Hello friends. It’s Monday again, that wonderful day in which we delve into a tradition unlike any other — the W.A.T.C.H. List. The time is now to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week*:
First of all, it’s really nice to see Alex Kuznetsov charting a career high again, after everything he’s been through. If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, or if you’d just like a handy guide as to how one differentiates Alex Kuznetzov from Andrey Kuznetsov, you’re in luck: I wrote all the answers here.
Next of all, your Sibiu Challenger runner-up, Marco Cecchinato, upjumps 22 rungs on the rankings ladder to #162. And I continue to insist he looks like an Italian version of Stanislas Wawrinka. You be the judge: yes or no?
Thirdly, in the excellent book The Geography of Bliss, author Eric Weiner contends that (SPOILER ALERT!!) Moldova is the world’s unhappiest country. If that’s indeed the case, then maybe Moldovan Radu Albot’s continuous rise will offer some solace. The former junior combined #11 is up 46 places to ATP #179 this week, courtesy of his Fergana Challenger title.
A deeply respectful tip of my cap to Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat this week. The 23-year-old Egyptian walks up 10 places to #239 this week, despite all the tumult and upheaval in his home country. Reem Abulleil wrote this fantastic article about the harsh realities he faces, and I highly recommend that you check it out.
Lastly, I turn my textual spotlight onto USC’s Emilio Gomez. The son of former #4 singles player and #1 doubles player, Andres Gomez, Emilio is just starting to make a name for himself on the pro tour, reaching his second challenger quarterfinal of the year in Quito recently, and chalking up some good experience in a 4-6 3-6 3-6 Davis Cup defeat to world #9 (and Marco Cecchinato lookalike) Stan Wawrinka just before that. Stan the Man is also enjoying a career high today, and so I end this article on a synchronistic note.
*of players ranked between #60 and #315 on the ATP Rankings.