Rankings watch: big gains for Banes
Maverick Banes's form on the Futures circuit has seen him rise more than 100 places in the latest ATP rankings, while Thanasi Kokkinakis cracked the world's top 300.
Australia’s Maverick Banes has shot up more than 100 places in the latest rankings thanks to stellar recent form on the ITF Futures circuit in Europe.
The 22-year-old Queenslander won back-to-back titles in Bol, Croatia to jump 119 places to a career-high ranking of No.422.
Banes took his winning streak last week to 11 matches before falling at a third Futures event in the same city in the second round.
Since the beginning of 2014 Banes has risen almost 300 places in the rankings after compiling an impressive win-loss record of 26-10.
Also reaching a milestone this week was Thanasi Kokkinakis, who cracked the top 300.
The 18-year-old rose 24 spots to 299th after reaching the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros and also winning a round of qualifying at the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham.
Other notable movers included Marinko Matosevic, who jumped six places to return to the top 60 after reaching the second round at Roland Garros and the final of the Nottingham Challenger, and John-Patrick Smith, who is now the eighth-ranked Australian after moving up 11 places to world No.187.
Smith’s improvement came after the left-hander qualified for the Nottingham Challenger and then progressed to the second round.
On the women’s side, Casey Dellacqua inched to within a handful of spots of her career-high ranking thanks to her run to the second round at Roland Garros.
Dellacqua, who hit a peak of 39th back in 2008, this week rose five places to world No.43.
She’s the second highest-ranked Australian women behind Sam Stosur, who this week rose one place to 17th after her fourth round finish in Paris.
Jarmila Gajdosova was another player enjoying an improvement; she rose 18 places to world No.223 – and became the sixth-ranked Australian women in the process – after reaching the second round of qualifying at Roland Garros and then qualifying for the $100,000 ITF event in Marseille.