Unlike the women, there were three top-20 players in action last week.
And there will be seven this week both on the clay in Europe and the hard courts of Atlanta, where the US Open Series gets under way on the ATP side.
John Isner’s decision to skip Newport after his long run at Wimbledon cost him a spot, as he dropped down to No. 9 and allowed Dominic Thiem to slip past him. Last year, the American won Newport – and Atlanta, where he returns this week.
The players ranked between No. 12 and No. 20, with less than 700 points separating them top to bottom, are going to be jostling for position to get among the top 16 seeds for the US Open over the next couple of weeks.
And players like Steve Johnson, Gaël Monfils and Karen Khachanov are going to push it to try to squeeze into the top 32 and get a seed at Flushing Meadow.
So there will be plenty at stake over the next few weeks.
ON THE UPSWING
Steve Johnson (USA): No. 48 ————–> No. 34 (A great effort by the American on the Newport grass puts him in line for a US Open seed).
Gilles Simon (FRA): No. 42 ————–> No. 39
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 72 ————–> No. 57 (Finalist in Umag).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 98 ————–> No. 91 (A nice win over Mischa Zverev, but he didn’t follow it up in the next round. Still a long way from where he should be).
Tim Smyczek (USA): No. 123 ————–> No. 102 (A great effort in Newport, but a week too late for direct US Open entry. A wild card wouldn’t be a shock, though).
Marcel Granollers (ESP): No. 124 ————–> No. 104 (Granollers, who reached the top 20 six years ago this week, had disappeared from the singles scene, but looks to be working his way back).
Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND): No. 161 ————–> No. 115 (The elegant 23-year-old reaches the Newport final, and a new career high).
Jason Jung (TPE): No. 131 ————–> No. 121 (Via Torrance, Calif. Jung reaches a career high with his QF effort in Newport).
Bradley Klahn (USA): No. 143 ————–> No. 122
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 144 ————–> No. 139 (Another career high for the 17-year-old, who remains in Europe on clay this week, in Gstaad).
Marco Trungelliti (ARG): No. 188 ————–> No. 148 (The infamous Roland Garros road-tripper jumps 40 spots as he goes from the qualies to the semis in Umag).
Daniel Brands (GER): No. 252 ————–> No. 217 (And we thought the man was retired. But after making the Astana Challenger final, he’s on the upswing).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 35 ————–> No. 46 (The 20-year-old didn’t defend his Umag title. But in his first tournament since Monte Carlo because of back problems, his quarter-final effort mitigated the rankings damage).
Matthew Ebden (AUS): No. 43 ————–> No. 55
David Ferrer (ESP): No. 39 ————–> No. 62 (It’s been awhile since Ferrer has dropped this low, since May 2004, in fact)
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR): No. 63 ————–> No. 78 (Dolgopolov has been a ghost on Tour in recent months, and his ranking is beginning to reflect it. He has played just two matches since he last won one, at the Australian Open. And none since he lost in the first round of Rome to Novak Djokovic).
Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 75 ————–> No. 84 (Berrettini is finding himself in that netherworld, in the transition from the Challenger level to the ATP level. He won a Challenger this week a year ago, when he was ranked No. 229).
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA): No. 88 ————–> No. 109 (After a late-career surge into the top 40, Lorenzi, at 36, has dropped out of the top 100).
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL): No. 113 ————–> No. 133
Peter Polansky (CAN): No. 122 ————–> No. 134 (After being a couple of matches away from the top 100 las month, Polansky finds himself with a lot of Canadian Challenger points to defend).
Frank Dancevic (CAN): No. 296 ————–> No. 328 (Ouch for Frank the Tank, who is trying to make another run but lost the points he earned in Newport last year after losing in the first round of qualifying).