ATP Rankings: Stefanos Tsitsipas back into top five thanks to first title on grass
Stefanos Tsitsipas moved back to World No 5 thanks to his Mallorca Open title ahead of a ‘pointless’ fortnight at the All England Club, at least in terms of the tour’s ratings.
Tsitsipas defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the championship match at the Rafael-Nadal tun tournament, improving his career record on grass in the process and sounding a Wimbledon warning.
The former World No 3 had slipped to sixth following early losses in Stuttgart and the Halle Open but is once again trending upward after claiming his second title of the season.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old American Maxime Cressy moved up to a career-high 45 after his run to the Eastbourne final.
Cressy downed compatriot Reilly Opelka before ousting home hopes Daniel Evans, Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper and eventually losing the final to Taylor Fritz.
Draper continues his own rankings charge after a last four appearance in Devonshire, and rises to a career-high World No 94.
The 22-year-old Brit did not drop a set en route to his first tour-level semi-final, and also upset World No 15 Diego Schwartzman on the way.
Nick Kyrgios may have withdrawn from the Mallorca Open but his points haul was enough to see him return to the ranks of the top 40 men’s singles players in the world.
Bautista Agut makes a small gain of one place as he moves from 20th to World No 19 after coming within a match of a title on home soil.
Tommy Paul’s run to the Eastbourne last eight ensured he was able to gain a career-high ranking of 32 while France’s Benjamin Bonzi also creeps into the top 50 after making a jump of nine places to be World No 47 in Monday’s rankings update.
The ATP Rankings will undergo a dramatic shake-up when the 2021 Wimbledon point allotments fall away.
Both professional tours have stripped Wimbledon of points following the decision by organisers to ban Russian and Belorussian players from the Championships.
Most affected will be former World No 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic who will tumble out of the top five for the first time in over a decade.
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