Its just a week into the new year, but the tennis season is already in full swing with tournaments across the globe. As with every Monday, ATP released the latest rankings and there were some big movers up the ladder. There were no changes in the top 10 places but there was lot of movement in the top 50.
Nick Kyrgios, who was impressive in his maiden victory at home, climbed 4 places to 17. A place in the top 10 is a realistic dream for the Australian this year. With the crowd behind him in Melbourne, we will not be surprised if he makes it to the business end of the Australian open.
Andy Murray, who just had a hip surgery, dropped 3 places to 19 but rankings will be of least concern to the Scot at this point.
Andrey Rublev and Gael Monfils clashed in the finals of the Qatar open in Doha and though Monfils walked away with the title, both the players gained 7 places in the rankings and are now 32 and 39 respectively.
Novak Djokovic who missed the better part of last year due to elbow injury is looking to make a return at the Australian open but wants to test the waters in Kooyong before he can make a decision. He is currently 14th on the rankings table, but he can quickly climb up the ladder since he is not defending a lot of points from last year.
Kevin Anderson lost to Gilles Simon in the final of the inaugural Tata Open held in Pune, India. Despite his loss, the South African moved 3 places to the 11th spot. There is a good chance he could break into the top 10, if he performs well at the Australian open. His conqueror, Gilles Simon on the other hand, is the mover of the week. The french man moved up by 37 places to number 57 on the rankings with his victory in the ATP 250 event.
Trivia: The first ever ATP rankings were published on 23rd August 1973 for men’s singles.