Tennis Rankings 2021

Tennis, originally known as lawn tennis, has gained tremendous popularity over the years. Today the modern game of tennis is played and enjoyed by millions in public courts and on clubs. Even better, we are witnessing an interesting tennis era of the three prolific tennis players who are making a difference in the game. By the three, we refer to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and the ultimate world number one, Novak Djokovic. This game would not be the same without them, but lucky for us; they are still here. That said, here is an inclusive look at the tennis ranking 2021, including the top ten men’s and women’s tennis rankings 2021.


Top Tennis Players 2021

ATP refers to the Association of Tennis Professionals, a merit-based way of determining the player tennis rankings 2021. Top ​tennis players 2021 ranking is based on the player who has collected the most points on the ATP tour over the past fifty-two weeks. The points are given depending on how far a player advances in tournaments and the tournament’s category. Also, the exciting feature with the top ten ATP rankings list is that young and new players are emerging. For instance, about six players are less than thirty years old in the current top ten listings.

Top 10 Tennis Players 2021

Let’s look at who makes the top 10 tennis players 2021 below:

Novak Djokovic, 12113 points (Serbia)
Daniil Medvedev, 10053 (Russia)
Rafael Nadal, 9630 (Spain)
Dominic Thiem, 8445 (Austria)
Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7980 (Greece)
Alexander Zverev, 7305 (Germany)
Andrey Rublev, 6120 (Russia)
Roger Federer, 5605 (Switzerland)
Matteo Berrettini, 4468 (Italy)
Roberto Bautista Agut- 3125, (Spain)


Top 10 Men’s Tennis Players 2021

Let’s look at who makes the top 10 men’s tennis players 2021 below:

1. Novak Djokovic -12113 points

Novak Djokovic is currently listed as the number one world professional tennis player by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The Serbian international has been the top tennis player for a record total of 326 weeks ending the record of Federer for most weeks at number one. Djokovic has currently won nineteen Grand Slam men’s singles titles and an overall 84 ATP singles titles. This includes a joint record of 36 Masters Events, same as ones held by Rafael Nadal. Also, Novak is the only player in this era to win a double career Grand Slam and the only player to finish the career Golden Masters two times.

2. Daniil Medvedev- 10053 points

Medvedev is a Russian professional tennis player currently listed as the world’s number 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). This is his first highest career singles ranking. Medvedev has until now won 10 ATP Tour singles titles. This includes the 2020 Finals, where he beat the top three players, including; Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Novak Djokovic.

3. Rafael Nadal- 9630 points

Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish pro tennis player who is ranked as the third best. The player has been ranked as the number one tennis player for 209 weeks by the ATP rankings. Rafael Nadal has won twenty Grand Slam men’s singles titles; a record shared with Federer and 36 Masters Singles titles, a record shared with Djokovic. Moreover, one of the special records held by Nadal is the thirteen French Open titles and the 81 consecutive wins on clay which is the longest winning streak on a single surface.


4. Stefanos Tsitsipas -7980 points

Stefanos is the youngest player ranked in the top ten by ATP. The number four ranking is career-high for the Greek international tennis player, making him the highest-ranked Greek player. The player has won 7 ATP singles titles and became the youngest winner of the tennis championship by winning the 2019 ATP Finals.

5. Dominic Thiem- 8445 points

Dominic is an Australian professional tennis player and the second-highest-ranked Austrian tennis player in history. Also, the remarkable player currently has 17 ATP Tour singles titles. Thiem became the first Australian player to win the US Open singles title. He was also the runners up in the 2020 ATP Finals, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev.

6. Alexander Zverev- 7305 points

Alexander Zverev, popularly known as ‘Sascha,’ is a professional tennis player based in Germany. He has risen through the ranks to be among the best tennis players. Zverev was the winner of the 2018 ATP Finals. He got acknowledged as the youngest champion at the end-year championship in more than a decade. Until now, Zverev has won 15 ATP titles in the singles championship and two titles in doubles.

7. Andrey Rublev -6120 points

Andrey Rublev currently ranked as the number seven best tennis player worldwide, a new best record. Also, the Russian professional tennis player got into the top ten of the ATP ranking in October 2020. Until now, the player has won 8 ATP singles and two doubles titles.


8. Roger Federer- 5605 points

Roger Federer currently ranks as the number eight best tennis player globally by the Association of Tennis Professionals. This Swiss international is a twenty times Grand Slam Men’s singles titles champion, a tennis record shared with Rafael Nadal. Moreover, Federer has managed to be the number one’s ATP rankings for 310 weeks and has finished the year as the number one tennis player five times.

9. Matteo Berrettini- 4468 points

At number 9 on the list is Matteo Berrettini, an Italian professional player. His career-high ATP singles rank number 8 world ranking, which he achieved on 4th November 2019. Also, his career-high for ATP doubles is number 105 in July 2019.

10. Roberto Bautista Agut-3125 points

Finally, this is a Spanish professional tennis player currently listed as the number ten on the ATP singles list. Roberto Bautista has until now won 9 ATP singles titles, with the massive win being the ATP 500 tournament of the 2018 Dubai Tennis Championships.


Top 10 Women’s Tennis Players 2021

Here is a look at the latest updated top 10 women’s tennis players 2021 based on the player’s performance. Also, on the recent update, the Australian Ashley Barty contends as the top best in women’s tennis.

Ashleigh Barty -9635 (Australia) 25 years
Naomi Osaka -7336 (Japan) 23 years
Aryna Sabalenka- 6845 (Belarus) 23 years
Sofia Kenin -5640 (USA) 22 years
Bianca Andreescu- 5331 (Canada) 21 years
Elina Svitolina – 5125 (Ukraine) 26 years
Karolina Pliskova – 4975 (Czech Republic) 29 years
Iga Swiatek- 4685 (Poland) 20 years
Garbine Muguruza- 4165 (Spain) 27 years
Simona Halep – 4115 (Romania) 29 years

Bottom Line

In conclusion, we now hope you are up to date with the current Tennis rankings 2021, including; top 10 men’s tennis players 2021 and top 10 women’s tennis players 2021. We will keep updating our list with time in case of any changes.

Tennis Training Drills for One Person

When you do not have a training partner but still need to put in the work to keep in shape or develop your tennis skills, you have to get a little bit creative with your drills.

The fitness elements are more straightforward to complete as an individual but the on-court drills are more difficult to do alone.

If you have the luxury of a court and all the equipment you could need then solo drills are easy but not many people do have all the expensive gear.

However, there are plenty of drills that you can incorporate into individual training that will help you to progress with your tennis training, such as:

Practicing volleys off a wall

Whilst returning volleys from a wall will not replicate the exact ball direction that you might receive from an opponent, it is still a great way of sharpening up your reflexes and speeding up your reaction time.

So hit a ball against the wall and repeatedly return it. You can practice doing it whilst allowing the ball to bounce or practice a direct volley from the wall.

As well as helping with your racquet work, this is also really good for improving your footwork/foot speed.

Serving on a court or marked area

If you have a free court to practice on but just no tennis partner then you can still spend time perfecting your serve. You can either bring a large volume of balls with you, or you can incorporate ball retrieval into your fitness training.

So for example, after hitting 10 serves run round to the other side to collect them all, making sure you are doing sprints to each ball in the way that you would move around the court during a game.

Then serve them to the other side and so on.

If you do not have a court, you can still mark out an area on grass or concrete to fire your serves at. Ideally you would set your area up somewhere near a wall or fence to keep the balls nearby.

Line-to-line shuttles

No racquet required for this drill, as you are working on your speed and endurance. If you are able to use a tennis court then you have your line markings ready to go.

You run from the sideline to the intersection line, touch the line and turn and run back to the sideline.

The next run is to the other sideline and back, then you repeat these shuttle runs.

It is a similar drill to the bleep test and you can keep doing this for as long as possible, trying to improve the number of shuttles each time you do this one.


A good way of improving your footwork is to use ladders.

In the old days people actually used wooden ladders that they lay on the floor for people to do this drill but now you can buy ladders made from lightweight materials.

So you lay the ladder along the floor and step into the first square with one foot and then the other.

You do the same for each square of the ladder until you get to the other side. For tennis, it is helpful to try doing this forwards, backwards and sideways.

You can run back round the edge of the ladder and do it again, or incorporate it into a circuit drill with a number of other drills.


Depending on your fitness and jumping ability, you can possibly use the net to perform sideways jumps from one side of the net to the other.

If you are not quite at that jumping level then you can practice using a smaller item but being able to jump is important in tennis and this drill can give you a good workout for developing your leg muscles.

You can also do it using a small wall or other surfaces to jump up onto the top off and then back down and repeat.

To make it replicate a match situation more closely, try and jump high on the spot hitting an imaginary ball rather than using anything to jump over or onto. This will help you to reach those high balls in match situations.

Choosing A Tennis Racquet For Your Child

Tennis is fun and exhilarating pastime that children enjoy.  It is a particularly good sport for children as it simultaneously improves their physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, speed, and strength.

Encouraging children to play tennis also helps them make new friends and spend more time outdoors.

To help your child make the most of their tennis, it is important that they own a high-quality tennis racquet.  Their tennis racquet should be appropriate for their grip size, height, and playing style.

It should also be durable enough so it can handle being dropped by your child — which will happen a lot if they are new to the game.

This guide is going to share all of the information you need to know when choosing a tennis racquet for your child.

Let’s get started!

When should you buy a tennis racquet for your child?

One of the many great things about tennis is that children can start playing at a very young age.  A child as young as two years-of-age can swing a paddle around and hit a ball.  In fact, toddlers love the excitement of hitting a tennis ball with a paddle and it quickly becomes one of their favorite games.

If you want to get your toddler into tennis, you can buy them a lightweight plastic paddle or an ultra-light tennis racquet designed for small children.

The smallest tennis racquets have an all plastic design and are extremely lightweight, so they are safe for young children to use.  Combine this racquet with a tennis ball on a string.  They will love hitting the ball and watching it spin around!

If you have an older child, you should consider buying them a racquet once they have shown a clear interest in tennis.  If they already play more than 4 games a month, then a tennis racquet would be a great investment that would help them enjoy the game even more.

It’s important to realize that giving your child one of your old racquets to use is usually not a good idea.  In most cases, the grip size will be wrong for their hands and the racquet will be too heavy.  This could make playing a frustrating experience for your child.  They will enjoy the game much more if they have a racquet that is suitable for their body size.

If your child is still very young, it is usually better to purchase an inexpensive racquet initially.  That’s because a three or four-year-old doesn’t have particularly good hand-eye coordination.  They are likely to drop the racquet frequently and it will get damaged.

By the time your child is five, you can invest in a more expensive racquet.  They will be developing their fine motor skills and can already become quite skilled at tennis at this age.

Considerations to keep in mind when choosing a child’s tennis racquet

The key considerations to keep in mind when choosing a tennis racquet for your child include:

1) Find the correct grip size for your child’s hands

Finding a racquet with the correct grip size for your child’s hand is crucial.  Having the right grip size will ensure that your child can:

  • Maintain control of the racquet when playing shots
  • Feel comfortable while on the court
  • Avoid dropping the racquet
  • Avoid injuries to their wrist or elbow

The tennis racquet’s grip size is the perimeter of the handle’s octagonal cross-section.  In other words, how thick the handle is when measuring from the outside. Finding the right grip size for your child is fairly simple.  Start by measuring from the middle line on your child’s palm to the top of their middle finger.  That will usually be the correct grip size for your child.

Most tennis racquets have grips that range in size from 4″ (101.6 mm) to 4¾″ (123 mm).  Children can usually be comfortable with a 4″ grip.  However, if your child is below 10 years of age, or has small hands, they may require a grip that is between 3⅝″ to 3⅞″ inches.

In Europe, adult tennis racquets use the sizes 0 through 6.  We’ve included a chart below so you can compare US/EU sizes.  Most junior tennis players (12 to 18) will use a racquet with a grip size of 1 or 2.

US Sizes European Sizes Sizes in Millimeters
4 inches 0 100-103 mm
4-1/8 inches 1 103-106 mm
4-1/4 inches 2 106-110 mm
4-3/8 inches 3 110-113 mm
4-1/2 inches 4 113-118 mm
4-5/8 inches 5 118-120 mm
4-3/4 inches 6 120-123 mm

For children, tennis racquet grip sizes are often less standardized and they may not feature a number that tells you the grip size.

You may have to measure your child’s hand and manually measure the racquet.  Here are a few additional tips for choosing the right grip size for your child:

  • Check the butt cap for size first
    Tennis racquets will often show the grip size on the butt cap at the end of the handle. This will immediately give you an idea of how suitable the racquet is for your child.
  • Use the finger test
    To double check the size of the grip, have your child hold the racquet in their dominant hand using a basic tennis grip. Then have them place the index finger from their other hand between the fingertips of their racquet-holding hand and the base of their palm.  If there isn’t enough room to squeeze their finger in, the racquet’s grip is too small.  If there is plenty of space around your child’s finger, the grip is too large.
  • Choose the smaller grip when in doubt
    If there are two different grips that you are stuck between (both are in the “acceptable” size range), choose the racquet with the smaller grip. You can always add an overgrip to the handle later to make it larger.  An overgrip typically adds about 1/16” of an inch to the grip’s size.
  • Avoid handles that are much too small
    Avoid handles that are way too small because they will force your child to constantly squeeze their hand — leading to fatigue in their hands, wrist and elbow. A poor racquet choice can even cause injuries like tendonitis.  If your child has owned a tennis racquet for a long time, check that their grip size is still correct.
  • Avoid handles that are much too big
    Avoid handles that are too large because they will make it difficult for your child to move their wrist and will require much more strength to use (making tennis a difficult game for your child).
  • Look for a full range of motion
    When your child is using the racquet, make sure they can easily swing the racquet with a full range of motion. Ask them if the racquet allows them to move easily or they feel constrained.

2. Consider the racquet’s length

The racquet’s length is the measurement from the handle base through to the top of the racquet head.  The appropriate length of the racquet is usually based on how tall your child is.  The following chart is accurate for most children:

Age Height Racquet Length
4 years or younger < 40 inches (100 cms) 19 inches
4-5 years 40-44 inches (101-110 cms) 21 inches
6-8 years 45-49 inches (114-124 cms) 23 inches
9-10 years 50-55 inches (127-139 cms) 25 inches
10 years or older > 55 inches (139 cm) 26 inches


Some teenagers will begin using an adult racquet in their early teen years, which will usually be 27 to 20 inches (68.6 to 71.1cm) in length.  There are also 29-inch racquets available for extremely tall players.

Longer racquets give the player more leverage, which helps them push more power into each shot.  The downside of using a long racquet is that they are less maneuverable and can be difficult to aim.

There is a simple technique that you can use to test the length of a tennis racquet for your child.  Have them stand as straight as possible, then place the tennis racquet next to them, with its head on the ground and handle facing the sky.

Have your child place the palm of their hand on the butt of the racquet, like they are using it for a walking stick.  They should be able to comfortably reach the butt of the racquet with the palm of their hand.  If the child has to bend their arm because the butt is too high or bend at the waist because it is too low, you might want to try another racquet size.

3) Choose the right racquet head size

The design of the average tennis racquet has changed substantially over the past few decades.  There are now many options when it comes to the size of the tennis racquet head.  For adult racquets they are categorized as follows:

  • Midsize heads 80-94 square inches
  • Midplus heads 95-105 square inches
  • Oversize heads 110-115 square inches
  • Super oversize heads 116-135 square inches

The racquet head sizes of Children’s racquets typically begin around 60-80 square inches and go up from there.

The main advantages of having a larger head on a child’s racquet is that the sweet spot of the racquet will be larger.  There is also a higher chance of your child landing each shot and a racquet with a larger head can generate more power.  Larger heads can be very useful for children, as they make it easier to get started on the tennis court.

Skilled tennis players tend to use midplus or midsize racquets.  They are highly accurate players, so they don’t require a larger sweet spot and they already have plenty of power in their shots.  By the time your child is a teenager, they may be able to move to a smaller racquet head size.

4) Consider the racquet’s weight

The racquet’s overall weight can be an important factor when choosing a tennis racquet for a child.  Usually, it is best to opt for a lightweight racquet as it will allow the child to use it more easily.

If your child is serious about tennis and already starting to become a highly skilled player, you should also consider the weight distribution of the racquet.  Some racquets will have a heavy head, which allows the player to generate more power.  Others will have a light head, which allows for more control.  A racquet with a balanced head will offer a mixture of power and control.  You should ask your child which racquet type they prefer for their play style.

5) Consider the racquet’s materials

The most common materials used to make tennis racquets include:


Graphite is a very lightweight material that is made from carbon.  It is a fairly durable and stiff material that can help the player put a lot of power into the ball.  Many graphite frames are “composite frames”, which use a combination of graphite and other materials.

Composite frames often use kevlar, titanium, tungsten, copper and fiberglass in conjunction with graphite.  These materials will change how the frame handles and where weight is distributed across the racquet.  Composite frames tend to have less vibration when hitting the ball compared to pure graphite frames.

Boron/Kevlar/Carbon Fibre

Boron, Kevlar and Carbon Fibre are even lighter and stiffer than graphite.  The main downside is that the additional stiffness in the racquet can make them harder to use for novice players.  Their stiffness can also make them more tiring to use.


Aluminum frames are strong and cheap.  They are light, but not as light as graphite, boron or kevlar.  Most aluminum frames are tubular or hollow to reduce the weight of the racquet.

The shape of the racquet and the thickness of the frame will determine how durable it is.  However, most aluminum racquets can really take a beating and are still usable even if the frame is slightly dented.

Aluminum offers the player a moderate level of power and feel.  There is more flex in an aluminum racquet compared to other materials and they are heavier than graphite, Kevlar, boron, or carbon fiber racquets.

Which one to use?

If you are purchasing a racquet for a child who is very young, aluminum is usually the best choice.  It is a tough material that will survive being dropped on a tennis court again and again.  The paint may come off but the racquet will retain its shape well.

If your child is a little older or a more experienced player, a graphite racquet will usually work well.  Your child will find it easier to use because it is lighter and they will be able to achieve more power with each hit.

Most children would find a Boron, Kevlar, or Carbon Fibre hard to use because they are such stiff materials.  They are very unforgiving to mistakes made by the player.  However, if you have a teenage child who is a keen tennis player, they might enjoy a racquet made from these materials.

6) Consider trying a few out

If you are still unsure about which racquet to purchase for your child, ask other people for advice.  Other parents who have children that play tennis regularly would probably know a lot about tennis racquets and be able to suggest some models.  They could also let your child use their child’s racquet for a couple of games to see how it feels.

Local tennis coaches would also be able to give you a number of suggestions and they might have some children’s racquets available to try out.  If your child has friends who play tennis, see if they can test their racquets out also.    

7) Consider your budget

Your budget will also be a major factor when choosing a tennis racquet for your child.  The best idea is to spend an amount of money that is appropriate for your child’s:

  • Age
    Are they 4 or 5 years old? There isn’t much point spending a lot of money, because your child is still developing basic hand-eye coordination.
  • Commitment to tennis
    Do they play every day? Are they interested in participating in competitions?  Considering spending a little extra money on a high-quality racquet.
  • Skill level
    Is your child clearly talented or are they struggling with the basics? If they are a natural, spend a little more.

Final thoughts

Tennis is a rewarding game that can be played for many years.  Choosing a high-quality tennis racquet won’t just keep your child happy, it may encourage them to remain fit and healthy into adulthood, make more friends, and enjoy an expanded social network.  By taking the time to find a racquet that your child will enjoy using, you will help them enjoy this terrific sport.