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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tennis Trivia - ATP Records and Achievements

Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Trivia

With Rafael Nadal just winning the French open in a blow-out 3 set win against Rod Soderling, he is once again poised to take the #1 Spot as top tennis player in the world, when the ATP rankings are recalculated this monday.

With this change, Roger Federer moves further away from beating another record by Pete Sampras, longest time as Number #1. Sampras record is 286 weeks, Roger is now at 284, which is 3 weeks shy from beating the record. Now who knows if it will even happen, after Rafa's win in Roland Garros.

I'm not sure if Tennis is still popular today, probably not as popular as the little competition going on now between Boston and L.A. (wohoo Celtics!), but nonetheless some people might be interested in ATP Tennis trivia:

  • As mentioned, Pete Sampras holds the record for longest time as World #1, at 286 weeks. Steffi Graf was World #1 in the women's division for 377 weeks.
  • The shortest period as World #1 was held by Patrick Rafter, who only had it for 1 week
  • Roger Federer, just beat Sampras other record last year, for most grand slam titles won, at 16 titles (and counting)
  • Most ATP singles titles won: Roger has 62, and will likely reach Sampras' score of 64....but both of them are far off from the record of 109 titles won, by Jimmy Connors.
  • Ivan Lendl and Marcelo Rios have the distinction of reaching the number 1 spot before having won any Grand Slam title (that's a lot of work!)
  • The youngest player to reach the #1 spot was Lleyton Hewitt, who got it at 20 years old. 
  • On the flip side, the oldest to hit World #1 was Andre Agassi, who became number 1 when he was 33 years old.
  • Only 2 Players have won all the 4 major Grand slams (Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, and Australian Open) plus the Olympics gold medal in their ATP career: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who are now married to each other :) 
  • The most consecutive wins of each Grand Slam tournament:
    • Wimbledon: Bjorn Borg with 5 wins (Federer tied him in 2007)
    • French Open: Bjorn Borg with 4 wins (Nadal tied him in 2008)
    • US Open: Roger Federer with 5 wins
    • Australian Open: Roy Emerson with 5 wins
  • The Fastest Serve: Andy Roddick holds the record with a serve reaching 249 kph, which is similar to the speed of hurricane winds
  • Highest Earning ATP player: Roger Federer tops the list for most winnings of all time, with $48 million in ATP awards. Of course, this only counts career ATP earnings, not counting Advertisements. If we count that, Andre Agassi or Maria Sharapova might be number 1 : ) 

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