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Stripping Wimbledon of ranking points is set to push Russian Daniil Medvedev to world number one

Stripping Wimbledon of ranking points is set to push Russia’s Daniil Medvedev to World No. 1 and dethrone Novak Djokovic at the top of tennis.

  • There will be no world ranking points at the Wimbledon Championships this year
  • This was implemented after Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from competing.
  • The Russian number two in the world, Medvedev, could thus dethrone Djokovic at the top
  • Veterans Federer and Serena Williams risk losing their world rankings entirely

Nothing sums up the chaos of Wimbledon qualifying better than the elevation to World No. 1 it will bring for Daniil Medvedev.

With the law of unintended consequences kicking in, a move initially designed to hurt Russia will now see their best male player all but guaranteed to replace Novak Djokovic at the top after The Championships.

That will be part of the fallout from the tours decision to remove SW19 from their ranking system this year, the 35-year-old Serb failing to defend the points from winning a year ago.

As an opponent of the All England Club’s stance, Djokovic can hardly complain and the ban will certainly not deter him from trying to claim another career Slam with Rafael Nadal for the most Majors in history.

Many other players, from the great ones to the anonymous ones, will suffer the consequences. Roger Federer, gone anyway, will lose his ranking altogether, as will Serena Williams unless he plays beforehand (it seems increasingly unlikely that he will).

Think of Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, who can’t regain the points he made at Wimbledon last year by reaching the final.

There will be no ranking points at Wimbledon due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players

There will be no ranking points at Wimbledon due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players

Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who reached the quarterfinals in 2021, is likely to drop from his 55th place to the top 100. “Are you serious on the ATP Tour?” he demanded through social networks.

There will be more recriminations over the next month. Another summary of the divisions in tennis is that four different bodies – the two tours, the International Tennis Federation and Wimbledon – made separate announcements within an hour.

Beyond the formality of the statements there has been a serious deterioration in the relationship between the two tours and the All England Club.

Tour officials are stunned by what they see as a miscommunication about the whole Russian ban thing and the lack of presence at events in recent months by figures from Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Russian athlete Daniil Medvedev is number two in the world behind Serbian Novak Djokovic

Russian athlete Daniil Medvedev is number two in the world behind Serbian Novak Djokovic

For their part, the British team insists they kept the rest of the game up to date with their position as much as they could. Either way, the various parts didn’t connect very well.

There have been suggestions that Wimbledon could now reduce its prize money which, unusually, will not be announced until a week after the French Open.

The leading figures of SW19 have downplayed this probability and would not wish to discourage players from entering a tournament where there is no longer the appeal of boosting or protecting ranking.

It is almost certain that Novak Djokovic will lose his place at number one in the world after Wimbledon.

It is almost certain that Novak Djokovic will lose his place at number one in the world after Wimbledon.

With the prize pool expected to be nearly £40 million, the vast majority will be there, although some might skip it.

Public interest in Wimbledon is unlikely to be affected and it could be argued that the most punished are the 90 per cent of players who are not from Russia or Belarus. A player yesterday called the episode “pathetic”.

The French Open will continue today. The main attraction on day one is Carlos Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spaniard who should have a soft introduction against Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero.

Alcaraz, Djokovic and Nadal are the best candidates to win the men’s title. The Polish Iga Swiatek is the great favorite of women.

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