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ATP Rankings Report – as of Feb. 19, 2024

For the first time since the advent of the computer rankings, there will be no player in the top 10 of the ATP with a one-handed backhand.

This happened after Stefanos Tsitsipas exited, mostly because he was idle and Alex de Minaur reached the Rotterdam final.

Jannik Sinner, Rotterdam champion, is the first since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 to win his next title immediately after winning his first career Grand Slam. The only other to do it was Marat Safin in 2000.

For the complete, updated ATP rankings as of Monday, click here.

Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 4 =========> No. 3 (Sinner squeaks past Daniil Medvedev by five ranking points, to move to a career high No. 3 in the rankings with the title in Rotterdam. Medvedev, who was the defending Rotterdam champion, didn’t play it – nor will be play Doha this week).

Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 11 =========> No. 9 (Into the top 10 with a great run to the final in Rotterdam, and a new career high).

Nicolas Jarry (CHI): No. 21 =========> No. 19 (Back into the top 20 for the 28-year-old Chilean, who lost to Facundo Diaz Acosta in the Buenos Aires final).

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Alexander Bublik (KAZ): No. 23 =========> No. 21 (Another career high for Bublik, who only won a round in Rotterdam and then lost to Milos Raonic, but still moves up two).

Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN): No. 55 =========> No. 43 (Nice move from the Finn, who made the quarterfinals in Rotterdam).

Marcos Giron (USA): No. 52 =========> No. 44 (A career high for the 30-year-old American, who backed up a grueling run to the final in Dallas with a semifinal run outdoors at Delray Beach).

Alexander Shevchenko (KAZ): No. 57 =========> No. 45 (The newlywed – his bride is WTA player Anastasia Potapova – makes the quarters in Rotterdam and reaches a new career high as a newly-minted Kazakh. He gets wild card Richard Gasquet in the first round of Doha this week).

(📸 Argentina Open)

Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG): No. 87 =========> No. 59 (A great two weeks for the 23-year-old, who reached the quarterfinals in Cordoba and, as a wild card, wins in Buenos Aires final on Sunday. No mean feat even if Jarry knocked off Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals and, perhaps a little exhausted by that effort, gave him a little help in the final. The draw gods were smiling).

Federico Coria (ARG): No. 106 =========> No. 85 (Back into the top 100 for the 31-year-old, who made it to the semifinals in Buenos Aires).

Zsombor Piros (HUN): No. 128 =========> No. 110 (Piros, a former top junior, wins the Challenger in Cherbourg and makes a nice jump in the rankings – just one off his career best reached last July).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 127 =========> No. 121 (Little baby steps for Shapovalov, who moves up despite losing in the first round of Rotterdam to Gaël Monfils, by virtue of the two wins in qualifying. He’s off this week, but has used his protected ranking to enter Dubai next week).

Stefano Napolitano (ITA): No. 204 =========> No. 160 (The Italian hunk moves back into the top 200 with a run to the title at the Challenger in Bengaluru, India. He defeated Vasek Popisil in the second round en route and isn’t far off his career best).

Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 309 =========> No. 222 (A nice leap in the real rankings for the man who is playing on a protected ranking of No. 33. Unfortunately, his Rotterdam run ended with a retirement to eventual champion Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. We’ll see if he plays Dubai as planned).

Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 406 =========> No. 399 (Is the former world No. 14, now 29, finally healthy enough for a run? He loses in the second round of the Glasgow Challenger, but moves back into the top 400. Edmund was at No. 539 when he won a pair of $25K ITFs in January. His problem is finding places to play where he can make points, with his current ranking).

Kamil Majchrzak (POL): No. 801 =========> No. 650 (The 28-year-old from Poland, who was ranked a career-best No. 75 two years ago, didn’t play from Oct. 2022 through the end of 2023 while serving a 13-month suspension for testing positive for three banned substances. The ITIA accepted Majchrzak had not knowingly or intentionally committed the offence, traced to a contaminated isotonic drink. But that’s still a year out and a total restart. Starting at the bottom again, he began at the 15K level in Tunisia in January and two weeks ago, won a $25K ITF in Hammamet to start his move back up the rankings).

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 10 =========> No. 11 (Only a drop of one, but it means Tsitsipas is out of the top 10 for the first time since April 2019. And it means there are no one-handed backhands in the top 10 for the first time since they invented the rankings computer. Tsitsipas isn’t playing Doha this week).

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Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 20 =========> No. 23 (Norrie was upset in the second round of Buenos Aires this past week, after making the final a year ago. Of more pressing concern is the fact that he won the ATP 500 in Rio a year ago, and now has to defend those points as well. He’s the No. 2 seed, and faces Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the first round).

Max Purcell (AUS): No. 41 =========> No. 51 (The mulleted Aussie slips out of the top 50 after losing in the first round of Delray Beach. He was defending a Challenger title in Chennai from a year ago. The No. 7 seed in Los Cabos this week, he has a tough opener against young Italian Matteo Arnaldi).

Purcell out-mulleted at the All-England Club. What are the ODDS????

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB): No. 40 =========> No. 54 (Kecmanovic has been steady in the top 50 for much of the last few years. And he reached as high as No. 27 a little over a year ago. But after losing in the first round of Delray to wild card Patrick Kypson, after making the final a year ago, he drops out of the top 50. The No. 6 seed in Los Cabos gets Aussie Rinky Hijikata in the first round).

Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 49 =========> No. 61 (McDonald didn’t play Delray, or anything since he lost in the first round of all three events he played on the season-opening swing in Asia and Australia. He drops points from making the Delray semifinals a year ago. And he’s out of Acapulco next week as well).

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 60 =========> No. 67 (Wawrinka fought hard and long but lost to Nicolas Jarry in the second round of Buenos Aires, dropping some points from making the Rotterdam quarterfinal a year ago. This year, he’s playing the South American clay-court swing, and will play the in-form – but probably exhausted – Diaz Acosta in the first round. At 38, he’s got 37-year-old Gaël Monfils right behind him at No. 67).

Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP): No. 78 =========> No. 93 (Zapata Miralles, a 150% max efort guy, loses in the first round of Buenos Aires to Sebastian Baez, and so drops most of his points from a semifinal last year. He also has a semifinal to defend in Rio this week, and plays No. 6 seed Laslo Djere in the first round).

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS): No. 79 =========> No. 103 (After working SO hard to get back to the top 100, Kokkinakis skips out; he lost to Alex Michelsen in the first round of Delray, after winning a Challenger in Bahrain the same week last year. No fun for him – Jack Draper awaits in the first round of Los Cabos).

Juan Pablo Varillas (PER): No. 85 =========> No. 108 (Last year’s Buenos Aires semifinalist, Varillas loses in the first round and drops out of the top 100).

Shelbayh during the 2024 Australian Open qualifying.

Abdullah Shelbayh (JOR): No. 187 =========> No. 230 (The 20-year-old from Jordan is a wild card into Doha this week. But he drops out of the top 200 after making the quarterfinals of the Challenger in Bahrain, after being a finalist a year ago. Shelbayh gets the Monday night match in Doha against Alexei Popyrin on Monday).

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