Most of the top players were still on a post Indian Wells-Miami break last week.
Some were recovering from Davis Cup. Others were preparing for the clay-court season and Monte Carlo. And some are still out.
So there were almost no changes in the top 20 of the ATP Tour rankings, other than American Jack Sock dropping down one spot to No. 17.
The overwhelmingly American-stocked clay-court tournament in Houston and its counterpart in Morocco both were great opportunities for some of the lower-ranked players to earn some points, and make a dent in the rankings.
No one maximized more than Spain’s Pablo Andujar, who followed up a Challenger win last week with his first ATP Tour title in four years.
Andujar won Marrakech for the third time, and his ranking jumped 201 spots.
On the upswing
Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 26 ——> No. 23 (Edmund was crushed by Andujar in the Marrakech final. But he jumped to a new career high after a very good week on the dirt).
Richard Gasquet (FRA): No. 38 ——> No. 34 (Gasquet will be looking for a seed at his home-country Slam next month).
Yuki Bhambri (IND): No. 105 ——> No. 83 (A top-100 debut, and career high, just in time to make the French Open main draw. He defeated countryman Ramanathan in the $150K Taiwan Challenger. Some 16 months ago, he was ranked No. 534)
Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND): No. 133 ——> No. 116 (A career high for the 23-year-old, finalist in Taiwan).
Pablo Andujar (ESP): No. 355 ——> No. 154
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 185 ——> No. 182 (In case you were wondering where in the universe Tomic was)
On the Downswing
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 28 ——> No. 39 (Coric won Marrakech a year ago, and didn’t play it this year. He’ll hope for a good result in Monte Carlo).
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER): No. 34 ——> No. 40 (Kohlschreiber had to rush to Marrakech straight from that tough Davis Cup weekend against Spain. It wasn’t a total shocker that he lost in the first round).
Andrej Martin (SVK): No. 119 ——> No. 145
Ernesto Escobedo (USA): No. 120 ——> No. 149 (the young American had points to defend in Houston).
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA): No. 144 ——> No. 224 (Last year’s Houston finalist falls, big time).
Lukas Rosol (CZE): No. 247 ——> No. 284 (Rosol’s career high was No. 26, in 2014).
Tommy Haas (GER): No. 232 ——> No. 298 (He may have officially retired, but Haas hasn’t taken his name off the rankings list).