As the title said. Who has been their country #1 for the longest time? Someone from a small country who played for a long time, surely, but who?
Federer became Swiss #1 15/1-2001 and will thus achieve 13 years in January, but I do not think this is a record. Can't think of anyone better off my head, though. Lendl blew his chance by switching nationalities. Any ideas?
As long as he's ranked with even one point, Marcos Baghdatis will be his country's #1.
A player who comes to mind is Nicolas Lapentti. He played Davis Cup for Ecuador when he was only 16 but only just retired last year. Good chance he was #1 for a very long time.
It could be even more interesting when you add in doubles rankings, as I doubt Mark Knowles was ever not the #1 doubles player.
The wisdom of Nikolay Davydenko: "For sure [Nadal] will come back for the clay court season. And then he will try to win everything he can. Nadal is Nadal. The fans may miss him but not the players."
The Brian Baker Story. Proof that truth is stranger than fiction... until Hollywood buys the rights. Or decides to screw up it with a twist. But so glad he's back!
Andy Murray: 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist. US Open Champ. Wimbledon champ. Never been prouder of him.
Sargsian: 13/7-92 to 14/8-94 and 10/7-95 to 14/8-06. In total just over 13 years. Quite a bit behind Delgado, he'll be passed by Federer soon.
Nieminen: 30/7-01 to date. He'll have to keep at it for some years more to be a contender.
Filippini: Not a candidate. Back-and-forth in 1988, overtaken 00. Maximum just over 12 years.
It may be a player from a really small country whom we have never heard of and only plays a few futures/challengers per season. Players that we know typically have achieved a high ranking, and such players typically retire before age 35. Very low ranked players may continue to play small tournaments up to much higher age.
Supporting Federer, Murray, Karlovic, Almagro, Gulbis, and Tomic.