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Aloysius
Dec 18th, 2001, 02:58 PM
I had some time and decided to make a list of the top tennis nations across both mens and womens tennis. What I would've ideally liked to do in hindsight was to sort all the ranked players into countries, average the rankings of their players, add the averages together and then sort ascendingly. But what I've done instead is take the rankings of the No. 1 male and female players from each country and then sorted them ascendingly. I haven't counted retired players such as Huber and Ferreira, both of whom would've boosted their nations higher.

It was interesting to note that only 67 nations have at least one representative in the mens and womens rankings.

Here are the results (player rankings in paranthesis):

01 UNITED STATES Agassi (3) + Davenport (1) = 4<br />02 FRANCE Grosjean (6) + Mauresmo (9) = 15<br />03 SWITZERLAND Federer (13) + Hingis (4) = 17<br />04 RUSSIA Kafelnikov (4) + Dementieva (15) = 19<br />05 SPAIN Ferrero (5) + Sanchez Vicario (17) = 22<br />06 BELGIUM Malisse (33) + Clijsters (5) = 38<br />07 ARGENTINA Canas (15) + Suarez (27) = 42<br />08 AUSTRALIA Hewitt (1) + Molik (47) = 48<br />09 GERMANY Haas (8) + Weingartner (42) = 50<br />10 CROATIA Ivanisevic (12) + Majoli (44) = 56<br />11 CZECH REPUBLIC Novak (29) + Bedanova (28) = 57<br />12 SLOVAK REPUBLIC Hrbaty (36) + Nagyova (25) = 61<br />13 ITALY Gaudenzi (54) + Farina Elia (14) = 68<br />14 AUSTRIA Koubek (63) + Schett (21) = 84<br />15 NETHERLANDS Schalken (26) + Oremans (84) = 110<br />16 BELARUS Mirnyi (35) + Poutchek (76) = 111<br />17 SWEDEN Johansson (18) + Carlsson (102) = 120<br />18 PARAGUAY Delgado (92) + De Los Rios (55) = 147<br />18 SOUTH AFRICA Godwin (128) + Coetzer (19) = 147<br />20 THAILAND Srichaphan (120) + Tanasugarn (29) = 149

That was the Top 20 in detail. The rest of the nations in order are:

21 HUNGARY<br />22 ISRAEL<br />23 GREAT BRITAIN<br />24 UZBEKISTAN<br />25 MOROCCO<br />26 DENMARK<br />27 YUGOSLAVIA<br />28 ZIMBABWE<br />29 BRAZIL<br />30 KOREA

31 GREECE<br />32 ROMANIA<br />33 JAPAN<br />34 UKRAINE<br />35 CANADA<br />36 SLOVENIA<br />37 BULGARIA<br />38 INDONESIA<br />39 LUXEMBOURG<br />40 NEW ZEALAND

41 MEXICO<br />42 INDIA<br />43 CHINESE TAIPEI<br />44 VENEZUELA<br />45 IRELAND<br />46 KAZHAKSTAN<br />47 COLOMBIA<br />48 GEORGIA<br />49 ECUADOR<br />50 URUGUAY

51 POLAND<br />52 PORTUGAL<br />53 FINLAND<br />54 MACEDONIA<br />55 ARMENIA<br />56 ESTONIA<br />57 CUBA<br />58 LATVIA<br />59 NORWAY<br />60 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

61 HONG KONG<br />62 TUNISIA<br />63 LITHUANIA<br />64 EGYPT<br />65 ALGERIA<br />66 BOLIVIA<br />67 TURKEY

Nations missing an internationally ranked female representative:

ANDORRA<br />AZERBIJAN<br />BAHAMAS<br />BENIN<br />CHILE<br />COSTA RICA<br />CYPRUS<br />DOMINICAN REPUBLIC<br />HAITI<br />JAMAICA<br />KYRZYGSTAN<br />MAURITIUS<br />MONACO<br />NETHERLANDS ANTILLES<br />NIGERIA<br />PAKISTAN<br />PERU<br />QATAR<br />SINGAPORE<br />TOGO<br />TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Nations missing an internationally ranked male representative:

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA<br />EL SALVADOR<br />MADAGASCAR<br />MALAYSIA<br />MOLDAVIA<br />PHILIPPINES<br />SAN MARINO

Martian KC
Dec 18th, 2001, 03:08 PM
Cool, thanks for the stats! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 18th, 2001, 03:50 PM
thanx Braveheart .

we will be #1 soon <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 18th, 2001, 08:13 PM
What about Tunisia?

They don't have a male representative that I'm aware of <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 18th, 2001, 08:13 PM
Oh, and thanks Bravehart for some interesting stats!

veryborednow
Dec 18th, 2001, 08:52 PM
Why am I not surprised there is no Uk representative anywhere respectable? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Alek
Dec 18th, 2001, 09:31 PM
Mexico 41 <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> we should be 10000 <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Sweden <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Randy H
Dec 18th, 2001, 11:01 PM
#35 for Canada...could be worse I suppose, lol. The problem is mens singles for us, we have all doubles specialists. Lareau and Nestor are both top 10 doubles talents, but in singles, neither of them have overly exceptional, though have shown signs that they can beat top players in the past. I'd like to see Nestor reach top 100 again, he's a tough lefty with a nice serve, and I think if he's healthy he can do it. Also, this year was for the most part a brutal year for the women. Jeyaseelan, Kolbovic, Drake, and Webb all dropped down, while Nejedly remains a consistent 75-100 ranked player, and Pelletier is the only one who made significant improvement clibing up about 75 spots to around 150. Hopefully we will rebound in 2002. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

NejedlyKanepi
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:28 AM
randy, before the fall, i thought jana would slowly drop and drop....but im certainly glad shes bounced back to be as you call "a steady top 75-100 player)

<br />GOOOOO BELARUS!!!! i was dejected for one brief moment, and then i saw it, #16!!! WOOOOO!!!!

<br />it would be interesting to see a doubles ranking for nations.

Aloysius
Dec 19th, 2001, 02:38 PM
Hey VSFan1 <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> : Tunisia came to be 62nd. They were represented by Oualid Jallali (1309) and Selima Sfar (82).

Was anyone as surprised as me that Paraguay made the Top 20? They are the second best South American nation behind Argentina. Wow.

Interesting stat about Ireland: Kelly Liggan was ranked 2-3-7. Her male counterpart, Peter Clarke, was ranked 3-2-7.

Hi veryborednow <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> : You know, I was surprised that GB wasn't a little higher. They had Louise Latimer up around 112 last year. If she'd been as high this year, GB would've made the lower part of the Top 20. However, Tim Henman (9) and Julie Pullin (159) got them to 23rd this year. I'd say that was pretty good.

G'day Randy <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> : The highest ranked Canadian male was Daniel Nestor this year (and he is predominantly a doubles player), and unfortunately his singles rank was quite low (219), but I recall that he might have been as high as around the 50's at one stage last year. Nejedly was ranked nicely, but not as high as she could've been either. Jeyaseelan's ranking from last year might have helped. Based on potential, Canada could've been as high as the Top 20. But you're right, 35th isn't too bad.

Hi NejedlyKanepi <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> : I'll leave you to do the doubles rankings. <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> hehe.

Forgot to mention that I didn't include the rank for Roxy Dragomir-Ilie for Romania, because of her retirement.

And one (or maybe a few) last thing(s): Out of the Top 10 nations on the list, 7 will be competing at the Hopman Cup in about a week and a bits' time. And of those 7 nations, 2 have fielded their current No. 1 players. Altogether however, 3 of the 9 Hopman Cup nations have fielded their current No. 1 players (Australia, Belgium, Greece). 3 other nations (Switzerland, Spain, Argentina) have at least fielded one of their current No. 1 players (Federer, Sanchez Vicario and Suarez, respectively). The Hopman Cup nations are ranked 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 31 on the list. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Double Fault
Dec 19th, 2001, 11:19 PM
Good post Braveheart. Very interesting to see that Germany are just holding on to a Top 10 spot. With Huber and Graf now gone (not to mention Becker and Stich) they are not as strong as they once were.

NejedlyKanepi
Dec 20th, 2001, 05:20 AM
braveheart: i care because its interesting, but i dotn care that much <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> (i mean to do the doubles)

Aloysius
Dec 22nd, 2001, 02:05 PM
Just bumping this up so that others can check this out. I'll be doing a doubles nation rankings soon. It would be interesting wouldn't it, NejedlyKanepi? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

NejedlyKanepi
Dec 23rd, 2001, 01:35 AM
yes very! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />