ATP Rankings: Hurkacz hits new heights after Halle run

The Pole is sitting a career-best ranking after reaching the final at the Halle Open, while Tommy Paul becomes the new American men’s No 1

Hubert Hurkacz Halle 2024 - Zuma / Panoramic Hubert Hurkacz Halle 2024 – Zuma / Panoramic

Hubert Hurkacz has broken new ground in the ATP rankings this week, climbing two places to sit at a career-high ranking of No 7 in the world.

The Pole’s rise comes off the back of an impressive return to the final of the Halle Open last week, a tournament he won in 2022. En route to the final, Hurkacz dispatched home favourite Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals before falling to the irrepressible Jannik Sinner in the final.

Speaking of the Italian, he holds onto his new position as the ATP’s leading man. Sinner has a healthy lead of 1530 points over second-placed Novak Djokovic, who leapfrogs his inter-generational rival Carlos Alcaraz despite not playing last week.

Alcaraz’s second-round loss to Jack Draper at Queen’s hurt the Spaniard, who was defending 500 points having so memorably taken the title in the run-up to Wimbledon last year. Alcaraz slips back down to third as a result, but is still comfortably ahead of fourth-ranked Zverev.

tommy paul becomes new american no 1 while korda hits new heights

It was also a particularly fruitful week for the new world No 12 Tommy Paul, who returns to his career-best ranking as well as becoming the new American men’s No 1 following his excellent title run at Queen’s. Paul has risen one place from 13th in the world, leapfrogging his good friend and compatriot Taylor Fritz into the US top spot.

“It’s an honour to become the No 1 American, but we both have big goals and we want to be in the top 10 of the rankings,” Paul said when asked about his new ranking after winning Queen’s yesterday.

“That’s where both of us want to be.”

Sebastian Korda has reached a career-high ranking of No 20 in the world, rising two places following his run to semi-finals in West London, earning himself a deserved first appearance inside the top 20.

Zhang Zhizhen is another who has found himself at a career-best ranking, surging nine places to No 33 in the world as he continues to make big strides towards the very top of the sport.

Other big-movers include Rinky Hijikata, who has risen 23 places to No 75 after an excellent run through qualifying all the way to the quarter-finals of Queen’s, while David Goffin continues his resurgence, breaking back into the top 100 by surging 27 places to No 82 in the world.

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