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*:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High
Julian Reister GER 27 90
Tim Smyczek USA 25 100
Alejandro Gonzalez COL 24 106
Alex Kuznetsov USA 26 120
Dominic Thiem AUT 20 149
Facundo Bagnis ARG 23 151
Marco Cecchinato ITA 21 162
Guilherme Clezar BRA 20 171
Radu Albot MDA 23 179
Pierre-Hugues Herbert FRA 22 186
Mohamed Safwat EGY 23 239
Filip Peliwo CAN 19 251
Valery Rudnev RUS 25 259
Theodoros Angelinos GRE 29 292
Mikhail Biryukov RUS 21 293
Bjorn Fratangelo USA 20 294
Alexander Rumyantsev RUS 21 295
Roman Jebavy CZE 23 297
Egar Gerasimov BLR 20 313
Emilio Gomez ECU 21 315

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?

Cecch A Rising Star

Cecch A Rising Star

Thirdly, in the excellent book The Geography of Blissauthor 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.

Not Just A Partial Bot -- Radu Is ALBOT

Not Just A Partial Bot — Radu Is ALBOT

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.

Slice Like An Egyptian

Slice Like An Egyptian

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.

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse

*of players ranked between #60 and #315 on the ATP Rankings.

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