Melbourne, VIC, 13 August 2019 |

James Duckworth rose 27 places in this week’s ATP rankings after reaching the Yokkaichi Challenger final in Japan.

The 27-year-old has improved to world No.131 after that performance — his highest ranking since July 2017.

Duckworth won four matches in straight sets to reach the Yokkaichi final, before losing to Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in a third-set tiebreak.

He is now the eighth-ranked Australian after slashing his ranking by more than 100 places in 2019.

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Bernard Tomic returned to the Australian top five this week after qualifying for the main draw at the Montreal Masters.

The Queenslander improved seven places to world No.88.

Among Australia’s women, Olivia Tjandramulia enjoyed a rise of 15 places after advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITF 25K tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.

The result saw Tjandramulia return to the world’s top 500, at No.494.