Rankings watch: Hewitt soars up ATP ladder
Lleyton Hewitt's runner-up finish at the ATP International Hall of Fame Championships in Newport has seen him vault more than 80 spots in the latest rankings.
Lleyton Hewitt’s runner-up finish at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships in Newport has seen him vault more than 80 spots in the latest ATP rankings.
Hewitt had slipped to world No.233 after a year of injury-induced inactivity followed by three straight first round defeats when he returned to the tour in May for the French Open.
But thanks to his run to the final in Rhode Island – where he lost to defending champion and top seed John Isner – the Australian veteran has jumped to world No.150.
Hewitt becomes the fourth-ranked Australian in the process, leapfrogging No.5 John-Patrick Smith. Just one week earlier, Smith jumped 88 places of his own after winning the Winnetka Challenger in the United States.
Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic and Matt Ebden remain Australia’s top three ranked men.
On the women’s side, Sam Stosur has maintained her top-five ranking, with Jarmila Gajdosova the only other Aussie women inside the world’s top 100.
In juniors, Australia’s representation in the upper echelons of the boys’ ITF rankings continues to be extremely healthy.
Luke Saville, Nick Kyrgios and Andrew Harris all feature in the top 10, at No.2, No.6 and No.8 respectively.
In the girls’ rankings, 17-year-old Western Australian Storm Sanders leads the Australian charge at world No.67. Abbie Myers joins her in the top 100 at No.82.