Where in the world do the top 100 professional tennis players come from?

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

[UPDATE September 07, 2014] With Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic reaching the 2014 US Open final, it is clear that this article needs updating. I will do so after the end of the 2014 season, when the ATP and WTA publish their updated rankings.

  • advertisement

 

 

 

 

***

[UPDATE May 28, 2013] See new updated ATP map posted today. New WTA map will be posted tomorrow. [UPDATE: posted]

***

Men are from Spain, women are from Russia

After spending four full days on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the eve of the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, I decided to put together two simple maps showing where the world’s top professional tennis players come from. According to the August 20, 2012 rankings of the WTA and the ATP, the most female players in the top 100 come from Russia (10), the most men from Spain (12). The US has eight women and nine men in the top 100.

Below each map is a link to a table (Google Docs, no login required) showing the data used in that map.

  • advertisement

 

 

 

 

Follow me on Twitter @atanas

Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: Number of top 100 WTA players by country as of 8/20/2012.

Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: Number of top 100 ATP players by country as of 8/20/2012.

No women from Latin America, no men from China

[UPDATE 08/26/2012] I superimposed both maps to create a third, composite map of all 200 top professional tennis players (by country).

Composite map of top 200 professional tennis players per country, ATP and WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Composite map of top 200 professional tennis players per country, ATP and WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: Number of top 100 ATP and 100 WTA players by country as of 8/20/2012.

  • advertisement
Follow A.T. on these networks
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssinstagramfacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssinstagram

17 comments

  1. Andrew Zolnai

    cool maps, like the projection better that Google Fusion Tables do on quick maps I did on similar topics (tho I did see Peters projection in their Blogger stats, so I asked their pundits to do so on GFT), what did you use for this?

    • Atanas (A.T.) Entchev

      Thanks! I got the world country boundary shapefile from GeoCommons, and I used it as-is. I considered playing with projections, but decided it would be overkill for this quick-and-dirty project.

        • Atanas (A.T.) Entchev

          Thank you, Bill! Yes, this is what QGIS thought when I threw the data in. I ended up using ArcGIS, however, because I couldn’t figure out how to do a join in QGIS. I found out later that I have to add the table as a vector layer (?!?) in order to join it to the feature layer.

  2. Mayia Entcheva

    Nice! Is there more data available with the maps. Heads per country, count per color?

    • Atanas (A.T.) Entchev

      I did consider several technologies for this project, including Google Fusion Tables, which I have used in several other projects. Ultimately I decided on the quick-and-dirty QGIS-turned-ArcGIS approach. Mind you, this was initially meant as a visualization for personal consumption, thought of as my wife and I were driving back from the US Open. I never thought these maps would get such broad exposure.

      On another plane, though, it could be that it was precisely the maps’ simplicity that attracted Sports Illustrated to link to them, and that SI wouldn’t have linked to a fancy, complex, interactive map. We may never know.

  3. Pingback: Top 100 Tennis Players - New Jersey Tennis BlogNew Jersey Tennis Blog
  4. Pingback: Top professional tennis players by country -- 2013 (ATP -- men)
  5. Pingback: Top professional tennis players by country -- 2013 (WTA -- women)
  6. Pingback: Top ten tennis countries in the world in 2013