Djokovic Passes Connors For 269th Week At No. 1 In ATP Rankings

Novak Djokovic has today started his 269th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and passed Jimmy Connors (268 weeks) for fourth place in the all-time list of most weeks in top spot.

The Serbian, who began his fourth stint at the summit of men’s professional tennis on 5 November 2018, is now two weeks away from breaking Czech-born American Ivan Lendl's mark of 270 weeks. Then, only American Pete Sampras (268 weeks) and record-holder Roger Federer of Switzerland (310 weeks) will be in Djokovic’s sights.

Connors spent a total of eight stints in top spot, with his longest run of 160 consecutive weeks between 29 July 1974 – when he first rose to No. 1 – and 22 August 1977. Djokovic spent 122 straight weeks at the summit in his second period at No. 1 from 7 July 2014 to 6 November 2016. During that time, Djokovic amassed a 167-17 match record, including 21 titles from 26 tour-level finals.

In his current stint at No. 1, totalling 46 weeks, 32-year-old Djokovic has compiled a 46-9 match record, including title runs at 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon.

While passing Lendl's weeks at No. 1 tally is imminent, Djokovic will focus on battling Rafael Nadal to finish as the 2019 year-end No. 1 for a record-equalling sixth time (2011-12, ’14-15, ’18). Nadal currently leads Djokovic by 1,960 points in the 2019 ATP Race To London with less than two months to go until the end of the regular ATP Tour season.

ALL-TIME WEEKS AT NO. 1

No. 1 Player Total Weeks Longest Streak 1) Roger Federer 310 237 weeks 2) Pete Sampras 286 102 weeks 3) Ivan Lendl 270 157 weeks 4) Novak Djokovic 269 122 weeks 5) Jimmy Connors

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ATP Cup Groups Announced

The 19 countries already qualified for the inaugural ATP Cup were each assigned to one of six groups and host cities — Brisbane, Perth or Sydney — on Monday, following the official tournament draw at the Sydney Opera House. Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt took part in the ceremony for the 3-12 January 2020 event, which will provide a spectacular launch of the 2020 ATP Tour season.

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Top seed Serbia, led by current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, will play at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane. Second seed Spain will headline the field in Perth, where World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will compete for the first time in his career.

Third seed Switzerland, spearheaded by World No. 3 Roger Federer, will play its group stage matches in Sydney at Ken Rosewall Arena, which is undergoing an AU$50 million redevelopment in preparation for the tournament. Great Britain, who qualified by virtue of Andy Murray’s Protected Ranking of 2, will play in Sydney, while host wild card Australia features in Brisbane.

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The ATP Cup Groups

Brisbane

Perth

Sydney

Group A

Group F

Group B

Group D

Group C

Group E

Serbia

Germany

Spain

Russia

Switzerland

Austria

France

Greece

Japan

Italy

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Kovalik Returns To Winners' Circle In Front Of 3,000 In Szczecin

A LOOK BACK
Pekao Szczecin Open (Szczecin, Poland): It was exactly one year ago that Jozef Kovalik was forced to the sidelines with a debilitating wrist injury. The Slovakian was soaring inside the Top 100, just off his career-high position of No. 80 in the ATP Rankings. But he was unable to stay healthy through the remainder of the 2018 season.

Flash forward to Sunday and you can imagine why victory was so sweet for Kovalik. The 26-year-old reigned at the prestigious Pekao Szczecin Open - winner of 2016 Challenger Tournament of the Year - with a 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 triumph over defending champion Guido Andreozzi.

Kovalik rallied from a set down on two occasions during the week, having also saved three match points in defeating Lorenzo Giustino on Wednesday. On Sunday, with nearly 3,000 spectators watching, he needed two hours and 44 minutes to raise his arms in celebration. As always, the passionate crowds were out in force in Szczecin, which welcomed players and fans for the 27th time.

"I'm just so happy," said Kovalik. "All the emotions will come later. The match in the end was so tough. I'm just enjoying the moment and the people who came here."

It was the fourth Challenger trophy for Kovalik and first in over a year. Having fallen to No. 346 in the ATP Rankings, he will enjoy a much-needed boost after his victory on Sunday, soaring 140 spots. The Slovakian will immediately look to carry the momentum when he travels to the ATP 250 stop in St. Petersburg next week. He opens against Joao Sousa with a potential second-round clash against Karen Khachanov.

"I am just so happy. The emotions will come later."

Jozef Kovalik on his return to the winners' circle at @PekaoSznOpen... pic.twitter.com/tZ6sqxaFDt

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Srpska Open (Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina): Tallon Griekspoor is making a statement in 2019 and he's putting the rest of the ATP Challenger Tour on notice. Less than two months after reaching his second final in Tampere and earning a dominant Top 100 win over Steve Johnson in Vancouver, the Dutchman raised the trophy on the clay of Banja Luka.

Griekspoor was battle-tested all week, earning a trio of deciding-set victories before ousting Sumit Nagal 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's championship. It was his second Challenger title, moving him to a career-high No. 161 i

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Kwon Pushes South Korea Past China In Davis Cup Action

Soonwoo Kwon placed South Korea in the 2020 Davis Cup qualifying on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Yan Bai of China. South Korea led 2-0 before Sunday, and China's Mao-Xin Gong/Ze Zhang edged Ji Sung Nam/Min-Kyu Song 7-6(6), 7-6(5) to put China on the scoreboard and extend the tie.

But Kwon, No. 81 in the ATP Rankings, won his second singles match of the tie to help Korea advance. Czech Republic finished off Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-2, led by US Open juniors boys' champion, 18-year-old Jonas Forejtek, who won the deciding match 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-1 against Tomislav Brkic.

Ecuador routed Venezuela 4-0; and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, No. 44 in the ATP Rankings, won all three of the matches he played in to propel his country to a 3-1 victory against the Dominican Republic.

The tie between Hungary and Ukraine, even at 2-2, was postponed because of darkness during its fifth and final match. Play is scheduled to resume on Monday in Budapest with Hungary's Attila Balazs leading Ukaine's Ilya Marchenko 6-4, 5-5.

Davis Cup Group I and Group II ties are promotion and relegation ties for 2020. Group I victors this week will filter into 2020 Davis Cup qualifiers in February. They do not affect the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, which already features 16 teams.

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Medvedev Returns To Action In St. Petersburg; All You Need To Know

Following a North American hard-court summer to remember, Daniil Medvedev returns to his home country at a career-high World No. 4 and will attempt to become the first Russian to win the St. Petersburg Open since Mikhail Youzhny 15 years ago. The 23-year-old Medvedev, who came up just short against Rafael Nadal in the US Open final, will be looking to reach a fifth straight final (Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open). 

Medvedev's countrymen, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, also return to Russia as strong contenders for the ATP 250 title. World No. 9 Khachanov is an ATP Masters 1000 champion, claiming the Rolex Paris Masters title in November. Rublev recorded big upsets in August, posting back-to-back wins over Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer in Cincinnati and knocking out Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open.

In addition to the Russian trio, the St. Petersburg field includes US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini, Borna Coric, Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych.

Here's all you need to know about the St. Petersburg tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more. 

Established: 1995

Tournament Dates: 16-22 September 2019

Tournament Director: Olesya Gankevich

Draw Ceremony: Sunday, 15 September at 1:00pm on-site

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: starts Sunday at 11:00am
* Main draw: Monday at 3:00pm, Tuesday – Saturday 1:00pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 22 September at 2:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 22 September at 4:30pm

How To Watch
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TV Schedule

Venue: Sibur Arena
Main Court Seating: 7,120
Surface: Indoor Hard

Prize Money: US $1,180,000 (Total Financial Commitment: US $1,248,665)  

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View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Thomas Johansson, Andy Murray, Marat Safin (2)
Most Titles, Doubles: Nenad Zimonjic (3)
Oldest Champion: Thomas Johansson, 30, in 2005
Youngest Champion

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Simon, Tsonga Go For Metz Titles Record; All You Need To Know

Starting with Arnaud Clement's triumph at the inaugural Moselle Open in 2003, Frenchmen have combined to win 10 of the 16 editions of Metz's ATP 250 tennis tournament. The French contingent will look to continue the tradition of success in 2019, led by three-time singles champions Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Simon and Tsonga will be joined in the field by 2016 winner Lucas Pouille, Benoit Paire, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Richard Gasquet, Jeremy Chardy and Ugo Humbert. Two other former champions — David Goffin (2014), Peter Gojowczyk (2017) — and Nikoloz Basilashvili also feature. 

Here's all you need to know about the Metz tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more. 

Established: 2003

Tournament Dates: 16-22 September 2019

Tournament Director: Julien Boutter

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 14 September

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Sunday and Monday
* Main draw: Monday at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Tuesday at 11:30am and 6:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00pm and 6:00pm, Friday at 1:45pm and 6:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 22 September at 1:30pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 22 September not before 3:30pm

How To Watch
Watch Live On Tennis TV 
TV Schedule

Venue: Les Arènes de Metz
Main Court Seating: 5,000
Surface: Indoor Hard 

Prize Money: € 524,340 (Total Financial Commitment: € 586,140)  

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View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3)
Most Titles, Doubles: Nicolas Mahut, Edouard Roger-Vasselin (4)
Oldest Champion: Gilles Simon, 33, in 2018
Youngest Champion: Novak Djokovic, 19, in 2006
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 185 Jerome Haehnel in 2004
Most Match Wins: Gilles Simon (20)

2018 Finals
Singles: Gilles Simon (FRA) d [Q] Matthias Bachinger (GER) 76(2) 61   Read & Watch
Doubles

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