Sup, peeps. And jeez, what an uninspired bunch on this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List, for the most part. Almost as uninspired as the Super Bowl, from which I’ve yet to recover.
But enough about me. Let’s have a look at Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs This Week:
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||80||others lost points|
|Jesse Huta Galung||NED||28||92||others lost points|
|Dusan Lajovic||SRB||23||101||Davis Cup – R1 L|
|Nick Kyrgios||AUS||18||157||Davis Cup – R1 L|
|Matt Reid||AUS||23||183||Burnie W|
|Tak Khunn Wang||FRA||22||265||Egypt F2 SF|
|Juan Ignacio Londero||ARG||20||268||Chitre R2|
|Jarmere Jenkins||USA||23||278||Burnie SF|
|David Rice||GBR||25||307||GBR F2 F|
|Jose Pereira||BRA||23||322||Egypt F2 SF|
|Martin Vaisse||FRA||26||324||Israel F2 F|
|Roberto Ortega-Olmedo||ESP||22||330||others lost points|
|Joris de Loore||BEL||20||360||others lost points|
|Dennis Novak||AUT||20||364||others lost points|
|Wilson Leite||BRA||22||371||others lost points|
|Yoshihito Nishioka||JPN||18||377||others lost points|
|Christian Garin||CHI||17||379||others lost points|
|Alexey Vatutin||RUS||21||380||others lost points|
|Ivan Arenas-Gualda||ESP||23||385||others lost points|
|Thanasi Kokkinakis||AUS||17||399||Davis Cup – R1 L|
Woof. What a bunch of others-points losers, by and large. Since there were only two Challengers last week — Burnie and Chitre — there were scant opportunities from which to scavenge ATPoints. And most who did well in those two tournaments didn’t gain enough to points to post a career high.
So we’ll ignore the OLPers, as ever.
Therefore, first on this week’s List are a pair of peeps who — sort of like kids on recreational soccer teams — got trophies (in the form of ranking points) just for showing up for their teams’ games. Since Davis Cup World Group participants receive 10 points win or lose, Dusan Lajovic, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis all were boosted to career high heights despite losing efforts on the world stage.
Although, it must be noted, none of said losses were anything to sneeze at. Lajovic took a set off of World No. 3 and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka before falling in four. He also won a dead rubber* against Michael Lammer.
Kyrgios went down to No. 9 Richard Gasquet and No. 30 Gael Monfils, and Kokkinakis was nak’ed*** down by the capable hands of No. 39 Julian Benneteau.
The biggest winner of the week was Aussie Matt Reid, who took the title at the $50,000 Burnie Challenger. The 23-year-old has come full circle from the time less than a month ago when he said that he didn’t “know how to win anymore.”
He entered the tourney on a six-match losing streak and proceeded to win five matches, clinch the championship and attain a personal best ranking in the process. Not a bad effort. As ever, Aceland Tennis has all the details of that match and all things Aussie.
Lastly, a special mention goes out to former University of Virginia standout Jarmere Jenkins, who showed some scorching form in Burnie, making it to the semis before he burned out vs. Hiroki Moriya. Earlier last week I was pointed to this terrific Q&A with the erstwhile ITA National Player of the Year.
In the above-linked article Jenkins says, “Being an elite athlete is all about how well you’re willing to suffer.” In his remarkable 6-2 6-7(7) 7-6(13) quarterfinal win against Matthew Barton, in which he recovered from a double fault at match point in a second set that he eventually lost, Jenkins seemed to really put those words to the test, earning an eventual career high ranking in the process.
*my second least favorite phrase in tennis, just behind “Red Foo**”
**which is my second least favorite color of Foo, just behind brown
***pronounced “knocked down”, of course. Why? What were you thinking it was?