Players named in the 2022 Weissenhof Stuttgart draw, Daniil Medvedev to become top-ranked, John McEnroe criticises Nadal's shot-clock habits

    The 2022 BOSS OPEN in Stuttgart will feature Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios. The event, a build-up to Wimbledon, will commence on June 6 and end on June 12

    Tennis: Daniil Medvedev now No 1 Image credit: Tennis: Daniil Medvedev now No 1

    Last year, Marin Cilic was the winner after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final. However, neither of them would appear in the upcoming event. The entry list currently has Djokovic, Zverev, Tsitsipas and Nadal. Tsitsipas took a wild card into the event, and he visibly wants to improve his form on grass. Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios will return to court after taking a long break. Andy Murray, who is currently playing in Surbiton, will make his debut, but some expect the British player to opt out. 

    Daniil Medvedev to become world number one on June 13

    After an unimpressive show at Roland Garros, Daniil Medvedev will become the world number one again in men's tennis on June 13. He will regain the top spot caused by Rafael Nadal's win against Djokovic in the quarterfinal. Consequently, Djokovic will lose some points on June 13 and slide back to number three, his lowest ranking in a long time. Medvedev will remain the top-ranked player even after Wimbledon, thanks to Djokovic defending 2000 points at Wimbledon.

    Even if the Serbian defends them, he won't be able to climb to the top of the rankings despite Medvedev's absence at the event. Nadal winning over Zverev also affected how things turned out, as Alexander Zverev could have reached number one if he won the event. Unfortunately, he sustained an ankle injury compelling him to walk out of the match. He will become world number two, a new career-high for him.

    John McEnroe unhappy over Nadal's shot-clock antics

    After seeing Rafael Nadal let off for exceeding the 25-second time limit between shots, John McEnroe lost his composure, calling it "a joke". Nadal has a reputation for being slow between points heightened during this year's Australian Open, where Denis Shapovalov criticised him for his poor time-keeping. The Canadian also snapped at the officials and stated how Nadal is given fair treatment. "I've been ready to play for a minute and a half, and he tells me he's not going to give him a code violation because I'm not ready to play. To me, it's a big joke," remarked Shapovalov. 

    On Tuesday, a similar incident followed at the Roland Garros quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic. John McEnroe, the player, turned commentator, was fuming. "He should be penalised. If you are going to do it, do it; otherwise, don't bother. It is like humouring everyone," said the seven-time Grand Slam winner. Nadal will encounter Casper Ruud for the French Open title on Sunday, as the Spaniard is targetting a record 22nd Grand Slam singles title.