LONDON, Feb. 27 (BNA): Novak Djokovic broke the record for the most time spent at N0.1 in the professional tennis rankings by a man or woman, as he started his 378th week as the ATP number one on Monday, passing Stevie Graf. 377 leading the WTA.
He has already held the men’s mark, surpassing Roger Federer’s old ATP record of 310 weeks in March 2021, according to the Associated Press.
Following Djokovic and Graf on the all-time first-weeks list is Martina Navratilova with 332 and Serena Williams with 319, followed by Federer. Computerized classification began in the 1970s.
Djokovic finished atop the ATP seven years, a men’s record. The 35-year-old Serbian returned to No. 1 this time by winning the Australian Open in January, jumping up from fifth to overtake Carlos Alkers.
The title was Djokovic’s 22nd Grand Slam title, tying Rafael Nadal for the most by a man in tennis history. Djokovic is 12-0 so far in 2023, heading into this week’s tournament in Dubai.