João Sousa drops a position in the world ranking led by Djokovic


Portuguese João Sousa has now fallen to a 51st place in the world tennis rankings on the day he starts defending the title at the Estoril Open on a table led by Serbian Novak Djokovic.

oão Sousa learned that he left the top 50 places in the ATP hierarchy on his debut day at the Portuguese clay court tournament, which he won a year ago against Alexei Popyrin, the 113th-ranked Australian.

Pedro Sousa maintained the 107th position and remains the second best Portuguese player, followed by João Domingues, 214th, while Gonçalo Oliveira moved up three places to 259th.

Djokovic remains in first place in the standings, whose top-10 had Juan Martín Del Potro (from ninth to eighth) and John Isner (from 10th to ninth), the only climbs in exchange for the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who gave up two places, falling from the eighth to the 10th place.

Tsitsipas is the best-placed player of the Estoril Open, which starts today at the Estoril Tennis Club, followed by Italian Fabio Fognini, 12th, Frenchman Gael Monfils up to 18th and Serbian Dusan Lajovic to 23. º.

In today’s update of the women’s ranking, the leadership continues to belong to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, with Czech Petra Kvitova climbing to second place in exchange for third-seeded Romanian Simona Halep.

German Angelique Kerber moved up to fourth place in exchange for Czech Karolina Pliskova in the other change in the women’s world top 10.

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