Novak Djokovic inthe first round of Roland Garros 2023, Paris, France
Novak Djokovic inthe first round of Roland Garros 2023, Paris, France | (Photo by Christian Liewig - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Tennis | Rankings Report | Novak Djokovic returns to world number one after historic Roland Garros title

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Novak Djokovic is world number one after claiming a historic 23rd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros
  • Iga Swiatek remains world number one after defending her Roland Garros title
  • Katie Boulter is the new British number one on the women’s side heading into Wimbledon
PARIS, FRANCE – Novak Djokovic has returned to the world number one spot after claiming a historic 23rd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros while Iga Swiatek remains world number one after defending her title in Paris.


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ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10

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The main story from Roland Garros on the ATP side is that Novak Djokovic is a three-time Roland Garros champion and more importantly a 23-time Grand Slam champion. The Serb defeated Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud back-to-back as he has now won the most Grand Slams of any male player in history. The Serb overtook Rafael Nadal after claiming his 23rd Grand Slam title in Paris and as a result is the new world number one overtaking Alcaraz and Medvedev. Now having won the first two Grand Slams, Djokovic will now look to win the calendar Grand Slam with Wimbledon next on his agenda.

It was still a good tournament for Alcaraz, who reached his first Roland Garros semi-final but couldn’t overcome nerves and tension to avoid cramps in his semi-final against Djokovic. The Spaniard is now world number two as he looks to recover quickly ahead of Wimbledon. Meanwhile Ruud reached a second consecutive Roland Garros final despite entering the tournament in bad form and has defended his points, therefore remaining at four in the world.

The other significant rises sees Karen Khachanov in the world’s top ten again after reaching the quarter-finals in Paris. There was also significant ranking rises for Tomas Martin Etcheverry and Juan Pablo Varillas who both made the second week at Roland Garros. Martin Etcheverry’s run to the quarter-finals earned him a 17 place rise to number 32 in the world while Pablo Varillas is up 33 places to 61 in the world. While Thanasi Kokkinakis’ run to the third round saw him climb up 20 places and back inside the world’s top 100 at 88 in the world.

In significant falls down the rankings, Felix Auger-Aliassime is out of the world’s top ten after losing in the first round of Roland Garros. Meanwhile Marin Cilic has fallen down 43 places in the rankings to 65 in the world after failing to play Roland Garros, therefore losing his semi-final points. In addition, there was a 28 place fall down the rankings for Jason Kubler to 97 in the world.

As for the Brits, Dan Evans is down three places to 28 in the world after his first round exit in Paris while Andy Murray falls down the rankings by one place to 44 in the world. Meanwhile Jack Draper climbs up six places to 49 in the world although ranking progression won’t be a theme of the next few weeks as he has been ruled out of the grass court season due to a shoulder injury. Other significant Brit ranking moves include Liam Broady falling down eleven places to 151 in the world, Jan Choinski rising by seven places to 170 in the world and Paul Jubb falling by 35 places to 397 in the world.



  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 7,595
  2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 7,175
  3. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 6,100
  4. Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,960
  5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 4,920
  6. Holger Rune (DEN) – 4,375
  7. Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 4,000
  8. Taylor Fritz (USA) – 3,515
  9. Jannik Sinner (ITA) – 3,300
  10. Karen Khachanov (RUS) – 3,125


ATP Brits

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  1. Cameron Norrie (13 in the world) – 2,565 points
  2. Dan Evans (28) – 1,331
  3. Andy Murray (44) – 905
  4. Jack Draper (49) – 876
  5. Liam Broady (151) – 397
  6. Jan Choinski (170) – 346
  7. Ryan Peniston (201) – 286
  8. Billy Harris (349) – 135
  9. Alastair Gray (363) – 126
  10. Aidan McHugh (377) – 121



WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10

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While there was change at the top of the ATP rankings, nothing has changed at the top of the WTA rankings as Iga Swiatek is still world number one. The Pole successfully defended her Roland Garros title despite fierce competition from Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina with Swiatek edging out Karolina Muchova in a highly competitive final. Now Swiatek turns her attention to Wimbledon, a place she was successful as a junior.

As for Muchova it was a very successful tournament as she knocked out Maria Sakkari and Sabalenka on her way to a first Grand Slam final. This has resulted in a 27 place climb up the rankings for Muchova where she returns to the top 20 in the world at 16. Muchova will now look to bring her tricky game to the grass courts of Wimbledon where she has done well in the past.

In other ranking news, Beatriz Haddad Maia’s run to the semi-final means she climbs up four places to make her top ten debut. There were also big ranking rises for Lesia Tsurenko who climbs up 21 places to 45 in the world while Elina Svitolina’s deep run to the Roland Garros rankings is rewarded with a 119 place rise up the rankings as she returns to the world’s top 100 at 73 in the world.

In significant ranking falls, Daria Kasatkina is now out of the world’s top ten while Madison Keys and Qinwen Zheng are out of the world’s top 20. There was also a 39 place drop for last year’s semi-finalist Martina Trevisan who is at 63 in the world while former US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez has fell 46 places down the rankings at 95 in the world.

In the race to become the new British number one, Katie Boulter has won the race after Katie Swan failed to win Surbiton. Swan’s run to the final has still warranted a 28 place rise to 134 in the world. There have been ranking drops though for Harriet Dart, who climbs down eight places to 143 in the world, and Heather Watson who is down 15 places to 195 in the world.



  1. Iga Swiatek (POL) – 8,940 points
  2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 8,012
  3. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) – 5,090
  4. Caroline Garcia (FRA) – 5,025
  5. Jessica Pegula (USA) – 4,905
  6. Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 3,961
  7. Coco Gauff (USA) – 3,435
  8. Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 3,272
  9. Petra Kvitova (CZE) – 3,102
  10. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) – 2,910


WTA Brits

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  1. Katie Boulter (126 in the world) – 567
  2. Emma Raducanu (128) – 548
  3. Jodie Burrage (131) – 531
  4. Katie Swan (134) – 515
  5. Harriet Dart (143) – 484
  6. Heather Watson (195) – 362
  7. Yuriko Miyazaki (220) – 323
  8. Sonay Kartal (272) – 245
  9. Francesca Jones (309) – 204
  10. Nakitha Bains (311) – 203