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It’s been a busy seven-day period on the 2023 ATP Tour. Between July 24th and July 30th, a total of three ATP-level tournaments were played and completed. For reference, this schedule included a couple of ATP 250 events and a single ATP 500 event. These involved the Atlanta Open and Umag Open, serving as the 250 events for the previous week. And it also included the Hamburg European Open, which was, of course, the ATP 500 event.
Each of these events reached their conclusions on Sunday, July 30th, which meant that their results had been included in this week’s ATP rankings updates. However, since there were many tournaments and countless matches played in the last seven days, it’s unlikely that you’ve kept track of all of the tournament outcomes.
This brings me to my purpose today – to highlight the key results from last week and show you their impact on the brand-new ATP rankings updates, as released on July 21st.
ATP Rankings Updates – Week Commencing July 31st
- 1 ATP Rankings Updates – Week Commencing July 31st
- 2 The Week’s Biggest Climbers
- 3 The Week’s Biggest Fallers
- 4 Top ATP Rankings Story – Fils Reaches Top 50 for First Time
Believe it or not, this week on the ATP Tour saw a total of five individuals produce a jump of 20 or more places in the ATP rankings. This is simply huge, and as you are about to find out, one guy even made a leap of more than 30 rankings positions! However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for every player in the ATP top 100, as there are a couple that have produced double-digit slides. Anyway, ready to find out who these players are? Let’s get started.
The Week’s Biggest Climbers
For this week’s update, I have chosen to share the details of the five players who have posted 20+ ranking position leaps. And for a full breakdown, I’ve discussed each guy below.
Alexei Popyrin: +33
Alexei Popyrin isn’t your typical clay court player. In fact, he’s anything but. However, he managed to secure the second ATP title of his career last week on red clay. Popyrin battled cramp in the finals to overcome Stan Wawrinka in a classic contest. And by winning this tournament, he is the biggest climber of the week with a jump of 33 positions. This puts him at 57 in the ATP rankings.
Zhizhen Zhang: +26
Zhizhen Zhang is our second biggest riser of the week following a jump of 26 positions. He participated in the most prestigious of all three events last week, which was the 500-level tournament in Hamburg. And despite being unseeded, he marched through to the semi-finals, beating two talented Germans en route. Ultimately, he lost to Djere, but he has reached a new ranking of 53 thanks to this run.
Arthur Fils: +24
Many believe that Arthur Fils is the next big thing in French tennis, and I can definitely see where that opinion comes from. He’s a great athlete and a big hitter of the ball. And last week, he started to show us all what he is really capable of. Fils dispatched three top 70 players on his way to the semi-finals, including a win over the world number 4, Casper Ruud. Ultimately, it was the champion, Alex Zverev, that took him down. But he has now broken into the top 50 following a rise of 24 places – putting him at 47 in the world.
Stan Wawrinka: +23
The veteran that many of us love discovered some of his best clay court form during the Umag Open last week. Wawrinka was hitting heavy from the baseline and dismantling all in his path until he faced Popyrin in the finals. Up to that point, Stan the Man didn’t lose a set, yet he fell in three sets to Popyrin in the final. In doing so, Wawrinka has now jumped 23 places to secure a new ranking of 49 in the world.
Aleksandar Vukic: +20
The last of the five men that posted a leap of more than 20 places this week is Aleksandar Vukic. This hard-working Aussie participated in the 250 event in Atlanta last week, and he shocked us all with his results. Vukic was 82 in the world when he started his main draw campaign in Atlanta. Yet after beating three top 30 players and reaching the finals, he now finds himself at 62 in the world – a huge leap for a guy of this level.
The Week’s Biggest Fallers
It’s obviously been an exciting week for the five individuals mentioned above. But how about the guys that have endured a ‘not so great’ ATP rankings run? Well, let me share the details on such players right now.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas: -17
Unfortunately, the veteran from Spain, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, finds himself as the biggest faller this week. Ramos-Vinolas returned to his favored clay courts last week to compete in the Umag Open. However, he fell at the first hurdle to his fellow Spaniard, Jaume Munar. Because of this result, he has lost enough points to fall 17 places down to 82 in the world.
Brandon Nakashima: -12
Following closely from Ramos-Vinolas is the talented American, Brandon Nakashima. Unsurprisingly, Nakashima opted to compete on home soil last week in the Atlanta Open. Yet things didn’t exactly go as he’d hoped, as Nakashima lost out to Eubanks in the round of 16. This takes him down 12 positions to number 70 in the ATP rankings.
Sebastian Ofner, Bernabe Zapata Miralles, and Daniel Elahi Galan: -9
Given that there are three players this week that have dropped by 9 positions, I’ve included them all in this update. As you can see, Ofner, Zapata Miralles, and Galan have all slid by 9 positions. Then again, they each got pretty unfortunate with the draws they were given in their respective events. Anyway, Ofner now finds himself at 61, Zapata Miralles is now 63, and Galan has slipped to 76 in the rankings.
Top ATP Rankings Story – Fils Reaches Top 50 for First Time
What a week it was for Arthur Fils. The 19-year-old Frenchman recorded a win against Casper Ruud – a player ranked number 4 in the world. Following that win, he made the first ATP semi-final of his career at the 500 level. And best of all, he now finds himself at 47 in the ATP rankings, putting him inside the top 50 for the first time in his professional career. Because of his new ranking, he is now the French number three too. So things are certainly looking pretty special for Arthur Fils moving forward.
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