WIMBLEDON – With the only ATP Tour-level events being Eastbourne and Antalya, both 250s, there’s only one small move in the top 30.
Kyle Edmund, featured on Centre Court as Wimbledon opens Monday, moves up one spot and back into the top 30.
He remains the British No. 1 male player, of course, which is why he gets the Centre Court slot even if opinionators have different ideas about what the fortunate few who owns those opening-day seats would like to watch.
Meanwhile, American Taylor Fritz, 21, wins his first career ATP Tour title at Eastbourne.
Fritz might not be the freshest as he undertakes the Big W. But he defeated Pella, Hurkacz, Edmund and Sam Querrey in the last four rounds – all quality players – to take the title and reach a career high.
Luckily for Fritz, he’s in the bottom half of the draw and so gets an extra day’s rest on Monday. He plays Tomas Berdych, a former Wimbledon finalist now ranked No. 110 and in on a protected ranking.
But the 33-year-old Czech hasn’t played since losing in the first round of Indian Wells nearly four months ago. So you wouldn’t expect much from him.
ON THE UPSWING
Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 42 =============> No. 31 (A career high for the 21-year-old, who is the No. 2 American behind John Isner).
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 75 =============> No. 46 (Yet another Italian male to emerge this year, the 24-year-old reaches a career high and wins his first career ATP Tour title at the Antalya Open in Turkey. He defeated, among others, Adrian Mannarino, Joao Sousa, and Pablo Carreño Busta. We’re not sure what’s in the water in Italy these days, but we want some).
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP): No. 59=============> No. 50 (At least Carreño Busta, the former No. 10 who has missed much of the first half of the season with back woes, is back in the top 50, even if he had to do something rare (win matches on grass) to do it. He has played Wimbledon four times, and lost in the first round four times even though two of those losses were to Gaël Monfils and Milos Raonic).
Daniel Evans (GBR): No. 65 =============> No. 61 (Evans has had a solid grass court season. But will be he be pooped for Wimbledon, where he has an interesting early draw?)
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 79 =============> No. 65 (A long way from where he should be, but reaching the Eastbourne final was a good start. Querrey hadn’t played since the Houston clay-court event in early April and missed the entire clay-court season and all of the grass until last week. Querrey was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2016 – and a semifinalist two years ago).
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB): No. 82 =============> No. 67 (The Serbian teenager makes the Antalya final and rises to a career high. He gets Roberto Carballes Baena in his first career Wimbledon main draw. The former junior No. 1 made the Wimbledon junior doubles semifinals twice with Casper Ruud; in 2016, they lost to a couple of kids who are seeded in the singles this year: Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov).
Hugo Dellien (BOL): No. 93 =============> No. 83 (A rare player from Bolivia, the 26-year-old is having a breakout year and wins the Milan Challenger on clay Sunday. Let’s say he probably doesn’t fancy his chances on the grass, with that prep (i.e. NO prep). But he plays John Millman in the first round and there’s a nice paycheque waiting for him regardless).
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA): No. 102 =============> No. 89 (Fabbiano is 30, and has been at it for 15 years. So he’s not part of the “new Italian wave”. But his run from the qualifying to the Eastbourne semis was impressive nonetheless. Unfortunately for him, he drew Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Wimbledon).
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 101 =============> No. 96 (Just when it seems apathy will drop him out, Tomic starts putting wins together and he’s back in the top 100 after a quarterfinal effort in Antalya. He gets Tsonga first up at Wimbledon).
Viktor Troicki (SRB): No. 193 =============> No. 166 (The former No. 12 qualified and reached the quarterfinals in Antalya rather than even try to qualify at Wimbledon. He also reached the final at the Surbiton Challenger on grass. Troicki was at No. 256 going into the French Open qualifying, where he lost in the final round to … Alexandre Mueller. So 100 spots in a month on grass, at small events, is a good effort).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Laslo Djere (SRB): No. 30 =============> No. 35
Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 37 =============> No. 42 (Mannarino gets Cilic in the first round at Wimbledon).
Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 49=============> No. 55 (First-round Wimbledon opponent is Denis Istomin).
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): No. 47 =============> No. 58
Damir Dzumhur (BIH): No. 63 =============> No. 91 (The Bosnian has struggled with injury in 2019 and retired in his quarterfinal match in Antalya against Jordan Thompson. It was his first tournament since the French Open. He gets Pablo Cuevas in the first round at the AELTC).
Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 108 =============> No. 124 (The big Czech lefty qualified at Wimbledon over Tommy Paul in the final around. On the unfortunate side, he gets Alexander Zverev in the first round of the main draw).
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP): No. 152 =============> No. 164