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What the world was like the last time Rafael Nadal wasn't in the Top 10
April 24th, 2005: Carlos Alcaraz was one year old, the first YouTube video was one day old and Twitter didn’t exist.
Published Mar 05, 2023
As 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer (and Nelly Furtado) once said, all good things come to an end.
Rafael Nadal is going to fall out of the Top 10 on March 20th after Indian Wells, ending by far the longest Top 10 streak in ATP rankings history—it will mark 17 years, 10 months and 23 days (and 912 weeks of ATP rankings) since he debuted in the Top 10 as an 18-year-old on April 25th, 2005.
To illustrate just how different the world was on April 24th, 2005, the last day that Rafa wasn't in the Top 10, here are a few throwbacks to that time:
~ The world population that day was 6.5 billion. It’s now 8 billion, meaning that at least 1.5 billion people have never lived in a world without Rafa in the Top 10.
~ The first ever YouTube video, “Me At The Zoo,” was uploaded only two days before Rafa’s streak began, on April 23rd, 2005.
~ Twitter didn’t exist.
~ The No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was the love ballad “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent featuring Olivia (“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day and “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani were also in the Top 10 that day).
~ The No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 was “The Massacre,” a collection of love ballads by 50 Cent.
~ Carrie Underwood was one of the Top 6 singers still battling it out on the fourth season of American Idol (she went on to win the season four weeks later).
~ Maroon 5 had just won the Grammy for Best New Artist (also among the nominees was Kanye West).
~ Tom Cruise hadn’t jumped on Oprah’s couch yet (he did that in May).
~ George W. Bush was just a few months into his second term as President of the United States.
~ Barack Obama was a few months into his first term… as a Senator.
~ Wedding Crashers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds and Guitar Hero weren’t out yet, and Honey Boo Boo wasn’t even born yet.
And now for a few tennis throwbacks…
The Top 10 on the ATP rankings was…
No. 1 Roger Federer
No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt
No. 3 Marat Safin
No. 4 Andy Roddick
No. 5 Guillermo Coria
No. 6 Tim Henman
No. 7 Carlos Moya
No. 8 Gaston Gaudio
No. 9 David Nalbandian
No. 10 Andre Agassi
(and Rafael Nadal was No. 11)
The Top 10 on the WTA rankings was…
No. 1 Lindsay Davenport
No. 2 Maria Sharapova
No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo
No. 4 Serena Williams
No. 5 Elena Dementieva
No. 6 Anastasia Myskina
No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova
No. 8 Alicia Molik
No. 9 Venus Williams
No. 10 Vera Zvonareva
(and Jennifer Capriati was No. 11)
~ Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez were two years old.
~ Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune were both one year old (almost two).
~ Coco Gauff had just turned one year old.
~ And finally, Linda Fruhvirtova, who's already won a WTA title and just reached the fourth round of the Australian Open this year, wasn’t even born yet—she was born on May 1st, 2005, six days after Rafa’s streak began.