Melbourne VIC, Australia, 15 August 2018 |

Alexei Popyrin’s first AT Challenger title in Jinan, China¬†was accompanied by a big rise in the latest rankings.

The Australian rising star vaulted 99 places to a career-high mark of No.211, putting him just outside the Australian top 10.

Just ahead of him at 11th in the Aussie rankings is Thanasi Kokkinakis, who improved 69 places to return to the top 200 after winning the Aptos Challenger title in California.

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Sydneysider Aleksandar Vukic, who has come through the US college tennis system, qualified in Aptos and reached the second round, jumping 46 places as a result.

Meanwhile, Queenslanders Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell enjoyed an impressive week at the ITF $60,000 tournament in Landisville, Pennsylvania and continued their climb up the WTA rankings.

Below is a look at the Aussies making some of the the biggest moves in this week’s rankings.


Player Ranking Rise Activity
Thanasi Kokkinakis No.199 +69 W Aptos Challenger
Alexei Popyrin No.211 +99 W Jinan Challenger
Aleksandar Vukic No.414 +46 R2 Aptos Challenger (as a qualifier)
Luke Saville No.477 +17 Qualified for Aptos Challenger
Jeremy Beale No.600 +126 W Jakarta ITF Futures


Player Ranking Rise Activity
Priscilla Hon No.165 +8 SF Landisville ITF
Kimberly Birrell No.318 +19 QF Landisville ITF (as a qualifier)