Tennis fans are up in arms after Novak Djokovic officially dropped from World No.3 to No.7 one day after winning the Wimbledon title.
Djokovic came from a set down to beat Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s final at the All England Club, clinching his seventh Wimbledon crown and 21st grand slam overall.
With the ATP’s latest rankings update, Djokovic has fallen from No.3 to No.7 despite lifting the Challenge Cup for a fourth-consecutive time at Wimbledon.
The farcical situation came about because the ATP and WTA tours decided to strip Wimbledon of rankings points in retaliation to the All England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
Wimbledon officials decided to take a stand against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, barring all players from Russia and Belarus from competing at the grass-court grand slam.
Novak and Jelena Djokovic, pictured here at the Wimbledon Ball.
The ATP and WTA tours then stripped Wimbledon of rankings points, but decided not to put the rankings on hold.
That means Djokovic has now lost the 2000 points he earned from winning Wimbledon in 2021, resulting in his drop in the overall rankings.
Tennis writer Stuart Fraser tweeted on Saturday: “Novak Djokovic could win Wimbledon on Sunday and drop from No.3 to No.7 in the world rankings. Madness.
“The ATP really have shafted themselves with this ludicrous decision. Nick Kyrgios would be a great (and arguably a much-needed) addition to the ATP Finals field but he’ll remain at No.37 in the Race to Turin after this fortnight.”