ATP historical timeline shows 44 amazing years

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Some highlights of the ATP calendar from 1972 to 2017
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2017

The inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals takes place in Milan, with Hyeon Chung coming out on top in the new and innovative 21-and-under event. The ATP World Tour achieves an all-time attendance record with more than 4.5 million fans attending on-site, including 253,642 at the Nitto ATP Finals.

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2016

The ATP announces the launch of the Next Gen ATP Finals, set to take place in Milan from November 2017 featuring players aged 21 and under.

2015

The ATP secures an enhanced partnership with Emirates that sees the award-winning airline become the tour’s premier partner through 2020.

2014

A Business Advisory Board, consisting of select global executives, and a Legends Advisory Board of former high profile players are both formed to assist with long-term planning.

2013

The ATP Heritage Program is launched to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings and the history of the ATP, culminating with a No. 1 celebration event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

2012

Roger Federer broke Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at No. 1 on July 16, one week after winning a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. He remains at No. 1 for 17 weeks (302 in career).

2011

Novak Djokovic caps one of the greatest-ever tennis seasons by finishing as the year-end world No. 1. The Serb wins a career-best 10 titles, including three Grand Slam trophies.

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2009

The ATP World Tour is unveiled with a simplified tour structure, featuring a new point scale for the Emirates ATP Rankings and tournament tiers of ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 events.

2008

Rafael Nadal becomes the first left-hander to finish at No. 1 since John McEnroe in 1984, in addition to becoming the first Spaniard in the history of the ATP Rankings to end the season as the world's top player.

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2006

Roger Federer finishes at No. 1 for the third straight year, highlighted by an ATP-best 12 titles, culminating in victory over James Blake in the final of Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

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2004

A new three-week Asian swing includes tournaments in Bangkok, Beijing and Tokyo.

2002

Lleyton Hewitt becomes only the fourth player to rank No. 1 for every week during the year and the seventh player to finish at No. 1 for at least two straight years in a year that sees him win the Wimbledon title.

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2001

The ATP Tour changes its name to ATP for 2001, and introduces a new logo and launches its website.

2000

Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten becomes the first South American to finish at No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973) in a year when he wins his second Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.

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1998

Pete Sampras of the US becomes the first player in ATP Rankings history to finish at No. 1 for six consecutive years.

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1997

The ATP Senior Tour of Champions is sanctioned.

1993

The ATP Tour extends its global reach, adding Arabian Gulf tournaments in Dubai and Doha, where Germany's Boris Becker plays.

1991

The first television package for men's tennis broadcasts 19 tournaments to a worldwide audience.

1990

All Top 50 players contractually agree to play the new ATP Tour in 1990. Sponsored by IBM, the ATP Tour era begins with an equal partnership between players and tournaments.

1988

The parking lot press conference at the US Open heralds the formation of the ATP Tour.

1973

The ATP Rankings are introduced on August 23 with Romania's Ilie Nastase debuting at No. 1.

1972

The ATP's first Executive Director, Jack Kramer, is a leading force in establishing the organization.


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