Djokovic Kicks Off March Top Of Olympics Race But In-Form Sinner Is Not Far Behind

Djokovic Kicks Off March Top Of Olympics Race But In-Form Sinner Is Not Far Behind

by Nurein Ahmed

Novak Djokovic has been unstoppable in his quest to finish at the top of the Olympics Race and secure his status as the top seed at the tennis tournament in Paris later this year.

The Olympics Race was invented in June 2023 to record points accumulated by all players in a 52-week window to determine the Top 56 players who will qualify for the showpiece event in France's capital.

The race and the ATP ranking of June 10th, 2024, will have parity and will be the metric used by the ITF. Additionally, players who aspire to compete must satisfy all eligibility requirements, like getting at least two nominations in Davis Cup competitions within an Olympic cycle.

Djokovic has accumulated 7,360 points since June of last year. He hasn't added to his tally since a semifinal defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open. And the Italian, who won his first Grand Slam in Melbourne, is chasing him in his quest to top the race.

Sinner trails the Serb by 635 points ahead of the Indian Wells Open, beginning on March 6th. The pair will be among the top three seeds at the tournament.

Carlos Alcaraz has fallen off in the race, having led at some point last year. He has 5,180 points before he defends his Indian Wells crown in the next fortnight. If his form doesn't pick up fast, he could be overtaken by Daniil Medvedev in third place.

Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete as neutral athletes following the lift of the ban by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Alexander Zverev, the defending gold medalist from Tokyo, is fifth, with Andrey Rublev not far behind in sixth.

Hubert Hurkacz (7th) and Alex de Minaur (8th) are only separated by 70 points. Taylor Fritz is the USA's top-ranked player in the race at 10th spot but faces a battle with Ben Shelton. Ugo Humbert is France's highest-ranked player following his magnificent title run in Dubai. You can find the Olympics standings below.


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