Feliciano Lopez ranked outside the top hundred, needed a wildcard to play at the Queen’s Club event and the Spaniard made the best use possible of that gift. Not only did he capture his second Queen’s Club title in singles, but he won the doubles title as well with Andy Murray. This was Murray’s first tournament back in five months since his hip surgery and he can certainly say if was a successful return. With the victory, Lopez vaulted back into the top hundred to number fifty-three. He would love to ride this wave of success into the second week of Wimbledon, which begins next Monday.
Top 100 Ranking Changes
|NAME||SPOTS MOVED||NEW RANKING|
|Feliciano Lopez (ESP)||UP 60||53|
|Jeremy Chardy (FRA)||DOWN 16||81|
|Gilles Simon (FRA)||UP 13||25|
|Matthew Ebden (AUS)||DOWN 11||91|
|Sam Querrey (USA)||DOWN 11||79|
|David Goffin (BEL)||UP 10||23|
|Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)||UP 17||95|
|Venus Williams (USA)||UP 11||44|
|Tatjana Maria (GER)||DOWN 11||65|
Top 10 Ranking Changes
ATP: there were no changes in the top ten members; they all maintained their exact positions from the previous week’s rankings. Novak Djokovic remains at #1.
WTA: while the top ten members remained the same, there was some major reshuffling. Congratulations to Ashleigh Barty, who became the twenty-seventh woman to ascend to the #1 ranking. Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, and Elina Svitolina each fell one spot to #2, #6 and #8 respectively. Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep both went up one spot to #5 and #7 respectively.
American Men In Top 100
There are currently nine men in the top hundred, led by John Isner (12); then Frances Tiafoe (39); followed by Taylor Fritz (42); Reilly Opelka (61); Mackenzie McDonald (68); Steve Johnson (69); Sam Querrey (79); Bradley Klahn (89); and Tennys Sandgren (92). Isner is the oldest at thirty-four, with Fritz, Opelka and Tiafoe tied as the youngest at twenty-one. When will these younger Americans step up consistently?
American Women In Top 100
Things are a lot more promising for the Americans on the WTA side. There are currently thirteen women in the top hundred, led by Sloane Stephens (9); then Serena Williams (11); followed by Madison Keys (17); Amanda Anisimova (26); Sofia Kenin (28); Danielle Collins (34); Venus Williams (44); Alison Riske (54); Jennifer Brady (64); Jessica Pegula (74); Madison Brengle (88); Bernarda Pera (92); and Lauren Davis (96). Venus Williams is the oldest at thirty-nine and she is still a legitimate threat on grass and seventeen-year-old Anisimova is the youngest. There are five women twenty-four years and younger and three that are currently twenty-five years old; a much better story than on the men’s side, where there are only four men under twenty-five in the top hundred.
SOURCE OF IMAGE: Zimbio.com (main image: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac-Feliciano Lopez)