Rafael Nadal Current Affairs - 2019

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Tennis Ranking: Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic continue as World No. 1

In the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings Naomi Osaka of Japan’s and Novak Djokovic of Serbia continue to be as World Number 1.

Key Highlights

The latest ATP and WTA rankings were announced ahead of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships that is scheduled to take place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom (UK) starting 1 July 2019.

Naomi Osaka: retained the World No. 1 spot by being just 252 points ahead of world No.2 Ashleigh Barty of Australia in unchanged top 20 WTA rankings.

Novak Djokovic: leads the latest men’s ATP rankings ahead of Rafael Nadal (French Open winner 2019) and former World No. 1 Roger Federer. The top of ATP rankings remains unchanged even a week after Nadal claimed the Men’s Singles in Roland Garros title (French Open 2019) with victory over Australia’s Dominic Thiem in final. Roger Federer also lost to Nadal in semis in his first appearance in French Open 2019, Paris since 2015.

Wimbledon Preparations:

In preparation for upcoming Wimbledon Naomi and the French Open winner Ashleigh Barty are playing on grass in Birmingham, England this week.

Roger is currently playing on grass in Halle in Germany as the focus switches to Wimbledon build-up.

About WTA and ATP

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)

It was founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, to create a better future for women’s tennis. It is the principal organizing body of women’s professional tennis and is restricted to women. The body governs WTA Tour which is worldwide professional tennis tour for women

Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)

It was founded in September 1972 by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and Cliff Drysdale (who became 1st President of body) to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. It is the principal governing body of men’s professional tennis.

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Fact Box: French Open Tennis 2019

The 2019 French Open was the 123rd edition of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. It was held from 26 May to 9 June 2019, at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. It is played on outdoor clay courts. The tournament comprises of singles, doubles and mixed doubles play matches.

Men’s Singles title at French Open tennis

  • Spain’s Rafael Nadal won a historic 12th Roland Garros title or Men’s Singles title at French Open tennis and 18th Grand Slam crown with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over his opponent Dominic Thiem of Austria.
  • With this win, 33-year-old Nadal becomes 1st player, man or woman, to win same Slam 12 times.
  • Spaniard now stands just 2 behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors and 3 ahead of Novak Djokovic who was defeated by Dominic in semi-finals of French Open. Nadal, the World Number 2 took his Paris record to 93 wins and just 2 losses having previously won title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018.

Men’s Doubles title

Andreas Mies & Kevin Krawietz of Germany defeated Fabrice Martin & Jérémy Chardy of France in final with in final 6–2, 7–6(7–3) to win Men’s Doubles title at French Open tennis.

Women’s Singles title

Ashleigh Barty of Australia knocked off Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic in final with 6-1, 6-3 to win her 1st Women’s Singles title at French Open tennis 2019.

Women’s Doubles title

Hungary’s Tímea Babos & France’s Kristina Mladenovic defeated Zheng Saisai & Duan Yingying of China in final with 6–2, 6–3 to win Women’s Doubles title at French Open tennis.

Mixed Doubles title

Chinese Taipei’s Latisha Chan & Ivan Dodi goof Croatia defeated Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada & Mate Pavić of Croatia in final to win Mixed Doubles title at French Open tennis.

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