Though we’ve already embarked upon Players To Watch season for next year here at Challenger Tennis, the 2013 season isn’t over yet. (Will it ever be?*)
Which means there are still W.A.T.C.H. Lists to be tended and attended to, as players are still Achieving Their Career Highs this year. Here’s Who**:
|Sam Groth||AUT||26||172||others lost points|
|Marton Fucsovics||HUN||21||179||others lost points|
|Tennys Sandgren||USA||22||183||others lost points|
|Damir Dzumhur||BIH||21||187||others lost points|
|Germain Gigounon||BEL||24||239||others lost points|
|Theodoros Angelinos||GRE||29||251||Colombia F7 SF|
|Toni Androic||CRO||21||294||Croatia F16 QF|
|Emilio Gomez||ECU||22||302||others lost points|
|Edward Corrie||GBR||25||309||others lost points|
|David Rice||GBR||24||316||others lost points|
|Gonzalo Lama||CHI||20||321||Chile F8 F|
|Marc Rath||AUT||23||325||Turkey F46 SF|
|Roberto Ortega-Olmedo||ESP||22||355||Spain F40 W|
|Joris de Loore||BEL||20||363||Turkey F46 F|
|Ivan Arenas-Gualda||ESP||23||400||Spain F40 SF|
|Bastian Trinker||AUT||23||404||Greece F20 SF|
|Federico Coria||ARG||21||407||Chile F8 QF|
|Tomas Lipovsek Puches||ARG||20||420||Chile F8 SF|
|Luis David Martinez||VEN||24||439||Colombia F7 QF|
|Erik Crepaldi||ITA||23||487||Cyprus F2 R2|
|Juan-Carlos Spir||COL||23||488||Colombia F7 W|
Since the Challenger circuit closed up shop until 2014***, the only places players can pick up points for the rest of the year is on the Futures tour. So only Futures results are in play now. And only old Futures results, for that matter.
As has been documented elsewhere, Futures points don’t get added to a player’s ranking until the Monday one week after each event comes to a close (rather than the Monday directly afterward). Like the light from a distant star, these new career highs are thus just present indications of events that happened some time ago — in this case, just over a week ago.
This week, the only way guys inside the Top 250 could gain career highs was to back into their new personal bests. We’ll just ignore those people, and focus on the first two gents who actually did earn their places this week. *sniffs*
First, we find that former University of Virginia Class of 2008 alum Ted Angelinos has found his way onto our pages again. He was last seen having the best hair in Challenger Tennis as he beat 6th seeded Alex Kuznetsov at the Charlottesville Challenger.
Since then, Angelinos went south in search of points, and found them in abundance in Colombia (SPOILER ALERT: he reached the semis of this past week’s Colombia F7 Futures, which means he’ll be on the W.A.T.C.H. List next week after his points travel through space and time & finally arrive).
While Borna Coric has stolen the show by being this site’s first Player to Watch for 2014, compatriot Toni Androic was also a candidate for such prestigious honors. The 21-year-old has been camped out in the Croatian Futures the past couple of months, amassing a 22/4 record since early October and taking two titles in November. (SPOILER ALERT: he also makes the List next week.)
Since I have amazing prognosticatory powers and have already foreseen who’ll be on next week’s List (and because I have Players to Watch articles to write), I’ll put off my amazing Gonzalo Lama update until next week. “Always leave ’em wanting more,” as they say in Show Biz. And I know you want that Gonzalo Lama update…
*No, it won’t.
***Or until, you know, the Noumea and San Paolo Challengers on the 30th of this month.