Bangkok, Thailand, 25 February 2019 |

James Duckworth has notched another milestone in his comeback from multiple surgeries, winning an ATP Challenger title in Bangkok over the weekend.

Duckworth beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4 6-3 in the final to claim his second Challenger title in the past six months.

The victory is expected to boost his ranking to world No.169 – his highest position since August 2017.

After an 18-month period blighted by injuries and five surgeries, Duckworth returned to the tour in earnest in May 2018 and has steadily worked his way back up the rankings.

Date Ranking
28 May 2018 1072
18 Jun 2018 756
16 Jul 2018 663
6 Aug 2018 445
17 Sep 2018 289
1 Oct 2018 254
18 Feb 2018 210
25 Feb 2018 169*

* projected ranking

This year alone, Duckworth has built a win-loss record of 12-6 after reaching the semifinals the week before last at another ATP Challenger event in Bangkok.

The week before that, he progressed to the semifinals of the Chennai Challenger in India.

The 27-year-old hit a career-high ranking of No.82 back in April 2015.