At the top of the rankings, the news is that by defending his French Open title, Rafael Nadal will remain No. 1.
Because he had such an off-the-charts clay-court season a year ago, and because he and Roger Federer are so close, points-wise, he went into nearly every tournament during the spring defending that honor.
And he did.
They remain just 100 points apart, with Federer defending last year’s title at Wimbledon, and Nadal defending only round-of-16 points.
On the flip side, check out the two big names at the bottom of the tumblers’ list. Crazy times.
(Check out the ATP Tour website for the full rankings picture).
ON THE UPSWING
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG): No. 6 ———–> No. 4 (Before his body gave out, the Argentine had a great French Open. And he matches a career high reached all the way back in January, 2010.
Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 12 ———–> No. 11 (A career high for the 25-year-old, after a great stay in Paris).
Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 18 ———–> No. 15 (The Italian’s highest ranking in nearly four years).
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 25 ———–> No. 23 (Another career high for the Canadian teenager, who starts his grass-court season in Stuttgart Monday).
Marco Cecchinato (GER): No. 72 ———–> No. 27 (A breakout event for the Italian, and now he’ll be seeded at Wimbledon, much to his amusement).
Maximilian Marterer (GER): No. 70 ———–> No. 50 (The 22-year-old impressed in defeating Denis Shapovalov and having a nice run in Paris, on his way to a career best).
Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 64 ———–> No. 54
Gilles Simon (FRA): No. 65 ———–> No. 55
Jeremy Chardy (FRA): No. 86———–> No. 72 (A winner at the Surbiton Challenger)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA): No. 87 ———–> No. 77 (A third-round effort in singles – and a cherished doubles title at his home Slam and a return to the top 10).
Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 96 ———–> No. 80 (A career high for the 22-year-old from Rome)
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 105 ———–> No. 96 (The 19-year-old Aussie jumps into the top 100).
Jaume Munar (ESP): No. 155———–> No. 104 (The 21-year-old from Spain impressed in his Roland Garros debut, qualifying and beating countryman David Ferrer in five sets. Then, last week, he won the Prostejov Challenger to follow up).
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 206 ———–> No. 181
ON THE DOWNSWING
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 13 ———–> No. 16 (A tough Roland for the Spaniard, who lost his mother just a week before the tournament began. But he showed grit and perseverance).
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 28 ———–> No. 35 (Raonic missed Rome and the French Open. On the plus side, he’s back this week on the grass).
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 37 ———–> No. 43
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR): No. 55———–> No. 62 (Dropping, and pulling out of tournaments again).
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO): No. 77 ———–> No. 87
Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 80 ———–> No. 106
Andy Murray (GBR): No. 47 ———–> No. 157 (That’s pretty insane – lowest since July 2005, when he was just 18).
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 30———–> No. 263 (If you thought that was insane … Wawrinka’s lowest ranking since Aug. 2003, when he also was just 18).