Another week, another WATCH List – the weekly feature that purports to show every challenger-level player (i.e. those ranked between ATP #80-350) who’s achieved a career high as of the latest rankings period.  Warning: this list is not guaranteed to be complete or accurate.  But best faith attempts have been made.  Feel free to shout at me in the comments if you see something has gone awry, amiss or (especially) askew.  Akimbo’s OK, though.  You don’t have to tell me if this week’s list has gone akimbo.

Anywho, here it is: 

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Prev High Why?
Go Soeda JAPAN 26 90 91 Others lost points
Andreas Haider-Maurer AUSTRIA 24 95 96 Others lost points
Julian Reister GERMANY 25 100 102 W Monza
Albert Ramos-Vinolas SPAIN 23 108 109 R2 Houston ATP
Ryan Harrison USA 18 128 130 Others lost points
Rogerio Dutra de Silva BRAZIL 27 137 154 W Pereira
Tatsuma Ito JAPAN 22 135 162 W Recife
Franco Skugor CROATIA 23 147 149 R1 Houston ATP (Q’ed)
Robert Farah COLOMBIA 23 177 178 Others lost points
Facundo Bagnis ARGENTINA 21 178 190 QF Pereira
Augustin Gensse FRANCE 27 179 180 Others lost points
Maxime Teixeira FRANCE 22 190 191 Others lost points
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe GERMANY 20 218 219 Others lost points
Kenny de Schepper FRANCE 23 242 251 R2 Monza
Jonathan Eysseric FRANCE 20 257 258 Others lost points
Artem Smirnov UKRAINE 23 262 263 Others lost points
Javier Marti SPAIN 19 263 294 SF Pereira
Kristijan Mesaros CROATIA 22 264 287 W Croatia F5
James Lemke AUSTRALIA 23 266 278 W Australia F4
Gastao Elias PORTUGAL 20 267 269 R2 Recife
Marcel Zimmerman GERMANY 26 299 301 R2 Croatia F5
Jan-Lennard Struff GERMANY 20 316 329 F Spain F10
Christian Lindell SWEDEN 19 325 336 R2 Recife
Gerard Granollers-Pujol SPAIN 22 326 331 R1 Casablanca ATP (Q’ed)
Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz CHILE 22 336 342 F Chile F1
Karlis Lejnieks LATVIA 23 347 351 QF Switzerland F3

My finely crafted analysis is as follows: it’s a pretty youngish bunch this week (average age: 22.42).  Lindell, Marti and Harrison are the teens, while the gramps of the group are Gensse and Dutra da Silva at age 27.  France and Germany lead the way with four players each nabbing a career high at the moment.  Interestingly, Artem Smirnov is this month’s ITF Featured PlayerSo go have a gander at that if you’re interested in learning more about him.

p.s. if you’re interested in those muckety-mucks higher up in the Top 80, our friends at Shank Tennis usually give it a good whirl.