Melbourne VIC, Australia, 20 November 2018 |

Wherever you looked in professional tennis in 2018, Australia’s men were enjoying success.

At this time last year, the nation had three players inside the ATP top 100 – Nick Kyrgios (21), Matt Ebden (80) and Jordan Thompson (95). Now there are six, including four in the top 50.

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Those in the top 50 – Alex de Minaur (31), John Millman (34), Kyrgios (36) and Ebden (46) – enjoyed impressive success at the Grand Slams, with Millman’s run to the US Open quarters a particular highlight. The quartet also thrived on the ATP tour, most notably breakout star De Minaur, who reached two finals and two semifinals and capped the year with a trip to the Next Gen final in Milan.

Elsewhere, 12 Aussie men won ATP Challenger titles, up from five in 2017. Plenty also enjoyed success on the ITF Futures circuit.

As a result, many of them made significant moves up the rankings in the past 12 months to this week, when the ATP’s 2018 year-end rankings were announced. These improvements are outlined below:

Player 2017 2018 Rise Highlights
Alex De Minaur 210 31 +179 F Washington DC, Sydney, Next Gen ATP Finals
John Millman 165 34 +131 F Budapest; QF US Open, Eastbourne
Matt Ebden 80 46 +34 SF Atlanta, ‘s-Hertogenbosch; QF Shanghai, Chengdu, Halle
Jordan Thompson 95 72 +23 W Chennai, Traralgon, Canberra (Challengers)
Bernard Tomic 143 84 +59 W Chengdu; SF ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Jason Kubler 334 114 +220 W Playford, Winnipeg (Challengers); R2 US Open
Marc Polmans 322 145 +177 W Launceston; F Tallahassee, Stockton (Challengers)
Alexei Popyrin 707 149 +558 W Jinan (Challenger); R2 Stockholm
Thanasi Kokkinakis 211 153 +58 W Aptos, Las Vegas (Challengers); R3 Miami
Alex Bolt 192 159 +33 W Zhuhai; F Fairfield (Challengers); R2 ‘s-Hertogenbosch
James Duckworth 986 249 +737 W Cary; SF Tiburon (Challengers); 3R Washington DC
Maverick Banes 300 264 +36 W Gwangju (CH); W Singapore, Hong Kong, Toowoomba (ITF)
Andrew Harris 494 403 +91 SF Launceston, Mornington, Wichita, Boston (ITF)
Jacob Grills 577 458 +119 W Cairns (ITF); QF Canberra (Challenger)
Jeremy Beale 786 470 +316 W Jakarta; F Anning (ITFs)