Once a tennis player becomes No.1 in the world on both ATP and WTA tour, the pressure is always on him/her to sustain their position at the top. Given the cramped calendar, it is a herculean task to remain at the top of the game. However, World No.1 Novak Djokovic continues to dominate the men’s game, owing to which he also finds himself at the helm. Likewise, Ash Barty too has been leading the women’s ranking list for a long period.
For both Djokovic and Barty, coming into 2021 Wimbledon presented with a challenge of protecting their top ranking. World No.2 Daniil Medvedev had the chance to become No. 1 by winning the title, or by reaching the final and Djokovic lost before the final. Fortunately for the Serb, the Russian’s plans were dashed after his fourth round loss to Hubert Hurkacz despite leading by two sets to one, before rain cancelled play on Court No.2 on Tuesday.
The Russian also had a chance to top the ATP charts at the recently concluded French Open. Currently, he sits on 10280 points and come next week, he will further widen the gap between him and No.3 player Rafael Nadal.
In the women’s category too, Aryna too lost out on the potential opportunity to become the top-ranked player after the Australian beat Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets in their quarterfinal clash to make the semis at Wimbledon.
329 weeks as No.1 for Djokovic
Meanwhile, Djokovic will begin his 329th career week at No. 1 next Monday and is unlikely to lose his spot ahead of the 2021 US Open. Earlier in the year, the 34-year-old surpassed former World No.1 Roger Federer to top the charts as the No.1 player for maximum weeks. He is also aiming for his sixth Wimbledon crown, which will tie him with Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams each.
On the other hand, Barty will enter her 84th week as the top ranked women’s player. The Australian is now into the finals of Wimbledon and will be eyeing her maiden title at the All England Club.