Does anyone know for instance what his rank was on 1st September 2003? ATP have him as #2 the week before and #3 the week after but have no data for the week starting 01.09.2003
when it's in a middle of a grand slam or Indian Wells or Miami which last two weeks, the ATP makes no update of the rankings in the middle of the tournament, which means that his official "ranking" at this moment is the one from previous week.
Here it must have been the monday in the middle of the US Open then he was number 2.
Anyway if you want to calculate, the best is here :
I counted 376 weeks in the top-2 for certain (as he will stay number 2 until the end of Indian Wells), including 346 ones between the 17th of november 2003 and the 5th of july 2010 :
- 4 weeks between the 11th of august 2003 and the 8th of september
- 346 between the 17th of november 2003 and the 5th of july 2010
- 4 weeks between the 16th of august 2010 and the 13th of september 2010
- 22 weeks for certain between the 18th of october 2010 and the 21st of march 2011
EDIT : from what I read above, 376 weeks is exactly Sampras's total
I checked : 376 is actually also Sampras's total