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It’s somewhat sad that the 2023 Wimbledon Championships have drawn to a close. This is the peak of the relatively short grass court season, of course, and the tournament itself was a true classic – as it always is! We witnessed dreams get made for several individuals, yet we also witnessed heartbreak for others. And when it comes to the ATP rankings updates that were announced today, there have been some big changes in the pecking order.
With that said, the biggest changes that have emerged inside the ATP’s top 100 have been realized outside of the top 10. But this is pretty much how things work with each update produced. As for this particular update, the biggest rankings shifts have been seen outside of the ATP’s top 40. Don’t worry, I’m about to give you all of the ins and outs within the information presented below.
And since it was only Wimbledon that was played and concluded during this rankings period, most of the changes have sprung directly from this tournament. It’s all pretty exciting to look into and share with you today, so let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?
ATP Rankings Updates – Week Commencing July 17th
As many of you will be fully aware, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slams played throughout the year. Since it has this rating, this means that 2000 points are up for grabs for the individual who can win the event. And in 2023, all 2000 points went to Carlos Alcaraz, as the young Spaniard took down the King in the men’s singles final this year. However, there are plenty of points available at other levels of the tournament too, which is why there has been so much movement in the ATP rankings over the last fortnight.
Speaking of which, I will now begin by highlighting the guys that have made the biggest jumps in the ATP rankings ladder as of today.
The Week’s Biggest Climbers – Safiullin, Galan, and Diaz Acosta
Rather than giving you a complete rundown of every player that has climbed the ladder by a few spots or more, I’m choosing to share the three biggest climbers of the week with you. And of the three guys I have listed above, it’s Roman Safiullin that has produced the biggest leap of them all – by quite some distance! By making a deep run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Safiullin has managed to rise through the ATP rankings by 49 places. This is simply huge for the 25-year-old, and he now finds himself at 43 in the world as we exit the grass-court season.
Perhaps more amazingly, the man who is the second-highest climber of the week produced a rankings rise of 20 positions fewer than Safiullin. That man is Daniel Elahi Galan, and he has risen by 29 places to reach a new ATP ranking of 56 following his results at Wimbledon. Speaking of his performances at Wimbledon, Galan played out of his skin to make a run to the 4th round. Interestingly, both Galan and Safiullin were beaten by Jannik Sinner, only Galan faced him in the 4th round instead of the quarter-final.
This leaves our 3rd climber of the week, who happens to be Facundo Diaz Acosta. This 22-year-old Argentinian actually lost in the first round of qualifying for Wimbledon 2023, so how is it possible that he is in the green? Well, after losing in the Wimbledon qualifiers he entered a Challenger in Milan and won the thing. In doing so, he racked up enough points to move 18 places up the ladder to 97.
The Week’s Biggest Fallers – Cachin, Zhang, and Baez
It was clearly a mixed rankings run for the Argentinians over the last two weeks. While one of them took 3rd place concerning the largest rankings jumps, two of them find themselves in the red zone. As you can see, these two players are Pedro Cachin and Sebastian Baez, yet Zhizhen Zhang accompanies them inside the top three fallers of the week too. However, only one of them has sustained a drop of more than 20 rankings positions this week, and that player is Pedro Cachin. Unfortunately, he was given an awful draw at Wimbledon, and he went out in the opening round to Novak Djokovic.
Because of this, he has dropped 22 positions down to number 90 in the ATP rankings. Yet Zhang, who is 2nd in the list of fallers this week, isn’t all that far behind. Zhang has dropped 18 positions down to number 70, mainly because he also fell at the first hurdle in the men’s singles at Wimbledon. He lost a very tough five-setter to Van de Zandschulp, which has resulted in the drop we’ve witnessed today. And finally, the man who is the 3rd biggest faller of the week is another Argentinian – Sebastian Baez.
He was yet another victim of the Wimbledon first-round matches. On a wet and windy day in SW19, Baez went down to a qualifier from Chile. Of course, this was a game that Baez would’ve fancied himself to win, yet it wasn’t to be. Since he lost this match, he has fallen by 17 places down to number 63 in the ATP rankings.
Top Rankings Stories – Alcaraz Scores First Wimbledon Title and Remains Number One
I’m sure you need no reminder of what went down on Centre Court of Wimbledon on Sunday, July 17th. This was perhaps one of the most important results in the men’s game in recent years, and many are calling it a ‘changing of the guard’ moment. Given that Alcaraz denied Djokovic a 5th straight Wimbledon, and an 8th Wimbledon title in total, it’s hard to dispute that opinion. And as a reminder, whoever won the final of Wimbledon would officially be the ATPs number 1 player when the new rankings went live today.
However, it was ultimately Alcaraz that held his nerve in the 5th set to take down the legend that is Novak Djokovic. Not only does this mark his first Wimbledon title, but it also keeps Alcaraz on top of the world with the number 1 ATP ranking.
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