Novak Djokovic is current top of world tennis, Chris Kermode reveals

Djokovic was a three-time winner of the ATP Finals, and first lifted the men’s Tour title in Rome in 2006

Former world number one Novak Djokovic is the current No 1 of tennis’s “number ones”, ATP president Chris Kermode has revealed.

Djokovic, 28, had his ranking suspended after withdrawing from the US Open in September with an elbow injury.

The Serb was still the world’s top player in October but has not played since.

Djokovic regained top spot in October and joins Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in having climbed back to the top of the rankings.

“I think it’s fair to say Novak is the best male player in the world of this era,” said Kermode, who has been president of the ATP Tour since April 2016.

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The five-time Grand Slam champion Murray ended last season ranked seventh after undergoing surgery on his injured hip last August.

After Murray announced his withdrawal from the Brisbane International last week, Kermode said he was hopeful the Scot could be fit in time for the Australian Open in mid-January.

Murray withdrew from his opening match at the Brisbane International, citing a “bone scan” from last Tuesday, the day before the injury was first revealed.

“He’s got a couple of more weeks to take that time to get it right,” Kermode added.

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