Happy Monday, everyone! It’s that time of the week again — time to see who’s achieved their career highs for the week of 21-Oct, 2013 (of those players on the Challenger Tour).  Here’s this week’s List:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High
Tim Smyczek USA 25 84
Julian Reister GER 27 87
Diego Schwartzman ARG 21 105
Facundo Bagnis ARG 23 139
Dominic Thiem AUT 20 141
Facundo Arguello ARG 21 148
Radu Albot MDA 23 171
Pierre Hugues-Herbert FRA 22 182
Blaz Rola SLO 23 184
Gerald Melzer AUT 23 186
Mirza Basic BIH 22 202
John-Patrick Smith AUS 24 207
Miloslav Mecir SVK 25 215
Enrique Lopez-Perez ESP 22 223
Lorenzo Giustino ITA 22 241
Daniel Cox GBR 23 248
Theodoros Angelinos GRE 29 269
Chase Buchanan USA 22 274
Egor Gerasimov BLR 20 302
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan IND 25 309

First of all, I swear I’m not stacking the W.A.T.C.H. List deck with Argies.  They really do keep charting career highs at an alarming rate, and I reckon it’ll continue until everyone in the Top 10 is named Facundo.

Next of all, another hats off is in order for Mr. Tim Smyczek. Four weeks ago, he was thrilled to break into the Top 100, but he hasn’t stopped there: he’s been on the List every single week since then, and is now quite comfortably entrenched in the Top 100 at #84.

As ever, the players with U.S. collegiate tennis experience continue to thrive, with Blaz Rola (THE Ohio State University), J.P. Smith (University of Tennessee), Theodoros Angelinos (University of Virginia), Chase Buchanan (THE Ohio State University) and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (University of Washington) all logging personal bests this week. Nedunchezhiyan was once a Top 10 Junior (#9 in 2006).

Jee Whiz

Jee Whiz

Lastly, I continue to be amused that Dominic Thiem and Gerald Melzer keep racing up the list in tandem, given their acrimonious relationship. It makes me envision a future in which they’re the Top Two Austrians and are forced to be awkward Davis Cup thiemates.  (In case you missed it: the brothers Melzer have been pissed off because the D(en)ominator allegedly demanded fiscal recompense and sat out Austria’s most recent Davis Cup tie because he wasn’t offered enough).

Tennis needs more rivalries, and so far this has been a good one.

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