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 plenty of British success last week, we can expect some real rises up the rankings to come in the next few weeks, starting now. Plus, more movement on the ITF ladder and a brand new individual ITA college rankings release to take stock of this week.
The big result of course was Naomi Broady‘s excellent victory at the $100k in Midland, Michigan last week. From an unseeded position she stormed to the title and a new career high INSIDE the top 100 for the first time in her career. Officially, she’s now #96 in the world after a simply cracking start to the year.
Elsewhere in the WTA Rankings, there’s not much action to speak of: Naomi Cavaday will gradually drop out of the rankings as she begins to focus on journalism – she has dropped nearly 200 places from #587 to #755 this week after her points from the quarter-finals in Midland last year drop off.
Much more action to talk about in the ATP Rankings: Kyle Edmund re-enters the top 100 and, like Broady, hits a new career high of #84 after cruising to the title in Dallas last week. Dan Evans, whom Edmund beat in the final, becomes the new British Number Four, climbing 16 places and leapfrogging James Ward. Evans is now #158, while Ward is #163. Liam Broady‘s Glasgow title also lifts him three places to #310.
A combination of slow starts and a lack of British Futures events has caused more downward than upward movement in the ATP Rankings, however. Alex Ward drops 19 places to #348; Dan Cox, who hasn’t played in 2016 yet, drops 92 places to #485 after his points for winning last year’s event in Glasgow come off; Ed Corrie drops 45 places to #489, while Daniel Smethurst, Marcus Willis, Cameron Norrie and James Marsalek all drop more than 20 places after failing to replace points dropping. Good news, though, for Scott Clayton – his performance in Glasgow from qualifying means he rises to a new career high of #764.
Not many Boys making waves in the ITF Rankings this week, although Alexis Canter continues his fine start to the season by hitting another junior career high of #71 after rising 13 places, further cemeting his place as current British Junior #2. Max Stewart also rises a few places to #200.
Similar story with the Girls; Maia Lumsden rises two places to #49 purely due to points dropping from girls ahead of her. The only real rises this week was from Jonea Bach after her third week in Kenya. She rises 23 places to a career high of #436.
Meanwhile, in the ITA Rankings, a couple of ladies broke into the top 125: Zoe Douglas at Iowa reaches #92 and Emma Devine from Oklahoma reaches #105. However, more men than ever are in the top 125, with four new or re-entries and two Brits dropping out altogether. Cameron Norrie remains the top ranked Brit, but falls from #4 to #6. Jordan Angus is up 10 to #24, while Ryan Peniston is a re-entry at #46 after a very impressive January. Julian Cash jumps nine to #59, while Alex Sendegeya is down from #33 to #61. Jathan Malik is finally eligible to compete and has made the rankings for the first time at #73, while Ben Lott also re-enters at #76. Andrew Watson remains stagnant at #87, while Jack Findel-Hawkins also re-enters the rankings at #99. That means Max Andrews and Seb Rey drop out, having been #107 and #111 in the previous rankings respectively.