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ATP Tennis Rankings: Historic Changes Unfold

The ATP and WTA rankings have witnessed major shifts, with delight for Jannik Sinner, dismay for Greek stars Tsitsipas and Sakkari.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 20th February 2024

The tennis world saw major and historic changes on Monday with the release of the revised ATP and WTA rankings. There was some related delight and grief, as with any life changes. 


Originally, there had always been a single-handed backhand player in the Top 10 since the ATP rankings were first created in 1973. This was changed on Monday when Stefanos Tsitsipas, the only player remaining in the Top 10 with a one-handed backhand, dropped out.



Many wondered, with the advent of the younger players using the two-handed backhand, if there would be an influx of one-handed backhands in the men’s game in the coming years. This is further proof that the Roger Federer era of tennis is in the past.


Jannik Sinner made Italian tennis history on Monday when he overtook Daniil Medvedev and became the new World No. 3. No other Italian had ever ranked this high. Adriano Panatta, 73, was ranked World No. 4 in August 1976. Sinner continued to shatter his country’s records.



The final ranking news was about the Greek tennis stars, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari. Tsitsipas, as mentioned previously, slipped out of the Top 10, for the first time in five years. In more bad news for the Greeks, Maria Sakkari not only split with her coach this week but also fell out of the Top 10 for the first time in 2 1/2 years.

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