Three events – Montpellier indoors on hard, Dallas indoors on hard (and full of the suddenly resurgent Americans) and Cordoba outdoors on clay for the dirtballers – mean a lot of moves this Monday in the ATP Tour rankings.
Notable among them are French teen Arthur Fils, who opened a lot of eyes in Montpellier.
And Wu Yibing, surging in Dallas.
The other thing is that the 500 in Rotterdam was technically a week earlier a year ago (as was Buenos Aires, and the rest of the tournaments this week). So a player like Félix Auger-Aliassime, who won it, sees his points drop on Monday – but can make them up by next Monday.
ON THE UPSWING
Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 8 =======> No. 7 (Fritz squeezes past the idle Félix Auger-Aliassime with his semifinal in Dallas.
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 17 =======> No. 14 (Sinner moves up three spots with his title in Montpellier).
John Isner (USA): No. 39 =======> No. 37 (Isner’s ranking wasn’t going to change whether or not he won his Dallas Open final against Wu Yibing. In the end, he gave it all but only had an “L” to show for it. But he’s hanging in there in the rankings despite not playing all that much).
Sebastian Baez (ARG): No. 47 =======> No. 36 (Baez, 22, wins his second career title in Cordoba, after Estoril in 2022).
J.J. Wolf (USA): No. 43 =======> No. 39 (Wolf moves into the top 40 with his semifinal effort in Dallas. He was already at a new career high after making the fourth round at the Australian Open, so he’s just adding to an already terrific start to 2023).
Maxime Cressy (USA): No. 51 =======> No. 40 (Cressy moves up after a great week in Montpellier, France, but still not to his career best of No. 31. He also goes over the $2 million mark in career earnings. The Parisian-American reached the doubles final as well, and his ranking in that discipline …)
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP): No. 54 =======> No. 44 (At 35, Ramos-Viñolas is still cooking. He made the semis in Cordoba and makes a nice leap in the rankings).
Federico Coria (ARG): No. 67 =======> No. 49 (into the top 50 for the first time in his career with his effort in Cordoba).
Quentin Halys (FRA): No. 70 =======> No. 62 (Halys waged a serious battle against younger countryman Arthur Fils, but went down in the quarters in Montpellier).
Yibing Wu (CHN): No. 97 =======> No. 58 (At 23 and after multiple injuries, Wu is coming into his own and has impressed so many by going all the day in Dallas. It’s a career high, and it feels like just the start).
Hugo Dellien (BOL): No. 138 =======> No. 107 (The 29-year-old Bolivian reached the semis in Cordoba out of the qualifying).
Arthur Fils (FRA): No. 163 =======> No. 117 (If Wu opened eyes in Dallas, so did 18-year-old Fils in Montpellier. He made it to the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Jannik Sinner and leaping to a career high).
Liam Broady (GBR): No. 175=======> No. 140 (Broady took the title at the Vilnius Challenger).
Zdenek Kolar (CZE): No. 214 =======> No. 192 (Kolar, 26, jumps back into the top 200 with his finals effort in Vilnius).
Matteo Gigante (ITA): No. 232 =======> No. 194 (Another young Italian, 21-year-old Gigante, jumps into the top 200 and a new career high after winning the Challenger in Tenerife, Canary Islands).
Stefano Travaglia (ITA): No. 409 =======> No. 311 (The former No. 60, 31, makes the Tenerife Challenger final and moves up nearly 100 spots).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 7 =======> No. 8 (Auger-Aliassime comes into Rotterdam as the defending champion, but having dropped his points from a year ago on the first day of the tournament; it’s entirely possible he can earn most of them back even if it’s a pretty tough field. He gets Lorenzo Sonego in the first round).
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 18 =======> No. 20 (Musetti drops two with the loss of his semifinal points from Buenos Aires a year ago. He’s in the Buenos Aires draw on clay this week, with a first-round bye).
Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 28 =======> No. 32 (Schwartzman was in the top 20 – and, at times, in the top 10 – every single week from Sept. 2019 through to October 2022. He drops his points from his Buenos Aires final a week early, and he has another 300 points from the final in Rio a year ago coming up in another week. Schwartzman lost in the second round of Cordoba last week. And it just doesn’t seem like he’s healthy this year, even though he travelled to Australia. He skipped the United Cup, and he retired after losing the first set to Jenson Brooksby in his opener in Auckland. He got just nine games in three sets from J.J. Wolf in the second round in Melbourne).
Benjamin Bonzi (FRA): No. 42 =======> No. 48 (Bonzi was the No. 1 player in France for the last two weeks – edging out Richard Gasquet for an honour that is really more symbolic than anything given they’re all outside the top 40. But Gasquet will take that back this week after Bonzi lost in the first round in Montpellier after a stressful Davis Cup weekend, and drops the points from winning the Cherbourg Challenger a year ago. In fact, he’s down to No. 3 behind Constant Lestienne).
Jiri Lehecka (CZE): No. 37 =======> No. 53 (What the Australian Open giveth, Rotterdam took away as the idle Lehecka loses his points from last year’s run from the qualies to the semis. That was the first time most had heard of Lehecka, who was just 20 at the time and ranked No. 137. He defeated Shapovalov, Van de Zandschulo and Musetti before losing in three sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis. He did his part for the Czech Republic when he won both his singles rubbers against Portugal last weekend. And it’s a credit to the points he was able to bank after that breakthrough result that he only falls 16 spots when those points dropped).
Andy Murray (GBR): No. 61 =======> No. 70 (Murray has a wild card into Dubai, which he’ll be playing for the eighth time and which he won in 2017, over a fairly diminished field).
Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 44 =======> No. 81 (Opelka is out after hip surgery, so his points for winning the Dallas Open a year ago drop off. He beat John Isner in the semis and Jenson Brooksby in the final of that tournament, after which he rise to his career high of No. 17. Opelka also won the Houston tournament on red clay last April; he’s big in Texas. And everywhere).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 100 =======> No. 111 (Pospisil is defending points during this winter indoor season. He couldn’t get into the Montpellier qualies after making the Koblenz Open Challenger final. This week, he’s the top seed in the Cherbourg Challenger. Pospisil drops his quarterfinal effort last year in Dallas. He has points from the Pau Cballenger final coming off in two weeks).
Borna Gojo (CRO): No. 116 =======> No. 145 (Gojo did great work playing No. 2 for Croatia in the Davis Cup playoffs. But he’s off this week, and doesn’t defend his points from winning a Challenger in Bengaluru a year ago. He has semifinal points from another one coming off this week).
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA): No. 307 =======> No. 332 (Herbert wouldn’t get vaccinated, and so had his career impacted by the countries he was unable to travel to – at least at first. Not sure what’s up with his career right now. He’s turning 32 in a month; his career high of No. 36 was just four years ago. So far, he has two first-round losses in Challengers, and a semifinal at one on Portugal the week of Australian Open qualifying, where he also reached the doubles final with Jonathan Eysseric).
Ernests Gulbis (LAT): No. 293 =======> No. 337 (Gulbis played his final Davis Cup tie last weekend, and drops points from a semifinal in Cherbourg a year ago. Those 30 points were the second-biggest total on his scorecard; he has 80 on there until July, from the final of a Challenger in Switzerland. Hard to know what’s ahead for him, although you suspect it won’t be long until he’s the Latvian Davis Cup captain).