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For the most recent ATP rankings run, three tournaments were played. To clarify, these three tournaments each concluded yesterday – October 22nd. As a result, the matches, points, and outcomes from these events have influenced the ATP rankings updates this week. This is typically the case concerning the ATP Tour and rankings adjustments on a rolling basis. As for what these tournaments were and their gradings, we witnessed 1x ATP 500 tournament, and 2x ATP 250 tournaments unfold over the previous seven days.
With that said, the ATP 500 tournament was most impactful for those who performed best and worst, as this event had the most points available. Yet the two ATP 250 events were not insignificant by any means, as proven by the official ‘climber of the week’, which you are about to discover below. So – as of Monday, October 23rd, 2023, who has moved where in the ATP rankings, and how is the top 100 shaping up as we approach the end of the season?
This is all discussed in the respective sections below.
ATP rankings updates – week commencing October 23rd
- 1 ATP rankings updates – week commencing October 23rd
- 2 The week’s biggest climbers
- 3 The week’s biggest fallers
- 4 Top ATP rankings story – Shelton makes his mark with maiden ATP title
With three tournaments counting towards the ATP rankings adjustments this week, there are some pretty wild changes that I’m excited to share with you. This is true for the highly sought-after green zone, and it’s also true for the dreaded red zone. Furthermore, with the ATP Tour boasting 2x ATP 500 tournaments this week, followed by the final Masters 1000 event of the season the following week, the rankings adjustments are very important right now. They could mean the difference between main draw entries and qualification, and they could influence the draw that a player is given for these upcoming events too.
Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In fact, let’s now get stuck in with these ATP rankings updates, starting with the green zone.
The week’s biggest climbers
Thanks to a range of results and individual performances this week, there are three guys who have produced exceptional gains. In fact, one of these guys has posted one of the biggest jumps inside the ATP top 100 of the entire season. As for the other two, the jump in ranking is rather major too, so let me share the specifics.
Gael Monfils: +51
That’s right, the legendary Frenchman is back, and he’s back with a bang. He has officially become the oldest man to win the Stockholm Open at 37 years of age, and he did so in style. Monfils won five straight matches to bring home the win, and in doing so, he is the biggest riser by a huge distance, posting a gain of 51 rankings positions. And now, he is ranked 89 in the world.
Pavel Kotov: +28
Wait, Pavel who? Not many of you will be familiar with Pavel Kotov unless you are an avid ATP tennis fan. This 24-year-old has essentially come from nowhere to now be ranked 81 in the world – a gain of 28 positions from the previous week. So how did he do it? Well, he came through qualifying at the Stockholm Open and made it all the way to the finals before losing to Monfils in three sets. This was a huge achievement, and he deserves his spot in the green zone.
Marcos Giron: +22
Although Marcos Giron is the third biggest climber of the week, I don’t think he will be celebrating too much. I say this because he blew a set and 5-2 lead (double break) against Shelton in the semi-finals in Tokyo. So while yes, he’s jumped 22 spots to 57 after making it through qualifying in that tournament, he was on the verge of achieving so much more!
The week’s biggest fallers
Now it’s time for the section that no player wants to be in – the red zone, otherwise referred to as the ‘week’s biggest fallers’. Again, the focus is on the top 100 here, and three guys stand out:
Matteo Berrettini: -27
Whether you are a Berrettini fan or not, you’ve got to feel bad for this humble giant. He has endured injury after injury in recent years, and he sustained another at the 2023 US Open. This has kept him away from the tour, and it’s caused a drop in 27 positions this week, taking Berrettini down to 90 in the ATP rankings.
Dominic Thiem: -13
After injuring himself at the US Open, much like Berrettini, Thiem has slowly returned to competitive tennis. Yet last week, he was taken out in just the second round of the ATP 250 event in Belgium. This puts him as the second biggest faller of the week for the second time running, and at 99 in the world, he’s about to exit the top 100 if he doesn’t produce some good results soon.
Richard Gasquet: -7
Finishing off the biggest fallers this week is Richard Gasquet. Ironically, this means that one French legend is at the top for the biggest gainers, while another is struggling in the red zone. As for how this has occurred, Gasquet competed in Belgium, just like Dominic Thiem, yet he lost his opening match to a player ranked 127. This result has caused a 7-place drop to 69 in the ATP rankings.
Top ATP rankings story – Shelton makes his mark with maiden ATP title
He might not have made it into the green zone this week, not in terms of the biggest gainers anyway, but he’s put himself on the map this week. As you can see, the player I’m referencing here is Ben Shelton – the 21-year-old American who made himself known by reaching the semi-finals of the 2023 US Open. Yet this time around, he’s done more than simply reach the latter rounds of a prestigious tournament. He’s gone all the way and won a title for the very first time, which is fantastic for a guy in his early 20s.
Shelton beat two American compatriots en route to the trophy, including a win from one set and 5-2 down against Marcos Giron in the semis. And interestingly, he fought back from one set down in three of his five matches during the tournament. Nevertheless, he’s shown what a warrior, and what a talent he is, and this tournament win puts him at 15 in the world – a career-high.
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