ATP rankings updates October 16th 2023 – Hurkacz wins Shanghai, Alcaraz fades in number one battle

For this period on the ATP Tour, all eyes were on the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Of course, this is the second to last Masters 1000 event of the season. And it holds significant importance concerning the race for the ATP Finals, as well as for the ATP rankings as a whole. After all, tournaments with 1,000 points up for grabs don’t come around every week. So, following the conclusion of the event on Sunday, October 15th, we know who has done well and who has done ‘not so well’ as far as the ATP rankings are concerned.

ATP rankings updates October 16th 2023

As you’re about to find out, double-digit movement can be seen all over the place when filtering through today’s ATP rankings updates. This is true both up and down the ladder, and with several 500 events coming up next week, followed by the final Masters 1000 event of the season in November, the rankings changes at this point are critical. So on that note, let me supply the latest ATP rankings updates as per the Monday, October 16th adjustments. 

ATP rankings updates – week commencing October 16th

It’s been a funky few weeks regarding both the WTA rankings updates and ATP rankings updates. Since tournaments of varying levels have been played on both tours, and with tournaments finishing mid-week and overlapping with others, the rankings updates have been somewhat staggered. Yet now, we are finally back on track, and this means we can conclusively look at who has managed to jump up and down the ladder as of the updates posted on October 16th.

So, if you are eager to check out these changes, let me point you first to the updates for those who have leaped up the rankings this week. 

The week’s biggest climbers

Although there are a range of guys who posted impressive gains this week, there is one particular player who managed to leap up the rankings by a much greater margin than the rest. With that said, the gains posted by the other two players who feature among the week’s biggest climbers are still magnificent. On that note, let me highlight what these players have achieved over the last seven days.

Fabian Marozsan: +26

This 24-year-old Hungarian was not well known until he produced a huge win over Carlos Alcaraz earlier in the 2023 season. And for those who thought this was a flash in the pan, the fact that Fabian Marozsan reached the quarters of the Shanghai Masters last week would suggest otherwise. He took out the world number 11 and 9 en route to the quarters, and he jumped 26 positions to 65 this week thanks to this run.

Tomas Machac: +15

Tomas Machac is the second biggest riser this week following a gain of 15 positions. After winning back-to-back Challenger events at the beginning of October, his points have now finally caught up with his ranking. This has given him a major boost, and it has resulted in a rankings jump to 81 in the world. 

Constant Lestienne: +14

Much like Tomas Machac, Constant Lestienne finds himself as one of the biggest climbers inside the top 100 this week due to his results on the Challenger circuit. He won a Challenger at the start of October in Spain, and his points have just now been added to his cumulative tally. Therefore, the addition has helped him rise 14 spots to 93 in the world.

The week’s biggest fallers 

This wasn’t a great week for French tennis fans I’m afraid. We have two French players who are part of the top three fallers this week, and the exact ATP rankings updates for these three guys are outlined below. 

Arthur Rinderknech: -14

I’ve listed Rinderknech first here, but actually, he shares the same rankings slide as the guy who is second on this list. Due to his drop of 14 positions, however, Rinderknech now finds himself on the verge of dropping outside of the top 100. Following two first-round losses in a row, he has dropped to 82 in the rankings.

Dominic Thiem: -14

Dominic Thiem is the joint biggest faller in the ATP rankings this week. Following a drop down to the Challenger circuit for the previous week, he proceeded to lose in the second round to a player ranked 164 in the world. Of course, this is far from ideal considering that Thiem was showing signs of being on an epic comeback just a couple of months ago. And due to this loss, Thiem has dropped 14 spots down to 86.

Quentin Halys: -11

The third player in the red zone this week is Quentin Halys. He is the second Frenchman who features in this list, yet he has dropped just 11 spots compared to the 14 experienced by his fellow countryman. Then again, he is still moving the wrong way on the ATP rankings ladder, and this is true despite winning a match in the main draw of the Shanghai Masters. As for his new ranking, Halys is now ranked 87 in the world.

Top ATP rankings story – Hubert Hurkacz shines in Shanghai

What a tournament it was for Hubert Hurkacz in Shanghai! The big-serving Polish player played out of his skin to go beyond his initial seeding and win the tournament. This was just the second Masters 1000 title of his career, yet it was his second tournament victory in the 2023 season. As for his results, it makes for pretty good reading if you are a Hubert Hurkacz fan. After receiving a bye in the opening round, Hurkacz proceeded to win six consecutive matches to take home the Shanghai Masters crown.

Amazingly, two of his victories came in the form of a third set tie-break too, which included the result in the final against Andrey Rublev. His results also included wins over Fabian Marozsan and Sebastian Korda – two guys who were playing top-level tennis last week. Additionally, following the points that he has scooped up in Shanghai, Hurkacz is now ranked 11 in the world, and he could well qualify for the ATP Finals thanks to this victory.

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