Pro tennis players by number of total weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings all-time from 1973 to 2017*

Players with most weeks at number one in the ATP rankings all-time 2017 The statistic shows a ranking of the tennis players with the most weeks at the number one spot in the ATP world tennis rankings since the inauguration of the ranking in 1973, when Ilie Nastase became the first No. 1 on August 23, 1973. Rafael Nadal has been ranked No. 1 a total of 160 weeks.

The ATP World Rankings

The Emirates ATP Rankings, colloquially called ‘the world rankings’, is a historical objective merit-based method used for determining entry and seeding in all tournaments for both singles and doubles’ according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The ranking takes into account the results of the immediate past 52 weeks. Ranking lists are usually issued each Monday except during the duration of the four Grand Slam tournaments and the events in Miami and Indian Wells.

The tournaments taken into account for the ranking are the four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250, the challenger and the futures tournaments. The winner of one of the Grand Slam tournaments, for example, is awarded 2,000 ranking points, while the runner-up gets 1,200 ranking points. The Masters, challengers and futures tournaments are less valuable than the Grand Slam tournaments in regards to the number of ranking points a player can gain.

Since ATP introduced its computerized ranking system in 1973, 25 men have been ranked as the world number one. Roger Federer, winner of a record 19 Grand Slam titles in his career, also holds the record for the most total weeks at number one, with 302 weeks spanning over three separate periods. This achievement bettered the record of Pete Sampras who held the number one spot for 286 weeks over eleven separate periods. Federer’s record of 302 weeks includes 237 consecutive weeks (1659 days) at number one (February 2, 2004 – August 17, 2008), surpassing the previous record of 160 weeks (1120 days) held by Jimmy Connors.

Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors are the only other men to have ranked number one for more than 200 weeks in total. Yet Federer remains the only man to be ranked number one for over 300 weeks, a feat that has also been achieved by female players Martina Navratilova (331 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377 weeks). At the other end of the scale, Pat Rafter is the only man to have the number one position for just a single week, which he achieved in July 1999.

6 players from the United States, including Connors, Sampras, and Andre Agassi, have spent a combined total of 896 week at the top of the rankings, almost three times more than any other country.
Show more
Loading statistic...
Expand statistic
Number of weeks at No. 1
Roger Federer (SUI)302
Pete Sampras (USA)286
Ivan Lendl (CZE)270
Jimmy Connors (USA)268
Novak Djokovic (SRB)223
John McEnroe (USA)170
Rafael Nadal (ESP)160
Bjorn Borg (SWE)109
Andre Agassi (USA)101
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)80
Stefan Edberg (SWE)72
Jim Courier (USA)58
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)43
Andy Murray (GBR)41
Ilie Nastase (ROM)40
Mats Wilander (SWE)20
Andy Roddick (USA)13
Boris Becker (GER)12
Marat Safin (RUS)9
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)8
John Newcombe (AUS)8
Number of weeks at No. 1
Roger Federer (SUI)302
Pete Sampras (USA)286
Ivan Lendl (CZE)270
Jimmy Connors (USA)268
Novak Djokovic (SRB)223
John McEnroe (USA)170
Rafael Nadal (ESP)160
Bjorn Borg (SWE)109
Andre Agassi (USA)101
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)80
Stefan Edberg (SWE)72
Jim Courier (USA)58
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)43
Andy Murray (GBR)41
Ilie Nastase (ROM)40
Mats Wilander (SWE)20
Andy Roddick (USA)13
Boris Becker (GER)12
Marat Safin (RUS)9
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)8
John Newcombe (AUS)8
Download Settings Share
Chart type
Datalabels
Share on Social Media
HTML code to embed chart as PNG (FAQ)
Download started
Please be patient - this may take a moment
Description Source More information
The statistic shows a ranking of the tennis players with the most weeks at the number one spot in the ATP world tennis rankings since the inauguration of the ranking in 1973, when Ilie Nastase became the first No. 1 on August 23, 1973. Rafael Nadal has been ranked No. 1 a total of 160 weeks.

The ATP World Rankings

The Emirates ATP Rankings, colloquially called ‘the world rankings’, is a historical objective merit-based method used for determining entry and seeding in all tournaments for both singles and doubles’ according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The ranking takes into account the results of the immediate past 52 weeks. Ranking lists are usually issued each Monday except during the duration of the four Grand Slam tournaments and the events in Miami and Indian Wells.

The tournaments taken into account for the ranking are the four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250, the challenger and the futures tournaments. The winner of one of the Grand Slam tournaments, for example, is awarded 2,000 ranking points, while the runner-up gets 1,200 ranking points. The Masters, challengers and futures tournaments are less valuable than the Grand Slam tournaments in regards to the number of ranking points a player can gain.

Since ATP introduced its computerized ranking system in 1973, 25 men have been ranked as the world number one. Roger Federer, winner of a record 19 Grand Slam titles in his career, also holds the record for the most total weeks at number one, with 302 weeks spanning over three separate periods. This achievement bettered the record of Pete Sampras who held the number one spot for 286 weeks over eleven separate periods. Federer’s record of 302 weeks includes 237 consecutive weeks (1659 days) at number one (February 2, 2004 – August 17, 2008), surpassing the previous record of 160 weeks (1120 days) held by Jimmy Connors.

Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors are the only other men to have ranked number one for more than 200 weeks in total. Yet Federer remains the only man to be ranked number one for over 300 weeks, a feat that has also been achieved by female players Martina Navratilova (331 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377 weeks). At the other end of the scale, Pat Rafter is the only man to have the number one position for just a single week, which he achieved in July 1999.

6 players from the United States, including Connors, Sampras, and Andre Agassi, have spent a combined total of 896 week at the top of the rankings, almost three times more than any other country.
Show more
Release date
January 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1973 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* as of December 25, 2017

More information

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Basic Account

Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Register for free

Premium Account

Your perfect start with Statista

  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$49 / Month *

Corporate Account

Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

Send request

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax
   (New York residents only).
Leading companies trust Statista:
paypalgoogleadobepgsamsungtelekom

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

Tennis
Tennis

All Information
in one Presentation

Tennis

Everything On "Tennis" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

I think of Statista as Google for researchers. Statista provides you with the information you search for right away.
Dr. Horst Stipp

Dr. Horst Stipp
EVP, Research & Innovation, Advertising Research Foundation

Statistics on "Tennis"

  • Participation
  • Media & fan interest
  • Professional tennis
  • Grand Slam tournaments (Men)
  • Grand Slam tournaments (Women)
Need help with using Statista for your research? Tutorials and first steps

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Statistics on the topic

Topics

About Statista

Learn more about how Statista can support your business.

Request webinar
Do you have any questions about our business solutions?

We provide you with detailed information about our Corporate Account.

News
News