A very long List today. Since a lot of players’ seasons have already been shuttered, those who did play last week stood to gain a lot vs. those dormant others. Thus, there’s a whole lotta career highs to get to today. So let’s get to them!
|Alejandro Gonzalez||COL||24||91||CTF F|
|Oleksandr Nedovyesov||UKR||26||93||CTF SF|
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||97||Yokohama SF|
|Dominic Thiem||AUT||20||121||others lost points|
|Facundo Bagnis||ARG||23||123||Lima F|
|Facundo Arguello||ARG||21||124||Lima QF|
|Peter Polansky||CAN||25||140||others lost points|
|Victor Estrella||DOM||33||143||Guayaquil QF|
|Pierre Hugues-Herbert||FRA||22||151||Yokohama SF|
|Guilherme Clezar||BRA||20||156||CTF RR|
|Gerald Melzer||AUT||23||178||others lost points|
|Sam Groth||AUS||26||183||Champaign F|
|Tennys Sandgren||USA||22||187||Champaign W|
|Damir Dzumhur||BIH||21||189||others lost points|
|Pedro Sousa||POR||25||199||Guayaquil F|
|Mohamed Safwat||EGY||23||206||Egypt F32 W|
|Lorenzo Giustino||ITA||22||232||others lost points|
|Axel Michon||FRA||22||239||Egypt F32 F|
|Kimmer Coppejans||BEL||19||254||Yokohama R2|
|Andrea Collarini||ARG||21||257||Lima R2|
|Egor Gerasimov||BLR||21||267||Helsinki QF|
|Hiroki Kondo||JPN||31||275||Yokohama FQR|
|Adrian Sikora||SVK||25||295||others lost points|
|Ante Pavic||CRO||24||297||Helsinki R2|
|Janez Semrajc||SLO||24||300||Croatia F14 F|
So what do we make of this uber-long List?
Well, first of all, a hardy “Welcome to the Top 100!” is in order for Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez and American Bradley Klahn. Gonzalez, who lost to Filippo Volandri in the Challenger Tour Finals, is the sixth Colombian to ever break into the One Hundred Club.
Klahn, the three-time All-American out of Stanford, finishes his first full year on tour in superb form, going Finalist, Champion and Semifinalist in Traralgon, Yeongwol and Yokohama respectively — a run that saw him rise 26 rungs on the ATP Rankings ladder.
Behind John Isner and Sam Querrey, the Americans are now tightly bunched, with Tim Smyczek at #89, Michael Russell #92, Donald Young #96 and Klahn at #97. Furthermore, Klahn has now assured his entry into the main draw at next year’s Australian Open, where the cutoff is ATP #105. Our pals at Footsoldiers of Tennis have the latest breakdown of who’s chasing ATPoints at the three Challenger events this week, in order to join Klahn in the main draw.
Next, we see that tennis’s Facundos are still doing just fine, although they’ll need to qualify at next year’s first Slam. But at least they’ll be seeded. Click here if you’re still unsure about who the Fac they are.
Clearly congrats are in order for Victor Estrella, who’s the Tommy Haas of the Challenger Tour, finding success well into his thirties. A new career high at age 33 is nothing to sneeze at*.
Lastly, congrats to Sam Groth and Tennys Sandgren, whose bubbly Champaign Challenger success (finalist and champion, respectively) resulted in dual breakthroughs into the vaunted Top One Hundred Eighty Seven.
Groth’s breakthrough has been a long time coming, as he’s dabbled in the 200’s for significant periods of time every year since 2008. As the now seventh-ranked Aussie, he inserts himself prominently into the wildcard discussion for the Oz Open.
Welp, there are many more stories I can tell of those in the lower reaches of this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List, but this article is already long enough, don’t you think? If I’m inspired, I’ll write a sequel. So check back often!***
*Unless you have a cold, in which case: sneeze away!**
**Your monitor also doubles as a sneeze guard.
***Chances are <1% that I’ll write a sequel, so use your best judgment here.