This week’s W.A.T.C.H. List is pretty damn diversified, with players earning their points from ATP 500s and 250s all the way down to 10K Futures level. Something for everyone. My kind of List.
Interested? Well, then. Look below to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week:
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||66||others lost points|
|Jiri Vesely||CZE||20||77||ATP 250 Memphis R2|
|Aleksandr Nedovyesov||KAZ||27||92||Kolkata SF|
|Dominic Thiem||AUT||20||99||ATP 500 Rotterdam Q/R16|
|Pierre Hugues-Herbert||FRA||22||134||Quimper W|
|Yuki Bhambri||IND||21||143||Kolkata R2|
|Blaz Rola||SLO||23||152||others lost points|
|Hiroki Moriya||JPN||23||166||others lost points|
|Marton Fucsovics||HUN||22||173||Bergamo QF|
|Andrea Arnaboldi||ITA||26||180||Bergamo SF|
|Albano Olivetti||FRA||22||194||Quimper QF|
|Lorenzo Giustino||ITA||22||223||Bergamo R2|
|Daniel Cox||GBR||23||244||Kolkata R2|
|Adrian Sikora||SVK||25||277||ATP 500 Rotterdam QR2|
|Jose Pereira||BRA||23||298||Egypt F4 F|
|Stefano Travaglia||ITA||22||305||Egypt F4 W|
|Gabriel Alejandro Hidalgo||ARG||23||338||Argentina F2 F|
|Oliver Golding||GBR||20||362||Portugal F1 W|
|Ivan Arenas-Gualda||ESP||23||377||Portugal F1 SF|
|Federico Coria||ARG||21||386||Argentina F2 SF|
Though it’s usually not in my harsh and uncompromising nature to feature “others-point-losers” in these here below-the-table write-ups, I just want to point out that out of the last 15 W.A.T.C.H. Lists, Mr. Bradley Klahn has been on 8 of them.
And only twice because others lost points. Traralgon Challenger finalist, Yeongwol Challenger winner, Yokohama Challenger semifinalist, Maui Challenger titlist, West Lakes Challenger champ — what an amazing four months it’s been for the former three-time Stanford All-American.
Klahn now is firmly entrenched as the American #3 and is now only 69 ATPoints behind Sam Querrey for the #2 spot. He’s also advancing at such a consistent rate that he may soon be an ATP Tour-level player only, meaning he’ll no longer have a place on this site. *sniffle*
And third on this week’s List is another three-time All-American, this time from Oklahoma State, Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan (formerly Oleksandr Nedovyesov of the Ukraine, before he succumbed to the Kazakh Tennis Relocation Program), who was cold-cocked in the Kolkata Challenger semifinals by the Serbian lumberjack, Ilija Bozoljac.
It was still enough to rise another spot on the ATP carte du jour, career highdom achieved. So, to professionally summarize the List so far: U.S. college tennis. Woot woot!
From a purely selfish post-plugging perspective, it’s nice to see my two most recent Players to View on the List, Yuki Bhambri and Dominic Thiem (and don’t worry, Part III is coming soon!).
And adding to the above-mentioned diversity of this week’s List is the fact that we have a completely geographically diversified Top 10. Alas, such listular diversification is quickly ruined by a 2nd 22-year-old Frenchman appearing at #11. Albano Olivetti, aka “La Ol”, the 6’8” man with the booming serve and the one-handed backhand being said Frenchman (in case you’re too lazy to look up at the List again).
Also, it turns out that the two Frenchies in question (Quimper Challenger singles champ Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Olivetti) combined to win the Quimpy doubles title as well. So there’s that.