STUTTGART, Germany — Alexander Zverev withdrew from the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, with the Roland Garros runner-up citing fatigue after his French Open final.

The ATP No. 4 was top seed at the German event which marks the start of the grass season transition prior to Wimbledon, which begins on July 1.

The German lost the Paris final after over four hours on court against Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday.

"I have played a lot of tennis in the last few weeks and reached the final in Paris, where I played five tough sets," Zverev said in a statement.

"I feel that my body is not ready to go from clay to grass now."

Zverev last competed in Stuttgart in 2019, losing his opening match to Dustin Brown.

Zverev was replaced in the Stuttgart draw by French veteran Richard Gasquet, who will play Brandon Nakashima after the American beat compatriot Christopher Eubanks, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Janik Sinner's anticipated rise to world No.1 was officialized when the ATP released its new rankings, making him the first Italian ever to hold the top spot.

Sinner reached the semifinals of the French Open where he was beaten by eventual champion Alcaraz, who climbs to second, nudging 37-year-old Djokovic, who has been No.1 since last September, down to third.

Djokovic holds the record for the number of weeks spent at No.1 — his tally of 428 is 118 weeks more than next best Roger Federer.

The German Alexander Zverev, who was runner-up to Alcaraz in Paris, remains in fourth place, ahead of Russian pair Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev.

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