The appearance of top players (although currently way down in the rankings because of injury) Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne was somewhat unusual, given last week’s tournaments were the week before Wimbledon.
And neither was a factor anyway, given they met in the first round.
So there wouldn’t be much movement at the top of this rankings this week as a rule.
But Novak Djokovic dropped out of the top 20 again, because he did play Eastbourne a year ago, and didn’t play it this year.
So it is a week where lesser-ranked players able to seize the opportunity can make nice little moves.
ON THE UPSWING
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 21 ———> No. 20 (Djokovic’s drop allows his younger stylistic twin to enter the top 20 for the first time in his career today. He’s the 16th seed at Wimbledon).
Damir Dzumhur (BIH): No. 30 ———> No. 23 (The Bosnian wins Antalya on grass, and also enters Wimbledon at a career high. He’s seeded No. 27)
Marco Cecchinato (ITA): No. 31——–> No. 29 (A year ago, the Italian was playing three clay Challengers during the grass-court season. This year, after his semi in Paris, just one grass-court event last week – and he made the semis).
Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 67———> No. 41 (So many years, so many injuries and the 30-year-old brother of Sascha wins his first career ATP Tour title at Eastbourne).
John Millman (AUS): No. 62 ———> No. 56 (Another player at a career high going into Wimbledon).
Lukas Lacko (SVK): No. 94———> No. 73 (The Eastbourne final means a nice jump for the 30-year-old from Slovakia).
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): No. 90 ———> No. 77
Laslo Djere (SRB): No. 101 ———> No. 90 (The 23-year-old comes to the grass directly after winning the Milan Challenger … on clay. He gets fellow dirtballer Paolo Lorenzi in the first round).
Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 103 ———> No. 93
Donald Young (USA): No. 169———> No. 210 (It’s been a shocking drop for the American lefty, who lost in the Wimbledon qualifying).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 17 ———> No. 21 (Out of the top 20 again, but not for long).
Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 24 ———> No. 26 (The Frenchman reached the Antalya final for the second straight year. So it’s just math).
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 41 ———> No. 44 (Who knows what Monfils will do this week, with a tough first-rounder against countryman Richard Gasquet).
Andreas Seppi (ITA): No. 43 ———> No. 50
Yuichi Sugita (JPN): No. 45 ———> No. 69 (Second-round loss in Antalya after winning it last year).
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 72 ———> No. 82
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 93 ———> No. 97
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 162 ———> No. 184 (The Wimbledon lucky loser has an immediate opportunity to make those points back).