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Can you name the ATP and WTA #1 ranked players since 1973?
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Sep 16th, 2008 at 06:46 GMT
Please, a little more latitude over the spelling and hyphenation of some of the players. Arantia.....Sanchez.....Vicario?? On some of the games where the answer is say New York, you only need to get the New bit in there and it self populates. Excellent Quiz all the same. Willie
Oct 1st, 2008 at 13:20 GMT
Very tough quiz.always forget at least one of the women.
Oct 5th, 2008 at 18:05 GMT
Great quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!! Question for anyone,who is the only one, Man or Woman, not to win a Slam?
Oct 6th, 2008 at 18:09 GMT
Poor Jelena Jankovic is the answer. She's still young however, and her recent back-to-back titles on the indoor circuit (including a win over the very in-form Venus Williams) suggest that she's perhaps deserving of the position - if only for her consistency in comparison to the rest of the field.
Oct 7th, 2008 at 20:32 GMT
Sorry bujumbo,there are actually two.Jankovic and? Your right she should of won a slam by now but she does not have a very effective serve when compared to the Williams' Ivanovic's and Sharapova's.The rest of her game is great.Also she is not that tall...but that did not stop Henin,well it did at Wimbledon.Do you agree that there should be more Tennis on Sporcle? D
Oct 7th, 2008 at 20:47 GMT
Hey, yeah I was so enthused about scoring the right answer with Jankovic that I missed Marcelo Rios' name on the list. It's surprising to look back on the Sampras-Agassi era - one realizes that the pair weren't AS dominant as the tennis media makes them out to be. (Although I'm not trying to argue that they're any less deserving of greatness.) Rios hitting #1 without a Slam to his credit is surely a testament to that. As for Jankovic, I agree that her serve is less effective than the other "big babes", but she's probably the best defensive player to play the women's game since Kim Clijsters. Case in point: look at her very respectable records against the big-serving Williams sisters. It's clear that Serena and Venus are superior big-match players, however. Venus may be erratic for 90% of the season, but put the girl on a grass court and (provided she's healthy) she's practically unbeatable. And to answer your final question: I am absolutely all for more tennis on Sporcle. Can't wait until the Australian Open rolls around so that we can have that quiz to accompany Wimbledon and the US Open! (And actually, I think Miss Jankovic has a fairly decent shot at winning that one.)
Oct 8th, 2008 at 09:04 GMT
I'll put my money on Safina,she is playing so well but also playing to often.Good point about the defensive play of Jankovic.D
Oct 8th, 2008 at 16:47 GMT
agree on Jankovic,but here serve is good just not as fast as the others.Hope Roger gets back to no1 next year,I think he will What do you guys think?
Oct 11th, 2008 at 01:27 GMT
I hope so too! Although I think he should prioritize his head-to-head records against Nadal above all else (obviously, it stands to reason that the number one ranking could well follow on from that). He really has to go for that French Open (it's a shame he got knocked out by Guga in 2004, which is starting to look like his best opportunity for the title) and I'd love to see him regain Wimbledon - which is where he belongs, in my humble opinion. Of course, as a Brit I'm slightly biased here! His performance at the US Open will hopefully have restored his confidence and self-belief. It'll be interesting to see how he performs in Madrid next week, where Nadal's also entered into the draw. At this stage in his career, I don't think Federer needs to prove himself to anybody (least of all amateur admirers like myself), but it'd be nice to see the Nadal rivalry a little less one-sided from now on, don't you think? Of course, with Djokovic and Murray now in the mix (and others like Del Potro and Tsonga rising fast), who's to say that either of the two "veterans" will finish 09 as #1? Men's tennis is in quite a healthy place right now, whichever way one looks at it, I think.
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 16:47 GMT
Sanchez Vicario should at least be accepted as Sanchez-Vicario. that's weak.
Nov 25th, 2008 at 21:18 GMT
Update these weeks at #1. They have wildly changed, for Nadal, Jankovic, and Serena.
Nov 25th, 2008 at 21:19 GMT
Also SANCHEZ VICARIO or SANCHEZ-VICARIO should be the accepted name, and GOOLAGONG should be the accepted name. 100% for both of those.
Dec 17th, 2008 at 02:18 GMT
@Foghorn. It specifically says through August 18, 2008. Therefore, it's still correct.
Dec 22nd, 2008 at 02:43 GMT
Sanchez Vicario is her last name - both names, not just Vicario - which is what I had to enter for it to be accepted. And you should also accept Goolagong as that is how she was known.
Jan 30th, 2009 at 20:19 GMT
Please can we have an update for this quiz soon :)
Feb 11th, 2009 at 01:41 GMT
hahaha drhaase i agree. it was pretty hard remembering all of these....i just caught the end of the agassi-sampras era so remembering people like newcombe is always difficult for me....anyways yeah great quiz! i really hope fed returns to excellent form and beats nadal at one of the slams this year! and i hope sharapova (as arrogant as she can be, when she's healthy she's the most dominant in the game other than maybe serena or venus) recovers from her chronic shoulder problems! the womens game needs to revitalize and fast.
Feb 27th, 2009 at 17:20 GMT
well said Becca, Go Fedex.
Apr 4th, 2009 at 12:18 GMT
I had 28. Missed Becker, Davenport and Mauresmo! Is someone going to update this?
Apr 11th, 2009 at 12:45 GMT
By the end of the year, lets hope that you can get a point for 'Murray'.
May 4th, 2009 at 18:33 GMT
Couldve sworn I typed Sanchez Vicario, its not showing as hyphenated, I shouldnt have to type it hyphenated.
May 17th, 2009 at 18:45 GMT
thanks a lot for having updated it... didnt like to see nadal so low... today he will join nastase....
May 26th, 2009 at 00:41 GMT
Wow, I figured Venus had held the top spot for longer than 11 weeks.
Jun 28th, 2009 at 16:46 GMT
@ Nitram_Odarp: surprising isn't it? I read an article today though that outlined how much of a one tournament (Wimbledon) player she has become. It's been years since she reached a slam final outside of SW19 and getting to No. 1 is all about consistency. Bet you the likes if Safina and Jankovic will never win as many slams as Venus though...
Jul 6th, 2009 at 15:07 GMT
I look forward to Federer beating Sampras at weeks spent at number one. Wimbledon yesterday was incredible. Go Roger!
Aug 27th, 2009 at 04:16 GMT
women's tennis sucks
Sep 22nd, 2009 at 08:51 GMT
note to the creator: Evonne Goolagong is very hard to enter in, I tried Goolagong, Goolagong-Cawley, Goolagong Cawley, and finally it only accepts Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Sep 27th, 2009 at 07:10 GMT
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Oct 8th, 2009 at 12:48 GMT
Henin will be back.
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 17:13 GMT
Pat Rafter - the one week wonder! I never forget!
Oct 29th, 2009 at 09:32 GMT
Can't believe I forgot McEnroe and Arantxa. And I kept on adding "t"s and "r"s for Chris Evert, and even tried Lloyd. Boris Becker only was n.º 1 for 12 weeks?
Nov 20th, 2009 at 17:30 GMT
To answer SandDCassidy;'s question without looking at anyone else's answers, the answer is Marcello Rios.
Dec 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 GMT
Jan 8th, 2010 at 03:16 GMT
Why does "Goolagong" not work for Evonne Goolagong? I would say she is much better known as Goolagong than Cawley.
Jan 13th, 2010 at 17:32 GMT
you shouldn't need to spell out first names in any game on sporcle. This is lame.
Feb 28th, 2010 at 02:27 GMT
Should accept Goolagong.
Mar 7th, 2010 at 03:45 GMT
I wish my last name was Goolagong.
Aug 13th, 2010 at 09:04 GMT
An update would be appreciated =)
Sep 10th, 2010 at 17:43 GMT
Ferrero was #1? Man I suck at those small time #1s. Got 28....
Oct 1st, 2010 at 01:27 GMT
As soon as I saw the answers I knew who would be bottom of the "see the most missed" list!
Oct 9th, 2010 at 20:41 GMT
Get ready to add the Great Dane Caroline Wozniacki on Monday :)
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