By Tony Fairbairn
- After winning Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz has returned to the world number one spot
- Daniil Medvedev is now world number two after claiming the Rome title, overtaking Novak Djokovic in the seeding for Roland Garros.
- Elena Rybakina is now a top four seed for the second Grand Slam of the season after claiming the title in Italy.
ROME, ITALY – Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev have overtaken Novak Djokovic in the seeding for Roland Garros after victories in Madrid and Rome respectively while Elena Rybakina is now a top four seed for the second Grand Slam of the year.
ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10
The main story over the last few weeks in the ATP rankings has been at the top where Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev has exchanged positions over Madrid and Rome. In the Spanish capital it was Alcaraz who once again dominated with Djokovic missing the event due to injury and Medvedev suffering an early exit. That meant the Spaniard once again defended his title in the Spanish capital with minimum fuss as he regained his world number one spot by just appearing in Rome.
The Italian capital saw the return of Djokovic and Alcaraz appearing in Rome for the first time but only to lose to Hungarian Fabian Maroszan. Djokovic played his way into the tournament but only managed to reach the quarter-finals where he fell to talented Dane Holger Rune in three sets. Rune would go all the way to the final where he would lose to an unstoppable Medvedev who claimed his first title on clay. This means that Medvedev has overtaken Djokovic in the world rankings and will be the second seed for Roland Garros, setting up the second Grand Slam of the season perfectly.
There are other contenders for Roland Garros too with Rune’s strong clay court season continuing as he climbs up to world number six as he aims to win his maiden Grand Slam in Paris. In other ranking news Alexander Zverev’s fall down the rankings continues as he has dropped 11 places over Madrid and Rome as he now sits at 28 in the world as he will face a top eight seed in the third round in Paris. While Denis Shapovalov’s poor run of form has seen him drop down four places into four places to 31 in the world.
Special mentions go to Jan-Lennard Struff who climbed up 37 places after reaching the Madrid final and now sits at 26 in the world. Aslan Karatsev earned a 68 place rise and now sits at 62 in the world following his run to the Madrid semi-finals although he will still need to qualify for Roland Garros as his ranking wasn’t high enough when the entry list came out. There was also a big rise for Yannick Hanfmann who reached the quarter-finals in Rome and climbed up 37 places in the world to 64.
As for the ATP Brits, Cameron Norrie fell one place after Rome to number 14 in the world as he searches for improved form in Lyon ahead of Roland Garros. Jack Draper is also in Lyon this week for his second clay court event of the season as he fell down 12 places in the rankings to 60 in the world. There was a big 11 place rise up the rankings for Andy Murray to 41 in the world but despite this the Brit will not be at Roland Garros and will prioritise the grass court season instead. Finally there was no change for Dan Evans who remains at 24 in the world.
- Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 6,815
- Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 6,330
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 5,955
- Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,915
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 4,775
- Holger Rune (DEN) – 4,375
- Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 4,270
- Jannik Sinner (ITA) – 3,435
- Taylor Fritz (USA) – 3,390
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – 3,065
- Cameron Norrie (14 in the world) – 2,520 points
- Dan Evans (24) – 1,480
- Andy Murray (41) – 975
- Jack Draper (60) – 832
- Liam Broady (140) – 433
- Jan Choinski (177) – 339
- Ryan Peniston (191) – 317
- Alastair Gray (352) – 137
- Billy Harris (353) – 137
- Paul Jubb (357) – 131
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WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10
The big news on the women’s side is that Elena Rybakina will be a top four seed at Roland Garros after becoming the new world number four after winning the title in Rome. The Kazakh was the one who managed the heavy conditions better as she claimed a second title of the season. It means that she joins Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula as a top four seed at the expense of Caroline Garcia and Coco Gauff who both drop down one place in the rankings.
In other notable ranking news, Anhelina Kalinina will now be seeded after her run to the final as the Ukrainian now climbs up 22 places in the world to number 25 in the rankings. There were also ranking rises for Karolina Muchova who climbs up ten places in the world to number 42 in the rankings while Marketa Vondrousova also enjoyed a rankings rise, leaping up 13 places to 57 in the world.
In noticeable ranking falls, Bianca Andreescu fell out of a seeding place for Roland Garros after dropping ten places to 41 in the world. Also missing out on a seeding in Paris is Croatian Petra Martic who drops down nine places to 37 in the world rankings. Meanwhile Amanda Anisimova’s break from tennis means she further falls down the rankings as she is now 89 in the world.
As for the Brits Emma Raducanu multiple surgeries means she won’t return to action until at least the American hard court swing and that has resulted in her leaving the top 100. Meanwhile Katie Boulter has climbed up the rankings by 11 places to 124 in the world while Sonay Kartal had the biggest fall in the rankings as she went down 60 places to 273 in the world.
- Iga Swiatek (POL) – 8,940 points
- Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 7,541
- Jessica Pegula (USA) – 5,205
- Elena Rybakina (KAZ) – 5,090
- Caroline Garcia (FRA) – 5,025
- Coco Gauff (USA) – 4,305
- Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 3,541
- Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 3,391
- Daria Kasatkina (RUS) – 3,275
- Petra Kvitova (CZE) – 3,162
- Emma Raducanu (106 in the world) – 619
- Jodie Burrage (109) – 607
- Katie Boulter (124) – 546
- Harriet Dart (135) – 521
- Katie Swan (161) – 431
- Heather Watson (178) – 398
- Yuriko Miyazaki (206) – 339
- Sonay Kartal (273) – 244
- Nakitha Bains (301) – 195
- Francesca Jones (316) – 184
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