Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! As a tribute to this special holiday, I’ve turned the Challenger Tennis site green. I do hope you like it.
So let’s have a look at Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week:
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||63||others lost points|
|Kenny de Schepper||FRA||26||66||others lost points|
|Jiri Vesely||CZE||20||73||Indian Wells R3|
|Alexandr Nedovyesov||KAZ||27||78||others lost points|
|Dominic Thiem||AUT||20||86||Indian Wells R3|
|Dusan Lajovic||SRB||23||89||Indian Wells Q|
|Norbert Gombos||SVK||23||164||Kazan QF|
|Farrukh Dustov||UZB||27||166||Kazan SF|
|Albano Olivetti||FRA||22||173||Kazan QF|
|John-Patrick Smith||AUS||25||198||IW Q/Irving FQR|
|Andrea Collarini||ARG||22||205||others lost points|
|David Souto||VEN||21||214||others lost points|
|Lorenzo Giustino||ITA||22||215||Spain F4 SF/F5 F|
|Ante Pavic||CRO||25||229||others lost points|
|Kimmer Coppejans||BEL||20||232||Turkey F5 QF/F6 F|
|Jarmere Jenkins||USA||23||235||others lost points|
|Axel Michon||FRA||23||238||Kazan R2|
|Jose Checa-Calvo||ESP||28||239||others lost points|
|Daniel Cox||GBR||23||243||GBR F6 QF|
|Emilio Gomez||ECU||22||249||others lost points|
|Juan Ignacio Londero||ARG||20||253||others lost points|
|Saketh Myneni||IND||26||258||India F2 W|
|Daniel Smethurst||GBR||23||270||Canada F1 W|
The ultra-observant will notice that, in some cases, two different results appear on the “Why” axis of this week’s table. That’s because the ATP 1000 Native American Wells event runs two weeks* and so a double dose of results is accounted for in the ATP’s current rankings totals.
You also may have noted that a pair of 20-year-olds made semi-deep dips into the Wells this past week**. The Vessel, Jiri Vesely, put a scare into Andy Murray before succumbing in three sets in the third round, while The Denominator Dominic Thiem went out a trifle more meekly in R3 to Julian Benneteau. All in all, a good and full-of-fruit two weeks for both, since they also got diplomas from ATP University yesterday.
In interesting news of the more aged, 27-year-old father-of-three Farrukh Dustov has made a helluvan effort to push past a previous career high that was established nearly seven years ago in April of 2007. The 6’4” (193 cm) Uzbek with the booming serve has been hampered by injuries for the past three years, but is up nine spots to a new career high as a result of his Kazan Challenger semifinal showing.
After a two-loss start to 2014, Dustov has been the picture of consistency, reaching the semis of Astana, Cherbourg and Kazan in his last three tourneys. The 11-year pro still has his sights set on the Top 100, and at #166 is now one of the few Top 200 players whose professional ranking has eclipsed his ITF junior high mark.
One of the guys who has a two-week tally of results is JP Smith. The 25-year-old Aussie and former University of Tennessee standout had a good couple of qualifying weeks in Palm Springs and Irving — although he failed to capitalize on being up a break twice in the deciding set of his FQR match vs. Jimmy Wang in Irving – and thus finds himself up 21 spots in the rankings, breaking into the Top 200 for the very first time in his career.
Another rankings fortnight is now upon us, as the ATP 1000 Masters event in Miami gets underway today and takes us through the next 13 days, during which time the Rimouski, Panama City, Barranquilla and Guadalajara Challengers will also take place (as well as a zillion or so Futures events).
So we’ll see you again on the 31st of March with another stunning edition of the W.A.T.C.H. List.***
*really a week and 5/7ths
**In which case, bully for you.
***And maybe even publish another article or two before then. But no promises.