LONDON — Roger Federer dropped from the ATP rankings for the first time in a quarter-century on Monday, while Novak Djokovic slipped four places to No. 7 a day after winning Wimbledon for the seventh time.
Federer had appeared in the singles chart every week since making his debut at 16 in September 1997, tied for 803rd, and held the record for most times at No. 1 until Djokovic breaks it.
Federer was 97th before the start of the game at the All England Club, but he now has no points as the ranking is based on a player’s results in the previous 52 weeks – and he hasn’t competed at all since that he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals a year ago.
Shortly after that loss, Federer underwent his third right knee surgery in around 18 months. Federer, who turns 41 on August 8, intends to return to the tournament in his native Switzerland in October and said in a Center Court appearance a week ago he hoped to be able to play at Wimbledon next year.
Djokovic’s and runner-up Nick Kyrgios’ fall from No. 40 to No. 45, despite reaching the first Grand Slam final of his career, is the result of the WTA and ATP’s decisions not to not award ranking points for Wimbledon in response to the All England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes because of the war in Ukraine.
On Monday, Djokovic, Kyrgios and all the other players forfeited all the points they earned at Wimbledon in 2021, without reaping any benefits from their performances during this fortnight.
So, Elena Rybakina’s first Grand Slam title didn’t do her any good in the WTA rankings; she remained at No. 23, where she became the second-lowest women’s grass-court tournament champion of the professional era, which began in 1968.
The woman she beat in Saturday’s final, Ons Jabeur, moved from 2nd to 5th place, even though it was her best performance in a major tournament.
Last year’s losing finalist Karolina Pliskova fell eight places to No. 15, and some of the women before her hit their career highs on Monday, including Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins at the No. 7, US Open champion Emma Raducanu at No. 10 and French Open runner-up Coco Gauff at No. 11.
French Open champion Iga Swiatek, whose 37-game winning streak ended in the third round of Wimbledon, remained No. 1.
Daniil Medvedev, who is Russian, remained at the top of the men’s rankings after not being cleared to compete at Wimbledon. He won the US Open last year and finished second at the Australian Open this year.