Biggest movers: Aussie teens on the rise
Marc Polmans, Omar Jasika and Alex De Minaur all enjoyed big ranking improvements this week, while James Duckworth crept closer to a top 100 return.
It’s another week for celebrating Australian teenage talent.
Last week, we were tipping our hat to the improvements made by our young Aussie girls on the WTA tour.
This week, we’re doing the same for the boys.
Teenagers Marc Polmans (19), Omar Jasika (19) and Alex De Minaur (17) all soared in the latest release of the ATP rankings, thanks to their stunning results at Challenger tournaments.
Polmans reached his ninth final of 2016 – and first at Challenger level – in Canberra at the weekend, lifting his ranking 49 places to No.213.
The Victorian has won four Futures titles in a breakout season that has seen him improve his ranking from No.843 at the end of 2015 to its current career-high mark.
His latest improvement saw him crack the Australian top 10.
In the Canberra final, Polmans lost to James Duckworth, who rose 30 places to No.130 and continues on his quest to return to the top 100.
Duckworth peaked at world No.82 April last year; just three months ago, he was ranked outside the top 200 after an injury-marred first half of 2016.
Jasika was pipped by Polmans in a third-set tiebreak in the Canberra semifinals; his trip to the last four helped him jump 53 spots to world No.337.
Meanwhile, De Minaur was enjoying success on foreign soil, advancing to the final of the Eckental Challenger on indoor carpet in Germany.
The Spanish-based Australian won three rounds of qualifying simply to take his place in the main draw, and counted a victory over former top 10 player Jurgen Melzer in his streak of seven wins at the tournament.
He eventually fell to world No.105 Steve Darcis, but nonetheless vaulted 160 places to 386th in the rankings.
Tammi Patterson was the biggest improver among the Australian women, jumping 27 places to world No.364 after reaching the quarterfinals of the $50,000 Pro Tour event in Canberra.
Olivia Rogowska also continued to rise – the Victorian moved up 10 places to 279 thanks to her second-round finish in Canberra.
In late June, Rogowska languished outside the top 500 but since then has gone 20-9 on the ITF circuit, during that stretch winning the Pro Tour title in Cairns.