Australia, 27 December 2020 | Leigh Rogers

There were many challenges for Australia’s top-ranked players in 2020, with limited competitive opportunities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this did not stop many from achieving new ranking highs.

Five Australian men set new personal highs in the ATP Tour singles rankings, led by the resilient James Duckworth who rose to world No.71 in February after advancing to a first tour-level semifinal.

Men’s singles
Player Career-high ranking Achieved
James Duckworth No.71 February
Christopher O’Connell No.111 September
Marc Polmans No.116 October
Aleksandar Vukic No.183 October
Max Purcell No.204 February

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Consistent improvement from Maddison Inglis and Lizette Cabrera saw both rewarded with new ranking bests early in the season.

Women’s singles
Player Career-high ranking Achieved
Maddison Inglis No.112 March
Lizette Cabrera No.119 February

Luke Saville and Max Purcell made an incredible start to the season, winning the doubles title at the Canberra ATP Challenger and then advancing to the Australian Open final as a wildcard pairing. They proved it was no fluke run, posting consistent results at tour-level to establish their place in the world’s top 40.

Alex de Minaur made his top-100 debut in doubles, rising as high as world No.58. His season highlight was winning the Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000 title with Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

Men’s doubles
Player Career-high ranking Achieved
Luke Saville No.37 February
Max Purcell No.38 November
Alex de Minaur No.58 October
Scott Puodziunas No.171 January
James Duckworth No.185 February

Seven Australian women set new career-high doubles rankings inside the world’s top 250.

Ellen Perez made her top-40 debut in August, while Storm Sanders peaked at No.62 in September.

Women’s doubles
Player Career-high ranking Achieved
Ellen Perez No.40 August
Storm Sanders No.62 September
Astra Sharma No.107 November
Alison Bai No.125 January
Jaimee Fourlis No.138 March
Maddison Inglis No.177 February
Kaylah McPhee No.228 February

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