Djokovic the best model for men at Wimbledon in the absence of Medvedev, Zverev

PHOTO: July 11, 2021 Serbian Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his last match against Italian Matteo Beretini at Wimbledon. Reuters / Toby Melville

LONDON – Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will take part in the tournament next week, as the first in the ranking of men with Russian number 1 in the world Daniil Medvedev was banned from participating, while the second in the ranking of Germany Alexander Zverev is injured.

The organizers of the Grand Slam tournament have banned players from Russia and Belarus from this year’s Wimbledon after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special operation.”

Zverev was operated on for broken ties in his right ankle this month after being forced to withdraw from the semi-finals of the French Open against Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, who failed to defend his Australian Open title in 2021 and earned 2,000 points in the rankings due to his unvaccinated status against COVID-19, recently lost his world number one spot to Medvedev.

The Serbian, who has won the last three editions of the Grasscourt Major, will go even lower in the rankings after Wimbledon, as he will lose another 2,000 points, as the ATP and WTA deprive the tournament of points.

The absence of Medvedev and Zverev means that Nadal, who is halfway through a possible slam in a calendar year after winning the Australian Open and French Open titles, will be placed second.

This also means that Djokovic and Nadal find themselves in different halves of the draw and cannot face each other until the men’s final on July 10. The duo met in this year’s quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard triumphed.

Britain has two players in the top 10 placed in its home major, with Cameron Nori ninth, while US Open champion Emma Raducanu is 10th in the absence of Belarusian Arina Sabalenka.

The first number one in the world of Poland, Iga Sviatek, will be the first in the women’s category, and the Estonian Annette Kontaveit is number two.

Wimbledon organizers have previously used a computer-based system that favors grass field results over the past two years to determine the rankings, but the 2021 edition of the senses reflects the world rankings.

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