As we get further into the so-called “off-season”, and more players shut it down for the few weeks that the relentless tennis season allows them to stop playing, we start to see such scheduling decisions impact the rankings. At the top, there’s a whole lotta nothin’ going on. But for those willing to keep playing this deep into the season, there are nice gains to be had at the lower levels.
So few players are playing, relatively speaking, that scheduling plays a much larger role in determining Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week. Let’s take a look at this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List:
|Pablo Carreno-Busta||ESP||22||64||Przysiezny lost pts|
|Sam Groth||AUS||26||173||Toyota SF|
|Marton Fucsovics||HUN||21||180||Andria W|
|Tennys Sandgren||USA||22||184||others lost points|
|Kimmer Coppejans||BEL||19||251||others lost points|
|Andrea Collarini||ARG||21||255||others lost points|
|Theodoros Angelinos||GRE||29||257||Colombia F7 SF|
|Egor Gerasimov||BLR||21||258||Tyumen QF|
|Ante Pavic||CRO||24||274||Tyumen QF|
|Aslan Karatsev||RUS||20||285||others lost points|
|Toni Androic||CRO||21||294||Croatia F16 QF|
|Emilio Gomez||ECU||21||303||others lost points|
|Yann Marti||SUI||25||307||Andria SF|
|Marc Rath||AUT||23||333||Turkey F46 SF|
|Piotr Gadomski||POL||22||353||Tyumen R2|
|Jason Jung||USA||24||371||Toyota QF|
|Federico Coria||ARG||21||408||Chile F8 QF|
|Ivan Arenas-Gualdo||ESP||23||420||Spain F40 SF|
|Bastian Trinker||AUT||23||422||Greece F20 SF|
|Ricardo Urzua-Rivera||CHI||24||431||others lost points|
As you no doubt see, with so few point-gaining events on offer (the Challenger calendar finished up last week with its final 3 events), the ATP #60-300 range that usually populates each week’s List only contains 11 players today, with only 6 of those actually gaining points from tournaments played.
Since the List is usually at least 20 players long, I reached deeper into the rankings depths to cull this week’s edition (and this will certainly be the case for the remainder of the year). Personally, I’m pleased to be able to feature new names whose achievements occurred even further outside the spotlight than usual.
But first, an achievement that happened within many spotlights (as the Andria Challenger did not skimp on its trophy ceremony light show):
Hungarian gamer Marton Fucsovics found the odds to be ever in his favor as he dropped only a single set on his way to the Andria title, hurdling his previous career high ranking of 230 and jumping 53 spots to his new placement of ATP #180.
Throughout the week, the 21-year-old displayed the great hands, clean ball-striking and remarkable returning that saw him to his former world junior #1 ranking and his 2010 Boys Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles. He might even be one of my ten Players to Watch for 2014 (but you’ll have to wait ’til Sunday to find out, as I hit you up with a new PTW every day the first ten days of December).
Skipping down the List, we see another Andria Achiever, Yann Marti, whose semifinal showing allowed him to vault 55 spots past his former career high of #362 to a new best of #307. In so doing, the 25-year-old Swiss also becomes the highest-ranked Marti on tour, leapfrogging the 21-year-old Javier Marti (one of my 2011 Players To Watch) by two ranking spots.
Just below Yann, we see that Marc Rath’s adventurous activities (previously chronicled here) now include leaping 40 places to a new career singles high. What depth-defying stunt will the 23-year-old Austrian thrill seeker pull off next? Stay tuned!
I’m happy to see that Jason Jung is now appearing on this site in a new way, as he transitions this week from my Reading Lists to my W.A.T.C.H. List, appearing at #371 on your programme. The 24-year-old University of Michigan grad wrote extensively about this week’s Toyota Challenger exploits, so rather than me blathering about it, why don’t you see what he has to say?
Finally, we see a familiar tennistical surname just under Jung’s, as Federico Coria joins his famous brother (and coach) Guillermo in the upper(ish) ranks of the ATP. The 21-year-old mini-Mago continues a successful(ish) 2013 with a quarterfinal showing at the F8 Futures event in Chile.
He won two Futures events in Argentina this past May, and is competing in this week’s Chile F9 Futures in Santiago, where he’s the 8th seed. We’re likely to see him on upcoming Lists as we close out this tennis year.