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Wimbledon LIVE: Novak Djokovic faces ATP punishment as John McEnroe sparks Russia debate


Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios face off in the men’s Wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon but the Serbian will drop down the rankings even if he wins a fourth straight showpiece match on Centre Court.

Despite winning three of the last six Grand Slams, Djokovic is ranked No 3 in the world and will drop to a four-year low of No 7 whether he wins or loses against Kyrgios at SW19. That’s as a result of the ATP punishment the governing body have inflicted don Wimbledon for banning Russian and Belarusian players from competing.

Ranking points have been removed from the tournament and as such Djokovic will drop the 2,000 points he gained for winning at the All England Club in 2021. Djokovic has not been outside of the top six since August 2018 but falls below Stefanos Tsitsipas, Caspar Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz although none of the trio got past the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Elsewhere, John McEnroe sparked political debate on the BBC’s coverage of the women’s final on Saturday. He said: “I just think it’s weird. I don’t mean to get into politics here but she is Russian, right? It is sort of strange because of this whole ordeal of not allowing the Russians to play.”

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