Biggest movers: Purcell vaults up rankings
A breakthrough victory at last week's Gimcheon ATP Challenger in Korea has sent Max Purcell hurtling up the rankings ladder.
Max Purcell has enjoyed a fast-track route into the world’s top 400 after his first professional title at the weekend.
Purcell, an 18-year-old Sydneysider, won the ATP Challenger event in Gimcheon, Korea, and as a result soared 376 places in the rankings to world No.386.
Previously ranked No.762, Purcell became the lowest-ranked winner of a Challenger title in 14 years.
The player he beat in the Gimcheon final, fellow Australian Andrew Whittington, rose 34 places to No.207.
Whittington is now the eighth highest-ranked Australian after leapfrogging John-Patrick Smith, Ben Mitchell, Luke Saville and Matt Ebden.
A little higher up, James Duckworth improved his ranking by 21 places to No.184 after reaching the second round of the ATP 500 event in Washington DC as a qualifier.
Meanwhile, Priscilla Hon improved her ranking 16 places to 328th – and her Australian ranking to No.8 – thanks to reaching the second round of the $50,000 ITF hardcourt event in Sacramento.
At a concurrent ITF $25,000 hardcourt tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, Olivia Rogowska reached the semifinals and rose 45 spots to world No.452.