jukka1970

02-23-2009, 10:30 PM

Hi all. I wanted to change up the fun facts a bit, as the others have been in relations to Nadal and Federer. First a few important notes.

1. The rankings didn't start until 1973

2. For the rankings from Jun 1984 onward there is sufficient data every posting.

3. Because of number 2, for the years 1982 and 1983 I checked the top 50 listed in January to see where they eventually landed.

4. Finally because of number 2, in Dec 1980 I checked the top 100.

I stopped there, because of lack of data for positions changing, and because it seemed to be a good year that at least gave people more then 5 years to make the cut. Therefore there will be big names missing such as Laver, Rosewall, etc. Nastase is there because in 1980 he was still in the top 100, and therefore got looked up.

1. Unbelievably within all this data only 76 people have been ranked within the top 5 at some point in their career.

2. 23 players have held the number 1 position, 9 have held the number 2 position, 10 have held the number 3 position, 22 have held the number 4 position, and 12 have held the number 5 position. (meaning the highest rank achieved) And oddly enough more have held the number 1 position then any of the other 4 positions as highest rank.

3. Of the Number 1 players Bjorn Borg leads the win % at 82.60 (730 games), while Marat Safin is at the lowest win % at 62.21% (651 games).

For the Number 2 players, Guillermo Vilas leads with 76.47% (1,207 games), while Magnus Norman is at the lowest at 57.96% (421 games)

For the Number 3 players, Novak Djokovic leads with 72.9% (262 games), while Ivan Ljubicic is at the lowest at 59.79% (577 games)

For the Number 4 players, Andy Murray leads with 71.79% (234 games), while Jonas Bjorkman is at the bottom with 53.35% (776 games)

and Finally for the Number 5 players, Eddie Dibbs leads with 69.86% (836 games), while Rainer Schuettler is at the bottom with 51.47% (577 games)

4. Of all the players, the top 5 amount of games played professionally are the following

Jimmy Connors (1518)

Ivan Lendl (1310)

Guillermo Vilas (1207)

Andre Agassi (1144)

Stefan Edberg (1076) just edging out John McEnroe (1073)

Remember that big names are missing because of when the rankings started, as I'm sure Laver and other names would be somewhere in these groups if they had been born later then they were.

Jukka

1. The rankings didn't start until 1973

2. For the rankings from Jun 1984 onward there is sufficient data every posting.

3. Because of number 2, for the years 1982 and 1983 I checked the top 50 listed in January to see where they eventually landed.

4. Finally because of number 2, in Dec 1980 I checked the top 100.

I stopped there, because of lack of data for positions changing, and because it seemed to be a good year that at least gave people more then 5 years to make the cut. Therefore there will be big names missing such as Laver, Rosewall, etc. Nastase is there because in 1980 he was still in the top 100, and therefore got looked up.

1. Unbelievably within all this data only 76 people have been ranked within the top 5 at some point in their career.

2. 23 players have held the number 1 position, 9 have held the number 2 position, 10 have held the number 3 position, 22 have held the number 4 position, and 12 have held the number 5 position. (meaning the highest rank achieved) And oddly enough more have held the number 1 position then any of the other 4 positions as highest rank.

3. Of the Number 1 players Bjorn Borg leads the win % at 82.60 (730 games), while Marat Safin is at the lowest win % at 62.21% (651 games).

For the Number 2 players, Guillermo Vilas leads with 76.47% (1,207 games), while Magnus Norman is at the lowest at 57.96% (421 games)

For the Number 3 players, Novak Djokovic leads with 72.9% (262 games), while Ivan Ljubicic is at the lowest at 59.79% (577 games)

For the Number 4 players, Andy Murray leads with 71.79% (234 games), while Jonas Bjorkman is at the bottom with 53.35% (776 games)

and Finally for the Number 5 players, Eddie Dibbs leads with 69.86% (836 games), while Rainer Schuettler is at the bottom with 51.47% (577 games)

4. Of all the players, the top 5 amount of games played professionally are the following

Jimmy Connors (1518)

Ivan Lendl (1310)

Guillermo Vilas (1207)

Andre Agassi (1144)

Stefan Edberg (1076) just edging out John McEnroe (1073)

Remember that big names are missing because of when the rankings started, as I'm sure Laver and other names would be somewhere in these groups if they had been born later then they were.

Jukka