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Wimbledon champions who never reached No. 1.

Posted by tennisplanet on July 6, 2010

Singles champions never World No. 1

  • According to Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail and the computer rankings of the Women’s Tennis Association, only seven women have won the Wimbledon singles title since 1921 but never reached the World No. 1 ranking. (Since Wimbledon’s “Open Era” (1968), only four of the 16 winners haven’t reached WTA World No. 1.) These are, in chronological order: Kathleen McKane Godfree, Cilly Aussem, Karen Hantze Susman, Ann Haydon Jones, Virginia Wade, Conchita Martínez, and Jana Novotná.
  • The men fared differently. Although the men ranked World No. 1 have been dominant in Wimbledon (11 out of the 19 winners), the Open Era features a mixed fortune of champions. Three champions reached a career high of World No. 2, Arthur Ashe, Goran Ivanišević, and Michael Stich. Richard Krajicek and Pat Cash, who both reached a career high of World No. 4, have also won the singles championship. One singles champion, Jan Kodeš, reached a career high of only World No. 5 (the lowest career-rank of a winner of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles); he won in 1973 when many high-ranking players were absent.

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