Sept. 12 (UPI) – Serena Williams advanced 284 ranks, Ons Jabeur ascended to No. 2 in the WTA rankings, and 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player to ever hold the top spot in the ATP rankings.
In the United States, Alcaraz defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud, the fifth-seeded player, in four sets. The third-seeded Spaniard won the Open men’s singles title on Sunday in Flushing, New York, moving up to No. 1 in the ATP singles rankings as a result.
At the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sunday, Alcaraz told reporters, “I played amazing matches, with high intensity, throughout the last [three] weeks.” I’m extremely relieved to have advanced and to have the top spot in the world.
Alcaraz accomplished more than only rising in the 1973-instituted ATP rankings. He also became the first person since Rafael Nadal in 2005 to win a Grand Slam at a young age. Nadal was 19 when he won that singles match as well.
Due to his success at the season’s final Grand Slam, Ruud rose from No. 7 to a career-high No. 2 in the rankings.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia fell from No. 1 to No. 4 after his defeat in the U.S. Open’s fourth round. Alexander Zverev of Germany dropped from No. 2 to No. 5.
The most significant improvement in the men’s rankings was made by Frenchman Corentin Moutet, who fell to Ruud in the fourth round in Flushing. He went from No. 112 to No. 84, moving up 28 spots.
Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada slid from eighth to thirteenth place, leaving him outside of the top 10. Due to his successful run to the semifinals at the U.S., American Frances Tiafoe climbed inside the Top 25. Open. Alcaraz is the youngest No. 1 Tiafoe rose from place 26 to position 19.
On the women’s side, Poland’s Iga Swiatek maintained her top spot. Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, ranked No. 5, was defeated by Swiatek, who initially attained the top spot in April, in the United States on Saturday. final for open women’s singles.
Jabeur rose in the WTA rankings from No. 5 to No. 2. Jessica Pegula, an American, rose from No. 8 to a career-high No. 5 after losing to Swiatek in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Cori “Coco” Gauff, another American, increased her position from No. 12 to No. 8 for a new career high.
The other Americans in the Top 25 of the WTA rankings are No. 16 Danielle Collins, No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 22 Amanda Anisimova, and No. 23 Alison Riske-Amritraj. Nos. 44 Bernarda Pera, No. 49, and Nos. 33 Shelby Rogers The other American in the Top 50 is Sloane Stephens. Alcaraz is the youngest No. 1 Last week, Stephens was ranked 51st.
Prior to the competition, Serena Williams was ranked No. 605, having declared in August that she will retire from tennis following the U.S. Open. She rose nearly 300 positions to No. 321 following her singles competition run, which was cut short in the third round.
Swiatek and Alcaraz got a total of $2.6 million apiece for winning the U.S. Open.