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The previous seven days of the ATP Tour weren’t quite as action-packed as other weeks of the season. But they still played host to a couple of ATP 250-level tournaments, both of which were played on grass. Naturally, with these being the only ATP-level events available for competing in last week, many of the top players entered them with the hope of winning. With that said, just two guys were left standing by the time Sunday, June 18th rolled around.
These two guys were Frances Tiafoe and Tallon Griekspoor, who took home the Boss Open and Libema Open crowns, respectively. But believe it or not, these weren’t the results that influenced the ATP rankings updates the most for the previous 7-day period. In fact, there were other guys involved in these tournaments who have racked up the points and rocketed up the rankings as of June 19th.
Then again, there are also a couple of guys who haven’t produced the performances necessary to avoid the dreaded red zone. Ready to discover who these players are? Let’s begin.
ATP Rankings Updates – Week Commencing June 19th
As you are no doubt aware, Wimbledon 2023 is right around the corner. In fact, the qualifiers start in just a few days – Monday, June 26th, to be precise. So the rankings that the players are able to obtain from both last week’s and this week’s results will have a direct influence on where they are placed in the draw. If they manage to climb high enough, there is every chance that they will be seeded for Wimbledon. Yet at the very least, the top 100 guys are all bidding to gain direct entry into the main draw and hopefully receive a promising position.
So as they say, every little helps as we approach the third Grand Slam of the 2023 season. But who has managed to surge higher and who has fallen by the wayside? Check out both categories below.
The Week’s Biggest Climbers – Thompson, Marozsan, Fucsovics
In order to find yourself in the green, generally speaking, you need to have performed well in the tournaments that took place the previous week. So as expected, the three players that you see listed here all produced a strong run in their respective tournaments for the previous seven days. As for the guy that managed to boost his points tally by the most, that man is Jordan Thompson. This talented Aussie competed in the Libema Open last week, and he managed to reach the finals before losing to Tallon Griekspoor in a three-setter.
In doing so, Jordan Thompson has jumped up the ATP Rankings ladder by 27 places, taking him to a new ranking of 76 in the world. However, as impressive as this is, the Hungarian duo that has also surged through the rankings this week we’re not too far behind. Following on from Jordan Thompson, we have Fabian Marozsan who has achieved a gain of 22 places. This has been achieved because he won a Challenger event in Italy without even dropping a set. Because of this title, he now finds himself at 91 in the ATP rankings.
Finally, joining these two guys in the green we have Marton Fucsovics. This 31-year-old veteran displayed why he has previously been one of the top players in the world last week, reaching the semi-finals of the Boss Open. Ultimately, he lost to the champion, Frances Tiafoe, in a very entertaining match. And as a result, Fucsovics finds himself at 66 in the ATP rankings – a jump of 20 places.
The Week’s Biggest Fallers – Cilic and Berrettini
Because of the way that the rankings are done on the ATP Tour, it really can be a cruel system at times. And specifically for the last seven days, this statement holds true. I say this because the two biggest fallers of the last week did not even compete in any tournament due to injury. But since the ATP Tour marches on regardless, both guys have dropped points by failing to get fit and healthy in order to compete. As you can see, the two guys that have fallen victim to this system are Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini.
Sadly, this is yet another week where Marin Cilic has been forced to sit on the sidelines. The 34-year-old Croatian is suffering from a long-term injury at the moment, and his absence has caused a drop of 35 places from this point in the 2022 season. He is now 100 in the world going into Wimbledon 2023 – an event that he has not yet withdrawn from, however, which is good news for Cilic fans. As for Matteo Berrettini, the same is true, but he has endured a less severe rankings drop compared to Cilic.
Berrettini has slid down the rankings by 13 positions as of the most recent updates, which takes him down to 34 in the ATP rankings. The reason that he has dropped by this much is that he has lost all 500 points that he gained from winning the Queen’s Championships last year. Therefore, it is of paramount importance for Berrettini to get fit in time to play Wimbledon.
Top Rankings Stories – Tiafoe Slides Into Top 10 Ahead of Wimbledon
Let me wrap these ATP rankings updates up on a huge positive for American tennis fans. As I have touched upon above, last week was a fantastic period for Frances Tiafoe. This immensely talented player was the number three seed in the Boss Open, and he managed to work his way through the draw to take the title. Along the way, Tiafoe was able to take down the likes of Musetti, Fucsovics, as well as Struff in the final. In doing so, Tiafoe silenced many of the punters who had doubts regarding his abilities on grass courts.
He battled hard and showed exactly why he has made it deep in major tournaments in recent years. Furthermore, this marked his 3rd ATP title, and it takes him to number 10 in the ATP rankings. This is actually Tiafoe’s personal best, and by cementing a top-10 position heading into Wimbledon 2023, he is definitely one to watch.
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