Novak Djokovic will drop from No. 1 and Rafael Nadal will rise to No. 3, the first time since 2003 that none of the “Big Four” has topped the ATP rankings. Rafael Nadal’s defeated Djokovic on his way to a record 14th French Open title, which also extended his lead in the majors (22) over the Serb and Roger Federer (20). Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.
While the Grand Slam title race will mean a lot to Djokovic, the current No. 1 in the world will also lose his ranking when it gets updated on June 13. Djokovic drops to third place in the world, with Russian Daniel Medvedev in the first place. Al Medvedev was unable to play because the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from Wimbledon.
German Alexander Zverev rises to second place in the world. But in another twist, Zverev is also likely to miss Wimbledon after suffering a serious ankle injury during Roland Garros’ withdrawal from the semi-final against Nadal.
That means Djokovic could still be the number 1 seed at Wimbledon in a few weeks.
It is worth noting that since 2003, none of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Andy Murray has held the No. 1 or No. 2 position in the world.
Novak Djokovic faces further ranking implications
Earlier this year, Russia was number 1 in the world for three weeks, the third shortest time in ATP history.
Medvedev had previously claimed that he was determined to make sure his next term would be longer.
Before Djokovic lost the rankings, he would extend his time as the world’s No. 1 to a record 373rd week.
The Serb, who dropped points at the Australian and French Opens, is defending champion after a remarkable 2021.
After Wimbledon, however, Djokovic could drop further in the rankings. Wimbledon unilaterally banned players from Russia and Belarus from this year’s tournament in response to Vladimir Putin’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In response, the ATP Tour stripped Wimbledon of the right to award ranking points to players.
That means that Djokovic, who won the tournament last year, will lose 2,000 points.
To add to the confusion, Djokovic may not be able to play at the U.S. Open.
For now, travellers visiting the US still need to be vaccinated.
Djokovic said after the Australian Open that he would rather miss a Grand Slam than a vaccine.
Since Djokovic reached the final in the tournament last year and lost to Medvedev, he could be high on the rankings again later this year. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Final Tickets from our website.
Rafael Nadal won’t play at Wimbledon 2022 if a foot injection is needed
French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he “doesn’t want to keep playing” if he continues to need anaesthesia to numb chronic foot pain.
Rafael Nadal’s 36, won his record 14th title at Roland Garros with “no feeling” in his left foot.
The Spaniard shot multiple times as he won his 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday.
“Of course, I can’t and don’t want to keep playing while I’m playing,” Nadal said.
The two-time Wimbledon champion says he will not play at the All England Club, which starts at the grass-fed Grand Slam on June 27, if next week’s nerve-burning treatment doesn’t fix the problem.
Nadal, who suffers from Mueller-Weiss syndrome – a rare degenerative disease that affects the bones of the feet – limped at the Italian Open 10 days before the French Open.
“I numbed my foot with nerve injections, that’s why I was able to play these two weeks,” Nadal said after his 6-3 6-3 6-0 win over Casper Rudd.
“I didn’t feel anything in my feet because my doctor was able to numb the nerves. That took away the feeling in my feet.”
He added: “When I am physically ready for Wimbledon, I will be at Wimbledon. That is it. Wimbledon is not a game I want to miss. I don’t think anyone wants to miss Wimbledon. I like Wimbledon.”
“If I could get anti-inflammatory drugs, yes; narcotics, no. I don’t want to put myself in that position anymore.”
Nadal said he will soon undergo radiofrequency ablation which uses heat on nerves to relieve long-term pain but if treatment doesn’t provide an adequate solution, he’ll have to consider surgery.
“Then I’m going to wonder if I’m ready for major surgery. It doesn’t guarantee I’ll be competitive again and it may take a long time to get back.”
Injections are the ‘only chance’ for Nadal to play in Paris
Last year, Rafael Nadal’s feared his career would end because of the situation, and last year stopped his season, including missing Wimbledon and the US Open, to address the issue.
A stress fracture to a rib also left him missing two months of the season shortly after his 21st Grand Slam win at the Australian Open. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.
“As everyone in tennis knows, my preparation was not ideal,” said Nadal.
“But the French Open is the French Open. Everyone knows what this game means to me, so I want to keep working hard and giving myself a chance. It was the only way to give me a chance. So I did.”
On the pitch, Rafael Nadal’s never thought he could play at the highest level of his age.
“I never thought I would come here at 36 and play again in the final on the most important field of my career,” he added.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I’ll keep trying to keep going.”
What Rafael Nadal’s achieved was superhuman
Two days after his 36th birthday, Rafael Nadal’s won back-to-back Grand Slam titles for the first time since 2010, when he won the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in a row.
“It’s great to start the year with victories at the Australian Open and French Open,” former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski said during Sunday’s final on BBC Radio 5 Live analyst.
“In my generation, everyone over 30 has bonus time and if you win a Grand Slam over 30 that is a huge achievement. It seems to be the norm now because of Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
“When we first saw Rafael Nadal’s here in 2005, when he first won, most of us thought he would retire at 27 or 28 because of his physical condition.”
“We don’t think he is capable of what he has achieved. What he has achieved is superhuman. we will never see anyone in this life achieve what they have achieved on clay. It is impossible.”
Looking Ahead to Wimbledon: A Premature Preview of the Tournament
The nature of the tennis calendar means players have little time to remove clay stains from their socks before changing fields and mindsets for the grass season, which as always culminates at Wimbledon.
This year’s tournament will be very different, with no ranking points, of course, retaliation by the ATP and WTA after Wimbledon announced it would ban Russian and Belarusian players due to the invasion of Ukraine. It means new challenges for Rafael Nadal and Iga Swaitek, who both have good reason to be happy when they swap out clay shoes for grass shoes. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.
Somehow, with his 14th Roland Garros win and record 22nd Grand Slam title, Nadal is now halfway through the coveted Grand Slam title in the calendar year, winning the first two Grand Slams of the year for the first time.
Winning Wimbledon and the US Open required managing his chronic pain in his left foot, a tall order, but he certainly won’t get another chance to do what Rod Laver did in the men’s 1969. The final achievement and Novak Djokovic is just one game away from last year’s.
Nadal missed Wimbledon last year but his team said he would do everything he could to be ready for the match. The Spanish star is also clearly thinking about the future.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I’ll keep trying to keep going,” he said.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has had to recover from the disappointment of losing to Nadal, but as a six-time Wimbledon champion, he will once again be the favourite.
As his coach, Goran Ivanisevic told TennisMajors.com: “He has overcome serious losses in the past and I am absolutely sure that he will be ready for Wimbledon. I am sure he can do it. I think he will win Wimbledon and I feel good about that. He needs to focus on grass now.”
After winning her second French Open title in three years, Swiatek is going to Wimbledon as a favourite, but there is less uncertainty on the surface, even though she is a former junior champion there.
“My coach considers I can win more games on grass, I don’t know yet,” Swiatek said. “Honestly, the grass is always complicated. I really like the part I didn’t expect. It’s a bit refreshing.
“I will be best prepared, maybe with his experience in Aga Radwanska, which is her favourite surface, so maybe he will give me really useful advice and I will have more fun playing on the grass.”
While world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and former women’s No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will not be able to compete, others will want to join the grand slam champion. But as they discovered at Roland Garros, it was a great leap forward.
Alexander Zverev will likely miss an injury, but Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev and last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini, back from injury, will hopefully succeed. Then there is the two-time former champion Andy Murray.
In the women’s competition, Coco Gauff will continue her stunning performance in the Paris final. While domestic eyes will be on Emma Raducanu, whose hopes are growing after she won the US Open in an incredible way last year. With Ash Barty’s retirement, a new Wimbledon champion gets his chance. If anyone can get through Swiatek, so be it.