Novak Djokovic Rises up to No. 1

Novak DjokovicWimbledon champion Novak Djokovic rose to No. 1 in the ATP positions for the first time Monday as expected.  It’s the first time in almost 7 1/2 years that a man other than Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer is ranked No. 1.

Nadal is No. 2, and Federer No. 3.

24-year-old Djokovic said last Monday, “Times are changing.  It’s good for the sport, I think, to have some new faces.”

Serenhata Williams went down to 175th on the WTA catalog, her lowest mark since 1997. Williams’ older sister Venus went from 30th to 34th.

The one who stayed at 31st after a first-round Wimbledon exit, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, is the highest-ranked U.S. woman.

The last time someone other than one of the Williams sisters was the top American in the WTA standings was January 2007, when Lindsay Davenport was ahead of them.

Caroline Wozniacki stayed at No. 1

According to the teams’ research, the Dayton Dragons, the Cincinnati Reds’ Class A team, are expected to sell out their 815th consecutive home game on Saturday, marking a record for a professional team in North America.

They will pass the Portland Trail Blazers’ mark, with their 7,230 chairs filled and hundreds more fans stretching out on a verdant hill away from the outfield wall, set from 1977 to ’95.

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