French Open 2024 likely men’s singles seeds: Djokovic and Sinner projected No 1 and 2

Novak Djokovic was beaten by Jannik Sinner at the 2023 Davis Cup Finals
Novak Djokovic was beaten by Jannik Sinner at the 2023 Davis Cup Finals

The second Grand Slam of the year is moving ever closer, with most tennis players surely having half an eye on the French Open as they move through the clay court season.

The favourites for victory are unlikely to change but there could be a lot of movement regarding who is seeded where, with action at the Italian Open in Rome likely to have a huge impact.

Here is how things stand as of this week.

Djokovic and Sinner primed for No 1 and 2

In recent months Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, and Carlos Alcaraz have separated themselves from the rest of the field, with a cushion at the top of the Rankings.

Interestingly, events of the past few weeks mean that there is now likely to be little movement between those three at the top before Roland Garros.

Djokovic has a 1,130-point cushion over Sinner and has just quarter-final points to defend in Rome – while Sinner is out of his home event with injury.

But the Italian is effectively guaranteed to be the second seed, with Alcaraz losing 800 points after failing to defend his Madrid Open crown – and also withdrawing from Rome.

Below them, world No 4 Daniil Medvedev will have to defend 1,000 points in Rome, though a 1,760-point gap between him and No 5 Alexander Zverev should be enough to hold on to a top four seeding position.

Race for top 8

Below Zverev, there is a battle to seal the sixth, seventh, and eighth seedings at Roland Garros.

After a dip in form, Andrey Rublev has jumped back up to world No 6 thanks to his Madrid Open title – moving ahead of Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas will potentially need a good run to hold off world No 9 Hubert Hurkacz, with just 130 points between the two.

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World No 15 Ugo Humbert is probably out of reach of a top 10 ranking before Roland Garros, but he will almost certainly lead home hopes after a strong 2024 to date.

Elsewhere, world No 13 Taylor Fritz is in prime position to be the top US seed after his Madrid semi-final run, extending the gap between himself and Ben Shelton.

Alexander Bublik and Karen Khachanov will fancy their chances of breaking into the top 16, potentially knocking at least one of those American players down.

Lower down the rankings, Jan-Lennard Struff has fallen out of the seeding places after failing to defend his Madrid Open final points.

But it’s much better news for 2024 runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has moved from 35th in the rankings to 20th – guaranteeing he will be a seed in Paris.

Mariano Navone and Alejandro Tabilo have surged up the rankings and now hold the final two seeding positions on paper, with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina knocked down to world No 33 and No 34 respectively.

Top 32 as it stands (as of w/c May 6th 2024)

1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2) Jannik Sinner, Italy
3) Carlos Alcaraz, Spain
4) Daniil Medvedev
5) Alexander Zverev, Germany
6) Andrey Rublev
7) Casper Ruud, Norway
8) Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9) Hubert Hurkacz, Poland
10) Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
11) Alex de Minaur, Australia
12) Holger Rune, Denmark
13) Taylor Fritz, United States
14) Ben Shelton, United States
15) Ugo Humbert, France
16) Tommy Paul, United States
17) Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan
18) Karen Khachanov
19) Sebastian Baez, Argentina
20) Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada
21) Adrian Mannarino, France
22) Francisco Cerundolo, Argentina
23) Jiri Lehecka, Czechia
24) Nicolas Jarry, Chile
25) Frances Tiafoe, United States
26) Tallon Griekspoor, Netherlands
27) Sebastian Korda, United States
28) Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Argentina
29) Lorenzo Musetti, Italy
30) Cameron Norrie, Great Britain
31) Mariano Navone, Argentina
32) Alejandro Tabilo, Chile

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