João Sousa 50th in the 'ranking' of tennis, Fognini for the first time in the 12th place

João Sousa 50th in the 'ranking' of tennis, Fognini for the first time in the 12th place

Portugal's João Sousa has moved up to the 50th place in the world tennis ranking, which is led by Serbian Novak Djokovic and has Fabio Fognini in 12th place for the first time.

Djoko remains at the top of this standings, ahead of Spanish Rafael Nadal, German Alexander Zverev and Swiss Roger Federer, while at the age of 31, Fognini, a day after winning the 1,000 Monte Carlo Masters, high position of the race, when climbing six places, in the week before to dispute the Estoril Open.

South African Kevin Anderson, who will also participate in the Portuguese tournament, to play at the Estoril Tennis Club between April 27 and May 5, staged the only climb in the top-10, reaching sixth place, for exchange with the Japanese Kei Nishikori.

Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Frenchman Gael Monfils and United Statesman Frances Tiafoe, defeated finalist of the Estoril Open in 2018, have today held seats in the hierarchy, eighth, 19th and 30th, respectively.

Under João Sousa, who will defend the title at the Estoril Open, Pedro Sousa moved down 107th, while João Domingues, who lost the Tunisian challenger final on Sunday, climbed seven positions (214. º) and Gonçalo Oliveira ascended 33 (262º), after reaching the semi-finals of the 'challenger' of Anning.

In today's update, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former world number five, has returned to the top-100, from which he has been away since October 2018.

In the women's sector, there were also no changes at the top of the hierarchy, with the leadership continuing to belong to Japan's Naomi Osaka, with Romania's Simona Halep Czech Petra Kivtova in second and third positions, respectively.

Francisca Jorge assumed the status of a Portuguese number one, when she climbed 30 places to 618th, overtaking Inês Murta, now 625th.

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