It’s time for your favorite reason to get out of bed on Monday — that’s right: this here is this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List! And since today’s List encapsulates two whole weeks of ranking-changing goodness (due to the Australian Open fortnight, of course), there’s theoretically twice the reason to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs This Week*.
So let’s have a look:
|Matt Ebden||AUS||26||61||Aus Open R2|
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||82||Maui W|
|Jesse Huta Galung||NED||28||93||others lost points|
|Peter Gojowczyk||GER||24||99||AO FQR, Heilbronn W|
|Dusan Lajovic||SRB||23||102||Aus Open Q, R2|
|Facundo Arguello||ARG||21||114||Bucaramanga QF|
|Dominic Thiem||AUT||20||115||Aus Open Q, R2|
|Guido Andreozzi||ARG||22||134||Bucaramanga QF|
|Peter Polansky||CAN||25||135||AO QR2, Maui QF|
|Victor Estrella||DOM||33||137||others lost points|
|Damir Dzumhur||BIH||21||144||Aus Open Q, R3|
|Daniel Evans||GBR||23||146||Aus Open QR2|
|Pierre Hugues-Herbert||FRA||22||151||Aus Open FQR|
|Blaz Rola||SLO||23||152||Aus Open Q, R2|
|Nick Kyrgios||AUS||18||162||Aus Open R2|
|Norbert Gombos||SVK||23||189||Aus Open QR2|
|Kristijan Mesaros||CRO||25||190||others lost points|
|Andrea Arnaboldi||ITA||26||191||AO QR2, Heilbronn Q/QF|
|Steven Diez||CAN||22||195||others lost points|
|Austin Krajicek||USA||23||210||AO QR2, Maui QF|
|James McGee||IRL||26||212||others lost points|
There’s big movement afoot on this week’s List, and not just because it counts for a fourteen day span of results. It’s also due to the fact that players can earn as many ATP points for qualifying in a Slam as they can for reaching the quarterfinals of the biggest $125K Challenger events (and almost as much as they get for winning a 15K Futures event).
Additionally, reaching the second round of the main draw is worth many points as a $125K semifinal showing. If a player makes a run through qualifying into just the second round of a Slam (as Dusan Lajovic, Dominic Thiem, and Blaz Rola did), that’s roughly the chally equivalent of a $125K final.
I’m not exactly sure why (and your theories are welcome), but this week’s List is also the most geographically variegated in memory. Of the 21 players here, 17 different nationalities are represented. Only Australia, Argentina, Canada and the United States can boast repeat career high ranking offenders on this day.
Fourth on this week’s List (but first in our hearts) is the 24-year-old German Peter Gojowczyk, who bursts into the Top 100 for the first time at #99, on the strength of his Oz Open and Heilbronn Challenger showings.
Gojo is having, to put it quite technically, one hell of a year. With his run through quallies into the semis of the ATP 250 in Doha, his qualifying effort in Melbourne and his Heilbronn title, he’s amassed a 14/2 record so far in 2014. His only losses? Rafael Nadal and… Victor Hanescu. (Hmm. Well, we all know it’s been a breakthrough year for Romanians, too.)
“Tomorrow I will have a break and relax a bit. It is great to break into the top 100 for the very first time,” the German said, adding that he plans to play in the Montpellier ATP 250 if he makes it into the main draw.
Further down the List (but no further down in our hearts), we find the 23-year-old American, Austin Krajicek. Though Gojowczyk makes practically everyone short of Stan Wawrinka look bad by comparison, Austin is also having a very fine year, which began with a sweep through quallies and into the quarterfinals of the Noumea Challenger. Overall, the three-time Texas A&M All-American is 7/3 on the singles court.
But wait, there’s more: for the lefty can celebrate both a singles and doubles career high (#85) today. He and Tennys Sandgren (who’s also at a career doubles high of #115) have posted a 6/1 record so far this year, winning the Noumea Challenger and making the semis in Maui.
*ranked between No. 60 and No. 300, as ever.