Tennis - The French Open tournament committee has decided to stick to the world rankings and not offer any boost in the seedings to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has won the title in Paris for seven out of the last eight years but due to his seven month injury lay off, he is down to no. 5 in the rankings.
Nadal has won 5 of 7 events since his comeback in February but since he is defending a lot of points from last season's clay court stretch, he is still ranked no. 5. But Nadal could move up to no. 4 in next week's rankings. Those rankings will be the ones that determine the seedings in Paris.
Nadal needs to win the title in Rome this week and current no. 4 David Ferrer has to lose before the quarters for Nadal to move to no. 4. And Nadal and Ferrer are slated to meet in the last eight in Rome. So if Nadal wins the title, he is guaranteed the no. 4 ranking and seednig. Nadal has owned Ferrer in their head to head, leading 18-4, including coming from two points away from defeat to win in Madrid last week.
A seeding of no. 5 means Nadal could meet Djokovic, Federer or Murray in the quarters in Paris.
Nadal is due to open his campaign in Rome against either Fabio Fognini or Andreas Seppi and could face Ernests Gulbis in the third round in Rome.