With Sinner on his heels, the Geneva Open could help Djokovic hold onto the World No.1 ranking

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 05:30
Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic may see his stranglehold on the World No.1 ranking slip as Roland Garros looms ahead. With Italian Jannik Sinner nipping at his heels, the Serbian superstar may have to rely on a good performance at the ongoing Geneva Open if he plans on retaining the top spot.
Djokovic was a last-minute entrant at the Geneva Open, receiving a wildcard to compete at the ATP 250 event. The tournament takes place exactly one week before Roland Garros. Therefore, this could indicate that Djokovic requires more practice as he aims to defend the crown he won at last year's edition.
However, the 24-time Grand Slam champion's decision to participate in Geneva could be a ploy to see him retain the World No.1 ranking following Roland Garros. Should Djokovic reach at least the semifinals in Switzerland, then he would not necessarily need to make the final in Paris. A Roland Garros semifinal showing would be enough for him to secure the World No.1 ranking.
Nonetheless, the final outcome determines on Sinner's participation at the clay court Grand Slam. After taking two weeks off to recuperate from an injury, Sinner seems to be on track for a return. The World No.2 underwent treatment for his hip at J-Medical in Turin, and posts on social media by Sinner and his coach indicate the reigning Australian Open champion has returned to training on clay.

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