Since it’s been a proper fortnight since the last rankings were released (or perhaps an improper one, depending on how you spent it), plus a 10 hour ATP delay, I’ll review my arbitrary parameters for the WATCH list.
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).
Anyway, here’s this week’s list:
|Player||NATIONALITY||New High||(Prev High)||Why?|
|Blaz Kavcic||SLOVENIA||83||(96)||2R Oz Open|
|Grigor Dimitrov||BULGARIA||85||(105)||2R Oz Open|
|Rui Machado||PORTUGAL||87||(89)||others lost pts.|
|Milos Raonic||CANADA||94||(152)||R16 Oz Open|
|Ryan Sweeting||USA||98||(110)||SF Honolulu|
|Jaroslav Pospisil||CZECH REPUBLIC||134||(136)||FQR Oz Open|
|Benoit Paire||FRANCE||137||(142)||2R Oz Open|
|Ryan Harrison||USA||138||(170)||W Honolulu|
|Vincent Millot||FRANCE||149||(160)||1R Oz Open|
|Martin Klizan||SLOVAKIA||154||(155)||2R Heilbronn|
|Andrej Martin||SLOVAKIA||160||(177)||SF Singapore|
|Yuichi Sugita||JAPAN||162||(164)||QR2 Oz Open|
|Bastian Knittel||GERMANY||169||(208)||W Heilbronn|
|Tatsuma Ito||JAPAN||175||(176)||QF Singapore|
|Bernard Tomic||AUSTRALIA||182||(199)||3R Oz Open|
|Robert Farah||COLOMBIA||185||(188)||QR2 Oz Open|
|Nikola Ciric||SERBIA||194||(196)||others lost pts.|
|Fernando Romboli||LEGEND||245||(287)||F Bucaramanga|
|Fritz Wolmarans||SOUTH AFRICA||261||(269)||QR2 Oz Open|
|Amir Weintraub||ISRAEL||263||(268)||SF Israel F2&3|
|Phillip Bester||CANADA||270||(275)||2R Honolulu|
|Florian Reynet||FRANCE||277||(280)||QR2 Oz Open|
|Harri Heliovaara||FINLAND||286||(339)||W GB F2, 2R Reunion|
|Rafael Camilo||BRAZIL||287||(305)||F Brazil F4|
|Ze Zhang||CHINA||288||(296)||F China F2|
|Mao-Xin Gong||CHINA||294||(334)||W China F2|
|Javier Marti||SPAIN||308||(332)||QF Spain F2&3|
|Pablo Carreno-Busta||SPAIN||319||(340)||W Spain F2|
|Daniel Cox||GREAT BRITAIN||325||(326)||QF China F2|
|di Wu||CHINA||348||(378)||FQR Singapore|
Some things worth noting: first, Shanky and I aren’t the only rankings tag team going this week: Slovakia’s Martin Klizan and Andrej Martin, China’s Ze Zheng and Mao-Xin Gong, and Spain’s Javier Marti and Pablo Carreno-Busta all achieving career highs right next to each other. Do you think they plan that? Like matching doubles outfits? Doubtful, but remarkable nonetheless.
Also, though Ryan Harrison did a great job in taking his first ever Challenger title this week, he is still the second-ranked Ryan in the United States. Which is good, as it gives the young American something yet to shoot for. Don’t want the lad to be without any further goals, now do we?
Finally, four of this year’s Challenger Tennis Players To Watch made this week’s list: Romboli, Marti, Carreno and Cox. And six of them – Kavcic, Dimitrov, Raonic, Paire, Harrison, and Klizan – are from last year’s bunch. So I feel fairly good that – out the fifty or so PtW’s of the last two years, 20% of them are still WATCHworthy (at least for this week, anyway).