Today afternoon in London, Rafael Nadal was honoured as year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 for the fourth time in his career.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, presented Rafa with the trophy in an on-court ceremony.
It’s been a fantastic season, a very emotional one after what I’ve been going through with injuries. I never thought I’d be getting this trophy this time last year.
None of this would have been possible without my team and family. Many thanks for the support. There have been tough moments but we kept believing.
I want to say thanks all of the tournaments over the year and all of the fans.
You have been a huge support during the whole year in every event. Without all of you nothing would be the same.
Thanks very much and see you tomorrow on court!
At 31, Rafa is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in Emirates ATP Rankings history (since 1973). Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010 and 2013, our champ became the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on three occasions.
He is also the first player to finish No. 1 four times in non-consecutive years, the first aged over-30 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat (2013). The nine-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2017) is also a record.
He is the seventh player to finish the year at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5), Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic (4).
Source: ATP World Tour