The top two men's tennis players in the world will not be playing on the grass at the All-England Club when Wimbledon begins on June 27. Daniil Medvedev, who reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking on Monday, is one of the Russian players barred from Wimbledon following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
No. 2 in the world Alexander Zverev will be absent for a long time after tearing ligaments in his right ankle while pursuing a Rafael Nadal shot in the Roland Garros semifinals. Andrey Rublev, the world No. 8 from Russia, will also be absent from the competition.
Rafael Nadal, the world's No. 4 tennis player, has yet to make an official announcement about his plans for Wimbledon, but his uncle Toni said Rafael was on track to compete despite a chronic foot problem that required injections to numb his foot during his run to his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title.
Novak Djokovic, the defending champion who is now ranked No. 3 in the world, will compete at Wimbledon, searching for his first major championship since winning there a year ago. With 20 major titles, he and Roger Federer trail Nadal by two.