| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/USTA

 

This week, Novak Djokovic became the first player to be the World No. 1 for 378 total weeks as the recent Australian Open champion moved in front of Germany’s Steffi Graff’s previous record of 377.

“Of course with your love and great strength that you have given me over the years, I’ve managed to achieve many fantastic achievements throughout my career," Djokovic said in a video posted to social media. "The most recent one [is] breaking the record [with] 378 weeks on No. 1 [in the] rankings, surpassing one of the greatest, most legendary tennis players — both men and women — that ever played, Steffi Graf. So I’m flattered, obviously extremely, extremely proud and happy for this achievement.”

Djokovic previously held the ATP record after passing Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks in March 2021, but now holds the record across the entirety of the sport.

His first week atop the world rankings came back on July 4, 2011 when he was just 24-years-old. Between July 7, 2014 and November 6, 2016, Djokovic was ranked No. 1 for 122 consecutive weeks.

Djokovic is in Dubai this week competing in the Dubai Duty Free Championships.