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**:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Why
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. 

Luminescent Objects in the Celestial Sky, or Futures Results? You Decide!

Luminescent Objects in the Celestial Sky, or past Futures Results? You Decide!

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. 

Teddy Angelinos - Still The Greatest Hair In Challenger Tennis

Teddy Angelinos – Still The Greatest Hair In Challenger Tennis

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.)

Androic Heroics (photo by Gordan Panic)

Androic Heroics (photo by Gordan Panic)

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.

**(see below)

Here's Who

***Or until, you know, the Noumea and San Paolo Challengers on the 30th of this month.

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