As we get further into the so-called “off-season”, and more players shut it down for the few weeks that the relentless tennis season allows them to stop playing, we start to see such scheduling decisions impact the rankings.  At the top, there’s a whole lotta nothin’ going on.  But for those willing to keep playing this deep into the season, there are nice gains to be had at the lower levels.

So few players are playing, relatively speaking, that scheduling plays a much larger role in determining Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week.  Let’s take a look at this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Why
Pablo Carreno-Busta ESP 22 64 Przysiezny lost pts
Sam Groth AUS 26 173 Toyota SF
Marton Fucsovics HUN 21 180 Andria W
Tennys Sandgren USA 22 184 others lost points
Kimmer Coppejans BEL 19 251 others lost points
Andrea Collarini ARG 21 255 others lost points
Theodoros Angelinos GRE 29 257 Colombia F7 SF
Egor Gerasimov BLR 21 258 Tyumen QF
Ante Pavic CRO 24 274 Tyumen QF
Aslan Karatsev RUS 20 285 others lost points
Toni Androic CRO 21 294 Croatia F16 QF
Emilio Gomez ECU 21 303 others lost points
Yann Marti SUI 25 307 Andria SF
Marc Rath AUT 23 333 Turkey F46 SF
Piotr Gadomski POL 22 353 Tyumen R2
Jason Jung USA 24 371 Toyota QF
Federico Coria ARG 21 408 Chile F8 QF
Ivan Arenas-Gualdo ESP 23 420 Spain F40 SF
Bastian Trinker AUT 23 422 Greece F20 SF
Ricardo Urzua-Rivera CHI 24 431 others lost points

As you no doubt see, with so few point-gaining events on offer (the Challenger calendar finished up last week with its final 3 events), the ATP #60-300 range that usually populates each week’s List only contains 11 players today, with only 6 of those actually gaining points from tournaments played.  

Since the List is usually at least 20 players long, I reached deeper into the rankings depths to cull this week’s edition (and this will certainly be the case for the remainder of the year). Personally, I’m pleased to be able to feature new names whose achievements occurred even further outside the spotlight than usual.

But first, an achievement that happened within many spotlights (as the Andria Challenger did not skimp on its trophy ceremony light show):

Not Fuc-ing Around

Andria Chally Not Fuc-ing Around

Hungarian gamer Marton Fucsovics found the odds to be ever in his favor as he dropped only a single set on his way to the Andria title, hurdling his previous career high ranking of 230 and jumping 53 spots to his new placement of ATP #180.

Throughout the week, the 21-year-old displayed the great hands, clean ball-striking and remarkable returning that saw him to his former world junior #1 ranking and his 2010 Boys Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles. He might even be one of my ten Players to Watch for 2014 (but you’ll have to wait ’til Sunday to find out, as I hit you up with a new PTW every day the first ten days of December).

*sings* "We will, we will FUC YOU!" *unsings*

*sings* “We will, we will FUC YOU!” *unsings*

Skipping down the List, we see another Andria Achiever, Yann Marti, whose semifinal showing allowed him to vault 55 spots past his former career high of #362 to a new best of #307. In so doing, the 25-year-old Swiss also becomes the highest-ranked Marti on tour, leapfrogging the 21-year-old Javier Marti (one of my 2011 Players To Watch) by two ranking spots.

What Light Doth Yann-der Window Break?

What Light Doth Yann-der Window Break?

Just below Yann, we see that Marc Rath’s adventurous activities (previously chronicled here) now include leaping 40 places to a new career singles high. What depth-defying stunt will the 23-year-old Austrian thrill seeker pull off next? Stay tuned!

Rath (of the Titans)

Rath-er Adventuresome

I’m happy to see that Jason Jung is now appearing on this site in a new way, as he transitions this week from my Reading Lists to my W.A.T.C.H. List, appearing at #371 on your programme. The 24-year-old University of Michigan grad wrote extensively about this week’s Toyota Challenger exploits, so rather than me blathering about it, why don’t you see what he has to say?

Finally, we see a familiar tennistical surname just under Jung’s, as Federico Coria joins his famous brother (and coach) Guillermo in the upper(ish) ranks of the ATP.  The 21-year-old mini-Mago continues a successful(ish) 2013 with a quarterfinal showing at the F8 Futures event in Chile.

He won two Futures events in Argentina this past May, and is competing in this week’s Chile F9 Futures in Santiago, where he’s the 8th seed. We’re likely to see him on upcoming Lists as we close out this tennis year.

Who's Achieved Their Coria High? - photo courtesy of Fue Buena

Who’s Achieved Their Coria High? – photo courtesy of Fue Buena