Novak Djokovic has a bunch of all-time records, of course. He has spent more weeks at number 1 (389) than any other player ever. He also has more Grand Slams (23) than any other ATP player. But as far as Djokovic‘s current streaks go, he got some company from Casper Ruud in one of the categories.
Ruud has now been ranked in the top 10 for 101 consecutive weeks (and counting; Ruud isn’t going to drop out anytime soon). Only two other players have a streak as long as 100 consecutive weeks, Djokovic (he’s been in the top 10 for 244 straight weeks) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (a somewhat surprising 211 consecutive weeks). Current world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz only moved into the top 10 since April 25th of last year.
Ruud has been on a fantastic run over the last 15 months, specifically. He has made the finals at the last two French Open and in last year’s US Open. A little surprisingly, though, Ruud has won just one title in 2023 which was the Estoril Open in early April. He has made three finals of tournaments in total this year.
Djokovic gets some company and the US Open makes a change
Speaking of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year is making some changes for the upcoming tournament. One of the more important ones is that matches on five of the tournament’s 17 courts will get video review of double bounces, a ball touching a player’s body, a player touching the net, or a player being hindered by crowd noise. This will be the first time a major has used video review.
Players will get three challenges per set. The review will be used in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Per ABC News, “When there is a challenge, two people away from the court will send the best replay to the chair umpire’s screen and videoboards in the arena. The umpire will have three options: confirm the original call, overturn it, or let the call stand if there isn’t clear video evidence one way or the other.”
The US Open starts on August 28th. The women’s final will be played on August 9th and the men’s final will be played on September 10th.