEnroe was 0-3). Borg also won 3 (including Las Vegas) of the 5 Super Series events he entered (he retired with injury in the finals of a 4th) and 9 titles in total in 14 events for a 70-6 record. McEnroe won the U.S. Open over Borg and Connors (SFs), 2 of the 8 Super Series he entered (including the U.S. Indoor over Connors) and 9 titles in total for an 84-18 record. Borg was 3-1 vs. McEnroe and 2-0 vs. Connors with McEnroe/Connors being 2-2. Connors won the WCT Finals over McEnroe (Borg absent; Lendl made SFs), 2 of 5 Super Series, including the U.S. Pro Indoor over McEnroe, and 6 titles overall compiling a 73-15 record. Guillermo Vilas won the Italian Open Super Series plus 2 other titles. Brian Teacher won the Australian Open which had 4 top 10 players participate (more than usual), his only title of the year. Lendl won 1 Super Series and 6 other titles in 33 events, while Gene Mayer won 5 titles. Rankings: The year-end ATP Point Rankings had Borg. No. 1, McEnroe No. 2, Connors No. 3, Mayer No. 4, Vilas No. 5 and Lendl No. 6. The ITF awarded Borg as World Champion; the ATP awarded Borg "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (U.S.) and Collins ranked Borg. No. 1, McEnroe No. 2, Connors No. 3, and Lendl No. 4. Tennis Magazine (France) agreed with the top 3.
1981 John McEnroe (USA) Björn Borg (Swe.) World Tennis; Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and Point Rankings; John McEnroe won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open defeating Bjorn Borg in the finals of both after Borg def. Jimmy Connors in the SFs of both (Ivan Lendl lost in 1st and 4th round). Borg captured the French Open def. Lendl who def. Jose Luis Clerc in the SFs (McEnroe and Connors lost QFs). Lendl def. Vitas Gerulaitis and McEnroe (SFs) in the Masters (Connors lost round robin; Borg absent). The Australian Open only had 2 of the top 10 players and neither won. McEnroe also won the depleted WCT Finals, with none of the year's other top 5, plus 2 of the 5 Super Series tournaments he entered for 10 titles with a 76-10 record, including 7-1 in the Davis Cup. McEnroe was 4-0 vs. Borg (including an invitational event), 1-1 vs. Connors, but 0-3 vs. Lendl. Borg played a reduced schedule winning 3 titles in the 9 events with a 35-6 record (2-0 vs. both Lendl and Connors) and semi-retired after a 2nd round loss in the Tokyo Indoor in October. Connors won 2 of 7 Super Series (another final he reached was suspended by weather) for 4 titles altogether with a 61-12 record, including 2-0 vs Lendl (one being a key victory in the Davis Cup). Lendl won 2 of 5 Super Series, including the Canadian Open (which had the most players of the top 10 present (6) of the Super Series events), and 10 events in total for a 96-14 record. Clerc won 6 titles including 2 Super Series, one being the Italian Open (5 of the top 10 present), and the other the U.S. Clay Court, over Lendl. Rankings: The ITF named McEnroe as World Champion; the ATP awarded McEnroe "Player of The Year"; World Tennis ranked McEnroe No.1, Borg No.2, Connors and Lendl both tied as No.3;[43] Tennis Magazine (U.S.) and Bud Collins ranked McEnroe No. 1, Borg No. 2, Connors No. 3, Lendl No. 4 and Clerc No. 5; Tennis Magazine (France) concurred with the top 2.
1982 Jimmy Connors (USA) Ivan Lendl (Cze.) L'Équipe; Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and ATP year-end Point Rankings; Jimmy Connors won both Wimbledon, defeating John McEnroe (Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas absent), and the US Open, def. Lendl and Vilas (Lendl beat McEnroe in SFs). Mats Wilander def. Vilas at the French Open (Connors lost QFs and Lendl lost 4th round; McEnroe absent), but did not make the QFs of Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. Lendl won both the Masters (first year of 12-player knock-out format) over McEnroe and Connors (McEnroe def. Vilas in SFs) and the WCT Finals, beating McEnroe (only 1 other top 10 player present). Connors won 7 out of 18 tournaments, but did not win a Grand Prix Super Series out of 4 entered, compiling a 78-10 record. Lendl won 15 out of 23 events (although 8 were WCT events, most with no top 10 players entered) including 2 of the 4 Super Series he played (one being Cincinnati with 6 of the top 10), for a 106-9 record. McEnroe won 5 of 15 tournaments, including 3 of 6 Super Series (including the U.S. Pro Indoor over Connors), for a 76-10 record. Connors was 1-2 vs. Lendl and 2-2 vs. McEnroe with Lendl 4-1 vs. McEnroe. Vilas won 1 Super Series, Monte Carlo, with 5 of the top 10. No Top 10 players entered the Australian Open. Other note: though retired, Bjorn Borg played in invitational tournaments or exhibitions and was 2-4 against Connors and beat Vitas Gerulaitis, McEnroe and Lendl in the Sydney Akai Gold Challenge in November. Rankings: The year-end ATP Point Rankings had McEnroe No. 1, Connors No. 2, Lendl No. 3 and Vilas No. 4 with Wilander No. 7. The ITF named Connors World Champion; the ATP awarded Connors "Player of The Year" contradicting its point ranking; L'Équipe, Tennis Magazine (France) and Collins all ranked Connors No. 1, Lendl No. 2 and McEnroe No. 3; Tennis Magazine (U.S.) concurred and had Vilas at No. 4.
1983 John McEnroe (USA) Mats Wilander (Swe.) Tennis Magazine (France); Tennis Magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; John McEnroe won Wimbledon defeating Ivan Lendl in the SFs (Jimmy Connors lost 4th round; Mats Wilander 3rd round) and the Masters (knock-out format) def. Lendl and Wilander (Lendl beat Jimmy Connors in SFs) to claim the ATP No. 1 Ranking. Connors def. Lendl at the US Open (McEnroe and Wilander lost QFs). Yannick Noah def. Wilander at the French Open (Connors, McEnroe and Lendl all lost QFs). For the first time since 1971 the Australian Open featured top-ranked players (but only 3 of the top 10) as Wilander def. Lendl and McEnroe to capture the title. In the depleted WCT Finals McEnroe beat Lendl (other top 5 absent). Of the Grand Prix Super Series, McEnroe won 3 of 6 entered, including the U.S. Pro Indoor, again over Lendl, while Connors won 2 of 6, Wilander won 2 of 6, including Monte Carlo (with 6 of top 10 playing) and Cincinnati (7 of top 10), over McEnroe, and Lendl won 2 of 5, including the Canadian Open (6 of top 10). McEnroe was 63-11 with 7 titles and 2 titles in non-ATP events and was 5-2 vs Lendl, but 1-3 vs Wilander. Lendl was 75-16 with 7 titles (was runner-up in 5 important events) and was 2-4 vs Connors. Connors was 52-11 with 4 titles but also won 9 invitation events, some with 4- or 8-man fields. Wilander won 9 titles in total with an 82-11 record, including 8-0 in the Davis Cup. Noah won 4 titles, including the German Open Super Series (6 of top 10). Rankings: The ATP Point Rankings had McEnroe No. 1, Lendl No. 2, Connors No. 3, Wilander No. 4, and Noah No. 5; the ITF awarded McEnroe as World Champion; the ATP awarded McEnroe "Player of The Year"; All sources ranked McEnroe No. 1. Tennis Magazine (France) had Wilander No. 2; Collins agreed and had Connors No. 3, Noah No. 4 and Lendl No. 5; Tennis Magazine (U.S.) had Connors No. 2, Lendl No. 3, Wilander No. 4 and Noah No. 5.
1984 John McEnroe (USA) Ivan Lendl (Cze.) Tennis Magazine (France); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; John McEnroe lost only 3 matches (82 wins) and won 3 of the 4 most important tournaments losing in 5 sets in the finals of the 4th, the French Open. At Wimbledon he defeated Ivan Lendl after def. Mats Wilander in the SFs (Lendl def. Jimmy Connors in SFs); at the US Open he def. Lendl and Connors (Wilander lost QFs); and at the Masters (12-player knock-out format) he again def. Lendl after they beat Wilander and Connors, respectively, in the SFs. At the French Open Lendl came from down 2 sets to def. McEnroe after they def. Wilander and Connors in the SFs. McEnroe missed the Australian Open with a wrist injury and Wilander captured that title (Lendl lost 4th round; Connors absent; 3 of the top 10 players played). McEnroe also won a depleted WCT Finals over Connors (Lendl and Wilander absent). McEnroe won 13 events (8 indoors, 2 grass, 2 hard, 1 clay) of 15, including 4 of the 5 Super Series he played including the U.S. Pro Indoor over Lendl and the Canadian Open (which had 6 and 7 of the top 10). McEnroe was 5-1 vs Lendl, 6-0 vs Connors and 3-0 vs Wilander, plus 7-1 in the Davis Cup, his loss coming in the finals as Sweden won the Cup. Connors won 5 titles, including 1 of 6 Super Series and 2 other significant titles, for a 74-14 record but was 2-4 vs Lendl. Lendl won 3 events, including 1 of 6 Super Series, and was a finalist in 8 with a 62-16 record. Wilander won 3 titles, including 1 Super Series (Cincinnati with 6 of the top 10), for a 54-14 record. Andres Gomez won 5 titles on clay, including the Italian Open Super Series (6 of the top 10). Rankings: The ATP Rankings had McEnroe No. 1, Connors No. 2, Lendl No. 3, Wilander No. 4 and Gomez No. 5; the ITF awarded McEnroe as World Champion; the ATP awarded McEnroe "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (France) and Bud Collins ranked McEnroe No. 1 and Lendl No. 2 with Collins placing Connors No. 3, Wilander No. 4 and Gomez No. 5.
1985 Ivan Lendl (Cze.) Mats Wilander (Swe.) Tennis Magazine (France); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; Ivan Lendl won the US Open over John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors (Mats Wilander lost SFs) and the 16-player knockout Masters over Boris Becker (Wilander lost QFs; McEnroe 1st round; Connors absent). Wilander beat Lendl and McEnroe at the French Open (Lendl beat Connors in SFs) and Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren, who def. Connors, at Wimbledon (Lendl lost 4th round; McEnroe QFs and Wilander 1st round). The Australian Open (5 of the top 6 and 6 of the top 10 players present) was won by Stefan Edberg who beat Wilander and Lendl (McEnroe lost QFs; Connors absent). Lendl also won the WCT Finals def. Connors in the SFs (McEnroe and Wilander lost QFs) and won 5 of the 7 Super Series tournaments he entered, including the Tokyo Indoor (with 7 of the top 10) over Wilander. Lendl won 11 of the 17 events he entered with an 84-7 record overall, including 3-2 vs McEnroe and 3-1 vs Wilander. McEnroe won 8 titles, including 3 of 4 Super Series, including the U.S. Pro Indoor and the Canadian Open over Lendl (both with 6 of the top 10) for a 71-9 record. Wilander won 3 titles (0 of 7 Super Series) but was a finalist in 10 events compiling a 69-21 record. Yannick Noah won the Italian Open Super Series (5 of top 10) and 2 other events. Edberg and Becker each won 1 Super Series and won 4 and 3 titles, respectively, but did not make the QFs of a second Grand Slam. Connors did not win an ATP event but made 2 finals and won 3 invitational events with 12 or more player draws. Rankings: The ATP Rankings had Lendl No. 1, McEnroe No. 2, Wilander No. 3, Connors No. 4, Edberg No. 5 and Becker No. 6; The ITF awarded Lendl as World Champion; the ATP awarded Lendl "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Lendl No. 1 and Wilander No. 2 but Collins ranked Becker No. 2, Wilander No. 3, McEnroe No. 4 and Connors No. 5.
1986 Ivan Lendl (Cze.) Boris Becker (Ger.) Tennis Magazine (France); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; Ivan Lendl won 3 of the 4 most important tournaments of the year, but lost in the finals of the 4th, Wimbledon. Lendl won the US Open over Miloslav Mečíř and Stefan Edberg, with Mecir beating both Boris Becker (SFs) and Mats Wilander (4th round); the French Open defeating Mikael Pernfors, who def. Becker in the QFs (Wilander lost 3rd round); and the Masters def. Becker and Wilander (Edberg lost SFs) (event returned to 8-player round robin). Becker won Wimbedon def. Lendl with Wilander losing in the 4th round. There was no Australian Open that year as it was switching to January from December each year. Anders Jarryd won the WCT Finals over Becker and Wilander, his only victory of the year (Lendl absent). Lendl def. Wilander to win the Lipton International (with 9 of the top 10 players present), this year upgraded to a Super Series event and with a 128-player draw considered to be the "5th Grand Slam" (was worth more ATP points than the Australian Open this year through 1989). Lendl won 2 other Super Series (of 7 entered), the U.S. Pro Indoor (6 of the top 10 present in its last year as a Super Series) and the Italian Open (8 of top 10 present) and finished the year with 9 titles and a 74-6 record, but only 2-3 vs Becker. Becker won 3 of 7 Super Series, including the Canadian Open (6 of the top 10), for 6 titles altogether and a 69-13 record. Wilander and Yannick Noah both won won 1 Super Series and 1 other title. Edberg won a 1 Super Series and 2 other titles, while Mecir won 1 title and Perfors won none. Rankings: The ATP Point Rankings were Lendl No. 1, Becker No. 2, Wilander No. 3, Noah No. 4 and Edberg No. 5. Lendl was named World Champion by the ITF and "Player of The Year" by the ATP; Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Lendl No. 1 and Becker No. 2 which Collins confirmed adding Edberg at No. 3 and Wilander at No. 4.
1987 Ivan Lendl (Cze.) No consensus among the sources:

Stefan Edberg (Swe.)
Mats Wilander (Swe.)
Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; Lendl won the US Open, the French Open and the Masters, each time defeating Mats Wilander in the finals; Wilander def. Boris Becker in the SFs of the French Open and Stefan Edberg in the SFs of the other two (Edberg lost 2nd round of French). Pat Cash def. Lendl in the finals of Wimbledon after Lendl def. Edberg in the QFs (Wilander also lost QFs). Edberg won the last grass-court Australian Open, with 6 of the top 10 players present, over Cash, who def. Lendl in the SFs (Wilander absent). Miloslav Mecir won the WCT Finals over John McEnroe, after they beat Wilander and Edberg in the SFs (Lendl absent), plus won the Lipton International Super Series (9 of top 10) in Key Biscayne, Florida, over Lendl. Lendl also won 3 of the 5 Super Series tournaments he entered for 8 titles in total for a 74-7 record, including 2-1 vs Edberg and 3-0 vs Wilander. Edberg won 3 Super Series out of 7 for 7 titles total with a 78-12 record with a 2-2 split against Wilander. Wilander won 2 of 6 Super Series, including the Italian Open and Monte Carlo (both 8 of top 10) with 5 titles total with a 71-18 record. Mecir won 4 other titles, Cash 1 and Becker 3, including 1 Super Series (Indian Wells in its first year as a Super Series with 7 of the top 10 present). Jimmy Connors made the SFs of Wimbledon and the US Open but did not win a title. Rankings The ATP Point Rankings had Lendl No. 1, Edberg No. 2, Wilander No. 3, Connors No. 4, Becker No. 5, Mecir No. 6 and Cash No. 7; the ITF awarded Lendl as World Champion; the ATP awarded Lendl "Player of The Year"; Collins ranked Lendl. No. 1, Wilander No. 2, Edberg No. 3, Cash No. 4 and Mecir No. 5.
1988 Mats Wilander (Swe.) Ivan Lendl (Cze.) Tennis Magazine (France); Bud Collins, ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; Mats Wilander captured 3 Grand Slam titles: the first hard-court Australian Open over Pat Cash, after they beat Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl in the SFs (6 of the top 10 players present); the French Open defeating Henri Leconte and Andre Agassi (Lendl lost QFs); and, the US Open def. Lendl 6-4 in the 5th set, a exact reversal of their final from the previous year (but 1 minute longer at 4 hours 54 minutes), after Lendl def. Agassi in the SFs. Edberg won Wimbledon def. Becker, who def. Lendl in the SFs. Becker won both the year-ending Masters over Lendl, who def. Edberg (Wilander and Agassi lost in round robin), and the WCT Finals over Edberg (none of the other top 5 played). Wilander also won 2 Super Series of 6 played, including the Lipton International over Jimmy Connors, and 6 titles total with a 53-11 record. Lendl won 3 Super Series out of 3, including the Canadian Open (6 of the top 10) and the Italian Open, for a 41-8 record only playing 10 events. Becker won 3 of 6 Super Series and 4 additional titles for a 56-9 record including 6-0 in leading West Germany to the Davis Cup. Edberg and Agassi each won 0 Super Series of 5 and 3 and 6 titles. Rankings: The ATP Point Rankings had Wilander No. 1, Lendl No. 2, Agassi No. 3, Becker No. 4 and Edberg No. 5. The ITF awarded Wilander as World Champion; the ATP awarded Wilander "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Wilander No. 1 and Lendl No. 2; Collins had Becker No. 3.
1989 Boris Becker (Ger.) Ivan Lendl (Cze.) Tennis Magazine (France); Bud Collins; ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings;; Boris Becker won Wimbledon over Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl (SFs) and the US Open over Lendl (Edberg lost 4th round). Lendl won the Australian Open (was worth 260 ATP points compared to 380 or 400 for the other 3 Grand Slams; 6 of the top 10 players were present) while Becker lost in the 4th round and Edberg lost in the QFs. Michael Chang won the French Open defeating Edberg, who beat Becker in the SFs (Lendl lost 4th round). Edberg def. Becker in the finals of the Masters and def. Lendl in the SFs, but only won 1 other tournament out of 17. The Indian Wells Super Series tournament (with 8 of the top 10 players participating) was won by Miloslav Mecir, his only victory of the year. Becker won 3 other titles (in 13 events), including 1 Super Series of 5, the Paris Indoor (7 of the top 10) over Edberg, compiling a 64-8 record including 4-2 vs. Edberg. Becker was also undefeated in 7 Davis Cup matches beating Andre Agassi, Mats Wilander and Edberg as West Germany won for the 2nd straight year. Lendl also won 4 Super Series of 4, including the Lipton International, Stockholm and the German Open (all had 6 of top 10), and 5 other titles for a 79-7 match record, but was 0-2 vs. Becker. John McEnroe won the last-ever WCT Finals beating Lendl in the SFs (Edberg lost QFs; Becker absent), made the SFs of Wimbledon and the Masters, and won 2 other titles. Rankings: The ATP's year-end Point Rankings ranked Lendl No. 1, Becker No. 2, Edberg No. 3, McEnroe No. 4 and Chang No. 5. The ITF named Becker its World Champion; the ATP awarded Becker "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Becker No. 1 and Lendl No. 2; Collins agreed and had Nos. 3 to 5 the same as ATP Rankings.
1990 Stefan Edberg (Swe.) No consensus among the sources:

Ivan Lendl (Cze.)
Andre Agassi (USA)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings; For the first time since 1977, no player won more than one of the 5 most important tournaments of the year. Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon. Edberg also won 3 of the 7 Championship Series events (the former Super Series) he played, including Indian Wells and the Paris Indoor (both with 8 of the top 10 players playing). Edberg lost the final of the Australian Open to Lendl retiring in the 3rd set due to injury (the event had the top 4 and 5 of the top 10 players; its ATP points were increased to be 360 vs 400 for other Grand Slams). Pete Sampras won the US Open over Agassi, John McEnroe (his final Grand Slam SF) and Lendl (QFs) (Agassi beat Becker in SFs; Edberg lost 1st round) plus 3 other titles. Agassi def. Edberg to win the year-ending ATP World Tour Championship (renamed from the "Masters"; points were now awarded for it in the ATP Point Rankings), after they def. Becker and Lendl in the SFs, and beat Edberg again to win the Lipton International (his only Champ Series win of 6). Andres Gomez won the French Open def. Agassi (Edberg lost 1st round; Lendl absent) plus 2 other titles. Edberg won 7 titles from 12 finals for a 70-15 record, while Agassi won 4 titles for a 45-12 record and was absent from the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Becker was 71-15 with 5 titles from 10 finals including 1 Champ Series of 7 (Stockholm, with 7 of top 10) and Lendl was 54-12 with 5 titles winning no Champ Series of 3. The top 4 had close records against each other except Agassi was 3-0 vs Becker. Rankings: The ATP Point Rankings had Edberg No. 1, Becker No. 2, Lendl No. 3, Agassi No. 4, Sampras No. 5 and Gomez No. 6. The ITF wrongly designated Lendl as World Champion - this is the only time the ITF award was strongly criticized as it appeared the ITF punished Edberg because he didn't want to play the Grand Slam Cup which the ITF created to challenge the new ATP circuit (Becker boycotted the event); the ATP awarded Edberg "Player of The Year"; Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Edberg No. 1, Agassi No. 2 and Lendl No. 3.
1991 Stefan Edberg (Sweden) Jim Courier (U.S.) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP awards and year-end Point Rankings. For the 2nd consecutive year, no player won more than 1 of the 5 most important tournaments. Jim Courier did win the French Open, defeating Andre Agassi, Michael Stich and Stefan Edberg (QFs), in succession (Agassi beat Boris Becker in the SFs), and 2 of the top Championship Series events; the Lipton International and Indian Wells, his only victories of the year. Stefan Edberg won the US Open def. Courier, after they def. Ivan Lendl and 39-year-old Jimmy Connors in the SFs (Becker lost 3rd round). Stich won Wimbledon def. Becker, Edberg and Courier (QFs) in succession. Becker won the Australian Open (6 of the top 10 players played) def. Lendl, who def. Edberg in the SFs (Courier lost 4th round). Pete Sampras won the ATP Tour World Championship def. Courier in the final and Lendl in the SFs (Edberg absent due to injury). Edberg won 6 titles for a 76-17 record (2-1 vs Courier who was 58-20) although he did not win a Champ Series, but did win 3 2nd-level events. Becker won 2 titles in 15 events, the other being the Stockholm Champ Series (9 of top 10) def. Edberg and Courier, his only matches against either player that year. Stich and Sampras both won 4 titles, while Lendl won 3 titles but none won a Champ Series. Rankings: The ATP's Point Rankings were Edberg first, Courier second, Becker third, Stich fourth, Lendl fifth and Sampras sixth. The ITF named Edberg as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Edberg "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Edberg first and Courier second.
1992 Jim Courier (U.S.) Stefan Edberg (Sweden) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Jim Courier won both the Australian Open (with 8 of the top 10 playing), defeating Stefan Edberg in the final, and the French Open, def. Petr Korda and Andre Agassi (Pete Sampras lost QFs and Edberg 3rd round). Andre Agassi won Wimbledon def. Goran Ivanišević (Sampras and Edberg lost QFs; Courier lost 3rd round). Edberg won the US Open def. Pete Sampras, after they def. Michael Chang and Courier in the SFs. Boris Becker won the year-ending ATP Tour World Championship def. Courier in the final after they def. Ivanisevic and Sampras in the SFs. Chang won both the Lipton International and Indian Wells Championship Series tournaments. Courier (the Italian Open), Edberg, Sampras (Cincinnati with 8 of the top 10), Becker (the Paris Indoor with 9 of the top 10), Agassi and Ivanisevic all won 1 Champ Series, with Courier, Sampras and Becker each winning 5 titles total (Courier with 4 further runner-ups) while Edberg, Chang and Agassi won 3 titles total. Courier was 69-18 (including 1-0 vs Edberg and 1-2 vs Sampras), while Edberg was 68-24 (1-2 vs Sampras); Sampras was 72-19 but had lesser results at the Grand Slams, and missed the Australian Open with an injury. Rankings: The ATP Point Rankings were Courier first, Edberg second, Sampras third, Ivanisevic fourth, Becker fifth, Chang sixth with Agassi ninth; ITF named Courier as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Courier "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Courier first.
1993 Pete Sampras (U.S.) No consensus among the sources:

Jim Courier (U.S.)
Michael Stich (Germany)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon (defeating Jim Courier in the final, who def. Stefan Edberg in the SFs; Michael Stich lost 4th round), the US Open (def. Cédric Pioline; Courier and Stich lost in 4th and 1st rounds), and the Lipton International (his only Championship Series win). Sergi Bruguera won the French Open, def. Courier in the final and Sampras in the QFs (Stich lost 4th round), and 5 titles including 1 Champ Series. Courier won the Australian Open (all of the top 10 players were to play but 2 withdrew with injury) def. Stefan Edberg (who def. Sampras in the QFs) and Michael Stich in the SFs, plus 2 Champ Series (the Italian Open and Indian Wells). Stich won the ATP Tour World Championship def. Sampras in the final and Courier in the round robin (Courier and Bruguera eliminated in round robin) and 2 Champ Series (one being Stockholm with 8 of the top 10). Sampras was 85-16 with 8 titles from 23 events and was 2-0 vs. Courier and 1-1 vs. Stich. Stich won 6 titles, was 76-22 and 1-1 vs. Courier. Courier won 5 titles with a 58-17 record. Rankings: The ITF named Sampras as its World Champion; The members of the ATP voted Sampras "Player of The Year;" Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Sampras first and Courier second; In the ATP's rankings, Sampras finished first, Stich second, Courier third, Bruguera fourth and Edberg fifth.
1994 Pete Sampras (U.S.) Andre Agassi (U.S.) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Pete Sampras won 4 of the 6 most important tournaments of the year: Australian Open defeating Todd Martin (had 7 of the top 10 players; Boris Becker and Andre Agassi absent); Wimbledon def. Goran Ivanišević, who def. Becker in the SFs (Agassi lost 4th round); the ATP Tour World Championship def. Becker (after they def. Agassi and Bruguera in the SFs); and, the Lipton International Championship Series def. Agassi. Sergi Bruguera won the French Open, def. Alberto Berasategui (Sampras lost QFs; Agassi 2nd round; Becker absent). Agassi won the US Open def. Michael Stich (Sampras lost 4th round; Becker 1st round). Sampras won 2 more Champ Series out of 5 played (the Italian Open and Indian Wells both with 8 of the top 10) for 10 titles in total for a 77-12 record (3-1 vs Agassi and 1-2 vs Becker). Agassi won 2 of 7 Champ Series, including the Paris Indoor (9 of top 10), and 5 titles total for a 52-14 record, including 1-0 vs Becker. Becker captured 1 Champ Series of 7 (Stockholm with 9 of top 10) for 4 titles from 7 finals for a 49-17 record. Bruguera won 3 titles total but no Champ Series. Rankings: The ITF's World Champion and the ATP's "Player of the Year" was Sampras. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Sampras first and Agassi second. In the ATP's Point Rankings, Sampras finished first, Agassi second, Becker third, and Bruguera fourth.
1995 Pete Sampras (U.S.) Andre Agassi (U.S.) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon defeating Boris Becker, who def. Andre Agassi in the SFs (Thomas Muster absent), and the US Open def. Agassi, who def. Becker in the SFs (Muster lost 4th round). Thomas Muster won the French Open def. Michael Chang in the final (Agassi lost QFs, Becker 3rd round and Sampras 1st round). Agassi won the Australian Open def. Sampras (Muster lost 3rd round and Becker 1st round)(from this year forward it usually had as many of the top 10 players play as the other Grand Slams). Becker won the year-ending ATP Tour World Championship def. Chang, who def. Sampras in the SFs (Agassi absent; Muster was 0-3). Sampras also won 2 of 9 Championship Series tournaments played and a total of 5 titles from 9 finals (out of 21 events) for a 72-16 record (2-3 vs Agassi, 3-0 vs Becker and 0-1 vs Muster). Agassi also won 3 of 6 Champ Series, including the Lipton International def. Sampras (all the other Champ Series had at least 8 of the top 10 players participate), for 7 titles out of 16 events for a 73-9 record. Muster won 3 of 5 Champ Series for 12 titles (11 on clay) out of 26 tournaments for an 86-18 record. Becker won 2 titles from 6 finals. Rankings: The ITF named Sampras as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Sampras "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Sampras first and Agassi second. In the ATP's year-end Point Rankings, Sampras finished first, Agassi second, Muster third, Becker fourth and Chang fifth.
1996 Pete Sampras (U.S.) Michael Chang (U.S.) ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Pete Sampras won the US Open, defeating Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic (SFs), and the ATP World Tour Championship def. Boris Becker (a reverse of their round robin match) after they def. Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek in the SFs. Krajicek won Wimbledon over MaliVai Washington, his only victory of the year (Sampras and Ivanisevic lost QFs). Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the French Open def. Michael Stich and Sampras (SFs). Boris Becker won the Australian Open (its ATP points raised to be the same as the other Grand Slams) def. Chang and Kafelnikov (QFs) (Sampras lost 3rd round), plus 1 Super Nine event (the renamed Championship Series, which were from now on all worth the same amount of points, 1/2 of the Grand Slams) and did not play the French or US Opens (had a 42-14 record). None of Sampras, Kafelnikov and Ivanisevic won any Super Nine events. Sampras won 8 titles for a 65-11 record including 3-0 vs Chang, 2-2 vs Kafelnikov and 2-2 vs Ivanisevic. Chang won 1 Super Nine and 2 other titles with a 65-19 record (1-2 vs Ivanisevic but did not play Kafelnikov). Kafelnikov won 4 titles, was 80-25, and did not play the US Open in protest of his seeding 3 places below his ranking. Ivanisevic won 5 titles for a 77-26 record (3-0 vs Kafelnikov). Rankings: The ITF World Champion and the ATP "Player of the Year" was Sampras. In the ATP's year-end rankings, Sampras finished first and Chang, Kafelnikov and Ivanisevic second, third and fourth with 3597, 3564 and 3492 points; Becker was sixth and Krajicek seventh.
1997 Pete Sampras (U.S.) Patrick Rafter (Australia) ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon (defeating Cédric Pioline in the final), the Australian Open (def. Carlos Moyà in the final, who def. Michael Chang in the SFs) and the year-ending ATP Tour World Championship (def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final and Jonas Bjorkman in the SFs). Patrick Rafter won the US Open, his only title of the year, def. Greg Rusedski in the final after they def. Chang and Bjorkman in the SFs (Sampras lost 4th round). Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open, his only title of the year, def. Sergi Bruguera in the final, who def. Rafter in the SFs (Sampras lost 3rd round). Sampras also won 2 Super Nine events and 8 titles in total for a 55-12 record, including 5-0 vs Rafter but did not play Chang that year. Chang won a Super Nine and 5 titles total for a 57-21 record including 3-2 vs. Rafter. Rafter finished 65-29 and was the runner-up in 7 tournaments, while Bjorkman and Kafelnikov both won 3 titles (none of these 3 won a Super Nine). Rankings: The ITF named Sampras as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Sampras "Player of The Year." In the ATP's year-end rankings, Sampras finished first, Rafter second, Chang third (21 points behind Rafter), Bjorkman fourth and Kafelnikov fifth.
1998 Pete Sampras (U.S.) No consensus among sources:

Marcelo Ríos (Chile)
Patrick Rafter (Aus.)
Tennis Magazine (U.S.); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. For the 1st year since 1991, no player won more than 1 of the 5 most important tournaments. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon over Goran Ivanišević, plus 3 other titles, none of them a Super Nine. Patrick Rafter won the US Open defeating Mark Philippoussis and Sampras (SFs) plus won the preceding 2 Super Nines (Canada and Cincinnati, beating 5 top 10 players) and 3 other titles, but did not advance past the 4th round in any other Grand Slam. Carlos Moyà won the French Open def. Àlex Corretja in the final (Rios lost QFs; Sampras 2nd round) and a Super Nine, his only 2 titles of the year, and made the SFs of the US Open. Petr Korda won the Australian Open, def. Marcelo Ríos (Sampras made QFs), and 1 other title. Corretja won the ATP Tour World Championship def. Moya in the final and Sampras in SFs, their only match of the year (Rafter absent), and 4 other titles (no Super Nines) and did not make the QFs of any other Slams. Rios won 3 Super Nines, including the Lipton International and Indian Wells, and 4 other titles but withdrew from the Tour Championship after 1 match with an injury. Sampras was 61-17 (did not play Rios); Rafter 60-21 (2-0 vs Sampras, did not play Rios or Corretja); Rios 68-17 (did not play Corretja); and Corretja 57-21. Rankings: The ITF named Sampras as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Sampras "Player of the Year". Tennis Magazine (U.S.), however, ranked Rafter first. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Sampras finished first, Rios second, Corretja third, Rafter fourth and Moya fifth.
1999 Andre Agassi (U.S.) No consensus among the sources:

Pete Sampras (U.S.)
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end Point Rankings. Andre Agassi won the French Open (defeating Andrei Medvedev in the final), the US Open (def. Todd Martin in the final), a Super Nine event and 2 other titles for a 63-14 record. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon and the year-ending ATP Tour World Championship (def. Agassi in both finals), won a Super Nine, but lost in the 2nd round of the French and was absent from the Australian Open and the US Open, the latter due to injury, only playing in 13 events. Sampras was 40-8 with 5 titles and was 4-1 vs. Agassi. Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the Australian Open (def. Thomas Enqvist in the final; Agassi lost in 4th round), won a Super Nine, and made the SFs of the US Open and the ATP Tour Championships plus won 2 other titles for a 61-32 record (1-3 vs Agassi and did not play Sampras). Enqvist also won a Super Nine. Rankings: The ITF named Agassi as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Agassi "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Agassi No. 1, Sampras No. 2 and Kafelnikov No. 3. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Agassi was No. 1, Kafelnikov No. 2, Sampras No. 3 and Enqvist No. 4.
2000 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) Marat Safin (Russia) Tennis Magazine (France); International Tennis Federation (ITF); Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) awards and year-end rankings. Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open (defeating Magnus Norman in the final), the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, renamed from ATP Tour World Championship (def. Andre Agassi in the final, a win that enabled him to pass Marat Safin for the ATP's No. 1 ranking, 4195 points to 4120), and 3 other titles, including a Masters (renamed from Super Nine). Safin won the US Open (def. Pete Sampras in the final) and 6 other titles, including 2 Masters. Pete Sampras won Wimbledon (def. Patrick Rafter in the final) and a Masters, plus made the Australian Open and Masters Cup SFs, only playing in 12 events. Agassi won the Australian Open (def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final), his only victory of the year, and made the Wimbledon SFs. Kafelnikov won the Olympic Games. Norman won a Masters and 4 other titles and made the Australian Open SFs. Kuerten was 63-22, including 2-0 vs Safin and 1-1 vs Sampras; Safin was 73-27, including 2-1 vs Sampras; and Sampras was 42-13. Rankings: The ITF named Kuerten World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Kuerten "Player of The Year." The ATP's rankings were Kuerten No. 1, Safin No. 2, Sampras No. 3, Norman No. 4, Kafelnikov No. 5 and Agassi No. 6. "Tennis Magazine" (France) confirmed the ATP's top 3.
2001 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP awards and year-end rankings. Lleyton Hewitt won the US Open (def. Pete Sampras in the final) and the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (def. Sébastien Grosjean in the final) as well as 4 other titles but no Masters, but did make the SFs of 5 of those. Goran Ivanišević won Wimbledon (def. Patrick Rafter in the final) his only victory of the year. Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open (def. Àlex Corretja in the final) and 5 other titles including 2 Masters. Andre Agassi won the Australian Open (def. Arnaud Clément in the final) plus 3 other titles, including 2 Masters and made the SFs at Wimbledon. Hewitt was 80-18, including 1-0 vs Kuerten and 1-1 vs Agassi; Kuerten 60-18 including 0-1 vs Agassi; and Agassi 45-15. Rankings: The ITF named Hewitt as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Hewitt "Player of The Year." The ATP year-end rankings were Hewitt No. 1, Kuerten No. 2, Agassi No. 3, Yevgeny Kafelnikov No. 4 (SFs of the Australian and the Masters Cup plus 2 other titles) and Juan Carlos Ferrero No. 5 (won a Masters plus made SFs of the French and the Masters Cup). Tennis Magazine (France) confirmed the ATP's top 3.
2002 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) Andre Agassi (U.S.) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP awards and year-end rankings. Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon (def. David Nalbandian in the final), the Tennis Masters Cup (def. Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final; Marat Safin was 0-3 and Andre Agassi was injured), 1 Masters tournament and 2 other titles. Pete Sampras won the US Open (def. Agassi in the final; Hewitt made SFs) his 14th Grand Slam singles title and only title of the year. Albert Costa won the French Open (def. Ferrero in the final; Safin made SFs) his only victory of the year. Thomas Johansson won the Australian Open (def. Safin in the final; Agassi absent) his only victory of the year. Agassi won 3 Masters; Safin and Ferrero won 1 each. Hewitt was 61-15 (2-1 vs Agassi); Agassi 53-12; Safin 56-26; and Ferrero 48-25. Rankings: The ITF named Hewitt as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Hewitt "Player of The Year." The year-end ATP rankings were Hewitt No. 1, Agassi No. 2, Safin No. 3 and Ferrero No. 4. Tennis Magazine (France) confirmed the ATP's top 3.
2003 Andy Roddick (U.S.) No consensus among the sources:

Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP awards and year-end rankings. Andy Roddick won the US Open (def. Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final), 2 Masters and 3 other titles. Roger Federer won Wimbledon (def. Mark Philippoussis in the final and Roddick in SFs), the Tennis Masters Cup (def. Andre Agassi in the final and Roddick in the SFs; Ferrero was 0–3) and 3 other titles but did not reach the QFs of any other Grand Slam tournaments or win a Masters. Ferrero won the French Open (def. Martin Verkerk in the final) plus 2 Masters and 1 other title. Roddick was 72-19; Federer 78-17 and Ferrero 67–21. Agassi won the Australian Open (def. Rainer Schüttler in the final; Roddick lost in SFs) plus 1 Masters and 2 other titles and made the SFs at the US Open. Rankings: The ITF named Roddick as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Roddick "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Roddick No. 1, Ferrero No. 2, Agassi No. 3, and Federer No. 4. In the ATP's year-end rankings, Roddick was No. 1, Federer No. 2, Ferrero No. 3 and Agassi No. 4.
2004 Roger Federer (Switzerland) No consensus among the sources:

Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
Andy Roddick (U.S.)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP Awards and year-end rankings. Roger Federer won 3 Grand Slam singles titles: the Australian Open (def. Marat Safin in the final; Andy Roddick made SFs), Wimbledon (def. Roddick in the final) and the US Open (def. Lleyton Hewitt in the final). Federer also won the Tennis Masters Cup (def. Hewitt in the final; Roddick and Safin made SFs). Gastón Gaudio won the French Open (def. Guillermo Coria in the final) his only victory of the year (Federer lost in the 3rd round). Federer also won 3 Masters and 11 titles total compiling a 74–6 record, including 3-0 vs Roddick, 6-0 vs Hewitt and 3-0 vs Safin. Safin won 3 titles including 2 Masters. Roddick won a Masters while Hewitt won none with both winning 4 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Federer as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Federer "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Federer No. 1, Hewitt No. 2 and Roddick No. 3. In the ATP's rankings, Federer finished No. 1, Roddick No. 2, Hewitt No. 3 and Safin No. 4.
2005 Roger Federer (Switzerland) Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP awards and year-end rankings. Roger Federer reached all 4 Grand Slam semi-finals winning Wimbledon (def. Andy Roddick in the final) and the US Open (def. Andre Agassi in the final). Marat Safin won the Australian Open (def. Lleyton Hewitt in the final; Roddick made SFs) his only victory of the year. Rafael Nadal won the French Open (def. Mariano Puerta in the final) but lost before the 4th round in the other 3 Grand Slam events. David Nalbandian won the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (def. Federer in the final; Nadal, Roddick and Hewitt all absent). Federer won 4 of the 5 Masters events he entered; Nadal won 4 of 8. Federer was 81–4 winning 11 titles. Nadal also won 11 tournaments and was 79–10. Federer was 1-1 vs Nadal, 2-0 vs Roddick and 3-0 vs Hewitt. Rankings: The ITF named Federer as its World Champion. The members of the ATP voted Federer "Player of The Year." Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Federer No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Hewitt No. 3 (made 3 Grand Slam SFs) and Roddick No. 4 (won 5 titles). In the ATP's year-end rankings, Federer finished No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Roddick No. 3, and Hewitt No. 4 with Nalbandian No. 6.
2006 Roger Federer (Switzerland) Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Roger Federer won 3 Grand Slam singles titles and made the finals of all 4. He won the Australian Open (def. Marcos Baghdatis in the final; Nadal was absent), Wimbledon (def. Rafael Nadal in the final), and the US Open (def. Andy Roddick in the final; Nadal made SFs). Federer also won the Tennis Masters Cup (def. James Blake in the final and Nadal in the SFs). Nadal won the French Open (def. Federer in the final). Federer also won 4 Masters events while Nadal won 2. Federer complied a record of 92-5 (4 losses came in his 6 matches with Nadal) winning 12 titles and reached the finals of 16 of the 17 events he entered. Nadal won 5 titles in total for a 59-12 record. Rankings: Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Federer No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Nikolay Davydenko No. 3 (won a Masters and made the SFs of the US Open), David Nalbandian No. 4 (made 2 Grand Slam SFs and SFs of the ATP Finals plus won 2 matches in Davis Cup Finals vs Marat Safin and Davydenko) and Roddick No. 5 (won a Masters). The ITF named Federer World Champion. In the ATP's year-end rankings, Federer was No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Davydenko No. 3, Blake No. 4 (won 4 titles) with Roddick No. 6 and Nalbandian No. 8.
2007 Roger Federer (Switzerland) Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Roger Federer won 3 Grand Slam singles titles and made the finals of all 4 tournaments. He won the Australian Open (def. Fernando González in the final; Rafael Nadal lost in QFs), Wimbledon (def. Nadal in the final), and the US Open (def. Novak Djokovic in the final; Nadal lost in QFs). Federer also won the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (def. David Ferrer in the final and Nadal in the SFs; Djokovic was 0-3). Nadal won the French Open (def. Federer in the final). Federer and Djokovic won 2 Masters events while Nadal won 3. Federer won 8 titles total with a 68-9 record including 3-2 vs Nadal and 3-1 vs Djokovic. Nadal was 70-15 (5-2 vs Djokovic) with 6 titles and Djokovic was 68-19 with 5 titles. Both Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko made the SFs of the French and US Opens. Rankings: The ITF named Federer as its World Champion. Both Tennis Magazine (France) and the year-end ATP rankings had Federer No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Djokovic No. 3 and Davydenko No. 4.
2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Rafael Nadal won the French Open (def. Federer for fourth consecutive year, the last 3 in the final, and Novak Djokovic in SFs), Wimbledon (def. Federer in the final; Djokovic lost 2nd round) and the Olympic Games tennis singles title. Federer won the US Open (def. Andy Murray after they beat Djokovic and Nadal in the SFs). Djokovic won the Australian Open (def. Jo Wilfred Tsonga in the final after they beat Federer and Nadal in the SFs) and the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup (def. Nikolay Davydenko in the final; Federer lost in round robin; Nadal absent). Nadal won 3 Masters, Djokovic and Murray 2, Davydenko and Tsonga 1, and Federer none. Nadal won 8 titles with an 82-11 record including 4-0 vs Federer and 4-2 vs Djokovic. Federer won 4 titles with a 66-15 record including 2-1 vs Djokovic while Djokovic was 64-17 with 4 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Nadal as its World Champion. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Nadal finished No. 1, Federer No. 2, Djokovic No. 3, Murray No. 4, Davydenko No. 5 and Tsonga No. 6. Tennis Magazine (Fance) confirmed the top 2.
2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland) Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Roger Federer reached all 4 Grand Slam finals, winning 2: the French Open (def. Robin Söderling and Juan Martin Del Potro in the SFs; Rafael Nadal lost in the 4th round) and Wimbledon (def. Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 5th set of the final; Nadal was absent). Nadal won the Australian Open (def. Federer in the final). Del Potro won the US Open (def. Federer after they def. Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the SFs). Nikolay Davydenko won the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals (def. Del Potro after they beat Federer and Andy Murray in the SFs; Nadal lost in round robin). Nadal won 3 Masters 1000s, Federer, Davydenko and Murray each won 2 (Murray also made SFs of Wimbledon) and Djokovic 1 (made finals of 4 others). Federer was 61-12 (1-1 vs Nadal and 2-3 vs Djokovic) with 4 titles from 8 finals; Nadal 66-14 (4-3 vs Djokovic) with 5 titles; Djokovic 78-19 with 5 titles; Murray 66-11 with 6 titles (1-0 vs Djokovic); and Del Potro 54-16 with 3 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Federer as its World Champion. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Federer No. 1. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Federer was No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Djokovic No. 3, Murray No. 4, Del Potro No. 5 and Davydenko No. 6.
2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis Magazine (France); International Tennis Federation (ITF); Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) year-end rankings. Rafael Nadal won 3 Grand Slam singles titles: the French Open (def. Robin Söderling in the final; Roger Federer lost in the QFs), Wimbledon (def. Tomáš Berdych after they beat Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the SFs; Federer lost in QFs;) and the US Open (def. Djokovic in the final, who def. Federer in the SFs). Federer won the Australian Open (def. Murray in the final; Nadal lost in QFs) and the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals (def. Nadal after they beat Djokovic and Murray in the SFs). Nadal won 3 Masters 1000s, Murray 2, Federer and Soderling 1, and Djokovic none. Nadal won 7 tournaments total with a 71-10 record (1-1 vs Federer and 2-0 vs Djokovic). Federer won 5 titles with a 65-13 record (4-1 vs Djokovic). Djokovic was 61-18 winning 2 titles (0-1 vs Murray) while Murray was 46-18 with 2 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Nadal as its World Champion. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Nadal No. 1. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Nadal finished No. 1, Federer No. 2, Djokovic No. 3, Murray No. 4, Soderling No. 5 and Berdych No. 6.
2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; (ATP) year-end rankings. In the year of the Big Four's greatest dominance (they had 15 of the 16 SF slots of the Grand Slam tournaments), Novak Djokovic won 3 Grand Slam singles titles: the Australian Open (def. Andy Murray in the final and Roger Federer in the SFs; Rafael Nadal lost in QFs), Wimbledon (def. Nadal after they beat Federer and Murray in the SFs) and the US Open (def. Nadal after they beat Federer and Murray in the SFs). Nadal won the French Open (def. Federer after they beat Murray and Djokovic in the SFs). Federer won the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals (Djokovic, Nadal and Murray lost in round robin). Djokovic won 5 Masters 1000s, a new record, versus 2 for Murray and 1 each for Nadal and Federer, and compiled a match record of 70–6 (6–0 versus Nadal and 4-1 versus Federer) winning 10 tournaments. Nadal was 69-15 (3-1 vs Federer) with 3 titles in 10 finals. Federer was 64-12 with 4 titles and Murray 56-13 with 5 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Djokovic World Champion. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Djokovic No. 1. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Djokovic finished No. 1, Nadal No. 2, Federer No. 3 and Murray No. 4.
2012 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open (def. Rafael Nadal after they def. Andy Murray and Roger Federer in the SFs) and the ATP World Tour Finals (def. Federer in the final; Murray lost round robin and Nadal absent) to clinch the ATP's No. 1 ranking. Nadal won the French Open (def. Djokovic who def. Federer in the SFs; Murray lost in QFs). Federer won Wimbledon (def. Murray in the final and Djokovic in SFs; Nadal lost in 2nd round). Murray won the Olympic Games (def. Federer in final and Djokovic in the SFs) and the US Open (def. Djokovic in final; Federer lost in QFs and Nadal was absent due to injury). Djokovic and Federer each won 3 Masters 1000s, Nadal 2 and Murray none. Djokovic's match record was 75-12 while Federer's was 71-12 both winning 6 titles with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 3-2. Murray was 56-16 with 3 titles from 7 finals (3-4 vs Djokovic and 2-3 vs Federer) while Nadal was 42-6. Rankings: The ITF named Djokovic as its World Champion. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Djokovic No. 1. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Djokovic finished No. 1, Federer No. 2, Murray No. 3 and Nadal No. 4.
2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
ATP Champion
ITF Champion
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Rafael Nadal won the French Open (def. David Ferrer in the final and Novak Djokovic in the SFs) and the US Open (def. Djokovic in the final). Djokovic won the Australian Open (def. Andy Murray after they def. Ferrer and Roger Federer in the SFs) and the ATP World Tour Finals (def. Nadal in the final who beat Federer in the SFs; Murray was absent). Murray won Wimbledon def. Djokovic in the final. Nadal won 5 Masters 1000 events versus 3 for Djokovic compiling a 75–7 record winning 10 tournaments; Djokovic had a 74-9 record winning 7 titles; they had a 3–3 record versus each other. Murray also won 1 Masters 1000 for 4 titles total with a 43-8 record, while Ferrer won 2 titles (no Masters 1000s) and reached 9 finals. Rankings: The ITF named Djokovic as its World Champion due to Djokovic's superior performance in ITF events compared to Nadal (Nadal missed the Australian and lost in the 1st round of Wimbledon). In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Nadal finished No. 1, Djokovic No. 2, Ferrer No. 3, Murray No. 4 with Federer No. 6. Tennis Magazine (France) rated Nadal No. 1, Djokovic No. 2 and Murray No. 3.
2014 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon (def. Roger Federer in the final; Rafael Nadal lost in 4th round) and the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals (Federer withdrew before the final after they def. Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka in the SFs; Nadal absent). Wawrinka won the Australian Open (def. Nadal in the final and Djokovic in the QFs; Nadal beat Federer in the SFs). Nadal won the French Open def. Djokovic in the final (Federer lost 4th round). Marin Cilic won the US Open (def. Nishikori after they surprised Federer and Djokovic in the SFs; Nadal was absent with injury). Djokovic also won 4 Masters 1000s to 2 for Federer, 1 each for Nadal and Wawrinka and none for Cilic or Niskikori (who each won 4 titles). Djokovic was 61-8 with 7 titles while Federer was 73-12 with 5 titles in 11 finals (3-3 head-to-head). Nadal was 48-11 with 4 titles, while Warinka won 3 titles. Rankings: The ITF named Djokovic as its World Champion. Tennis Magazine (France) ranked Djokovic No. 1. In the ATP's year-ending rankings, Djokovic finished No. 1, Federer No. 2, Nadal No. 3, Wawrinka No. 4 and Nishikori No. 5 with Cilic No. 9.
2015 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) No consensus among the sources:

Andy Murray (U.K.)
Roger Federer (Switz.)
Tennis Magazine (France); ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Novak Djokovic made all 4 Grand Slam finals winning 3. He won the Australian Open (def.Andy Murray in the final; Roger Federer lost in the 3rd round), Wimbledon and the US Open plus the ATP Finals (def. Federer in the finals of all 3) but lost in the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka after beating Rafael Nadal in the QFs (Federer lost in QFs). Djokovic won a record 6 Masters 1000s and a total of 11 events compiling record of 82–6 (6–1 vs Murray and 5–3 vs Federer) making the finals of 15 of 16 events. Federer was 63-11 with 6 titles from 11 finals (1 Masters 1000 victory) while Murray was 71-14 with 4 titles (2 Masters 1000s). Warinka made the SFs of the US and Australian Opens and the ATP Finals compiling a 55-18 record. Rankings: The ITF named Djokovic World Champion. In the ATP's rankings, Djokovic was No. 1, Murray No. 2, Federer No. 3 (Murray played 3 more events thus earning more points) and Wawrinka No. 4. Tennis Magazine (France) rated Djokovic No. 1, Federer No. 2 and Murray No. 3 as Federer had a 2–0 record vs Murray and better results in major events (Murray lost in the Wimbledon and French SFs, the US Open 4th round, and the ATP Finals' round robin).
2016 Andy Murray (United Kingdom) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) ITF; ATP year-end rankings. By winning the Australian Open and the French Open (def. Andy Murray in both finals and Roger Federer in the Australian SFs), Novak Djokovic became the 2nd player in the Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slam tournaments consecutively, although not in a calendar year (a "Non-calendar Year Grand Slam"). Murray then won Wimbledon (def. Milos Raonic who def. Federer in the SFs; Djokovic lost in the 3rd round), the Olympic Games (now worth no ATP points) and the ATP World Tour Finals (def. Djokovic in the final, a match that decided the ATP No. 1 ranking, and Raonic in SFs). Stan Wawrinka won the US Open (def. Djokovic in the final; Murray lost in the QFs) compiling a 46-18 record with 4 titles. Murray won 11 events to Djokovic's 9 (although Djokovic won 4 Masters 1000s to Murray's 3) and had 78-9 record vs 65-9 for Djokovic (Djokovic led head-to-head 3-2). Rankings: The ITF named Murray World Champion. In the ATP's rankings, Murray was No. 1 and Djokovic No. 2 with Raonic No. 3 (52-17 with 1 title) and Wawrinka No. 4 (neither won a Masters 1000 but both also made 1 other Grand Slam SF).
2017 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Roger Federer (Switzerland) ITF; ATP year-end rankings. Roger Federer won the Australian Open (def. Rafael Nadal in the final) and Wimbledon for the record 8th time (def. Marin Čilić; Nadal lost in the 4th round). Nadal won the French Open (def. Stan Wawrinka; Federer absent) for the record 10th time and the US Open (def. Kevin Anderson in the final; Federer lost in the QFs). Grigor Dimitrov won the ATP Finals (def. David Goffin in the final; Federer lost in the SFs; Nadal withdrew after 1 match). Federer won 3 of the 4 Masters 1000s he played while Nadal won 2 of 9. Nadal had a 67-11 record with 6 titles in 18 events thus earning more points than Federer who was 52-5 with 7 titles in 12 events (did not play any clay events). Federer was 4-0 vs Nadal. Rankings: The ITF named Nadal as World Champion. In the ATP's rankings, Nadal was No. 1, Federer No. 2, Dimitrov No. 3 (along with the ATP Finals win he won a Masters 1000 and made SFs of the Australian), Alexander Zverev No. 4 (won 2 Masters 1000s) with Čilić No. 6. Sports Illustrated's tennis MVP award was a tie between Nadal and Federer. The International Sports Press Association voted Federer the world athlete of the year.

Records

Number of times ranked No. 1

  • Note: An undisputed number one player for the year (without another player regarded as number one) is shown in bold
Total World Number One Years
8 years United States Pancho Gonzales 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960
7 years United Kingdom William Renshaw 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889
United States Bill Tilden 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1931
Australia Rod Laver 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
6 years United Kingdom Reginald Doherty 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902
United States Jack Kramer 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953
Australia Ken Rosewall 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970
United States Pete Sampras 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
5 years United Kingdom Joshua Pim 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895
United States William Larned 1901, 1902, 1908, 1909, 1910
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906
United Kingdom Fred Perry 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1941
United States Don Budge 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942
Switzerland Roger Federer 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Serbia Novak Djokovic 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
4 years United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 1891, 1892, 1895, 1896
United States Ellsworth Vines 1932, 1935, 1936, 1937
United States Bobby Riggs 1941, 1943-1945, 1946, 1947
Sweden Björn Borg 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Spain Rafael Nadal 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017
3 years United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw 1887, 1888, 1892
New Zealand Anthony Wilding 1911, 1912, 1913
France Henri Cochet 1928, 1929, 1930
United States Jimmy Connors 1974, 1976, 1982
United States John McEnroe 1981, 1983, 1984
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 1985, 1986, 1987
2 years United Kingdom John Hartley 1879, 1880
United Kingdom Willoughby Hamilton 1889, 1890
United Kingdom Ernest Lewis 1890, 1891
United States Malcolm Whitman 1899, 1900
Australia Norman Brookes 1907, 1911
United States Maurice McLoughlin 1912, 1914
United States Bill Johnston 1919, 1922
France René Lacoste 1926, 1927
Ecuador Pancho Segura 1950, 1952
United States Stan Smith 1971, 1972
Sweden Stefan Edberg 1990, 1991
Australia Lleyton Hewitt 2001, 2002
1 year United Kingdom Spencer Gore 1877
United Kingdom Frank Hadow 1878
United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 1887
United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves 1897
United States Robert Wrenn 1897
United Kingdom Arthur Gore 1901
Australia Gerald Patterson 1919
Australia Jack Crawford 1933
Australia John Newcombe 1971
Romania Ilie Năstase 1973
United States Arthur Ashe 1975
Argentina Guillermo Vilas 1977
Sweden Mats Wilander 1988
Germany Boris Becker 1989
United States Jim Courier 1992
United States Andre Agassi 1999
Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 2000
United States Andy Roddick 2003
United Kingdom Andy Murray 2016

Leading No. 1 by decade

Age

  • Note: The age is measured at 31 December of year ranked as No. 1.

See also

References

  1. ^ The (London) Times 1920 March 21
  2. ^ "World's best tennis player known to experts" (PDF). The New York Times. September 14, 1913. 
  3. ^ History of the Pro Tennis Wars, Chapter II, by Ray Bowers
  4. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 23
  5. ^ Total Tennis, by Bud Collins, page 118
  6. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 41
  7. ^ Tennis Is My Racket, by Bobby Riggs, page 129 and page 171
  8. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 43
  9. ^ Total Tennis, by Bud Collins, page 122
  10. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 192
  11. ^ Total Tennis, by Bud Collins, page 122
  12. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 47
  13. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 195
  14. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 53-54
  15. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 197
  16. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 57
  17. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 66
  18. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, pages 108 and 111
  19. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 128
  20. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 126
  21. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 157
  22. ^ The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book, Second Edition (2010) by Bud Collins, page 147
  23. ^ The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, page 158
  24. ^ The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book, Second Edition (2010) by Bud Collins, page 150
  25. ^ match records for players other than Laver are from the ATP website
  26. ^ "Great Seasons without Winning a Major" http://www.oregonlive.com/the-spin-of-the-ball/index.ssf/2014/07/can_roger_federer_top_the_grea.html
  27. ^ all player match records for 1971 from The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book, Second Edition (2010) Ed. by Bud Collins and Zander Hollander, page 159
  28. ^ USLTA Encyclopedia of Tennis, 1971, Harper and Row Publishers, page 454
  29. ^ Tennis Magazine US ranking https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/the-true-no-1-of-1977.134666/page-3
  30. ^ "Borg gets nod as tennis player of '77". The Washington Post. January 10, 1978. 
  31. ^ Bud Collins Tennis Encyclopedia, https://imgur.com/a/L1CrZ
  32. ^ Tingay, Tommasi, Elian and Laver "Money Aside, Majors, Who are the Very Best" Montreal Gazette (see page 114) https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19780708&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  33. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qNkVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9BIEAAAAIBAJ&dq=jaks%20tennis&hl=es&pg=7135%2C2238670
  34. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2pQmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xBEEAAAAIBAJ&hl=es&pg=1140,3053428
  35. ^ https://www.iberlibro.com/9782263001932/Livre-dor-tennis-Tome-1977-226300193X/plp
  36. ^ Gene Scott: "Guillermo Vilas is a real man of the Renaissance. In addition to being the best player in the world in 1977, he is a ..." https://imgur.com/5eqAQwa
  37. ^ https://i.imgur.com/yeIGcEx.jpg
  38. ^ Peter Bodo: " ... He maxed out on the computer at No. 2, although back in those days some of the more subjective year-end rankings still carried significant weight. I voted for Vilas as the No. 1 player for 1977, and I believe that's where he ended up in our Tennis magazine rankings (at the time, those were highly regarded honors) ..." http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2011/12/the-original-bull/41383/
  39. ^ John Barret: "Guillermo clearly deserved to be number one when he won Roland Garros and the US Open in 1977."http://www.ambito.com/699999-exigen-a-la-atp-que-reconozca-a-vilas-como-n-1-de-1977
  40. ^ Bud Collins "Although the world's best in 1977, Willie is a touch annoyed at the No. 2 ranking behind Connors, whom he beat in the US Open title bout." https://www.theage.com.au/news/australianopen2008/wily-old-campaigner/2008/01/26/1201157740949.html?page=3
  41. ^ Bud Collins "I thought he was the best player of that year. I wrote a story about him in Australia,for a Melbourne newspaper: Vilas says that if the computer at that time used the same system as today, he would be No. 1. But I do not know. Yes, he won two Grand Slam, Roland Garros ... maybe he was lucky Borg did not play ... the US Open had a winning streak of 50 games. I thought it was No. 1, but hey, it was pronounced No. 2" http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/?p=1252
  42. ^ https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/guillermo-vilas/
  43. ^ https://www.csmonitor.com/1981/1230/123025.html

Sources of rankings and yearly performance information

The rankings above are based on eighteen main sources:

  • The United States Tennis Association Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (1981).[1] This book has annual rankings for the top 10 players as compiled every year from 1914 through 1980. These rankings were made annually by various tennis experts at a London newspaper, The Daily Telegraph: Wallis Myers (1913–1938), John Olliff (1939–1951), and Lance Tingay (1952–1967). These rankings, however, included only amateur players. Beginning with the 1920s, some of the best players in the world were professionals. Once they became professionals, as Bill Tilden did in 1931, they were no longer included in these annual lists.
  • History of the Pro Tennis Wars, by Ray Bowers, is a website[2] associated with the Tennis Server website. In thirteen chapters, Bowers gives a detailed account of the first twenty years of the professional tennis tours, from a modest beginning in 1926 with Suzanne Lenglen and Vincent Richards as the main attractions, on through 1945. He also gives detailed results of some of the tournaments played by professionals in addition to the main head-to-head tours. In his summing-up for each year since 1928, he gives his rankings for the best players of that year, combining both amateurs and professionals, with the number of players ranked varying from year to year. In all cases prior to 1940, his rankings coincide with those of The Daily Telegraph as far as amateurs are concerned.
  • Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia (1997), 3rd Edition, by Bud Collins. This book has year-by-year chapters describing the professional and amateur tour results up until 1967 and the professional tour results since 1968. Its last section contains Collins' personal ranking of the Top 10 players, both male and female, for each year from 1968 until 1997, as published in the Boston Globe each year. Beginning with 1973, the Association of Tennis Professionals began issuing computer-generated weekly rankings. Collins also shows the top 10 players in these rankings for the last week of every calendar year through 1997.
  • Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia (2003), by Bud Collins.[3] This book has year-by-year chapters in which Collins gives a brief summation of the pro tour results, often with personal comments about the players. It also has somewhat more complete rankings from the early years of the Daily Telegraph. The combined amateur-professional rankings for 1968 through 1972 are those of Collins himself. Collins shows the top 10 players in the ATP rankings for the last week of every calendar year from 1973 through 2002.
  • The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book, Second Edition (2010) by Bud Collins. The book has year-by year chapters describing the professional and amateur tour results until 1967 and the professional tour results since 1968. In the years beginning in 1968 each year's chapter states which tennis player(s) most tennis authorities considered No. 1 for the particular year. In the numerical section at the end of each chapter, the No. 1 player for the year is listed, but in some years the player does not correspond to what the earlier text indicates. In Chapter 17 the top 10 players from the ATP rankings for the last year of every calendar year from 1973 are provided; the No. 1 player in these lists is the same as the No. 1 player stated in the numerical section of each year's chapter.
  • The History of Professional Tennis (2003), by Joe McCauley. This book is a year-by-year account of the professional tours and tournaments between 1926 and 1968. The book has 80 pages of year-by-year results for as many tournaments, tours, and head-to-head matches as the author, a long-time writer for World Tennis magazine, could find.
  • The Concise History of Tennis (2017), 8th ed, by Károly Mazák. This self-published book is a year-by-year account of (lawn) tennis between 1877 and 2016.[4] Each page contains a short summary of the major events in that particular year, and combined (amateur and professional) year-end rankings in tabulated form that show the performance of the top players at the major events. He arrived at his Based upon available sources, including contemporary magazine classifications (Pastime, Lawn Tennis and Badminton) and official national rankings, the author has retrospectively created year-end rankings before 1913.[5]
  • Professional Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA). The PLTA was composed of a group of professional players in the late 1940s and early 1950s and, for several years, issued its own official rankings of professional players at the end of each year. The PLTA was also apparently called the Professional Players Association (PPA) in at least 1946.
  • The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis (1979), by Jack Kramer.[6] Kramer's autobiography has information about the 1954 professional tour that is somewhat different from the other sources. Kramer himself was the tour promoter that year.
  • Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The ATP has issued its own year-end ranking of the top male players every year since 1973.
  • Tennis Is My Racket (1949), by Bobby Riggs. Riggs's autobiography has information about the 1946 professional tour that is slightly different from the other sources. He also writes at length about his 1948 tour with Kramer but says nothing about his playing record in 1947, about which there is much conflicting information.
  • The Last Sure Thing: The Life & Times of Bobby Riggs (2003), by Tom LeCompte.[7] This biography published after Riggs's death correlates with his own information for 1946 but is at odds with other sources about Riggs's record in 1947.
  • Vainqueurs 1946-2003 (2003), by Michel Sutter (Winners 1946-2003 in English). Apparently based mostly on information drawn from the French sports magazine L'Équipe, this is an updated edition of his earlier book Vainqueurs 1946-1991. Both books list the winners of many professional tournaments and matches for the years shown in their titles, but the earlier book also listed the runner-ups, scores, and the exact dates as well as some commentary by the author for each year.
  • Der Grösste Meister. Die denkwürdige Karriere des australischen Tennisspielers Kenneth Robert Rosewall (1999), by Robert Geist. This is a detailed account of Ken Rosewall's career with many statistics and, in particular, his annual rankings during his professional career.
  • Anthony Wilding A Sporting Life (2005), by Len and Shelley Richardson.
  • Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club: 100 Years in Australian Tennis, by Richard Yallop.[8]
  • Modern Tennis (1915), by P.A. Vaile (second edition).
  • Lawn Tennis (1889), by Methven Brownlee (Arrowsmith, Bristol)
  • Kings of the Court. The story of lawn tennis. by E.C. Potter. (Barnes and Company, New York, 1963.) Tennis history book, has details about the pre–World War I players.

In addition, when the article was written the rankings for certain tennis publications and tennis journalists were also entered into the table by its authors. Since that time, Wikipedia's standards for referencing have become stricter but in many cases there is no formal documentation of these rankings available on the internet at the current time (2018) so the original entries of the authors are presumed to be accurate.

External links

  1. ^ Shannon, Bill (1981). United States Tennis Association Official Encyclopedia of Tennis. San Francisco: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-014896-9. 
  2. ^ History of the Pro Tennis Wars, Chapter I, by Ray Bowers, http://www.tennisserver.com/lines/lines_99_10_31.html
  3. ^ Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia. Kingston, New York: Sport Media Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0-9731443-4-3. 
  4. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2017). The Concise History of Tennis. Independently published. ISBN 9781549746475. 
  5. ^ Mazak, Karoly. "The Concise History of Tennis". www.theconcisehistoryoftennis.com/. Karoly Mazak, 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Deford, Frank; Kramer, Jack (1979). The Game: My 40 years in Tennis. New York: Putnam. ISBN 0-399-12336-9. 
  7. ^ Lecompte, Tom (2003). The Last Sure Thing: The Life & Times of Bobby Riggs. Black Squirrel Publishing. ISBN 0-9721213-0-7. 
  8. ^ Yallop, Richard (1984). Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club: 100 Years in Australian Tennis. Curry O'Neil. ISBN 0-85902-393-1.