The new season is underway and some players have already started the season with a bang. There were some familiar faces in the winner’s circle (Kei Nishikori and Julia Goerges) over the weekend; however, there were also some promising young prospects who announced that they are ready to play on the big stage by making it to the final of their respective tournament.
It seems somewhat fitting that a veteran, Ivo Karlovic, gets the mover of the week honors. The thirty-nine year old Croat is still going strong. While he did not win the Tata Open title, he came very close to doing so. It took Kevin Anderson three tiebreak sets to defeat him and claim the title. With the first major of the season, the Australian Open, less than a week away, Karlovic will be hoping to take this form deep in the draw.
|PLAYER||RANKING CHANGE||CURRENT RANK|
|Ivo Karlovic (CRO)||UP 31||69|
|Ryan Harrison (USA)||DOWN 19||81|
|Nick Kyrgios (AUS)||DOWN 16||51|
|Andrey Rublev (RUS)||DOWN 16||84|
|Tomas Berdych (CZE)||UP 14||57|
|Ernests Gulbis (LAT)||UP 12||83|
|Mirza Basic (BIH)||DOWN 10||97|
|Alison Riske (USA)||UP 14||48|
|Vera Zvonareva (RUS)||UP 14||95|
|Monica Niculescu (ROU)||UP 11||88|
ATP: there were no changes in the top ten members; they all maintained their exact positions from the previous rankings. Novak Djokovic remains at #1.
WTA: the top ten members remained the same; however there was some reshuffling amongst the members. Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova each moved up one spot to #4, #5 and #7 respectively. Elina Svitolina fell two spots to #6. Petra Kvitova fell one spot to #8. Simona Halep is still going strong at #1.
SPECIAL MENTION: Tomas Berdych made to the final, his first tournament back in months (he was sidelined in June 2018 with a back injury). Bob Bryan is playing his second tournament since hip surgery in May 2018.
SOURCE OF IMAGE: Zimbio.com (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America: Ivo Karlovic)