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Men’s Tennis ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal moves up to No.2

Rafael Nadal has increased his rankings by two spots to stand at No.2 in the ATP rankings which is his highest since October 2014.

Previous year French Open champion Novak Djokovic has moved from second place to fourth place in the ATP rankings, which is his lowest ranking in seven years. Incidentally, Novak Djokovic got knocked out in quaterfinals of the French Open.

Men’s Tennis ATP Current Rankings

First Rank: Andy Murray (Great Britain)

Second Rank: Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Third Rank: Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)

Fourth Rank: Novak Djokovic (Serbia & Montenegro)

Fifth Rank: Roger Federer (Switzerland)

WTA Current Rankings

French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko has jumped from 47th place to a career-high 12th in the WTA rankings. French Open title was her first tour-level title of her career. Last year, Jelena was knocked out of the tournament in the first round itself.

In the WTA rankings, Angelique Kerber retains her No. 1 position despite losing in the first round of French Open.

First Rank: Angelique Kerber (Germany)

Second Rank: Simona Halep (Romania)

Third Rank: Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)

Fourth Rank: Serena Williams (USA)

Fifth Rank: Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)

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ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai-Heena Sidhu Clinch Gold Medal

Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.

However, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu narrowly missed out making to the finals of the individual men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event. While Jitu Rai finished 12th, Heena Sidhu finished 9th in their respective qualification rounds. Only top 8 are eligible to compete in the finals.

Significantly, mixed team events have been approved as medal events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This win is the Indian pair’s second World Cup gold together.

A total of 430 athletes from 45 nations are participating in the Gabala World Cup to qualify for the the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF). The event will be the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify as only eight best shooters of the world in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards will be able to compete in the WCF. China leads the medal tally at Gabala.

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