Thompson cracks top 100
Jordan Thompson fulfilled a major professional goal on Monday while there were also impressive rankings gains for Andrew Whittington and Marinko Matosevic.
Jordan Thompson achieved a major professional ambition on Monday when he broke into the world’s top 100.
With the release of the ATP World Tour rankings on 2 May, Thompson soared 28 places to world No.90 after winning the ATP Challenger title in Anning, China.
— Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt) May 1, 2016
He leapfrogs Sam Groth and Matt Ebden into fourth place in the Australian rankings, behind Nick Kyrgios (No.21), Bernard Tomic (No.22) and John Millman (No.67).
Since the Australian summer of tennis, Thompson has played heavily on the ATP Challenger circuit, building a win-loss record of 18-7 and capturing two titles.
He began the 2016 season ranked 154th.
— Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) May 2, 2016
Thompson’s next challenge will be to transfer that winning form to the ATP World Tour; in his three-year pro career he has contested just four tour-level main draws – three of those coming at the Australian Open – and is yet to win a completed match.
Yet those opportunities will come more frequently now that he owns a top-100 ranking, affording him direct entry into more ATP tournaments.
There were several other players enjoying improvements in the latest edition of the ATP rankings.
Andrew Whittington jumped 19 places to a career-high mark of No.307 after reaching the quarterfinals of the Anning Challenger, while Marinko Matosevic vaulted 39 spots to No.336 thanks to a quarterfinal run at Taipei’s Santaizi Challenger as a qualifier.