July 12, 2024

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ATP Rankings Report – As of July 17, 2023

Wimbledon done, all the move to be tabulated as the third major of the season is over – and this time, the points count.

With last year’s points, there wouldn’t even be any conversation about Novak Djokovic being No. 1. But as it is, he had to beat Carlos Alcaraz in Sunday’s final to take back that crown.

He couldn’t do it, but what a ride it was. And now he finds himself nearly 900 points behind. Not that it’s a huge priority for him at this point. Still, the best player in the world should be the No. 1 ranked player, too. In a perfect world.

Beyond that, there are no changes in the top 10. Which is actually unusual after a major. But because no one was defending any points from 2022, it makes a little more sense. Stefanos Tsitsipas could have taken over the No. 4 spot from Casper Ruud with one more victory, but couldn’t do it. Holger Rune could have jumped over them both with a win over Alcaraz.

The funky calendar this year often means that points from the previous year drop off before this year’s edition even begins, so there are a few players affected by that just as there are on the WTA side.

For the complete, updated ATP Tour rankings, click here.


Alexander Zverev (GER): No. 21 =========> No. 19 (He’ll be disappointed with his loss to Matteo Berrettini in the third round, but Zverev is back in the top 20 and is looking for more in Bastad this week).

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 24 =========> No. 21 (Dimitrov had somewhat of a renaissance at this Wimbledon, and finds himself 55 points out of the top 20).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 29 =========> No. 23 (Shapovalov showed some signs of good things in making the round of 16, but fell in a shocker to Roman Safiullin. The state of his knee, he admitted, was such that he was uncertain about taking part in the best part of his season, the summer North American hard courts).

Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 43 =========> No. 31 (A big leap from the 27-year-old American, who is just nine points out of the top 30. The effects won’t be felt right away, but he’s in good shape for the summer and is likely to be seeded at the US Open. What a tournament he had; hopefully it’s something he’ll build on even more, to see how far he can take it).

Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 38 =========> No. 32 (It’s been a tough year dealing with the Netflix curse for Berrettini, who nevertheless showed signs of life making the fourth round at Wimbledon).

Roman Safiullin (RUS): No. 92 =========> No. 43 (Calling Safiullin this year’s Aslan Karatsev is not completely out of whack, considering both Russians were considered extremely talented as youngsters, but took years to finally come up and make their mark. Both used the ATP Cup as a vehicle to do it, although in Safiullin’s case it took another year for him to make this big Wimbledon quarterfinal run. Remains to be seen if he can sustain it. But being where he is will help him get into the big 1000s remaining this year and at least give him the opportunity).

Marton Fucsovics (HUN): No. 67 =========> No. 54 (Fucsovics made the third round at Wimbledon, and got himself a lot close to the top 50 than he had been for awhile. The 31-year-old from Hungary, whose career high was No. 31 in 2019, had dropped out of the top 100 briefly at the end of 2022, got it back up, but was down as low as No. 92 in May).

Daniel Elahi Galan (COL): No. 85 =========> No. 56 (The unheralded 27-year-old from Colombia was a surprise in the fourth round, where he lost to Jannik Sinner. Needless to say, it’s a career high.And the fact that he made the third round a year ago, but didn’t have to defend, makes it a big net plus).

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 88 =========> No. 74 (Another nice bump for Wawrinka, who got to the third round. He’s playing singles and doubles on clay this week in Gstaad).

Pavel Kotov (RUS): No. 105 =========> No. 89 (The 24-year-old Russian moves to a career high, after making the final of the Braunschweig Challenger).

Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG): No. 115 =========> No. 97 (The 22-year-old from Argentina moves into the top 100 for the first time with a win at the Milan Challenger).

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David Goffin (BEL): No. 123 =========> No. 111 (Given a wild card into Wimbledon, the veteran Belgian made good and got to the third round. But he’s still a long way from where he was).

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI: No. 145 =========> No. 124 (The Chilean-Canadian moves up with his effort to get to the semifinals in San Benedetto del Tronto. He continues on the Challenger circuit this week.

Alex Michelsen (USA): No. 246 =========> No. 190 (The 18-year-old American was at No. 1071 a year ago, and at No. 600 at the start of the season. He’s moving up quickly and jumps into the top 200 with a title at the Chicago Challenger).

By the time Alex Michelsen gets back to Indian Wells next year, they’ll likely have his name right.

Yuta Shimizu (JPN): No. 252 =========> No. 203 (The 24-year-old from Japan made the final at the Chicago Challenger, and a new career high).

Tennys Sandgren (USA): No. 240 =========> No. 214 (The 31-year-old, a former Australian Open quarterfinalist, is still around on the Challenger circuit. And by making the semis of the Challenger in Michigan in the first week of Wimbledon makes a move. He’s in Granby this week – the first time he’s left the US since a series of Challengers in Thailand to start the season).

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Guido Pella (ARG): No. 308 =========> No. 229 (The former No. 20 makes a nice move on his real ranking – he’s been using a protected ranking – by making the third round at Wimbledon).

Steven Diez (CAN): No. 278 =========> No. 261 (Diez had a goodweek in Romania making the semifinals and losing to Benoit Paire).

Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 501 =========> No. 438 (The former top-10 player moved up again, with a quarterfinal at the Chicago Challenger. He’s about to embark on a return to the top ATP Tour level at the Citi Open in D.C.).

Blaz Rola (SLO): No. 723 =========> No. 474 (The former No. 78 back in 2015, now 32, is on the comeback trail, and moved up 250 spots by making the semis of the Salzburg Challenger. He had no ranking when he returned in April, having been out nearly a full year).

Liam Draxl (CAN): No. 598=========> No. 534 (Now embarking on a full-time pro career, the 21-year-old Canadian gets the points added from his final at a $25K in Santo Domingo; points from his semifinal at the $25K in Laval this past week should be worth another bump).

Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 849 =========> No. 545 (One match win at Wimbledon was worth 300 ranking spots to Raonic, not that it matters. What he’ll do next, after dealing with a shoulder issue there, is to be determined but he is on the entry list for the National Bank Open).


Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 33 =========> No. 37 (Saving Kyrgios, who ended up pulling out of Wimbledon at the last minute, is that he didn’t get any points for making the final a year ago. Therefore, he had nothing to defend. It was all to add, but he couldn’t answer the bell. He’s on the entry list for the Citi Open; let’s see if he makes it).

Sebastian Baez (ARG): No. 46 =========> No. 63 (Baez got a pretty good draw at Wimbledon, a fellow South American in Tomas Barrios Vera who also prefers the clay. But he lost. It was his fourth consecutive first-round loss at a major. And this week he drops his points from making the final in Bastad a year ago).

Zhizhen Zhang (CHN): No. 52 =========> No. 70 (The Chinese star went down to Botic Van de Zandschulp in a first-round match that took forever to get on court and when it did, ended up being a marathon five-setter. He drops his points from a Challenger final a year ago and has a final and her another Challenger final to defend this week).

Yibing Wu (CHN): No. 62 =========> No. 78 (Wu lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Frances Tiafoe, and drops his points from winning the Rome (Ga.) Challenger last year).

Pedro Cachin (ARG): No. 68 =========> No. 90 (Cachin had the unfortunate luck of drawing Djokovic in the first round of Wimbledon, in his main-draw debut. So that was that. He drops points from a Challenger final and a Challenger title earned during last year’s Wimbledon).

Maxime Cressy (USA): No. 58 =========> No. 105 (Cressy’s throwback serve-volley style shone for awhile. A surprise loss to Laslo Djere in the first round of Wimbledon, didn’t help, as he drops out of the top 100 because the points from winning his first career title on the grass at Newport fall off. He reached his career high of No. 31 in Aug. 2022. Cressy is the No. 5 seed in Newport as he aims to defend his title this week; he meets young American Alex Michelsen in the first round).

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Thiago Monteiro (BRA): No. 95 =========> No. 122 (The 29-year-old lefty made the quarterfinals at the Salzburg Challenger, but he drops points from winning it a year ago and drops out of the top 100. He also drops behind another Thiago, Seyboth Wild, as the No. 1 Brazilian player (undoubtedly for the first time. Seyboth Wild moves to a career high after making the Braunschweig Challenger semis).

John Isner (USA): No. 103 =========> No. 126 (This all feels like Finale Time for Isner, 38, who made the cut for Wimbledon, but lost in the first round to Spanish clay-courter Jaume Munar. It’s not like he’s going to go around the world playing the qualifying, you wouldn’t think).

Pablo Andujar (ESP): No. 360 =========> No. 502 (Andujar, 37, has basically said goodbye, playing nine tournaments this year and winning just one match. But with his ranking dropping it’s likely he might play once more, in Valencia – where he lives – at the end of 2023).





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