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Two surveys should make high school tennis coaches (and parents) optimistic. Get those facilities ready for the new players!

It was a great weekend for Novak Djokovic who achieved his first ever placing at the top of the ATP Rankings and first Wimbledon title. The authority he showed in winning at the All England Lawn Tennis Club confirmed that he is now the man the every other player in the mens game must beat and the period of dominance from Federer and Nadal looks over as the Serbian certainly looks set to stick around.

On Monday, July 4, Novak Djokovic became just the 26th player of the Open Era to be ranked No. 1 on the ATP Tour. Here's a look back at the 25 men who held the spot before the Serbian sensation, and what the world - at least that of pop culture in America - looked like at the time. Note that before 2003, the movie listed for each man was #1 at the box office that year and that the TV show listed was No. 1 in the ratings for that year.

  1. 1980 Bjorn Borg over John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(16-18), 8-6

What surprised me most about today’s match though was Petra’s reaction after she won.....

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