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Daniil Medvedev set to reclaim No 1 spot back from Djokovic after Wimbledon points ban


On Friday night it was confirmed no ranking points will be awarded to those who compete at the All England Club this summer. That will significantly impact the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who successfully defended his title last year.

Players usually receive 2,000 ranking points for winning a Grand Slam singles title, but with none on offer at Wimbledon this year, Djokovic will lose those points he gained from 2021, regardless of how he performs at SW19. Djokovic is also about to begin his defence of 2,000 more ranking points from his victory at the French Open last year, with the second Grand Slam of the season set to begin on Monday.

Remarkably, if Djokovic wins both the French Open and Wimbledon, he could still find himself 2,000 points down on where he currently is in the world rankings. Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, the current second and third-ranked players in the world, only reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, so will only drop 180 points from Wimbledon and could both have leapfrogged Djokovic come the end of July.

Djokovic could, however, claw back some of the points he is set to lose if he plays and performs at a Wimbledon warm-up event, with 500 points on offer for the winner at both Queen’s and Halle. The 35-year-old didn’t play any events between Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year so has no points to defend.





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