Djokovic equals Pete Sampras’s record in tennis

Novak Djokovic Wants Australian Open To Go Ahead "For The Sake Of Tennis"

World’s topmost tennis star Novak Djokovic has become the only second player in tennis history to win the Year-End No. 1 trophy six times after legendary Pete Sampras, an American by birth. Belgrade-born Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals with the top ranking for 295 weeks and has finished as the year-end No. 1 an Open Era record six times. The 33 years old Djokovic has achieved the distinction and was given the ATP Tour Number One trophy for finishing as the year-end number one. With this, Djokovic has become only the second player in tennis history to do it six times. Before this, Djokovic had finished as world number one in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Among past players, only Pete Sampras has managed to finish six years on top of the rankings which he did between 1993 and 1998. Djokovic said on Monday he hopes the Australian Open goes ahead “for the sake of tennis” regretting the sport faces a challenging time as it gears up for the 2021 season. The world number one is playing in the ATP Finals in London at the end of a coronavirus-truncated season but the new campaign is due to start in just seven weeks’ time. Tennis Australia earlier Monday flagged plans to move numerous Australian Open warm-up events to the state of Victoria but received a blunt warning from the state premier that he would scupper any event that risked reigniting Melbourne’s Covid-19 crisis. Incidentally, Sampras, born in Maryland, USA, 49 years ago, had won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career before hanging his boot. These include seven Wimbledon, two Australian Opens and a joint Open Era record five US Open titles. He won 64 singles titles in total. edited by  PK Chakravarty. pic courtesy: AFP

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