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    14 November 2019
    NADAL CLINCHES YEAR-END NO. 1 ATP RANKING FOR FIFTH TIME


    LONDON — Rafael Nadal has clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for a fifth time, following today’s results at the Nitto ATP Finals. The Spanish star’s position at the summit of the year-end ATP Rankings was confirmed following Novak Djokovic’s defeat to Roger Federer at The O2 on Thursday evening.


    Nadal, who replaced Novak Djokovic at World No. 1 on 4 November, has enjoyed a stellar season, capturing four titles — including two Grand Slams and two ATP Masters 1000s. At 33, Nadal is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973).

    Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017, Nadal is the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on four occasions. The Mallorcan is also the first player to finish No. 1 five times in non-consecutive years. The 11-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2019) is also a record.

    Nadal is the fifth player to finish the year at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis on five or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors (5), Roger Federer (5) and Novak Djokovic (5). This is the 16th straight season that the year-end World No. 1 ranking has been held by a member of the ‘Big Four’ — Federer (2004-07, ’09), Nadal (2008, ’10, ’13, ’17, ‘19), Djokovic (2011-12, ’14-15, ‘18) or Murray (2016).

    Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "Rafa has had another incredible season and fully deserves this accolade for a remarkable fifth time in his career. Since the inception of the ATP Rankings in 1973, only 17 players can lay claim to finishing year-end No.1 - it’s unquestionably one of the toughest achievements in all sport. On behalf of ATP, many congratulations to Rafa and his team."

    The Spanish superstar, who ended the 2018 season early, has returned in 2019 playing some of the best tennis of his career. In compiling a 52-7 match record, Nadal has captured four trophies this season, including a historic 12th title at Roland Garros (d. Thiem) in June and a fourth at the US Open (d. Medvedev) in September. He won a ninth Internazionali BNL d’Italia crown (d. Djokovic) in Rome in May and a record-extending 35th ATP Masters 1000 trophy in August at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. He also reached the Australian Open final (l. to Djokovic) in January and has now contested three Grand Slam finals in a calendar year on four occasions (also 2010-11, 2017).

    This week, Nadal is aiming to clinch his first title at the Nitto ATP Finals, which he has qualified for a record 15 straight occasions (nine appearances) since 2005. Nadal will be presented with the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy at The O2 this week.

    It is the ninth time in the past 19 years that year-end No. 1 has been decided at the final tournament of the season — 2000 (Gustavo Kuerten), 2001-02 (Lleyton Hewitt), 2003 (Andy Roddick), 2009 (Federer), 2013 (Nadal), 2014 (Djokovic) and 2016 (Andy Murray).

    ATP TOUR YEAR-END NO. 1

    Year Player
    2019 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    2018 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
    2017 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    2016 Andy Murray (Great Britain)
    2015 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
    2014 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
    2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    2012 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
    2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
    2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
    2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    2007 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
    2006 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
    2005 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
    2004 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
    2003 Andy Roddick (U.S.)
    2002 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
    2001 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
    2000 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
    1999 Andre Agassi (U.S.)
    1998 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1997 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1996 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1995 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1994 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1993 Pete Sampras (U.S.)
    1992 Jim Courier (U.S.)
    1991 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
    1990 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
    1989 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
    1988 Mats Wilander (Sweden)
    1987 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
    1986 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
    1985 Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
    1984 John McEnroe (U.S.)
    1983 John McEnroe (U.S.)
    1982 John McEnroe (U.S.)
    1981 John McEnroe (U.S.)
    1980 Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
    1979 Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
    1978 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
    1977 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
    1976 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
    1975 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
    1974 Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
    1973 Ilie Nastase (Romania)

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    About The ATP
    The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non-ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

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    November 5, 2019
    WTA RELEASES 2019 YEAR-END RANKINGS

    The WTA (Women's Tennis Association) has released the 2019 Year-End Rankings, highlighted by World No.1 singles player Ashleigh Barty and doubles No.1 Barbora Strycova. The 2019 WTA season saw the best of women's tennis compete at 56 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries and regions for a record $179 million in prize money.



    Barty sits atop the 2019 WTA Year-End Rankings for the first time in her career following a standout season, capturing her first Premier Mandatory crown at the Miami Open presented by Itaú and her maiden Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. She clinched two more titles this season, at the Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham) and most recently at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen to end the season with a Tour-leading 56 match wins.

    Czech Republic's Strycova ends the season as the World No.1 in doubles for her first time after claiming four WTA doubles titles this year, including her career first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in addition to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Mutua Madrid Open and Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham) with her partner Hsieh Su-Wei. To finish the season, the pair reached the championship match at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen.

    In addition to Barty and Strycova's success this season, other notable movements took place in the latest rankings update. Click here for highlights of the biggest movers within the year-end rankings and here for the official 2019 WTA Year-End Rankings.

    In the latest episode of the WTA Insider Podcast, hear from World No.1 Barty as she discusses her secrets to success and looks ahead to the 2020 WTA season.


    Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $179 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 54 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
    It is a little surprising to me to think about this being Styrcova's first grand slam since she is such a talented doubles player. I wold have thought that she and some partner would have snared a title somewhere along the way, but I guess before this year she never quite got the chemistry right and probably also had a bit of bad luck.

    And I love the photo of Barty - she never tries to go "over the top" with her look, which I find a bit refreshing in some ways.
    Last edited by Jeff in TX; 11-15-2019 at 12:06 AM. Reason: additional comment
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    Jeff I take it you haven't come across any of the "fans" who whine about her not "looking" like she should be WTA #1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    And I love the photo of Barty - she never tries to go "over the top" with her look, which I find a bit refreshing in some ways.
    The photo is so cute!


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    Re: Talk about Rankings (TAR :))

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Jeff I take it you haven't come across any of the "fans" who whine about her not "looking" like she should be WTA #1?
    Whatever the hell that means...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Jeff I take it you haven't come across any of the "fans" who whine about her not "looking" like she should be WTA #1?
    I have heard various rumblings - I just like it that she marches to the beat of her own drummer. In that sense, she's kind of like Mattek-Sands. While I'm generally not a overall fan of Bethanie's style choices, I give her kudos for her independence and confidence in her own style, which I appreciate greatly.
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    Interesting that ATP top ten is already almost set despite four matches still to go. The only exception is Thiem who can still overtake Medvedev for #4 if he makes the final.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    Whatever the hell that means...
    I think it means people are the worst. Cause WTH?!?

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    Here are the top 10 oldest and youngest players in the year end WTA top 300

    Oldest

    53 Venus Williams (39.4)
    10 Serena Williams (38.1)
    96 Samantha Stosur (35.6)
    157 Vera Zvonareva (35.1)
    298 Lucie Hradecka (34.4)
    102 Kaia Kanepi (34.4)
    54 Svetlana Kuznetsova (34.3)
    144 Mandy Minella (33.9)
    94 Kirsten Flipkens (33.8)
    65 Shuai Peng (33.8)

    Youngest

    69 Cori Gauff (15.6)
    274 Daria Lopatetska (16.5)
    265 Clara Tauson (16.8)
    213 Leyla Fernandez (17.1)
    152 Marta Kostyuk (17.3)
    128 Whitney Osuigwe (17.5)
    184 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (17.8)
    117 Catherine McNally (17.9)
    217 Maja Chwalinska (18)
    279 Hailey Baptiste (18)
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    Re: Talk about Rankings (TAR :))

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Here are the top 10 oldest and youngest players in the year end WTA top 300

    Oldest

    53 Venus Williams (39.4)
    10 Serena Williams (38.1)
    96 Samantha Stosur (35.6)
    157 Vera Zvonareva (35.1)
    298 Lucie Hradecka (34.4)
    102 Kaia Kanepi (34.4)
    54 Svetlana Kuznetsova (34.3)
    144 Mandy Minella (33.9)
    94 Kirsten Flipkens (33.8)
    65 Shuai Peng (33.8)

    Youngest

    69 Cori Gauff (15.6)
    274 Daria Lopatetska (16.5)
    265 Clara Tauson (16.8)
    213 Leyla Fernandez (17.1)
    152 Marta Kostyuk (17.3)
    128 Whitney Osuigwe (17.5)
    184 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (17.8)
    117 Catherine McNally (17.9)
    217 Maja Chwalinska (18)
    279 Hailey Baptiste (18)
    Wow... I remember talking with Flipkens when she was playing a junior tournament (the US Open was on TV there, and I said to her "You'll be there in a few years" - she said "Me? No, I'm not good enough for that" - but she made it into the top 15 at one point and got to the Semis at Wimbledon a few years ago).
    Just seeing her listed as one of the oldest current players makes me appreciate how quickly time goes by - it seems like just last year I had that conversation with her at the junior tourney.

    And I look at some of the youngest players in the list and see several that I've watched very recently as juniors now in the beginnings of their graduation to the pro level.

    It all makes me happy and sad at the same time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce* View Post
    Wow... I remember talking with Flipkens when she was playing a junior tournament (the US Open was on TV there, and I said to her "You'll be there in a few years" - she said "Me? No, I'm not good enough for that" - but she made it into the top 15 at one point and got to the Semis at Wimbledon a few years ago).
    Just seeing her listed as one of the oldest current players makes me appreciate how quickly time goes by - it seems like just last year I had that conversation with her at the junior tourney.

    And I look at some of the youngest players in the list and see several that I've watched very recently as juniors now in the beginnings of their graduation to the pro level.

    It all makes me happy and sad at the same time...
    Flipkens got to the semis at Wimbledon? Singles? She's a solid player. Fun to watch. I love this perspective - that she didn't think she had what it takes to make it as a pro. I wonder what made the difference. Just a lot of training, or somehow she gained belief? Both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    This is hilarious. Am I delusional or does the second column list "current ranking"? If so, was this like a 5 years into the future predictions? It couldn't have been more recent, right? Like not in 2017 predicting the next season or anything. Because to say Jerzy hasn't been anywhere near top 30 in recent years is an understatement. And I'd think this was an Australian TV listing including Bernie in there. Pretty sure 2017 was when he was fined because he was "bored" playing Wimbledon.

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    It's not too bad, honestly.

    Murray would be right about there if not for the major injury.

    Djokovic is under-ranked there, but obviously still top 10.

    Dimitrov right about then did end up winning a YEC at the end of 2017.

    Nishikori isn't a bad pick.

    Jack sock ended 2017 at rank 8.

    Gulbis and Tomic are the obvious head scratchers since they clearly would never pull things together.
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    Just as I did for WTA here is an analogous list for ATP. No less interesting to consider.

    Oldest

    95 Ivo Karlovic (40.7)
    3 Roger Federer (38.2)
    62 Feliciano Lopez (38.1)
    120 Paolo Lorenzi (37.9)
    197 Nicolas Mahut (37.8)
    207 Tommy Robredo (37.5)
    143 Guillermo Garcia Lopez (36.4)
    79 Philipp Kohlschreiber (36)
    49 Fernando Verdasco (36)
    204 Malek Jaziri (35.8)


    Youngest

    78 Jannik Sinner (18.2)
    165 Rudolf Molleker (19)
    267 Jenson Brooksby(19)
    255 Hugo Gaston (19.1)
    21 Felix Auger Alliassime (19.2)
    250 Sebastian Korda (19.3)
    211 Nicola Kuhn (19.6)
    215 Thiago Seyboth Wild (19.6)
    59 Miomir Kecmanovic (20.2)
    97 Alexei Popyrin (20.2)
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