Association of Tennis Professionals

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Association of Tennis Professionals

Associayion formed in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players.add

Category: Tennis

Founded in 1972.

Countries: United States (13%), (13%), France (8%)

Main connections: Kei Nishikori, Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Haas

Linked to: International Tennis Federation, Women's Tennis Association, Women's Tennis Association, Davis Cup World Group

 

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1972

Started in 1972 by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and Cliff Drysdale, it was first managed by Jack Kramer, as Executive Director, and Cliff Drysdale, as President add something

 

The "'Association of Tennis Professionals"' was formed in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players add something


1973

Jack Kramer - However, he was dropped by the BBC in 1973 because of his role in the ATP boycott of Wimbledon that year, which saw 81 players, including defending champion, Stan Smith, stay away from the tournament


1974

From 1974 to 1989, the men's circuit was administered by a sub-committee called the "'Men's Tennis Council"' add something


1977

Guillermo Vilas - A left-handed baseliner, Vilas's best year on tour was 1977 when he won two of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments and 16 of the 31 Association of Tennis Professionals tournaments he entered


1978

John McEnroe - Later in 1978, he joined the ATP tour and signed his first professional endorsement deal, with Sergio Tacchini


1980

Geneva Open - The "' Geneva Open"' is a defunct Grand Prix and ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament that was held annually from 1980 to 1991 in Geneva, Switzerland on clay courts


1981

John McEnroe - He was named as the ATP player of the year in 1981, 1983 and 1984


1985

OTB Open - The "'OTB Open"' is a defunct WTA Tour, Grand Prix and ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1985 to 1994

 

Verizon Tennis Challenge - The "'Verizon Tennis Challenge"' is a defunct Grand Prix tennis circuit and Association of Tennis Professionals Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1985 to 2001


1986

ATP Athens Open - The "'ATP Athens Open"' is a defunct Grand Prix and ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament held annually in Athens in Greece from 1986 to 1994 and played on outdoor clay courts

 

John McEnroe - When he returned to the tour later in 1986, he won three ATP tournaments, but in 1987 he failed to win a title for the first time since turning pro


1987

Seoul Open - The "'Seoul Open"' is a defunct Grand Prix and ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1987 to 1996


1988

The lack of player representation culminated in a player mutiny in 1988 changing the entire structure of the tour add something

 

Andre Agassi - Both the Association of Tennis Professionals and "Tennis" magazine named Agassi the Most Improved Player of the Year for 1988

 

BP National Championships - The "'BP National Championships"' is a defunct Grand Prix and ATP Tour tennis tournament played from 1988 to 1995


1989

Sergi Bruguera - He finished 1989 ranked World No. 26, and was named the ATP's Newcomer of Year


1990

In 1990 the organization was called the "'ATP Tour"', which was renamed in 2001 as just "'ATP"' and the tour being called ATP Tour add something

 

Since 1990, the association has organized the worldwide tennis tour for men and linked the title of the tour with the organization's name add something

 

Madrid Open (tennis) - From 1990 through 2008, the tournament was classified as an ATP Masters Series event on the men's tour

 

Michael Chang - He remained in the top 10 of the ATP world rankings for several years in the 1990s, peaking at World No. 2 in September 1996

 

Volvo International - The International was originally part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit until the formation of the ATP Tour in 1990, when it became part of the Championship Series until its dissolution

 

Eurocard Open - The event was held annually in Stuttgart, Germany, and was played on indoor carpet from 1990 until 1995 during February maintaining Championship Series status on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour

 

BP National Championships - The tournament began as part of the "Regular Series" of the Grand Prix before joining the !World_Series (ATP_International_Series) of the ATP Tour when it was formed in 1990


1991

By 1991, the men had their first television package to broadcast 19 tournaments to the world add something

 

Copenhagen Open - It was re-introduced in 1991 as part of the ATP Tour and was halted again in 2003


1992

ECC Antwerp - The tournament was held as a special invitational/exhibition event run outside the Grand Prix series, and not earning any ATP ranking points until 1992, when the tournament became part of the ATP Tour


1993

Brad Drewett - He has previously served as an elected ATP Player Council representative and from 1993 until 1999, as an elected ATP Player Board Representative

 

GHI Bronx Tennis Classic - The event is held annually in Bronx, New York since 1993 and takes part on the "challenger series of the ATP Tour


1994

Michael Chang - Chang served as Chairman of ATP Tour Charities in 1994

 

Albert Costa - In 1994, he won two challenger series events and was named the ATP's Newcomer of the Year

 

Ostrava Open - The "'Czech Indoor"' is a defunct ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1994 to 1998

 

Luke Saville - "'Luke Saville"' is an Australian professional tennis player who as of 16 June 2014 is ranked World No. 237 by the Association of Tennis Professionals


1995

Coming on-line with their first website in 1995, was quickly followed by a multi-year agreement with Mercedes-Benz add something

 

Oleg Ogorodov - Ogorodov officially turned pro in 1995 and made his first singles appearance on the Association of Tennis Professionals challenger series tour in July

 

Oporto Open - The "'Oporto Open"' is a defunct ATP Tour affiliated tennis tournament played from 1995 to 1996

 

The Bryan brothers - The band has played at several special events, including the ATP Tour Smash Tennis event at New York's Central Park before the 1995 !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis))


1996

Tommy Haas - He has competed on the ATP Tour since 1996

 

Indian Wells Masters - In 1996, the championship became one of the few fully combined events on both the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association tours

 

Moscow Ladies Open - The tournament was incorporated into the ATP Kremlin Cup, making it a combined event for 1996


1997

Sergi Bruguera - Bruguera earned the ATP's Comeback Player of Year award in 1997 after returning from an ankle injury the previous year and improving his ranking from World No. 81 to World No. 8

 

Gustavo Kuerten - Following his unexpected victory in the 1997 French Open - which was not only his maiden ATP Tour victory but the first time he had even reached a professional ranking final - Kuerten had a difficult year and a half, adjusting to his sudden fame and the pressure of being expected to win

 

Zeljko Krajan - Krajan started his pro career at the ATP Tour in 1997


1998

China Open (tennis) - In 1998, the tournament was dropped from the ATP tour calendar, but was reinstated in 2004, the same year as the WTA Tour women's singles and doubles events, previously held in Shanghai, were moved to Beijing

 

Lleyton Hewitt - Instead, he became one of the youngest winners of an Association of Tennis Professionals tournament when, as an almost unknown youngster, he won the 1998 Next Generation Adelaide International, defeating Andre Agassi in the semifinals

 

Marcelo Rios - Nicknamed "El Chino" and "El zurdo de Vitacura" , he became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the Association of Tennis Professionals singles rankings in 1998

 

The Bryan brothers - Their first tour win came in 1998, at the ATP tournament in Atlanta, where they scored victory over Trevor Kronemann and Dave Randall


1999

Tommy Haas - He gained attention as a future star when he won his first ATP title in 1999, made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open, and was a finalist in the Grand Slam Cup

 

Gustavo Kuerten - In 1999, he became one of three South Americans to complete the year in the top 10 in all the history of the ATP rankings

 

The Bryan brothers - In 1999, the twins reached their first ATP final at Orlando, falling in the finals to Jim Courier and Todd Woodbridge

 

Patrick Mouratoglou - Mouratoglou started coaching ATP player Marcos Baghdatis in 1999 when Mouratoglou invited him to his Tennis Academy in France in October 1999 on a one-week basis


2000

Players and doubles teams with most ranking points play in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, which, from 2000-2008, was run jointly with the International Tennis Federation add something

 

Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Players had been further incentivized to compete at the Olympics after the ATP and WTA began awarding ranking points as of the 2000 Games


2001

Brad Drewett - Since 2001, Brad has been the Tournament Director of the ATP World Tour's season-ending event, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals


2002

Thomas Johansson - Johansson later reached his career-high ranking of World No. 7 in June 2002 and finished the season with a career-best year-end ranking of 14th in the ATP Champions Race, a feat he later repeated in 2005

 

Zeljko Krajan - His highest ATP ranking was No. 88 in August 2002

 

Sebastien Grosjean - His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 4, achieved in October 2002


2003

Marcos Baghdatis - Baghdatis reached No. 1 in the ITF junior world singles rankings in 2003 and joined the ATP professional tour later that year


2004

Tommy Haas - Haas won two more ATP titles in his return year of 2004, while trying to gain back his form

 

Tomas Berdych - In 2004, Berdych focused on Challengers and the ATP Tour


2005

Marcos Baghdatis - As a qualifier, he reached the final of the ATP tournament at Basel, defeating former world no. 2 Tommy Haas, world no. 40 José Acasuso, and the eventual 2005 Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian

 

Tomas Berdych - At the 2005 Paris Masters, he won his first career ATP Masters Series title

 

Marcos Baghdatis - Baghdatis kept playing Challengers and qualifying for upper-tier ATP events for the rest of 2005 and found good form towards the end of the year

 

Jean-Julien Rojer - His highest ATP singles ranking is 218th, which he achieved on August 15, 2005


2006

Li Ning (company) - In 2006 the company signed "strategic collaborations" with the National Basketball Association, the Association of Tennis Professionals, the China University Basketball Association and the China University Football League

 

Tommy Haas - In 2006, Haas won three ATP Tournaments and put on an impressive performance at the 2006 !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis)), making it to the quarterfinals, where he was knocked out by Nikolay Davydenko, despite having been up two sets

 

John McEnroe - McEnroe returned to the ATP Tour in 2006 to play two doubles tournaments

 

Brad Drewett - Brad had previously served as the ATP's chief executive officer for the International Group since January 2006 and oversaw the ATP's operations in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions

 

Nicolas Almagro - In April 2006, Almagro won his maiden ATP tournament title, the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana

 

Arnaud Clement - In August 2006, Clément won his first ATP title in the United States, defeating Murray in straight sets in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic


2007

The four-week ITF Satellite tournaments were discontinued in 2007 add something

 

Zeljko Franulovic - He was the Tournament Representative for Europe on the Association of Tennis Professionals' Board of Directors, between 2007 and 2009

 

Tommy Haas - In the 2007 ATP Champion's Race, Haas, the thirteenth seed , not known for being much of a grass courter, advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time, defeating Zack Fleishman, Tomá? Zíb, and no. 21 seed Dmitry Tursunov

 

The Bryan brothers - The Hamburg Masters saw the Bryans beat Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett in the final for a sixth title on the 2007 ATP Tour and third !Masters_Series (ATP_World_Tour_Masters_1000) event of the year

 

Kei Nishikori - After his ATP main draw debut in Los Angeles, he qualified for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in July 2007


2008

Lawsuits in 2008, around virtually the same issues, resulted in a restructured tour add something

 

The Bryan brothers - They lost to Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie at the 2008 Monte Carlo Masters, however, they claimed a second title on the 2008 ATP Tour in Barcelona at the 2008 Torneo Godó, beating Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski to win the final

 

Marc Lopez - In April 2008 in Barcelona, López beat No. 141 Yuri Schukin to qualify into the ATP main draw, where he beat No. 68 Ivo Miná? before losing to No. 37 Juan Ignacio Chela

 

South African Airways - On 20 June 2008, the Association of Tennis Professionals agreed to extend South African Airways' sponsorship of the organisation another 3 and a half years


2009

At the start of the 2009 season, all accumulated ranking points have been doubled to bring them in line with the new tournament ranking system add something

 

In 2009 the name was changed again and is now known as the "'ATP World Tour"' add something

 

Marcos Baghdatis - At the 2009 If Stockholm Open, Baghdatis reached his first ATP final since 2007 at Halle

 

Marcos Baghdatis - Entering 2009, ranked no. 96 and having not played since the ATP Paris Masters in late October 2008, Baghdatis entered the 2009 Brisbane International in preparation for the Australian Open, losing in the opening round to Jarkko Nieminen

 

Atlanta Tennis Championships - In 2009 the Association of Tennis Professionals purchased the license for the tournament in Indianapolis owing to the lack of a title sponsor for 2007 and 2008, at which time its name was simply the "'Indianapolis Tennis Championships"', and a subsequent struggle to attract top players, which led in turn to lower ticket sales

 

South African Airways - On the same day it was announced that a new ATP World Tour tournament would be held in South Africa in 2009

 

Dmitry Tursunov - Tursunov was the December month in the 2009 Association of Tennis Professionals calendar

 

L'Agora - L'Àgora was officially inaugurated in November 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, although the construction works were not completely finished


2010

Jack Sock - He entered his first qualifying draw for an ATP tournament at the 2010 Miami Masters

 

Tommy Haas - He missed the rest of the 2010 season and once more dropped out of the ATP rankings

 

New Haven Open at Yale - Until 2010 the tournament was part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the ATP Tour


2011

From 2011, Rome and Cincinnati will be combined tournaments add something

 

Marcos Baghdatis - Baghdatis had a very quiet summer on the ATP tour, his most noticeable appearance was at the 2011 Wimbledon championship where he gave Novak Djokovic a tough test in the 3rd round

 

Tomas Berdych - Berdych's final tournament of the 2011 season was the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals

 

Madrid Open (tennis) - On 1 December 2011, ?iriac confirmed that the blue clay surface was officially approved for the 2012 edition of the tournament, in both the ATP and WTA circuits


2012

Ricardas Berankis - Berankis has reached one final on the ATP World tour, at the Los Angeles Open in 2012

 

Madrid Open (tennis) - Despite having been played on blue courts in the 2012 tournament edition the ATP decided against it for the 2013 edition

 

Michael Chang - His three Indian Wells Masters titles was an ATP record which stood for 15 years, before being eclipsed by Roger Federer in 2012

 

Brad Drewett - Drewett began serving as Association of Tennis Professionals Executive chairman and President on 1 January 2012

 

Robin Haase - Haase is currently the highest-ranked Dutch player, achieving his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 33 in July 2012

 

Ruben Bemelmans - His career-high rank ATP singles ranking was No. 108 reached on 1 October 2012

 

Yannick Mertens - On 25 November 2012, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 195, whilst his highest doubles ranking of 363 was reached on September 19, 2011


2013

Serbia Open - In 2013, Serbia Open was replaced on the ATP schedule by the newly established Power Horse Cup in Düsseldorf

 

Nicolas Renavand - On 15 April 2013, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 225, whilst his highest doubles ranking of 128 was reached on 8 July 2013

 

Zeljko Krajan - Since May 2013, he returned to work in the ATP, currently coaching Former World No. 8 and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis

 

Brad Drewett was the Executive Chairman and President of ATP until he died on 3 May 2013, with Mark Young as the CEO of Americas add something

 

Nicolas Mahut - In June 2013, he won his first ATP singles title, winning the grass court tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch and followed it up in July by winning the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island

 

David Ferrer - As of July 2013, he is ranked the World No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals

 

Roger Federer - Federer had been continuously ranked as one of the top 5 in the ATP rankings for 543 weeks as of July 8, 2013

 

Thomas Fabbiano - On 22 July 2013, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 178 whilst his highest doubles ranking was No. 208 on July 20, 2009

 

David Ferrer - As of August 2013, he is ranked the World No. 4,0 by the Association of Tennis Professionals

 

David Ferrer - As of October 2013, he is ranked the world no. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals


2014

Rafael Nadal - It was announced in February 2014 that "After compiling one of the greatest comeback seasons on the ATP World Tour in 2013, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a contender to be nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year *award

 

David Ferrer - As of 17 February 2014, he is ranked world no. 4 by the Association of Tennis Professionals

 

David Ferrer - As of 12th May 2014, he is ranked world no. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals

 

Marina Erakovic - Erakovic is the only New Zealander in the top 100 singles players of either the WTA or the Association of Tennis Professionals , although Michael Venus reached a career-high ranking of 67 in ATP doubles on 19 May 2014


2018

As of November 13th, 2018, the Council consists of four players who are ranked within the top 50 in singles , two players who are ranked between 51 and 100 in singles , two top 100 players in doubles , two at-large members , one alumni member , and one coach add something