Novak Djokovic drops to 7th in the world one day after winning Wimbledon in rankings farce

Tennis officials’ controversial decision not to award Wimbledon a seeding ended in farce.

The ATP and WTA – the governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis – had good intentions when they removed Wimbledon from its ranking status in protest at the All England Club’s banning of Russian and Belarusian players from competing in because of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.

But the stand backfired in spectacular fashion, with Novak Djokovic dropping from third to world No.7 a day after claiming an incredible seventh Wimbledon crown.

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Equally ridiculous, Australian Nick Kyrgios dropped from 40th to 45th in the world after reaching his first Grand Slam final in London.

The ranking fiasco threatens to cost Kyrgios a very important ranking for the last major of the year, the US Open which starts in New York on August 29.

Despite winning Wimbledon for the seventh time, Novak Djokovic fell four places in the standings.

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Despite winning Wimbledon for the seventh time, Novak Djokovic fell four places in the standings.

Normally, Kyrgios would have climbed to world No. 15 for his run at Wimbledon, putting him in position to claim a top-16 seed at Flushing Meadows.

This would have ensured the 27-year-old couldn’t meet a higher-ranked rival until at least the fourth round of the US Open.

Instead, Kyrgios – unless he climbs the rankings next month as he was planning a well-deserved break – will be at the mercy of the draw.

Luckily for Kyrgios and the rest of the field, but sadly for Djokovic, the Serbian superstar won’t play the US Open after opting out of getting a Covid-19 shot.

Had Djokovic played, Kyrgios could have faced Djokovic in the first round in New York following the rankings debacle.

Even without Djokovic in the draw, Kyrgios could still knock out a number of big rivals in the first round if he doesn’t improve his position.

Australian Nick Kyrgios has dropped five places in the world rankings after reaching his first Grand Slam final.

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Australian Nick Kyrgios has dropped five places in the world rankings after reaching his first Grand Slam final.

And since player ranking points haven’t dropped for a year, the decision not to award points at Wimbledon will continue to have ramifications for 12 months.

Djokovic and Kyrgios aren’t the only stars suffering.

Elena Rybakina’s maiden Grand Slam title didn’t do her any good in the WTA rankings, with the Kazakh remaining at No. 23 in the world.

The woman she beat in Saturday’s final (Sunday NZT), Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, dropped from 2nd to 5th place despite her best performance at a major tournament.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek, whose 37-game winning streak ended in the third round of Wimbledon, remains at No.1.

Russian Wimbledon pariah Daniil Medvedev retained the top spot in the men’s rankings despite not competing in the grass slam.