Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, and John McEnroe were just some of the fourteen ATP’s year-end No. 1s who gathered together in New York to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ATP’s computerized rankings. Launched in February 2013, sixteen different men have ended the year at No. 1, starting with Ilie Nastase in 1973 and ending with the current No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has held the year-end No. 1 ranking for two straight years.
Here’s a snapshot of the first rankings printout, courtesy of ATP stats-czar Greg Sharko:
The men shared some laughs on stage and enjoyed their walk down memory lane, but it was Roddick, who now serves as a panelist for Fox Sports 1, who stole the show with the line of the night:
Roddick: 'It's an honor to be the worst player in tho room and I mean it.'—
Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) August 24, 2013
The 2003 U.S. Open champion, who ended that year at No. 1, also spent the evening doing an interview with Roger Federer, which will air next week on Fox Sports 1. He’s also set to interview Serena Williams at Arthur Ashe Kids day.
Welcome to the other side of the podium, Andy!
More highlights and photos from the event, which was held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday night, after the jump:
Year-End ATP No. 1s: 14 of the 16 ATP year-end No. 1s were present for the celebration. Back: Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, and Lleyton Hewitt; Front: Stefan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Jim Courier. The only two missing: Andre Agassi (1999) and Pete Sampras (1993-98). (D. Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic (2011-12) and Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010): The Current ATP No. 1 and the man who is in prime position to oust him by the end of the year. (D. Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Stefan Edberg (1990-91) , Mats Wilander (1988), and Ivan Lendl (1985-87, 1989): That’s 21 major titles just chatting away. (D. Dipasupil/Getty Images)
John McEnroe (1981-1984), Bjorn Borg (1979-80), Jimmy Connors (1974-78): The men who reigned for 10 years. Oh the stories they could tell. (D. Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer (2004-07, 2009): Federer, the man who spent an Open Era record 302 weeks at No. 1, and the two men who took turns supplanting him. (D. Dipasupil/Getty Images)