Australians dominate top 200
An impressive 13 Australians are now ranked inside the top 200 thanks to rankings rises to John Millman, John-Patrick Smith and Alex Bolt.
Rankings rises for John Millman, John-Patrick Smith and Alex Bolt have boosted Australia’s stocks inside the top 200 this week to an impressive 13.
Millman jumped 83 places to No.195 after winning the Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger, continuing his incredible return after nearly a year out of the game due to a shoulder injury.
As recently as August, the Queenslander was ranked outside the world’s top 1,000.
Smith’s rise of 10 places (to 192nd) and Bolt’s gain of three places (to No.200) gave Australia its big representation in this elite rankings class.
The trio were not the only players enjoying success in the latest ATP standings.
Sam Groth’s run to the final at the Knoxville Challenger boosted the Victorian six places to world No.75, just one spot behind fourth-ranked Aussie Marinko Matosevic.
Luke Saville’s rise of 14 places to world No.158 – facilitated by his semifinal finish in Traralgon – means that along with Thanasi Kokkinakis (No.151) and Jason Kubler (No.153), Australia is on the verge of having 10 players ranked inside the top 150.
There were also gains for Ben Mitchell – who vaulted 30 places to world No.234 after reaching the semifinals in Traralgon – and Omar Jasika, who hit a career-high mark 558th after jumping 31 spots.
On the women’s side, Australia finished the season with two women inside the top 30 for the first time in 26 years, with Sam Stosur leading the way at 22nd and Casey Dellacqua ranked No.29.
The last time such a feat was achieved – back in 1988 – was when Anne Minter finished the season ranked 25th, and Hana Mandlikova 29th.
Jess Moore surged inside the Australian top 10 – rising 32 spots to No.377 – thanks to her run to the second round of the $50,000 Pro Tour event in Bendigo.