ATP Rankings History – World No.1s from 1973 to Date

The ATP Rankings system is the method used by the ATP to see who should qualify and who should be seeded in the different singles and doubles ATP Tournaments held all across the world.

Below is a list of world No.1s from the very first ATP Ranking in 1973 to date.

ATP Rankings History - No.1s from 1973 to Date

ATP Rankings History – No.1s from 1973 to Date

The first ATP rankings were published by the ATP on the 23rd of August 1973 with Ilie Năstase being the first tennis player to be ranked number 1 in the world.

Since then a total of 28 different men have achieved the number 1 status, with the current number 1 being Carlos Alcaraz.

Tennis PlayerDate FromDate toNo. of Weeks
Ilie Nastase (1)23 August 197302 June 197440
John Newcombe (2)03 June 197428 July 19748
Jimmy Connors (3)29 July 197422 August 1977160
Bjorn Borg (4)23 August 197729 August 19771
Jimmy Connors30 August 197708 April 197984
Bjorn Borg09 April 197920 May 19796
Jimmy Connors21 May 197908 July 19797
Bjorn Borg09 July 197902 March 198034
John McEnroe (5)03 March 198023 March 19803
Bjorn Borg24 March 198010 August 198020
John McEnroe11 August 198017 August 19801
Bjorn Borg18 August 198005 July 198146
John McEnroe06 July 198119 July 19812
Bjorn Borg20 July 198102 August 19812
John McEnroe03 August 198112 September 198258
Jimmy Connors13 September 198230 October 19827
John McEnroe01 November 198207 November 19821
Jimmy Connors08 November 198214 November 19821
John McEnroe15 November 198230 January 198311
Jimmy Connors31 January 198306 February 19831
John McEnroe07 February 198313 February 19831
Jimmy Connors14 February 198327 February 19832
Ivan Lendl (6)28 February 198315 May 198311
Jimmy Connors16 May 198305 June 19833
John McEnroe06 June 198312 June 19831
Jimmy Connors13 June 198303 July 19833
John McEnroe04 July 198330 October 198317
Ivan Lendl31 October 198311 December 19836
John McEnroe12 December 198308 January 19844
Ivan Lendl09 January 198411 March 19849
John McEnroe12 March 198410 June 198413
Ivan Lendl11 June 198417 June 19841
John McEnroe18 June 198408 July 19843
Ivan Lendl09 July 198412 August 19845
John McEnroe13 August 198418 August 198553
Ivan Lendl19 August 198525 August 19851
John McEnroe26 August 198508 September 19852
Ivan Lendl09 September 198511 September 1988157
Mats Wilander (7)12 September 198829 January 198920
Ivan Lendl30 January 198912 August 199080
Stefan Edberg (8)13 August 199027 January 199124
Boris Becker (9)28 January 199117 February 19913
Stefan Edberg18 February 199107 July 199120
Boris Becker08 July 199108 September 19919
Stefan Edberg09 September 199109 February 199222
Jim Courier (10)10 February 199222 March 19926
Stefan Edberg23 March 199212 April 19923
Jim Courier13 April 199213 September 199222
Stefan Edberg14 September 199204 October 19923
Jim Courier05 October 199211 April 199327
Pete Sampras (11)12 April 199322 August 199319
Jim Courier23 August 199312 September 19933
Pete Sampras13 September 199309 April 199582
Andre Agassi (12)10 April 199505 November 199530
Pete Sampras06 November 199528 January 199612
Andre Agassi29 January 199611 February 19962
Thomas Muster (13)12 February 199618 February 19961
Pete Sampras19 February 199610 March 19963
Thomas Muster11 March 199614 April 19965
Pete Sampras15 April 199629 March 1998102
Marcelo Rios (14)30 March 199826 April 19984
Pete Sampras27 April 199809 August 199815
Marcelo Rios10 August 199823 August 19982
Pete Sampras24 August 199814 March 199929
Carlos Moya (15)15 March 199928 March 19992
Pete Sampras29 March 199902 May 19995
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (16)03 May 199913 June 19996
Pete Sampras14 June 199904 July 19993
Andre Agassi05 July 199925 July 19993
Patrick Rafter (17)26 July 199901 August 19991
Pete Sampras02 August 199912 September 19996
Andre Agassi13 September 199910 November 200061
Pete Sampras11 September 200019 November 200010
Marat Safin (18)20 November 200003 December 20002
Gustavo Kuerten (19)04 December 200028 January 20018
Marat Safin29 January 200125 February 20014
Gustavo Kuerten26 February 200101 April 20015
Marat Safin02 January 200121 April 200116
Gustavo Kuerten22 April 200118 November 200130
Lleyton Hewitt (20)19 November 200127 April 200375
Andre Agassi28 April 200311 May 20032
Lleyton Hewitt12 May 200315 June 20035
Andre Agassi16 June 200307 September 200312
Juan Carlos Ferrero (21)08 September 200302 November 20038
Andy Roddick (22)02 November 200301 February 200413
Roger Federer (23)02 February 200417 August 2008237
Rafael Nadal (24)18 August 200805 July 200946
Roger Federer06 July 200905 June 201048
Rafael Nadal06 June 201003 July 201156
Novak Djokovic (25)04 July 201108 July 201253
Roger Federer09 July 201204 November 201217
Novak Djokovic05 November 201206 October 201348
Rafael Nadal07 October 201306 July 201439
Novak Djokovic07 July 201406 November 2016122
Andy Murray (26)07 November 201620 August 201741
Rafael Nadal21 August 201718 February 201826
Roger Federer19 February 201801 April 20186
Rafael Nadal02 April 201813 May 20186
Roger Federer14 May 201820 May 20181
Rafael Nadal21 May 201817 June 20184
Roger Federer18 June 201824 June 20181
Rafael Nadal25 June 201804 November 201819
Novak Djokovic05 November 201803 November 201952
Rafael Nadal04 November 201902 February 202013
Novak Djokovic03 February 202022 March 20207
Rankings Frozen*23 March 202023 August 202022
Novak Djokovic24 August 202027 February 202279
Daniil Medvedev (27)27 February 202220 March 20223
Novak Djokovic21 March 202212 June 20229
Daniil Medvedev13 June 202211 September 202212
Carlos Alcaraz (28)12 September 2022To date4

*The ATP Ranking was frozen between the 23rd of March 2020 and the 23rd of August 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Most Weeks as Number 1 Male Tennis Player in the World

Novak Djokovic (373 weeks) currently holds the record for most weeks ranked as the number 1 male tennis player in the world.

The recently retired Roger Federer is in second place with 310 weeks and Pete Sampras in third with 286 weeks.

RankTennis PlayerNo. of Weeks
1Novak Djokovic373
2Roger Federer310
3Pete Sampras286
4Ivan Lendl270
5Jimmy Connors268
6Rafael Nadal209
7John McEnroe170
8Bjorn Borg109
9Andre Agassi101
10Lleyton Hewitt80
11Stefan Edberg72
12Jim Courier58
13Gustavo Kuerten43
14Andy Murray41
15Ilie Nastase40
16Mats Wilander20
17Daniil Medvedev16
18Andy Roddick13
19Boris Becker12
20Marat Safin9
21Juan Carlos Ferrero8
22John Newcombe8
23Yevgeny Kafelnikov6
24Thomas Muster6
25Marcelo Rios6
26Carlos Alcaraz3
27Carlos Moya2
28Patrick Rafter1

Most Consecutive Weeks as World Number 1 (Men’s Tennis)

Roger Federer (237 weeks) holds the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in number 1 in the world.

RankTennis PlayerNo. of Weeks
1Roger Federer237
2Jimmy Connors160
3Ivan Lendl157
4Novak Djokovic122
5Pete Sampras102
6Lleyton Hewitt75
7John McEnroe58
8Rafael Nadal56
9Andre Agassi52
10Bjorn Borg46
11Andy Murray41
12Ilie Nastase40
13Gustavo Kuerten30
14Jim Courier27
15Stefan Edberg24
16Mats Wilander20
17Daniil Medvedev13
18Andy Roddick13
19Boris Becker9
20Juan Carlos Ferrero8
21John Newcombe8
22Yevgeny Kafelnikov6
23Thomas Muster5
24Marat Safin4
25Marcelo Rios4
26Carlos Alcaraz3
27Carlos Moya2
28Patrick Rafter1

Most Year End Number 1s (Men’s Tennis)

Novak Djokovic holds the record for most year end number 1s with a total of seven to his name, followed by Pete Sampras with six.

RankTennis PlayerYear End No.1s
1Novak Djokovic7
2Pete Sampras6
3Roger Federer5
4Jimmy Connors5
5Rafael Nadal5
6Ivan Lendl4
7John McEnroe4
8Bjorn Borg2
9Lleyton Hewitt2
10Stefan Edberg2
11Andre Agassi1
12Jim Courier1
13Gustavo Kuerten1
14Andy Murray1
15Ilie Nastase1
16Mats Wilander1
17Andy Roddick1

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