Serena to Play in Toronto; Djokovic Unsure of US Open Participation
Serena – Former world number one Serena Williams will resume her comeback bid at the Canadian Open in Toronto on August 6-14. Tournament organizers confirms the development on Thursday. This is regarding the 23-time Grand Slam winner using a protected ranking to make it to the main draw. Forty-one of the top 43-ranked players in the world will compete in the event. It includes world number one and two-time French Open champion Iga Swiatek. Other superstars mentioned in the event are Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, and reigning United States Open champion Emma Raducanu.
The men’s event will take place in Montreal. 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal leads a stacked field aiming to get themselves ready for the US Open. The Spaniard will make his return weeks after he suffered an abdominal injury in Wimbledon. Nadal has won the event five times. He will have his hands full in the tournament. World number one Daniil Medvedev will compete alongside world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz. The Canadian Open will be exciting for tennis fans and online ATP oddsmakers who bet heavily on their favorite tennis stars.
Djokovic Falls to Seventh Despite Wimbledon Title Conquest
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic went down four places in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals world rankings. This is despite winning this year’s Wimbledon Championships for his 21st Grand Slam. Djokovic went down to seventh from third in the previous rankings. The drop is due to the ATP’s decision of not awarding ranking points for the tournament. This is after Wimbledon organizers bar Russian and Belarusian players due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The decision affects Wimbledon runnerup Nick Kyrgios as he falls five places to 45th in the world. Russian Daniil Medvedev kept his top spot, well ahead of injured Alexander Zverev. Close behind is Rafael Nadal, who climbed one place from fourth. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud also went up to fourth and fifth, resepectively. Andrey Rublev ranks eighth followed by Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik Sinner, who climbs three places from No13.
Meanwhile, the Serb said he is unlikely to compete in the US Open, as he is still unvaccinated against coronavirus. However, he still hopes to get an exemption from American authorities to take part in the event with the hopes of equaling Nadal in the most Grand Slam titles won list at 22. Currently, the 35-year-old’s status will bar him from entering the US. The tournament will take place next month in New York. Australia deports Djokovic in January due to his vaccination status. It prevents him from defending the Australian Open crown, allowing Nadal to win in Melbourne.
Wimbledon Women’s Winner Rybakina Receives Hero’s Welcome in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan welcomed newly-crowned Wimbledon women’s singles titist Elena Rybakina as a hero as they held a ceremony to celebrate her feat. Moscow-born Rybakina switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018 as she could not get support from the Russian tennis federation when she was still a young tennis player. The new Wimbledon champion also dismisses Russian claims that she is its “product.” The tennis star says a ‘’good’’ team helps her become champion. She denied the earlier statement by Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev that Rybakina is Russia’s own.
Kazakh tennis federation deputy chief Yuri Polskiy stood by Rybakina’s beliefs, saying it was Tarpischev himself who rejected the Wimbledon champion and said that “he did not consider Elena Rybakina ’a tennis player of promise.’” Rybakina’s win in Wimbledon meant a lot for the former Russian state as its tennis federation spent millions of dollars to develop her. Rybakina will be one of the favorites in next month’s US Open, and tennis betting websites will push their bets on top stars that emerged victorious in various Grand Slam tournaments this year.