By Jürgen Fritz, Sun 22 Mai 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
The French Open begins today. Defending champion Novak Djokovic continues to lead the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, even extending his lead a little after his win in Rome. But he loses ten points next week because his tournament win from Belgrade 2 last year drops out of the ranking. And he has 100 points to defend at Roland Garros.
Djokovic still in first place, Alcaraz falls behind Nadal again
Although Novak Djokovic was not allowed to compete in the three important tournaments Australian Open (A), Indian Wells (C) and Miami (C) due to lack of COVID-19 vaccination, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have failed to replace the Serb at number one in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking. Unlike in the ATP rankings, Djokovic was consistently No. 1 and even extended his lead a little by winning in Rome (C).
Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz, who catapulted into the top eight with his four tournament wins since February, loses five points for his tournament win last year in Oeiras 3, Portugal (F: Challenger 125) and thus drops back behind compatriot Rafael Nadal to 6.
Casper Ruud (9) and Cameron Norrie (12) can defend their positions by winning tournaments in Geneva and Lyon respectively. Denis Shapovalov, on the other hand, could not defend his six points for reaching the final in Geneva last year and drops from 15 to 17. Alex de Minaur was able to move up from 23 to 21 by reaching the semi-finals in Lyon.
Next week, the points from the Parma and Belgrade 2 tournaments, which were pushed in last year because of the one-week postponement of Roland Garros, drop out of the classification. The two tournament winners Sebastian Korda and Novak Djokovic will therefore lose ten points each.
But much more important will be how the French Open goes. Defending champion Novak Djokovic has 100 points to defend here, 2021 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 60, semi-finalists Nadal and Zverev 35, quarter-finalists Berrettini, Medvedev, Schwartzman and Davidovich Fokina 20 each.
The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current 52-week men’s world ranking looks before Roland Garros (A):
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