You know the drill by now, right? Please tell my you know the drill by now; I don’t want to have to explain the drill again. Ah, well. *copies and pastes last week’s explanation in a fit of laziness*
This here list comes out every Monday and consists of Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs (acronym: WATCH, geddit?) that particular week for those players ranked between 80-350 in the world (since that’s the level at which most challenger competitors are ranked, you see). If you’re interested in people ranked higher than #80, then you’re a) at the wrong site and b) gonna hafta wait for the lazy layabouts over at Shank Tennis to publish their look at rankings for the week. We sort of do this thing in tandem, you know. With absolutely no planning or interaction whatsover (which only makes it more impressive – kind of like a blind person driving).
Here’s this week’s list:
|Player||NATIONALITY||New High||Prev High||Why?|
|Somdev Devvarman||INDIA||80||94||F Jo’burg|
|Milos Raonic||CANADA||84||94||R2 Jo’burg|
|Rui Machado||PORTUGAL||85||87||R2 Santiago|
|Jesse Huta Galung||NETHERLANDS||112||116||R2 Jo’burg|
|Izak Van der Merwe||SOUTH AFRICA||141||154||SF Jo’burg|
|Jerzy Janowicz||POLAND||149||157||SF Courmayeur|
|Tatsuma Ito||JAPAN||162||175||SF Burnie|
|Matthias Bachinger||GERMANY||163||167||SF Courmayeur|
|Bastian Knittel||GERMANY||167||169||R2 Courmayeur|
|Robert Farah||COLOMBIA||184||185||Others lost points|
|Augustin Gensse||FRANCE||185||189||Others lost points|
|Nikola Ciric||SERBIA||193||194||Others lost points|
|Marius Copil||ROMANIA||205||279||W Kazan|
|Jurgen Zopp||ESTONIA||211||219||QF Kazan|
|Sebastian Rieschick||GERMANY||228||232||R2 Courmayeur|
|Facundo Bagnis||ARGENTINA||238||242||R1 Santiago|
|Laurent Rochette||FRANCE||240||244||R1 Courmayeur|
|Fernando Romboli||BRAZIL||244||245||Others lost points|
|Alexander Lobkov||RUSSIA||253||255||R2 Kazan|
|Fritz Wolmarans||SOUTH AFRICA||255||261||R2 Jo’burg|
|Romain Jouan||FRANCE||258||263||R2 Courmayeur|
|Amir Weintraub||ISRAEL||259||263||Others lost points|
|Phillip Bester||CANADA||268||270||R2 Burnie|
|Clement Reix||FRANCE||270||271||R1 Courmayeur|
|Jonathan Eysseric||FRANCE||276||297||F France F1|
|Ilya Belyaev||RUSSIA||277||284||QF Kazan|
|Maxime Teixeira||FRANCE||283||314||W France F1|
|Pablo Carreno-Busta||SPAIN||300||319||F Spain F3|
|Daniel Cox||GREAT BRITAIN||323||325||Others lost points|
|Rodrigo Guidolin||BRAZIL||350||352||R2 Brazil F6|
|Joshua Milton||GREAT BRITAIN||353||354||Others lost points|
|Laurynas Grigelis||LITHUANIA||366||398||QF Courmayeur|
|Dusan Lajovic||SERBIA||378||403||R1 Zagreb|
I extended my arbitrary list parameters beyond the Top 350 this week so I could include Laurynas Grigelis and Dusan Lajovic, simply because I like them. It’s my list, and I can extend it if I want to.
Do I have any stunning list analysis? Not really. Feeling kind of listless today, really. But obviously the fallout from the Jo’burg draw having so many Challenger warriors (and ATP neophytes) advancing past the first round had big repercussions at the top of the list (and into the Top 80).
Anyway, it’s a pretty long list. You’re probably tired from reviewing it all. So I’ll let it speak for itself this week. If you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know in the comments as always. Thanks!
On edit: Hmmm. I should point out the abundance of young ‘uns on this week’s list, as it’s fairly noteworthy – lots of guys around 20 years old on this one. It also occurs to me that I should start putting “Age” as a column on the list. Maybe next week. In the meantime: Raonic, Janowicz, Copil, Bagnis, Lobkov, Eysseric, Belyaev, Cox, and Lajovic are all 20 years old. Carreno-Busta and Grigelis are 19.