Melbourne, VIC, 7 May 2019 |

John-Patrick Smith’s trip to the final of the Puerto Vallarta Challenger tournament in Mexico has pushed the veteran back towards the top 200.

The 30-year-old Queenslander rose 49 places to No.224 after falling in three sets to Sebastian Ofner in Sunday’s final.

Smith, ranked as high as No.108 in 2015, had fallen to 273rd – his lowest ranking since September 2016 – before winning four matches en route to the hard court final in Mexico.

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Another Aussie to reach an ATP Challenger final, Max Purcell, improved 32 places to No.236 after an impressive week in Seoul, South Korea.

On the women’s side, Maddison Inglis was the most notable mover, jumping 43 spots to a career-high ranking of No.271 after progressing to the semifinals of the $80K ITF tournament in Gifu, Japan.

Inglis qualified for the main draw and won five straight matches; it took former world No.31 Zarina Diyas to stop her in three sets.

Player Ranking Move Countable Activity
Alex Bolt No.131 +10 QF Seoul CH
John-Patrick Smith No.224 +49 F Puerto Vallarta CH
Max Purcell No.236 +32 F Seoul CH
Maddison Inglis No.271 +43 SF Gifu ITF (as a qualifier)
Akira Santillan No.283 +10 3R Seoul CH
Aleksandar Vukic No.325 +29 SF Savannah CH
Belinda Woolcock No.351 +26 2R Charleston ITF (as a qualifier)