“This is a quite phenomenal achievement,” said Ottmar Barbian, executive vice-president of HEAD’s racquet sports division, “and all of us who have been involved with the Djokovic/Head collaboration are honoured to have been part of it and witnessed this pinnacle of sporting achievement”.
“The rankings are based on results over 52 weeks, so they testify to consistency. To get to number one at all is a mighty achievement – to stay there for an aggregate of more than seven years in such a competitive era is mind-blowing! We congratulate Novak Djokovic and salute the engineers who have worked on Novak’s racquets over the past 14 years.”
The 378-week mark is the latest in a breathtaking list of Djokovic’s achievements. He is one of just two men to win all four major singles titles at least twice, he is the only man to win all nine Masters-1000 titles, he is the only man to have finished the year as world number one seven times, and he has a Davis Cup winner’s medal from 2010.
Djokovic would probably have reached the 378-week milestone somewhat earlier if he had been allowed to play all the Grand Slam and Masters-1000 tournaments in 2022. But with much fewer ranking points to defend in 2023, it increases the likelihood that he will extend his record number of weeks still further, with a good chance that he will become the first player – man or woman – to spend 400 weeks at number one, possibly as early as the end of July.