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ATP Rankings Report – As of June 10, 2024

ROLAND GARROS – Similar situation for the men on the rankings side with the Roland Garros results, as well as two weeks’ worth of Challengers and ITFs, coming on the board this eventful Monday.

It’s the Olympics rankings deadline, as well.

That’s significant for a lot of players, not the least of which are several doubles players who found themselves falling outside the top 10, at the last minute.

We’ve got a pretty comprehensive listing here, as well as. whole bunch of fresh pics.

For the complete, updated ATP Tour rankings, click here.

Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 2 ============> No. 1 (It was a done deal when Novak Djokovic withdrew from Roland Garros last week. But on this Monday, it’s official: Sinner is the first Italian No. 1 ever, despite their long tennis history. He’d only wish his body didn’t let him down in his highly-anticipated semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz. But he’ll have other opportunities).

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 3 ============> No. 2 (Alcaraz wins his third major title – on his third major-title surface, and squeezes past Novak Djokovic and into the No. 2 ranking. At only 21, he could go for the career Slam in January in Australia).

Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 11 ============> No. 9 (De Minaur’s slow but steady improvement may morph him from a player who occasionally dips into the top 10 with a good result to a top-10 stalwart. Too soon to tell, but an impressive run to the quarterfinals. After a first-round bye, he’ll face a qualifier or wild card Tim van Rijthoven in ‘s-Hertogenbosch).

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 21 ============> No. 18 (Auger-Aliassime back into the top 20 with a fourth-round effort in Paris. But he injured his left adductor in the loss to Carlos Alcaraz. And it’s enough that he’s skipping the opening week of the grass season in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this week).

Pavel Kotov (RUS): No. 56 ============> No. 51 (The 25-year-old Russian with the slight case of Molson Muscle is 11 points out of the top 50, after making the third round in Paris. Can he live well and also play well? The expiriment continues).

Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 89 ============> No. 56 (Moutet made the fourth round, and gave Sinner fits – for a set. A great tournament for him. And he may well have booked his ticket for the Olympics, on the same courts).

Zizou Bergs (BEL): No. 104 ============> No.81 (The Belgian had to qualify in Paris. And he made it. And he got to the third round. And so he’s at a career high this week. Bergs forgot to sign up for ‘s-Hertogenbosch, but managed to get a wild card into the qualifying, where he lost in the second and final round but got in as a lucky loser).

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 98 ============> No. 93 (At 39, it’s entirely possible Wawrinka might outlast that entire great generation, all of whom are a few years younger. He lost a tough one in the second round of Paris to Kotiv. But he made it. Will the 2015 champion be there next year for the 10th anniversary of that monumental win, at 40?)

Jozef Kovalik (SVK): No. 145 ============> No. 119 (The former No. 80, now 31, lost in the Roland Garros qualifying. But he got in as a lucky loser and beat Giron and Khachanov before falling in the third round to Holger Rune).

Alexander Ritschard (SUI): No. 184 ============> No. 152 (Ritschard was beaten in the final round of qualifying in Paris by Canadian Gabriel Diallo. But it worked out; he played a Challenger in Heilbronn this week and made it to the final. And today, he’s at a new career high, at age 30).

Henri Squire (GER): No. 221 ============> No. 178 (The little-known German, 25, was a surprise qualifier in Paris and won a round – a fifth set match tiebreak against Max Purcell – before being defeated by Auger-Aliassime. He made the Heilbronn quarters. And he finds himself at a new career high. With a wild card into Stuttgart, he’ll play Yannick Hanfmannn the first round).

Rafael Nadal (ESP): No. 275 ============> No. 264 (The Mallorcan moves up a bit, despite losing in the first round of Roland Garros to Alexander Zverev – a tough draw. That number is pretty irrelevant to his purposes at the moment, though. When will he play again? Does he make Wimbledon?)

Jerome Kym (SUI): No. 444 ============> No. 281 (An accomplishment worth noting as Kim, 21,went from the qualifying to the title in Prostejov, shaving 165 piaces off his ranking in a week and moving into the top 300 for the first time, to a career high).

Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 350 ============> No. 286 (Nishikori, 34, had his hip fail him in the second round of Roland Garros, after going five sets with the Canadian Diallo in the first round. He hopes to be back for Eastbourne).

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 1 ============> No. 3 (It was going to be heavy lifting for Djokovic to keep his No. 1 spot, with so little match play and, it turns out, a knee issue he brought into the tournament. But a late, late night, and then a knee injury on what he said was a dodgy court required surgery. And that sealed the deal. And Alcaraz winning Roland Garros drops him to No. 3. With his run to the final. No. 4 Alexander Zverev is about 1,500 points behind him)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 9 ============> No. 11 (Tsitsipas slips out of the top 10 – by five points, after losing in the quarterfinals. It shouldn’t take much to get back in again).

Holger Rune (DEN): No. 13 ============> No. 15 (It’s been a slow drop for the 21-year-old Dane, with points dropping from last year’s quarterfinal efort as he goes down in the round of 16. It’s sort of a plateau, kind of).

Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 18 ============> No. 22 (The 28-year-old Russian slips out of the top 20 after losing in the second round to lucky loser Josef Kovalik. He made the quarters last year. After a first-round bye, he’ll face Max Purcell or Aleksandar Vukic in ‘s-Hertogenbosch).

Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 33 ============> No. 39 (Norrie might find himself out of the seeds at his home Slam, Wimbledon, as he loses in the first round to Kotov after making the third round last year. He’s playing the Nottingham Challenger, as the No. 1 seed, at “home” this week instead of one of the two ATP tournaments).

Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA): No. 58 ============> No. 71 (The Brazilian had a great Roland Garros in 2023; he came through the qualifying, defeated NO. 2 seed Medvedev in five sets in the first round, then Pella, before losing in five to Nishioka. This year, he was beaten in the first round by Gaël Monfils).

Borna Coric (CRO): No. 73 ============> No. 88 (Still only 27, Coric seems to have been in tennis purgatory for awhile now. He lost in the first round in Paris to Richard Gasquet. This week, he’s playing a Challenger in Perugia, on clay.

Andy Murray (GBR): No. 75 ============> No. 97 (Murray hurried back from a bad ankle injury suffered in Miami to play the clay. He ended up drawing Wawrinka in the first round and went out He’s in Stuttgart this week, to play Marcos Giron in the first round).

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN): No. 70 ============> No. 104 (Tough RG for Nishioka, who drew Auger-Aliassime in the first round. The Japanese player had the upper hand on the Canadian early on. But FAA has taken good care of him in recent years and it was the same in Paris; and Nishioka was defending fourth-round points after getting a GREAT draw through the first week last year. The lefty then went to a Challenger in Prostejov and lost in the second round. So that’s a tough drop).

Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 141 ============> No. 163 (A final Roland Garros for the congenial Argentine, who along with his friend Dominic Thiem won’t be back in 2025. He didn’t get through the qualifying though, losing in the second round).

Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 153 ============> No. 164 (Busy few weeks for the Quebecer, who lost in the first round of qualifying in Paris to Quentin Halys, in an amazing atmosphere on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Then he dashed back to the U.S. and got on the hard court at a pair of Challengers, making the quarterfinals in both. But it didn’t quite make up for last year’s semifinal at the Tyler event).

Juan Pablo Varillas (PER): No. 117 ============> No. 169 (Varillas, who had to qualify this year in Paris, was shocked in the first round by Marco Trungelliti. And so his points from last year’s great run to the fourth round – with five-set wins over Bautista Agut and Hurkacz – are gone. From a career high of No. 60 just before Wimbledon last year, Varillas has dropped 100 spots and is 1-8 at the ATP Tour level after a good run at the Challenger level in South America early in the season).

 

These rankings are key. Because if you’re in the top 10 today – the Olympic deadline – you can basically choose who you want to partner up with in Paris.

Roland Garros finalist Vavassori squeezed in. But Brit Neal Skupski, American Austin Krajicek, Croat Ivan Dodig and Frenchman Roger-Vasselin were squeezed out on the last day.

Novak Djokovic sits at No. 10 in the race. But he’s probably not too worried about it.

Out of these 20, only three are under 30.

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