July 11, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

As with the women, this will be the only rankings update for two weeks, with Wimbledon coming and no official moves during the Middle Monday (once known as “Manic Monday”, but now kind of reg’lar Monday, unfortunately).

An oddity: just about everyone in this list – whether they’re on the upswing or the downswing – has a GREAT draw.

Only one of them even faces a seeded player – and that’s Gaël Monfils, who gets the struggling No. 22 Adrian Mannarino.

No changes in the top 10, but Taylor Fritz is once again the U.S. No. 1.

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

Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 13 =========> No. 12 (Fritz’s title in Eastbourne – his third after winning it in both 2021 and 2022 – nudges friend Tommy Paul down a slot and makes him the No. 1 American once again).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Christopher O’Connell
Ranking points to defend: 45 (L2R)

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 24 =========> No. 19 (The Cana-Chilean is into the top 20 for the first time in his career after winning the grass-court title in Mallorca. He made the doubles final as well. Now, he needs to the letdown that happened at Roland Garros where, after he had such a great run in Rome – beating Djokovic  and got himself seeded at a major for the first time, And then he went out in the first round. Tabilo also nudges countryman Nicolas Jarry down a notch to become the No. 1 Chilean).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Dan Evans
Ranking points to defend: 0 (L1R in qualifying)

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Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 40 =========> No. 33 (A great effort on grass, which has never been his forte, puts Monfils at his highest ranking since Sept. 2022. He made the semis in Mallorca. It was just a week too late to get him into the final spot in the seedings at Wimbledon).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [22] Adrian Mannarino
Ranking points to defend: 0 (DNP)

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Alex Michelsen (USA): No. 62 =========> No. 55 (A career highfor the 19-year-old after making the Mallorca quarterfinals. He qualified there a year ago, playing it because his ranking – at No. 250 – wasn’t high enough to get him into the Wimbledon qualifying. A year later, up 200 or so spots, he’s making his debut straight into the main draw).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [Q] Lloyd Harris
Ranking points to defend: None (Debut)

Max Purcell (AUS): No. 94 =========> No. 68 (From what he said during the trophy ceremony after losing to Fritz in the Eastbourne final, the 26-year-old Aussie still feels he’s well below the level of the “best” players. But on his good days, and on a quicker surface, he’s a pretty handy player who can beat a lot of them. He’s inching closer to his career high of No. 40, reached in Oct. 2023).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [Q] Otto Virtanen
Ranking points to defend: 10 (L1R)

Aleksandar Vukic (AUS): No. 81 =========> No. 69 (Vukic got into Eastbourne as a lucky loser and went all the way to the semifinals.
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Sebastian Ofner
Ranking points to defend: 45 (L2R)

Juncheng Shang (CHN): No. 104 =========> No. 91 (Still just 19, the former junior rock star is still looking for that one major move that will get him into the big time. Already, getting into the top 100 has been a good accomplishment, and he’s back in with a quarterfinal effort in Eastbourne).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [Q] Cristian Garin
Ranking points to defend: 0 (L1R in qualifying)

Adam Walton (AUS): No. 107 =========> No. 101 (The 26-year-old Aussie has been inching up the rankings, after a lot of years spent playing ITFs back home. He won a round in Mallorca, and now is just a point away from that big milestone, which he briefly reached last month – just in time to squeeze into the Wimbledon main draw for the first time in his career. A yer ago, he was playing low-level ITFs and Challengers in the U.S., his ranking too low to get him into qualifying).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Federico Coria
Ranking points to defend: 0 (Debut)

Billy Harris (GBR): No. 139 =========> No. 116 (Already at a career high last week, the 29-year-old vet is having a breakthrough of sorts during this grass season. He makes the Eastbourne semifinal, and he has a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon for first time. Despite his age, he only even got a pass into the qualifying two years ago).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Jaume Munar
Ranking points to defend: 16 (L3R in qualifying)

Paul Jubb (GBR): No. 289 =========> No. 201 (Technically, Jubb is back in the top 200 – tied with Calvin Hemery and Rudolf Molleker with 301 points) after a great week in Mallorca. He last squeaked in – at No. 196, his career high – back in Sept. 2022. Jubb took a late wild card in Nadal Land – after he got a Wimbledon main draw pass – and took it all the way to the semifinals. A year ago, he was at the end of six months away from the game; he returned the week after Wimbledon at an ITF $25K in Roehampton).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Thiago Seyboth Wild
Ranking points to defend: 0 (DNP)

(Photo: Louisville Athletics)

Federico Agustin Gomez (ARG): No. 284 =========> No. 224 (The obscure 27-year-old Argentine was already at a career high of No. 284 this week. Then he wins the Milan Challenger and bumps that up another 60 spots. Listed at a burly 6-3 and 210 pounds, he played a $25K on clay in France during Roland Garros, has never sniffed even the qualifying at a major and has played one ATP Tour-level match in his career – at Cordoba after making it through qualifying this year. Needless to say, he’s never sniffed the grass either. Agustin Gomez’s path is actually crazy. He never played a single tournament at the ITF junior level even though he was apparently considered one of the best U16 juniors in Argentina. He played one ITF back in 2014 when he was 17. Then he disappeared … until he played one in Florida in February 2020, nearly six years later.  That appears to have been after he finished his collegiate career at Miami ASA Junior College and then the University of Louisville. Then, the pandemic hit. He only resurfaced again nearly a year and a half later, in June 2021, when he reappeared in the ATP rankings for the first time in six years – checking in at No. 1829. So in three years, he’s gone from nowhere to near the top 200. He was at No. 547 a year ago. He’s also broken the top 150 in doubles this year. If he keeps this up, his life could look quite different this time next year.

 

 

Zhizhen Zhang (CHN): No. 33 =========> No. 38 (Zheng lost in the first round at Eastbourne, after making the quarterfinals a year ago. He goes get that last seed, at No. 32 – a big deal for Chinese men’s tennis. And after losing in five sets to Botic Van de Zandschulp at SW19 a year ago, he can only go up).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [Q] Maxime Janvier
Ranking points to defend: 10 (L1R)

Sebastian Ofner (AUT): No. 54=========> No. 45 (Back into the top 50 for Ofner, who’s had a big of a rough go after reaching a career high of No. 37 in early January, after making the Mallorca final).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Aleksandar Vukic
Ranking points to defend: 10 (L1R)

Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 55 =========> No. 61 (Moutet was the first to withdraw from Wimbledon after the draw, with a bone bruise in his wrist that he’s been carrying since Roland Garros. He drops points from a Mallorca quarterfinal last year)
Ranking points to defend: 45 (L2R)

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Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 42 =========> No. 62 (Eubanks has maintained the new level of ranking he earned as a quarterfinalist a year ago at Wimbledon pretty well since then, even with 11 opening-round losses in 2024. But as the defending champion in Mallorca, he lost in the first round. And now, if he doesn’t do a thang at the AELTC, all that hard work from a year ago could be wiped out. And there are fewer points on offer in the lower rounds this year, compared to a year ago.A first-round loss would drop him to about No. 135; a second-round loss to about No. 123).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: [Q] Quentin Halys
Ranking points to defend: 360 (QF)

(Photo: Mallorca Championships)

Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 80 =========> No. 96 (McDonald lost in the qualifying at Eastbourne, to the much lower-ranked James McCabe, after making the semifinals a year ago. He’s gone full-tilt on the grass season – even basically bailing out of his second-round doubles match at Roland Garros (retirement after one game) to go play the Surbiton Challenger. Has it paid off? He hasn’t been able to win back-to-back matches in four events).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Emil Ruusuvuori
Ranking points to defend: 10 (L1R)

Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 91 =========> No. 118 (No sooner does the South African finally get back into the top 100 as he returns from injury then he falls out again. His points from going from the qualifying to the semis in Mallorca on a protected ranking a year ago – he lost 11-9 in the third-set tiebreak to eventual champion Chris Eubanks – but for a good cause. Harris played the Wimbledon qualifying and made it. And having lost in the first round last year, he has everything to gain).
First-round Wimbledon opponent: Alex Michelsen
Ranking points to defend: 10 (L1R)

Gregoire Barrere (FRA): No. 105 =========> No. 130 (The 30-year-old Frenchman drops points from making the Eastbourne semifinals a year ago, as he played the Wimbledon qualifying and lost in the first round to countryman Quentin Halys. A year ago just before Wimbledon, he broke the top 50 and was at a career high No. 49).
Ranking points to defend: 45 (2R)

Mikael Ymer (SWE): No. 368 =========> No. 478 (The 25-year-old, who announced his retirement in the wake of a whereabouts-rule doping suspension, has had a not-surprising change of heart since then. But his ranking won’t be there when he returns; he drops points from making the Eastbourne quarterfinals a year ago, And the remainder of his points, from the last tournament he played before suspension – 2023 Wimbledon, where he made the third round and upset Taylor Fritz along the way – go off in two weeks. He can return on Jan. 17, 2025)
Ranking points to defend: 90 (3R)

Peliwo
Peliwo at the Miami Open in 2018, during a three-set win in qualifying over Matteo Berrettini.

Filip Peliwo (POL): No. 459 =========> No. 505 (The Canadian former junior No. 1 and two-time junior Grand Slam champ, now 30 (!!!) and representing Poland has been going all over the place playing. But he’s not getting too many wins these days and after losing in the second round of an ITF in Tulsa two weeks ago to a player ranked No. 1820, is out of the top 500 after dropping points from another $25K in Israel a year ago. It’s tough out there. Peliwo’s career high of No. 161 came in May, 2018).

 

 

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