Sinner assured of rise to World No. 1

It is a foregone conclusion that Jannik Sinner will ascend to the top spot in the PIF ATP Rankings on June 10th.The 29th player to ever achieve the position of world number one will be Jannik Sinner.Submitted by the ATP Staff

On the 10th of June, Jannik Sinner is scheduled to make his way to the top spot in the PIF ATP Rankings. The young man, who is only 22 years old, will make history by becoming the first Italian player to win the men’s tennis national championship.

Sinner started the year ranked fourth in the world. But with a big rise to begin 2024, highlighted by his first major triumph at the Australian Open, an ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami, and semi-finals at Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo, he will now ascend to the very pinnacle of the sport. His first major title came at the Australian Open.

“What am I supposed to say? Sinner stated, “First and foremost, it is every player’s dream to become No. 1 in the world,” following his victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. He then went on to discuss the withdrawal of Novak Djokovic, which ensured Sinner’s climb to the peak of the tennis world rankings. “On the other hand, the fact that Novak is retiring here is something that I find to be disheartening. I wish him a fast recovery.”

The Italian had already created history for his country earlier this year by becoming the highest-ranked Italian man in the PIF ATP Rankings (surpassing Adriano Panatta’s career-high position of No. 4).


Over the past 52 weeks, during which Sinner has gained the points that elevated him to World No. 1, he has recorded a 14-3 record against Top 10 opponents. Nine of his victories over that time have come against current or past World No. 1s: Djokovic (3), Alcaraz (1) and Medvedev (5).

Entering last August’s National Bank Open presented by Rogers, Sinner had never lifted an ATP Masters 1000 or major trophy. Since then he has collected six wins, including Masters 1000 successes in Toronto and Miami, as well as his maiden Grand Slam victory at Melbourne Park. His other crowns came at ATP 500 events: Beijing, Vienna and Rotterdam.

One of Sinner’s biggest highlights occurred at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals, where he competed for the second time. The Italian won his group with an unbeaten record before overcoming Medvedev to reach the championship match.

On 1 April, Sinner ascended to World No. 2 and today, he will take the next step to the absolute top of the sport, displacing Djokovic, who has held World No. 1 for more weeks than any player in history (429 by the end of Roland Garros).

Sinner is just the second player born in the 2000s to achieve the peak, joining Carlos Alcaraz. Only six live players have risen to World No. 1: Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Daniil Medvedev, Alcaraz and now Sinner.

The Italian is the second seed at Roland Garros and is hunting his maiden championship at the clay-court major. He will play Carlos Alcaraz or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.

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