Our Rankings Round-Up is our weekly Wednesday piece in which we discuss the rises and falls in the weekly ATP, WTA, ITF, ITA, LTA and Tennis Europe rankings.
With the Australian Open impacting several points tallies of our Brits, there was plenty of movement in the ATP and WTA Rankings this week, with the usual movers in the Junior rankings as well.
The big story of course is the rise of Johanna Konta. Two weeks ago she was 47th in the world, but after a stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, she is now inside the top 30. This means several things: if she stays there, she’ll be seeded for the French Open and Wimbledon, and given the lack of points that she needs to defend between now and the next couple of Slams, she could well build on that position and be inside the top 20 by the time the British grass court season rolls around.
We also have a new British Number Five in the WTA Rankings, with Tara Moore replacing Katy Dunne, but only just – a single points separates the two players. Elsewhere, we welcome Jovana Knezevic as the latest player to switch allegiances to Britain; she’s at 1211th in the rankings.
In the ATP Rankings, Andy Murray‘s successful run to the Australian Open Final means he stays ahead of Roger Federer for now, but Kyle Edmund‘s first round exit means he drops back outside the top 100. He should re-enter when he points for reaching the final of the Challenger in Maui last week replace the 15 that are coming off this week, but the youngster needs to continue performing well to maintain his ranking through the first quarter of the year.
Several men are beginning to suffer from a lack of activity: Daniel Cox slips 22 places to #393, Tom Farquharson drops almost 100 places to #952, and Farris Gosea‘s continued absence sees him slip 48 places to #1235. Most extremely, Marshall Tutu drops nearly 500 places to outside the top 2000 after his point from Sheffield last January leaves him with just one point left. Moving the other way is Daniel Evans, up 11 to #174.
In the ITF Boys’ Rankings, three players making significant rises this week: Alexis Canter is now the British Junior #2 after some good performances across the globe. He rises above Ryan Storrie and Ewan Moore to #84. Max Stewart gains 29 places to reach #204, while Damian Rodriguez hits a new career high after clinching the G4 title in Kenya last week, moving up 164 places to #369.
In the Girls’ rankings, after reaching her career high of #2 last week, Katie Swan‘s fall down the rankings begins as she focuses on Senior events. She’s now ranked #13 and is unlikely to get any higher than that. The biggests rises again came via Kenya this week, with Jonea Bach and Esther Adeshina rising 63 and 119 places respectively to #459 and #558.
Plenty of Brits in action in Week 5 so expect more shuffling of the pack next Wednesday, as well another update of the ITA College Rankings.