Whaddup, Halloweenies! It’s time for a very spoooooky edition of the W.I.T.C.H. List*. So follow me, and let’s see Whose Increased Their Career Highs this week:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High
Michal Przysiezny POL 29 65
Tim Smyczek USA 25 84
Oleksandr Nedovyesov UKR 26 99
Facundo Arguello ARG 21 137
James Duckworth AUS 21 147
Marco Cecchinato ITA 21 159
Radu Albot MDA 23 164
Blaz Rola SLO 23 179
Lucas Pouille FRA 19 184
John-Patrick Smith AUS 24 207
Miloslav Mecir SVK 25 211
Mohamed Safwat EGY 23 225
Lorenzo Giustino ITA 22 232
Daniel Cox GBR 23 245
Chase Buchanan USA 22 271
Aslan Karatsev RUS 20 286
Jose Hernandez DOM 23 287
Egor Gerasimov BLR 20 290
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan IND 25 305
Adrian Sikora SVK 25 308
Tak Khunn Wang FRA 22 318

Do you see what I see?  I know!  Pick yourself up off the floor so we can discuss this: there’s only one Argie on this week’s List!  If that’s not a sure sign of the impending apocalypse, then I’m not sure what is.

Another cursory glance will yield yet another mind-blowing realization: that’s right, it’s not an apparition — at long last, Nick Kyrgios is no longer the only teen in the Top 200! Thanks to Lucas Pouille’s semifinal showing at the Kazan Challenger, the French teen creeeps up 22 rungs on the rankings ladder to #184.

When I wrote my scarily amazing Which Teen(s) Will Make The Top 200 Before Turning 20** article six weeks ago, I said that it was reasonable to expect that Pouille would join Kyrgios in the Top 200 soon (Lucas was #202 at the time). But honestly, I didn’t think it’d be this long. I mean, jeez, Lucas, get a move on.

"Ooh la la -- I finally made it to zee Top 200!"

“Ooh la la — I finally made it to zee Top 200!”

According to his ATP Profile, Lucas enjoys fashion, shopping, and hanging out with friends, so it seems Halloween is the perfect day for him — he can dress up in costumes and go door to door with his pals looking for bargain candy offerings. Course, he might have to do it while at this week’s Geneva Challenger. But they do celebrate Halloween there, don’t they?

Another name that catches my eye is 20-year-old Aslan Karatsev. The Russian roars his way up 30 slots to number 286 on Ye Olde Rankings Liste due to his quarterfinal showing in Kazan. He is now the 11th-best-ranked player under 21 years of age on the ATP Tour. What does this all mean? Who knows. Remember: while you’re trying to read the tea leaves, others are just enjoying their tea.

Karatsev

Karatsev

*warning: words may occasionally be orange for no good reason

**Should be “Witch Teens”, of course

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