A few of the top 10 will return to action this week (although not Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and Marin Cilic, who have pulled out tournaments citing injury).
After illness had him miss Córdoba, No. 8 Dominic Thiem will play Buenos Aires. And No. 7 Kei Nishikori is in Rotterdam.
Lucas Pouille, whose surprise effort at the Australian Open got some momentum back in his career, has been knocked down by illness. He lost his first match in Montpellier, and is a no-go for Rotterdam this week.
The early exit in France – just when he’d returned to the top 20 – drops him out again.
ON THE UPSWING
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO): No. 22 ————> No. 20 (The Georgian is back at his career high. That he’s here, with a career record at the ATP level of 70-77, is testament to the fact that it’s not how many you win, but how many you win in certain weeks).
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA): No. 44 ————> No. 36 (A career high after reaching the final in Montpellier has Herbert’s singles career at its peak.
Marton Fucsovics (HUN): No. 47 ————> No. 38 (Finalist in Sofia).
Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 53 ————> No. 46 (The 22-year-old – unusually tall for an Italian player at 6-foot-5 _ is at a career best after reaching the Sofia semis. He was at No. 124 a year ago.and No. 435 two years ago on this date).
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 59 ————> No. 50 (The 28-year-old reached the Córdoba final, beating Lorenzi, Ramos-Viñolas, Schwartzman and Cuevas en route).
Aljaz Bedene (SLO): No. 65————> No. 57
Tomas Berdych (CZE): No. 79————> No. 59 (The way Berdych has come back from last year’s back issues, his ranking will be back where it belongs before too long. A wild card into Rotterdam, he drew qualifier Gilles Simon in the first round).
Federico Delbonis (ARG): No. 77 ————> No. 64
Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG): No. 112 ————> No. 69 (Londero, 25, didn’t just win his first career ATP Tour-level match in Córdoba. He won five – and the tournament).
Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 92 ————> No. 78
Radu Albot (MDA): No. 90 ————> No. 79 (At 29, the rare Moldovan on Tour – listed at 5-foot-9, 152 pounds – reaches a career high).
Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 91————> No. 82
Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 98 ————> No. 89 (Career high for the 6-foot-11, 21-year-old from Missouri).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 107———–> No. 103 (The 18-year-old didn’t play last week – but he still moved up to a career high. We want that gig).
Jack Sock (USA): No. 109————> No. 104 (Sock is out injured, missing Dallas last week and New York this week. Still, he’s up five spots).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA): No. 210 ————> No. 140 (After winning Montpellier, the returning Frenchman won’t have to depend on wild cards and a protected for long, if he keeps this up).
Brayden Schnur (CAN): No. 158 ————> No. 154 (Another week, another career high for the Canadian, who is in qualifying at the New York Open this week).
Mitchell Krueger (USA): No. 209 ————> No. 160 (A career high for the 25-year-old after winning the Dallas Challenger).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Lucas Pouille (FRA): No. 17 ————> No. 22
Richard Gasquet (FRA): No. 27 ————> No. 30 (The Frenchmen has yet to start his season).
Nicolas Jarry (CHI): No. 41 ————> No. 47
Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 50 ————> No. 52 (Last season’s sensation is out of the top 50 for the first time since jumping into it after last year’s Australian Open. He seems healthy, but his only win so far this season was a comeback from 0-2 sets down to American Bradley Klahn in the first round of the Australian Open).
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 57 ————> No. 68 (A hiccup in the Wawrinka comeback tour, as last year’s semi in Sofia was defended by a … first-round loss. He gets good pal Benoit Paire in the first round of Rotterdam (also on a wild card).
Marius Copil (ROU): No. 56 ————> No. 72
Maximilian Marterer (GER): No. 76 ————> No. 85
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP): No. 71————> No. 96 (Tough blow for the 31-year-old’s ranking. He was No. 17 less than two years ago and lost in the second round in Córdoba after reaching the final in Quito, Ecuador this time last year).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 94 ————> No. 101 (The Canadian is out of the top 100, idle after a discectomy. He should be back for the clay).
Jozef Kovalik (SVK): No. 89 ————> No. 107 (The Slovak hasn’t played since last year’s US Open and today, his points from a run from the qualifying to the semis in Sofia fall off).
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP): No. 74 ————> No. 119
Mirza Basic (BIH): No. 99 ————> No. 168 (Ouch).
Viktor Troicki (SRB): No. 175 ————> No. 221 (At 33, Troicki is struggling. A year ago, he was No. 67 and two years ago, he was at No. 38).