PARIS – US Open champion Daniil Medvedev has admitted that it was “very strange” that he was able to climb to number one in the world rankings because he was not allowed to play at Wimbledon.
The Russian, the second player in the world after Novak Djokovic, began his career at Roland Garros with a two-set victory on Tuesday. But the All England Club’s decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus at Wimbledon over the invasion of Ukraine was still the main talking point.
In response to this ban, the Women’s ATP and WTA announced that they would not award any score points for results at Wimbledon.
This means that all players who earned a ranking points at Wimbledon in 2021 – Djokovic earned a maximum of 2,000 points to win the tournament – will be erased from their records according to the usual 52-week system that takes into account a player’s top 19 championships during that time. the time. Djokovic currently has a 680-point lead over Medvedev, but the Serbian could also lose ranking points if he fails to defend his French Open title.
Wimbledon begins on June 27.
Medvedev said of the “very strange” situation after his victory over Facundo Banes 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. I must be honest. But yeah, like I said last time, I’d be really happy to play at Wimbledon.
“But if I can’t, then I will prepare for the upcoming tournaments and… keep track of what’s going on there. If there are no points and I become #1, that’s great for me. If there are points and I can’t become #1, I will be very disappointed. So I can’t change certain decisions, whether from the ATP or Wimbledon.
Medvedev described the ATP’s reaction to Wimbledon’s decision as “very logical”: “I’m not saying which decision is the right one, but at least so far, in explaining their decisions, I’ve found the ATP to make more sense.”
Seventh seed Andrei Rublev said the ATP’s response showed tournaments “cannot do what they want”. Russian leagues and players invited to work together.
“When we have a toxic relationship like now, only bad things can happen,” he said after beating Seonwoo Kwon 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Medvedev, 26, played his second match after returning from hernia surgery and reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year after four consecutive defeats in the first round.
He’s never been a big fan of clay, but he’s preparing in Paris.
“I have to be 100% focused and ready for what clay can offer me. Now I feel ready,” said Medvedev, who lost to Rafael Nadal in this year’s Australian Open final.
Farewell to Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew at Roland Garros and lost to Norway’s Casper Ruud after a tough fight (7-6, 6-7, 2-6, 6-7).
The 37-year-old Frenchman announced his retirement from the French Championship.
After arguing over his last point against Rudd, Tsonga got on his knees to kiss one last kiss on the muddy court of Central Court. A very emotional farewell.
Tsonga won 18 titles over his 18-year career and climbed to No. 5 in the world. He reached the final at the 2008 Australian Open.
He is the Frenchman with the most victories in the Grand Slam, 121.
The tournament organizers held an honoring ceremony in the main court after the match.
Other matches in the men’s draw include France’s Hugo Gaston’s five-set victory over Australian Alex de Minaur, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (4), in a duel that lasted nearly four times. Hours.
For her part, Frances Tiafoe got her first win in Paris on her seventh attempt. He defeated American Benjamin Ponzi 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
In the women’s draw, Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 Roland Garros champion, beat Lucia bronze 6-1, 6-4. Eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova came from behind to beat Tessah Andriangavitrimo 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Pliskova reached the final at Wimbledon last year. 9th seed Danielle Collins defeated Viktoria Tomova 6-0, 6-4.
Third seed Paula Padusa took just 54 minutes to defeat Finois Ferro 6-2, 6-0.
The 24-year-old Padusa dropped by just two points in the second set as she was trying to build on her performance last year when she reached the quarter-finals of this tournament.
Jessica Pegula advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over China’s Qiang Wang.