List of players at the top of the ATP list (singles)
November 30, 2021
The ranking of tennis players on the ATP list began on August 23, 1973. Since then, 26 players have been at the top of the list. Beginning in 1979, an updated ranking list was published at the beginning of each week (Monday), and 17 tennis players finished the year in first place. The record holder with 349 weeks spent in the first place is Novak Djokovic from Serbia. Currently, the first place is held by Novak Djokovic.
Players who were in the first place
Weeks spent in the first place
The table on the left shows how many weeks each of the players spent in the first place.
The table on the right shows how many consecutive weeks the players spent in first place (looking at the best result in their career).
Weeks spent in the first place by country
The names of active tennis players are in bold.
Recorders through history
Recorders by year
Weeks in the first place by decades
updated: November 29, 2021 (2021-11-29)
In the first place at the end of the year
The player who is at the top of the ATP list after the last tournament of the season (in November or December) is listed as number one at the end of the calendar year. Novak Djokovic holds the record with seven completed years as the first tennis player in the world.
Only six players managed to finish the year in first place by spending the whole year in that position: Connors, Lendl, Sampras, Hewitt, Federer and Djokovic. Federer is the only player to have achieved this three times in a row.
Time spent between the first and last time at place number one
Novak Djokovic is the player who reached the highest number of points on the ATP list - 16,950.
Ivan Lendl and Marcelo Rios are the only players who were number one without winning a single Grand Slam tournament (Lendl won it later, and Rios never did).
Patrick Rafter spent at least a week in first place - just one.
Leighton Hewitt is the youngest player to be in first place, then he was 20 years and 299 days old.
Roger Federer is the oldest player in the first place, he was 36 years and 10 months old.
John McEnroe cut the first place the most. He even returned to the top 14 times.
Association of Tennis Professionals
List of players at the top of the WTA list - individually
Players at the top of the ATP list