This week sees a new name at the top of the men’s world tennis rankings: HEAD’s tennis ambassador Jannik Sinner.

Sinner’s ascent to the top of men’s tennis continues HEAD’s domination of the rankings, as the Italian replaces the Austrian racquet maker’s long-time ambassador Novak Djokovic, who holds the record for the longest number of weeks as No 1 (at a remarkable 428 weeks).

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Sinner, who reached in the French Open the semi-final of a Grand Slam for the third time in the last four, was already knocking on the door of the top ranking spot after a highly impressive 12 months. With Djokovic needing to reach the final of the year’s second major to keep his position, Sinner learned after beating Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals that he would become the new number one when Djokovic pulled out of the tournament.

“It means a lot to me, for sure,” Sinner said in Paris after hearing that the new rankings would see his name at the top. “I am very happy about this achievement. It’s a lot of work we put in – it’s a daily routine. I think it’s great for Italy – I’m happy to be part of this Italian movement.”

“I think I’ve learned a lot from the losses I had, especially a year ago here in Paris. I learned, and I have to accept to learn from myself. I worked a lot on that. There are some moments where you have to realize what you have done wrong and sometimes it’s cough to accept but this is the right way. I have very honest people around me, and they tell me only the truth.”

Sinner is the 29th male player – and the first Italian, man or woman – to top the computer rankings since they were introduced in 1973 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as a system to guarantee fair entry to tournaments.

Sinner, who comes from San Candido in the German-speaking area of northern Italy, was a proficient skier from the ages of 8 to 12 (skiing with HEAD skis). Having chosen to specialise in tennis, he became an ambassador for HEAD’s range of Speed racquets.

Winning the ATP NextGen title in 2019 marked him out as a player to watch, and he won three tour-level titles before his 20th birthday. By July 2023, he had reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, and in January he came from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. Since then, he has won the titles in Rotterdam and the ATP Masters-1000 in Miami, and was a semi-finalist at two other Masters-1000 tournaments: Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.

Although Sinner is a new world number one, the equipment at the top of men’s tennis remains the same, as both Djokovic and Sinner endorse HEAD’s Speed range of racquets. Sinner endorses the Speed 2024 brand, while Djokovic has the Speed Legend, a signature racquet associated exclusively with the 24-time major champion.

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