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ATP Rankings Report – as of May 22, 2023

PARIS – The end of the Italian Open brings with it two weeks of rankings updates – and, as with the women, the deadline for Wimbledon is today. So that can make a difference in the lives of a lot of players.

The win by Daniil Medvedev in Rome – yes, a massive clay-court event – slides him up to No. 2 in the rankings, hopping over Novak Djokovic (who was defending the title and couldn’t quite get there).

And Carlos Alcaraz moves back to No. 1, by just under 500 points.

That changes the seedings. And it’ll make everyone look pretty closely at Thursday’s draw to see which half Djokovic ends up in.

(For the complete, updated ATP rankings, click here).

 

ON THE UPSWING

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 2 =========> No. 1 (Despite a shocker of a loss to qualifier Fabian Moraszan in Rome, after winning Madrid, Alcaraz moves back up to No. 1 and will be the top seed at Roland Garros).

Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 3 =========> No. 2 (Speaking of shockers, Medvedev’s clay-court brain had a breakthrough in Rome and he was mightily impressive in winning the Italian Open. It makes him the No. 2 – and the No. 2 seed in Paris, too).

Holger Rune  (DEN): No. 7 =========> No. 6 (Rune won’t be happy with the final in Rome, but he had a great week anyway and is at his career high).

Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 50 =========> No. 38  (The former No. 25 wins the Challenger in Bordeaux – beating Stan Wawrinka, and Richard Gasquet on his way. After a big dip, he’s back in range of his career best and has to be feeling pretty good about himself going into Paris).

Tomas Martin Etcheverry  (ARG): No. 61 =========> No. 46 (The 23-year-old reaches the Bordeaux final after winning a round in Rome, and moves to another career high and into the top 50 for the first time).

J.J. Wolf (USA): No. 54 =========> No. 49 (The power of the mullet – once more – has Wolf back in the top 50 after a win over Hubert Hurkacz, on the way to a third-round result in Rome).

Yannick Hanfmann (GER): No. 101 =========> No. 64 (The 31-year-old reaches a career high after going from the qualifying to the quarterfinals in Rome. He beat Nicolas Jarry, Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev along the way, before losing to eventual champion Medvedev. Still – it came too late for Paris, and he’s the No. 2 seed in qualifying this week. That’s a lot of high-level tennis, because he also made the third round from the qualifying in Madrid).

Max Purcell (AUS): No. 87 =========> No. 67 (It’s almost easy to forget that Purcell is a Grand Slam champion in doubles, as he continues to make his mark in singles on the basis of strong Challenger results. He makes two finals in Korea, and moves up to a career high).

Eubanks made a pit stop in Rome on his way from Korea to Geneva last week. He’s at a career high.

Christopher Eubanks  (USA): No. 86 =========> No. 75 (Eubanks, 27, makes the quarterfinals at a hard-court Challenger in Korea and makes another career high. After a pit stop in Rome on his way to Geneva, where he took in Coco Gauff’s doubles match, he beats Benoit Paire there and wins his first career ATP Tour level match on clay. It’s good to be Eubanks right now).

Aleksandar Vukic (AUS): No. 127 =========> No. 95 (Vukic, 27, gets to the top 100 for theh first time after a great run on the Challenger circuit. He wins in Busan, and then he reached the final in Oeiras, Portugal on clay last week. We still remember him beating Carlos Alcaraz (who was even more of a kid then) in the Roland Garros qualifying a couple of years ago).

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Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 149 =========> No. 102 (The former No. 50, who hasn’t played any ATP main draws this year, follows up a final at a Challenger in Prague with a title at another in Turin, to get back close to the top 100. He’s another player to watch at the RG qualies this week – and he’s not even seeded).

Fabian Marozsan (HUN): No. 135 =========> No. 115 (The 23-year-old is at a career high this week after going from the qualifying to the fourth round in Rome. He beat Jiri Lehecka, and then he took care of Carlos Alcaraz along the way. It feels as though it should have been a bigger bump, somehow. A year ago, Maroszan was qualifying in Challenger. This week, he’s in qualifying in Paris. Tennis forgets quickly what you did last week).

Diallo will make his Roland Garros debut this week, facing Timofey Skatov in qualifying

Gabriel Diallo (CAN): No. 162 =========> No. 146 (The 21-year-old Canadian moves into the top 150 after a tour of Challengers in Asia. A year ago, he was barely in the top 1000 and didn’t even play a pro event until June, when he won a $25K in Michigan. Now, he’s at Roland Garros).

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 190 =========> No. 152 (The Chile-representing Toronto native was at No. 64, a career high, less than a year ago. But the points from a title at the Franavilla al Mare Challenger two weeks ago come on, and he moves up nicely. Tabilo plays Luca Nardi in the first round of RG qualifying).

Flavio Cobolli (ITA): No. 183 =========> No. 159 (the 21-year-old thrilled the Italian fans in Rome with a dramatic qualification victory. He lost in the first round of the main draw, then made the quarterfinals of the Turin Challenger last week. He plays a French wild card in Roland Garros qualifying first up, and you have to like his chances of making the big show).

Hamad Medjedovic  (SRB): No. 214 =========> No. 168 (The 19-year-old Serb who has the support of famous countryman Novak Djokovic is at a career high, as the points from his title at a Challenger in Austria two weeks ago come on. He defeated Dominic Thiem on the way to that crown. He’s in a tough section of the RG qualifying this week).

Brandon Holt (USA): No. 208 =========> No. 180 (The 25-year-old son of tennis levend Tracy Austin, who went the college route, moves into the top 200 and a career high after making the semis at a Challenger in Busan, South Korea two weeks ago. He has No. 22 Juri Rodionov in the first round at Roland Garros in the qualifying).

Jakub Mensik (CZE): No. 333 =========> No. 237 (Still junior aged, the 17-year-old leaps nearly 100 spots to a career high after winning a Challenger in Prague, and making the quarterfinals last week at another in Tunis. A year ago, he was the No. 2 junior in the world, and he was the 2022 Australian Open junior boys’ runner-up to Bruno Kuzuhara).

Stefano Napolitano (ITA): No. 555 =========> No. 412 (The handsome Italian, a 6-5 colossus who looks like he should be a MUCH better player than he has turned out to be, moves up 143 spots with a qualification in Rome, and a qualification and a scond round in Turin. His career high of No. 152 was six years ago, in 2017).

Guido Pella (ARG): No. 484 =========> No. 421 (Playing on a protected ranking, the former world No. 1, playing for the first time since Miami, wins a round in Rome and moves up nicely).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 1 =========> No. 3 (Djokovic, who was defending the Italian Open title, went out in a blaze against Holger Rune and drops down to No. 3, with Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz hopping over him. It’ll make the Roland Garros draw on Thursday interesting).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 27 =========> No. 31 (The Canadian pulled out of both Rome last week, and Geneva this week, with a knee issue. That gives you pause for Roland Garros, but he’s been struggling so much this year it’s hard to know how that’ll all shake out).

Marcos Giron  (USA): No. 60 =========> No. 74 (Giron qualified and made the R16 in Rome a year ago, beating Schwartzman and Bublik along the way. This year he lost in the R128 to Safiullin, and so he drops).

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Alex Molcan (SVK): No. 59 =========> No. 83 (Molcan hit a career high No. 38 a year ago, after getting to the final of the RG tuneup tournament in Lyon. He eked out a win against Napolitano in a third-set tiebreak in hisRome opener, but then ran into Andrey Rublev. And so go the points).

Jenson Brooksby  (USA): No. 76 =========> No. 99 (Brooksby, who just had surgery on one wrist and is rehabbing th eother, made the third round in Rome last year; those points drop off).

Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 79 =========> No. 106 (Garin made the third round in Rome, as he did in Madrid. He retired against Laslo Djere andsince he made the quarterfinals there a year ago, he drops out of the top 100. But if he’s healthy, he’ll certain be one to watch in Paris).

Joao Sousa  (POR): No. 156 =========> No. 258 (Sousa has lost in the first round of his last six events, and 11 of his last 13. His run to the Geneva final a year ago (where he lost in a third-set tiebreak to Casper Ruud) falls off, as does his ranking. He does have a decent draw in RG qualifying, though).

Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 455 =========> No. 551 (At 37, the former No. 19 is sort of running out the string, as he played his first tournament of the season in Tunis and retired in his first-round match. He hasn’t played since late June, 2022. But he’s in the qualifying in Paris for a last payday on a protected ranking, and will face a kid half his age in the first round in Jerry Shang).

Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 324 =========> No. 588 (No, we don’t have a clue).

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