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ATP Rankings Report – As of July 3, 2023

Cerundolo wins Eastbourne, but doesn't move up in the rankings.

Even more than the women, the week before a major always proves to be a golden opportunity for players ranked outside the top 20 to make moves.

And so it was with American Chris Eubanks, who saved five match points in his Mallorca semifinal against Lloyd Harris and went on to earn his first career ATP title.

Eubanks went 9-2 during the grass-court prep period and jumped into the top 50.

In Eastbourne, Argentine Francisco Cerundolo takes the title – an unlikely outcome on grass, to be sure. But just a sign of how the homogenization of surfaces is benefiting a lot of players, who can aspire to succeed on any surface these days.

(Note the absence of rankings drops for the week. Just about all the drops in the top 200 or so are by 3-4 spots at most. So there was nothing noteworthy to mention. Also – it looks like some coding glitches are being worked on, on the ATP site. If anything changes, we’ll update).

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

ON THE UPSWING

Tommy Paul (USA): No. 17 =======> No. 15 (By making the Eastbourne final, Paul moves up to a career high No. 15 in the rankings. The No. 16 seed, he faces qualifier Shinato Mochizuki in the first round at Wimbledon).

Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 43 =======> No. 35 (Mannarino gets back inside the top 40 with his effort to get to the Mallorca final. He also takes over the title of “French No. 1”, and will play Russia’s Alexander Shevchenko at Wimbledon).

(Photo: Mallorca Championships)

Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 77 =======> No. 43 (With his first career ATP Tour title in Mallorca, the hard-working American moves into the top 50 for the first time. And to think he was despairing of being able to do anything during the grass season, before Kim Clijsters came to the rescue with some helpful tips. Eubanks will play lefty Thiago Monteiro at Wimbledon).

Yannick Hanfmann (GER): No. 48 =======> No. 45 (The 31-year-old German reaches another career high after making the Mallorca semifinal. He has a tough task at Wimbledon, where he’ll face No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz in the first round).

Grégoire Barrere (FRA): No. 57 =======> No. 49 (Another seasoned Frenchman enters the top 50 as Barrere, 29, makes the Eastbourne semifinals. He’ll play the dangerous Lloyd Harris at Wimbledon).

Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 64 =======> No. 54 (McDonald is six shy of his career high after making the Eastbourne semifinals. He’ll play No. 23 seed Alexander Bublik at Wimbledon).

Emilio Nava (USA No. 210 =======> No. 168 (The 21-year-old American wins the Modena Challenger on clay, and climbs to a new career high).

(Photo: ATP Challenger Tour)

Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 298 =======> No. 208 (Harris, after an injury break, is playing on a protected ranking but is making some moves with his actual ranking. He moves up nearly 100 spots after qualifying in Mallorca and reaching the semifinals, where he had five match points against Eubanks before succumbing. He plays Barrere in the first round).

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Filip Peliwo (POL): No. 380 =======> No. 358 (Peliwo, a Canadian currently representing Poland, had a fruitful two weeks in Netenya, Israel. He made the final the first week, and made the final again the second week – he won’t see those points from the second week until after Wimbledon, but it’ll mean another nice hike of at least 20 spots. He has now gone to Tunisia to play more ITFs).

Liam Draxl (CAN) : No. 637 =======> No. 598 (Draxl gets back into the top 600 with the eight points from his final at a $15K in Santo Domingo two weeks ago. When the points from his final at an upgraded $25K there this week come on after Wimbledon, he should move up about another 70 spots).

Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 634 =======> No. 460 (We … think Lopez is done? Unclear. But by taking his wild card into the Mallorca quarterfinals, he moves WAYYY up in the rankings for the week).

(Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images)

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