It was a record-breaking year for Carlos Alcaraz as the teenager surged to the top of the ATP Rankings and became the youngest-ever year-end No 1, but a few players also notched up some milestones in the 2022 ATP year-end rankings.
The 2022 season-ending ATP Rankings has finally been ratified following the conclusion of the ATP Challenger Tour and it is a Spain 1-2 at the top with Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal sitting pretty at the top.
Alcaraz, who started the year at No 32, finishes as world No 1 on the back of winning his maiden Grand Slam, the US Open, as well as two ATP Masters 1000 events and two ATP 500 tournaments. The Spaniard won the joint-most titles (5) along with Novak Djokovic this year.
ATP Rankings Top 20
1. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,820 points
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 6,020
3. Casper Ruud Norway 5,820
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,550
5. Novak Djokovic Serbia 4,820
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 4,195
7. Daniil Medvedev – 4,065
8. Andrey Rublev – 3,930
9. Taylor Fritz United States 3,355
10. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 2,905
11. Holger Rune Denmark 2,888
12. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,700
13. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,495
14. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,445
15. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,410
16. Matteo Berrettini Italy 2,375
17. Marin Cilic Croatia 2,105
18. Denis Shapovalov Canada 2,075
19. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,000
20. Karen Khachanov – 1,990
2022 ATP year-end rankings facts and figures
Alcaraz is the first player outside the Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to finish the year at No 1 since Andy Roddick in 2003.Three players were ranked No 1 in 2022 as Djokovic and Medvedev also hit the top spot. Djokovic led the way with 20 weeks, Medvedev spent a total of 16 weeks at the top and Alcaraz will also spend 16 weeks at the top until December 31.
Aged 19 years and 214 days on December 5 – the final day of the year that the rankings are updated – Alcaraz is the first teenager and youngest player to finish the year at No 1.At the other end of the age scale, the 36-year-old Nadal is the oldest world No 2. The tennis great won four titles this year, including the Australian Open and French Open to move to a record 22 Grand Slams.
It is the first time since 1996 that two players from the same country have finished No 1 and No 2 with Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang the last to achieve the feat.
Nadal finishes in the top 10 for an 18 consecutive year to draw level with Roger Federer.
Djokovic extended his record breaking run for total weeks at No 1 to 373 weeks and he finishes in the top 5 for the 15th time in his career. The Serbian won five titles despite playing only 11 tournaments.
Norwegian Casper Ruud achieved the best year-end ranking for a Scandinavian player since Stefan Edberg of Sweden finished at No 2 in 1992.
Taylor Fritz is the first American to finish in the top 10 since John Isner finished at No 10 in 2018. World No 41 Isner, meanwhile, is the oldest player to finish in the top 100 at 37.
Alexander Zverev finishes outside the top 10 for the first time since 2016.
Cameron Norrie (14) is one of four Britons to finish inside the top 50 with Dan Evans at No 27, Jack Draper at No 42 and Andy Murray at No 49. It is the first time that it has happened.
The United States lead the way with nine players (Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda, Maxime Cressey, Reilly Opelka, Isner, Brandon Nakashima, Jenson Brooksby) inside the top 50 – the most since 1996.
Australia have two players inside the top 25 for the first time since 2003 as Nick Kyrgios sits at No 22 and Alex de Minaur at No 24.
Biggest movers in the 2022 ATP Rankings
471 – Ben Shelton started the year at No 568 in 2021 and finished 2022 at No 97 (most in year-end top 100)
217 – Jack Draper started the year at No 259 and finished 2022 at No 42 (most in year-end top 50)
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