aA week ago, Roger Federer announced that the Laver Cup would be the last event of his professional career, and so every day since the announcement we’ve been highlighting one of his many records that may never be broken.
So far we’ve covered how he’s the only tennis player to win two different majors each five years in a row, his grass court winning streak of 65 matches (men’s record in Open Era), and his winning streak in 24 finals (also men’s Open record). Era), how he’s the only player ever to win 100 matches in two different majors, how he won his first seven Grand Finals in a row (another men’s Open Era record), and most recently how he reached 10 consecutive Grand Finals, plus 23 matches. consecutive semi-finals and 36 quarter-finals in a row (the men’s all-time record, the all-time men’s record, the all-time men’s record).
Perhaps one of its more impressive stats: 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1
From February 2, 2004 to August 17, 2008, Federer spent 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1, the longest consecutive streak at the top spot in the history of the ATP Rankings.
This has been every week for over four and a half years.
The longest cracks in NO. 1st place in the history of the ATP rankings (since 1973):
237 weeks: Roger Federer [February 2, 2004 to August 17, 2008]
160 weeks: Jimmy Connors [July 29, 1974 to August 22, 1977]
Week 157: Evan Lendl [September 9, 1985 to September 11, 1988]
122 weeks: Novak Djokovic [July 7, 2014 to November 6, 2016]
Week 102: Pete Sampras [April 15, 1996 to March 29, 1998]
To illustrate how long it took Federer’s 237 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, No. 1 in the WTA rankings changed hands a total of 14 times during that time — from Justine Henin to Amelie Mauresmo to Lindsay Davenport to Maria Sharapova, and then Back to Davenport, then back to Sharapova, then back to Davenport again, then back to Kim Clijsters, then back to Mauresmo, then back to Henin, then back to Sharapova again, then back to Henin again, then back to Sharapova again another, then to Ana Ivanovic, and finally to Jelena Janković.
There’s something else about Federer’s 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1 – not only is he the longest consecutive reign atop the ATP singles rankings, but he’s actually the longest consecutive reign atop the ATP or WTA rankings, and in singles or doubles:
The longest cracks in NO. 1 on the ATP, WTA, singles or doubles rankings:
237 weeks: Roger Federer, ATP singles ranking [2004-2008]
186 weeks: Serena Williams, WTA singles rankings [2013-2016]
186 weeks: Steffi Graf, WTA singles ranking [1987-1991]
181 weeks: Martina Navratilova, WTA doubles rating [1986-1990]
163 weeks: Mike Bryan, ATP doubles their rankings [2012-2015]
160 weeks: Jimmy Connors, ATP singles ranking [1974-1977]
157 weeks: Evan Lendl, ATP singles ranking [1985-1988]
156 weeks: Martina Navratilova, WTA Singles Rankings [1982-1985]
145 weeks: Kara Black, WTA [2007-2010]
140 weeks: Bob Bryan doubles ATP rankings [2013-2015]
134 weeks: Liesl Huber, WTA doubles rating [2007-2010]
125 weeks: Todd Woodbridge doubles ATP rankings [1995-1998]
122 weeks: Novak Djokovic, ATP singles ranking [2014-2016]
114 weeks: Ashleigh Barty, WTA Singles Rankings [2019-2022]
113 weeks: Chris Evert, WTA Singles Rankings [1976-1978]
108 weeks: John McEnroe, ATP doubles ranking [1982-1984]
102 weeks: Pete Sampras, ATP singles ranking [1996-1998]
These are the only 16 players to have recorded 100 or more consecutive weeks at No. 1 in either ATP or WTA world ranking history, singles or doubles.
Only Federer has done this for 200 weeks or more.
The ATP rankings began in 1973 for singles and 1976 for doubles, while the WTA rankings began in 1975 for singles and 1984 for doubles. –Tennis.com