As the number of worldwide pro tournaments dwindles — last week there were just six Futures events, this week four, and next week (gasp) only one* — the number of point-gobbling opportunities likewise dwindles.

Those who are still playing this deep into the season and who go deep into tournaments are thusly rewarded with larger-than-usual ranking gains, as the rest of the tour largely stands put.

A lot of those players find themselves on this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Why
Mohamed Safwat EGY 23 200 Egypt F35 W
David Souto VEN 21 215 Venezuela F9 SF
Germain Gigounon BEL 24 238 others lost points
Jose Checa-Calvo ESP 28 240 Spain F42 W
Juan Ignacio Londero ARG 20 278 Venezuela F9 W
Yasutaka Uchiyama JPN 21 282 Thailand F5 SF
Adrian Sikora SVK 25 295 Spain F42 SF
Edward Corrie GBR 25 298 Turkey F48 F
Borna Coric CRO 17 332 Thailand F5 SF
Andrew Whittington AUS 20 372 others lost points
Pedja Krstin SRB 19 379 Egypt F35 F
Alexey Vatutin RUS 21 387 others lost points
Ivan Arenas-Gualda ESP 23 393 Spain F42 SF
Luis David Martinez VEN 24 396 Venezuela F9 F
Sam Barry IRL 21 410 Qatar F3 W
Liam Broady GBR 19 471 Qatar F3 F
Ramkumar Ramanathan IND 19 502 Cambodia F2 W
Karunuday Singh IND 23 509 Thailand F5 F
Martin Cuevas URU 21 523 Brazil F19 SF
Pedro Cachin ARG 18 545 Chile F10 SF

Tops on this week’s List is Mohamed Safwat. The 23-year-old Egyptian number one took home his tour-leading ninth title of the year at the Egypt F35 Futures, beating fellow Lister Pedja Krstin 6-4 7-6(1) in the final. Safwat is 77/25 in the 102 matches he’s played this season.

He was only 4/9 in the challenger events he played this year, however. It will be interesting to see if he can break through on a level other than Egyptian Futures next year.

Safwat Fare

Safwat Fare (pic courtesy of Game Set Match Egypt)

Our next winner on the List is Jose Checa-Calvo, as his Spain F42 Futures win bounced him up 16 rankings spots to #240 of this week’s dance card.

Bounced Checa (at left with finalist Andrea Basso)

Bounced Checa (at left with finalist Andrea Basso)

The 28-year-old Spaniard (now the Spanish #22), whose surname translates to “bald Czech” in English, has won six titles out of nine finals this year. He’s gone 74/30 in his 104 matches in 2013, but like Safwat has found difficulty at Challengers, going 3/9 at that level this season.

Our next winner on the list — and last to be featured, because I’m officially on vacation — is Juan Ignacio Londero. The 20-year-old Argentine beat three seeds on the way to his second title of the year at the 15K Venezuela F9 Futures event in Caracas.

Londero had a better time of it in Challengers than Safwat and Bald-Czech, going 15/8 at that level in 2013.

Londero Calling

Londero Calling

As such, he was a strong candidate for this year’s Challenger Tennis Player to Watch honors, but didn’t end up making the cut. Hopefully he is not too devastated by this egregious snub, and will continue with his up-and-comingness into the new season.

*Tennis got dangerously close to having an off-season here.

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