At each Grand Slam tournament, normally, it’s a bit the same ritual. The day after the finals, we rush to the ATP and WTA world rankings to see firsthand the formalization of the projections that we have had for several days. It’s a bit of the icing on the cake, the little pear at the end of the meal, a way like any other to come back down gently after two weeks charged with adrenaline.
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From there to say that Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina conquered for cherry tails the most honorary title of the tennis planet, there is a step. Beyond the prestige of their triumph, the Serb and the Kazakh – of Russian origin… – each left with a tidy sum of 2 million pounds (about 2,361,000 euros), enough to be able to calmly take a few holidays in July. . But sportingly, it’s a fact: this is a title that is worthless. Even the beaten eighth-finals of the Future of Ajaccio, disputed during the second week of Wimbledon, scored more points than them.
Djokovic, big winner and big loser
This is where we come to the rather burlesque side of the situation. By winning his 21st Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic, dispossessed of the 2000 points of his title last year, “earned” the right to be demoted from 3rd to 7th place in the world. If he had garnered the normal savings of points, he would certainly have also fallen in the standings but by only one place, to the benefit of Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard, semi-finalist when he had not the slightest point to defend (he was forfeited last year), would have become world No. 2 again behind Daniil Medvedev, who remains No. 1 despite his banishment. Instead, the Russian’s runner-up is still Alexander Zverev, also absent but injured.
But in the end, Nadal and Djokovic are not the biggest losers in history. Nick Kyrgios, finalist for the first time in his Grand Slam career, is more to be pitied. The Australian lost five places to find himself 45th when he should have won 24 to find himself 16th in the world, very close to his best ranking (13th in 2016). A seeded status for the US Open awaited him. There, to have it, he will have to whip.
Norrie, Goffin or Van Rijthoven can look gloomy
There is of course also the case of British No. 1 Cameron Norrie, semi-finalist, who should have returned to the top 10 and even improved his best ranking (8th). And yet, he remains at the gates of the top 10 (11th), in which Felix Auger-Aliassime, on the other hand, remains, despite his defeat in the 1st round. Like what, there are also winners of the “system”.
But there are mostly beaten. We should also mention Cristian Garin and David Goffin, quarter-finalists, falling respectively to 56th and 71st places in the world instead of rising to 35th and 42nd. Without forgetting the two surprising eighth-finalists, the Australian Jason Kubler and the Dutchman Tim Van Rijhtoven, who did not integrate the Top 100 when they should have followed each other in 72nd and 73rd places in the world.
“Djokovic plays his entire season at this Wimbledon, a significant weight for him”
Finally, one of the announced big losers of this Wimbledon, the outgoing finalist Matteo Berrettini, is not doing so badly since he loses “only” four places (from 11th to 15th). Places that he would have lost anyway since, let us remember, he was absent from this Wimbledon (Covid). No regrets, then.
Harmony Tan among the big victims
On the women’s side, the two finalists also have something to mope about. Elena Rybakina will stagnate in 23rd place in the world when she should have made a sensational entry into the top 10, in 6th place. And poor Ons Jabeur, already saddened by her defeat, must also give up her “position” as runner-up to Iga Swiatek to go down to 5th place. The new world number 2? Anett Kontaveit, beaten in the 2nd round. No comment…
But the big losers are rather the semi-finalists. In particular Tatjana Maria who should have beaten her best ranking to find herself 34th (instead of 98th, or 64 places of loss!). Simona Halep can also curse Vladimir Poutine since without him, she would have made her return to the top 10. Patrick Mouratoglou’s new filly wins a small place despite everything (from 18th to 17th).
And what about the surprise quarter-finalists of this Wimbledon, in particular the German Jule Niemeier who should have gotten closer to the top 50 instead of staying out of the top 100. Cruel, even more than for Ajla Tomljanovic and Marie Bouzkova. ..
As for our three French eighth-finalists, they are also among the great victims of this white operation. In particular to Harmony Tan, who should have gained 31 places to take root (like Niemeier) in the top 100, to 84th place. It was the door open to a completely different horizon, with in the short term, already, a final table guaranteed at the US Open. This can change a career, and therefore a life.
Caroline Garcia should have gained 18 places to move up to 37th place, just behind Alizé Cornet (33rd). Instead, the two French women are 38th (for the Niçoise) and 48th (for the Lyonnaise) this Monday. Agreed, it’s less serious than for Harmony. But all the same…
|The “real” WTA ranking for this Monday, July 11 (after Wimbledon)||The “virtual” WTA ranking if Wimbledon had given points|
|1. Swiatek||1. Swiatek|
|2. Kontaveit||2. Jaber|
|4. Badosa||4. Saccharin|
|5. Jaber||5. Badosa|
|6. The Trinity||6. Rybakina|
|7. Collins||7. The Trinity|
|8. Pegula||8. Pegula|
|9. Muguruza||9. Collins|
|10. Raducanu||10. Halep|
|… 38. Cornet||… 33. Cornet|
|… 48. Garcia||34. Mary|
|… 77. Parry||… 37. Garcia|
|… 98. Married||… 67. Parry|
|... 115. Tanning||… 86. Tanning|
|The “real” ATP ranking for this Monday, July 11 (after Wimbledon)||The “virtual” ATP ranking if Wimbledon had given points|
|1. Medvedev||1. Medvedev|
|2. Zverev||2. Nadal|
|3. Nadal||3. Zverev|
|4. Tsitsipas||4. Djokovic|
|5. Ruud||5. Tsitsipas|
|6. alcaraz||6. Ruud|
|seven. Djokovic||seven. alcaraz|
|8. Rublev||8. Norrie|
|9. Auger Aliasimus||9. Rublev|
|ten. Fisherman||ten. Fisherman|
|11. Norrie||11. Auger Aliasimus|
|… 21. Monfils||… 16. Kyrgios|
|… 45. Kyrgios||… 26. Monfils|
|… 49. Nakashima||… 35. Garine|
|… 56. Garine||… 40 Nakashima|
|… 71. Goffin||… 42. Goffin|
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