Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Flagless Medvedev stays on top

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PARIS, France (AFP) — While the ATP rankings barely moved on Monday following a weekend when the Davis Cup replaced tournament­s, there was one visible change, as the Russian flag vanished from the list.

Daniil Medvedev stayed on top, but the country column next to his name contained a white rectangle, after the ATP responded to the invasion of Ukraine, by deciding last week to allow Russian and Belarusian players to continue to compete, but not under their national flags.

Andrey Rublev, who dropped a place to seventh, Aslan Karatsev in 22 and Karen Khachanov, who fell one spot to 26, also had their nationalit­y hidden by the ATP.

Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, who rose two spots to 41, was also flagless. There are no Ukrainians in the men’s top 100.

One player who jumped without playing was Dominic Thiem the former No. 3, out with a wrist injury since June, rose one spot to 50 just as he postponed his return to the ATP tour circuit.

There are no Ukrainians in the men’s top 100.

The 28-year-old Austrian said on Monday he had decided to skip Indian Wells, which starts on Thursday and the Miami Open from 23 March to 3 April and has pushed back his return until the start of the clay court season in April.

“I had really good practice weeks. The wrist is perfectly fine, the hand is getting better and better, but still I decided to pull out of Indian Wells and of Miami to start on the clay courts,” Thiem said on Instagram. Meanwhile, Maria Sakkari was the only climber in the top 20 of the WTA rankings released on Monday, climbing one place to No. 6 and exchanging places with Spaniard Paula Badosa.

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