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Novak Djokovic withdraws from French Open with knee injury, will lose No. 1 ranking

Written by on June 4, 2024

Novak Djokovic withdrew from the French Open with an injured right knee on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, ending his title defense and meaning he will relinquish the No. 1 ranking. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

Novak Djokovic’s quest to win all four major tournaments in a year will have to wait until 2025. The French Open announced Tuesday that the defending champion has withdrawn from the clay court Grand Slam with a right knee injury.

No further details of the knee injury were announced. It’s not known when it happened, but he struggled with it during Monday’s epic five-set battle against Francisco Cerundolo. The match lasted four hours and 39 minutes, and Djokovic needed courtside treatment at least once.

Djokovic was scheduled to face No. 7 Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Ruud will be awarded a walkover (though not a win) and will be automatically advanced to the semifinals, where he’ll face either Alexander Zverev or Alex de Minaur.

Withdrawing from Roland Garros means Djokovic will lose the No. 1 spot in the ATP’s rankings. World No. 2 Jannik Sinner, who just defeated Grigor Dimitrov to advance to the semifinals, should become the next No. 1 no matter how he ends up finishing at the French Open.

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