Novak Djokovic's ATP ranking could plummet after Wimbledon

Nole Djokovic in serious trouble after injury in Paris

by Simone Brugnoli
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Novak Djokovic's ATP ranking could plummet after Wimbledon
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Novak Djokovic was forced to forfeit on the eve of the quarterfinal against Casper Ruud at Roland Garros. The Serbian champion yesterday afternoon managed to accomplish a real feat by beating Francisco Cerundolo in the fifth set despite a knee injury that turned out to be quite serious.

In fact, examinations showed a tear in the medial meniscus of his right knee. The big question mark now concerns Djokovic's next few months, because Wimbledon is a month away and then there will be the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The 37-year-old will do everything to recover in time, but arriving in the best condition for these two important dates will be really difficult for him.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024
Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Djokovic is in serious trouble

Novak Djokovic will have to resign himself to not spending any more weeks as world number 1 for a while. His absence from Wimbledon 2024 due to a meniscus injury will cause a significant drop in the Serbian's ATP ranking, which will lose the 1,200 points he earned last year at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which will be deducted on July 15. It would not be out of the question that he could fall beyond the top 5 of the rankings and drop out of a fight for number 1 in which Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz will be involved, with Alexander Zverev possibly joining in if the German continues to advance at Roland Garros 2024.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024
Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

“I am really sad to announce that I have to withdraw from Roland Garros. I played my heart out and gave my all in yesterday's match and unfortunately, due to a medial meniscus tear in my right knee, my team and I had to make a difficult decision after careful consideration and analysis.

I wish good luck to the players competing this week and sincerely thank the incredible fans for all the love and continued support. See you soon. With love and gratitude, Nole” , Djokovic wrote on his Instagram account. Ruud, who was not playing in the semifinals, was very good sportsmanlike and wished Djokovic a speedy recovery on Twitter.

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