Rafael Nadal has dropped out of the world’s top 10 men’s tennis rankings for the first time in nearly 18 years.
Nadal has been in the all-time top 10 since April 2005, but on Monday he slipped to 13th in the ATP rankings after an injury forced him to miss Indian Wells.
The 36-year-old’s career ended on the same day that fellow teenager Carlos Alcaraz reclaimed his No. 1 spot from Novak Djokovic after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Indian Wells final on Sunday.
Nadal has yet to recover from a thigh injury that has hampered him since he was knocked out of Mackenzie McDonald’s Australian Open in January.
Although Nadal, whose 22 grand slam wins are matched only by Djokovic, could return to the top 10 once he returns to action, it won’t be next month because he also pulled out of the Miami Masters.
The latest ATP rankings saw Djokovic drop to second, while Medvedev moved from sixth to fifth, Felix Auger-Aliassime jumped from tenth to sixth, Hubert Hurkacz moved up into the top ten as he moved up two places to ninth, while Taylor Fritz dropped From the tenth place. From the fifth to the tenth.
Alex de Minaur remains 18th despite a first-round exit at Indian Wells, three places short of his career-high 15th in 2021. Nick Crygios is down two places in 24th with Jason Kubler (five-70) next up in the Australian rankings. .
In all, there are eight Australians in the top 100, including Jordan Thompson (83), Chris O’Connell (86), Alexei Popyrin (93), Thanasi Kokkinakis (94) and Max Purcell (99).
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