Carlos Alcaraz Still No. 1, Wimbledon Champ Survies GOAT
WIMBLEDON, England -- Carlos Alcaraz held onto No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday by virtue of his victory over No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, and Marketa Vondrousova's first Grand Slam title pushed her all the way up to a career-high No. 10 on the WTA list.
Vondrousova jumped 32 places from No. 42 thanks to her 6-4, 6-4 win against Ons Jabeur in Saturday's final at the All England Club. Vondrousova, a 24-year-old from the Czech Republic, was the lowest-ranked and first unseeded women's champion at the grass-court major.
Alcaraz's 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of Djokovic on Sunday marked the third time in the past four major tournaments that the men's title match determined who would be at No. 1.
At last September's U.S. Open, Alcaraz became the first teenager to lead the ATP by beating Casper Ruud in the final. At January's Australian Open, it was Djokovic - who has spent more weeks atop the rankings than anyone in tennis history - who assured himself of being at No. 1 by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Alcaraz, a Spaniard who turned 20 in May, and Djokovic, a 36-year-old from Serbia, have been trading the highest spot this season. Alcaraz now enters his 29th week there.
"He's proven that he's the best player in the world, no doubt," said Djokovic, who had won four consecutive titles at Wimbledon and was seeking a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall.
Iga Swiatek could have relinquished her 15-month hold on the WTA's No. 1 ranking to No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon but remained there Monday.
Swiatek lost in the quarterfinals; Sabalenka lost in the semifinals.
The top seven slots in the women's rankings stayed the same Monday, with 2022 Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina remaining at No. 3, followed by Jessica Pegula, Caroline Garcia, Jabeur and Coco Gauff.