Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Novak Djokovic reclaims world no.1 ranking, Rafael Nadal drops out of top 100

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Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy and ball kids after winning the French Open.

NEW DELHI, June 13: A record 23rd Grand Slam title on Sunday helped Novak Djokovic reclaim the number one spot in the latest ATP rankings. Djokovic recaptured the top spot from Carlos Alcaraz following his remarkable triumph at the French Open.
The victory propelled Djokovic, 36, to start his 388th week atop the rankings, surpassing all previous records. After his resounding success in Paris over the weekend, the Serb climbed two positions in the rankings.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, a stalwart of the tennis world, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in 20 years.
Alcaraz dropped to second place while Daniil Medvedev, who crashed out in the first round, also slid one place down to third. Roland Garros runner-up Casper Ruud remained in fourth place.
Nadal, a 14-times French Open champion, has endured an injury-plagued season and not played since January because of a hip injury sustained during the Australian Open.
The 37-year-old has dropped from 15th to 136th in the rankings due to his continued absence from the tour. He underwent surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out for five months.
In the women’s rankings, Iga Swiatek retained top spot after defending her French Open title. She has held the ranking since April 2022, moving to the summit following Ash Barty’s retirement.
Aryna Sabalenka, who won the Australian Open in January, had the chance to overtake Swiatek but lost to Karolina Muchova in the semi-finals and remained in second place. French Open finalist Muchova climbed from 43rd to a career-high 16th.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who withdrew before her third-round match in Paris due to illness, climbed up one place to third.
Jessica Pegula dropped two places to fifth, while Beatriz Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian woman to reach the top 10 following her dream run to the semi-finals of the French Open.
(ToI With inputs from Reuters)