WIMBLEDON – After this fortnight, Novak Djokovic will be down to No. 7 in the world, Denis Shapovalov will be out of the top 20 and a whole lot of ranking changes will happen just because there are no ranking points on offer at Wimbledon this year.
As a result, those who had big success a year ago – Djokovic, Shapovalov, Matteo Berrettini – will have no chance to defend those points.
But last week was about smaller events in Mallorca and Eastbourne.
And some moves were made.
ON THE UPSWING
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 6 ======> No. 5 (Tsitsipas wins in Mallorca, adding 200 points and dropping Casper Ruud to No. 6. He’ll play qualifier Alexander Ritschard in the first round at Wimbledon).
Tommy Paul (USA): No. 35 ======> No. 32 (A quarterfinalist in Eastbourne, Paul moves to a career high. He’s seeded at Wimbledon, and will meet Fernando Verdasco in the first round)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 45 ======> No. 40 (Kyrgios bailed from his second-round match in Mallorca to save the body for Wimbledon – best-of-five in both singles and doubles. But those 20 points move him up five spots. British wild card Paul Jubb is his first-round opponent at Wimbledon).
Maxime Cressy (USA): No. 60 ======> No. 45 (A career high for Cressy, who reached the Eastbourne final. He’ll be a big challenge for Félix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of Wimbledon).
Benjamin Bonzi (FRA): No. 56 ======> No. 47 (Bonzi, who defeated Denis Shapovalov in the first round, made the semis in Mallorca and moves into the top 50 for the first time. He drew lucky loser Zdenek Kolar in the first round at the Big W).
Jack Draper (GBR): No. 108 ======> No. 94 (Into the top 100 for the 20-year-old Brit, who made the semis in Eastbourne. He gets wild card Zizou Bergs, who won a Challenger at Ilkley a week ago to earn the privilege, in the first round at Wimbledon).
Kaichi Uchida (JPN): No. 258 ======> No. 203 (Uchida likely would have made the Wimbledon qualies, but he stayed on clay and won the Challenger in Oeiras, moving him close to the top 200).
Antoine Bellier (SUI): No. 303 ======> No. 217 (Bellier, a fairly obscure 25-year-old Swiss, went from the qualifying to theh semisin Mallorca and moves to a career high).
Liam Draxl (CAN): No. 551 ======> No. 502 (The 20-year-old Canadian, who’s been playing college tennis, made the final at a $25K ITF in Wichita and, after the week’s delay, moves up to a career best).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 24 ======> No. 27 (De Minaur loses in the semis of Eastbourne, dropping a bit in a tightly-packed section after dropping his champion’s points from a year ago. He should be in good shape at Wimbledon as he’ll play Bolivian clay-courter Hugo Dellien in the first round).
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 32 ======> No. 54 (Sonego lost in the second round of Eastbourne, after making the final a year ago. He’s the No. 27 seed at Wimbledon and will play American Denis Kudla, who is a tough customer on grass).
Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 73 ======> No. 86 (Mannarino lost in the first round of Eastbourne to Dan Evans, dropping points from his semifinal effort in Mallorca a year ago. He gets qualifier Max Purcell in the first round).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 125 ======> No. 134 (Pospisil lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying, and is playing a Challenger on clay in Spain this week to try to earn some points. He made theh quarterfinals in Eastbourne last year).
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 99 ======> No. 157 (Querrey lost in the first round of qualifying at Eastbourne to Brandon Nakashima, dropping big points because he made the final in Mallorca a year ago. Ricardas Berankis is his first-round opponent).
Max Purcell (AUS): No. 156======> No. 209 (At a career high last week, Purcell had to spend the week playing the Wimbledon qualifying – he made it. But a year ago he went from the qualifying to the semis in Eastbourne. He beat Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils and Andreas Seppi among others, playing six consecutive three-setters before falling to Sonego).
Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 214 ======> No. 240 (Lopez is in the Wimbledon main draw, squeezing in at No. 113 right at the entry deadline, and is playing doubles with Cressy. But it feels as though he’s near the end of the road as he drops his points from a quarterfinal in Mallorca a year ago. He gets No. 21 seed Botic Van de Zandschulp in the first round at the AELTC).
THE ROAD TO TURIN
THE ROAD TO MILAN
Five Italians in the top 12.