ATP Rankings – top-100 debut for Lehecka, top-50 debut for Brooksby
New milestones for Jiri Lehecka and Jenson Brooksby headline the rankings news for the week of February 14.
The 2022 ATP season moved through tour stops at Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Dallas this week, and a few young players made big strides along the way. Let’s have a look at this week’s biggest risers (and fallers) in the ATP’s top-100:
Lehecka makes top-100 debut
20-year-old Jiri Lehecka made the most of his first ATP-level main draw debut at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The talented Czech, who needed to qualify for the main draw, reached the semi-final and upset world No 12 Denis Shapovalov in the process, for his first ATP win.
Lehecka, who finally bowed out to Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets in the semi-finals, is the biggest riser inside the ATP’s top-100. He climbs 42 spots to make his top-100 debut at No 95.
Brooksby cracks the top-50
21-year-old American Jenson Brooksby reached his second ATP final in Dallas, where he lost to Reilly Opelka in the final on Sunday. The Sacramento native jumps nine spots from 54 to 45, making his top-50 debut. Brooksby was outside the top-300 this time last year, and has just 29 tour-level matches under his belt.
Murray inside the top-90
Last week Andy Murray featured inside the ATP’s top-100 for the first time since June of 2018. After another win at Rotterdam (Murray lost in the round of 16 to Felix Auger-Aliassime), the Scot rises eight spots this week, from 95 to 87.
Fritz cracks another career-high
The only new career-high ranking inside the ATP’s top-20 belongs to American Taylor Fritz. Though he lost to Marcos Giron in the quarterfinals at Dallas, Fritz still rises two spots from 19 to 17 – he is the top-ranked American at the moment.
Two career-highs for the top two Dutchmen
It was a good week for Dutch tennis in Rotterdam. Both Botic van de Zandschulp (49) and Tallon Griekspoor (60) cracked career-high rankings thanks to their solid performances in Rotterdam. Van de Zandschulp reached the second round before losing to upstart Lehecka, while Griekspoor upset Aslan Karatsev in the first round before falling to Marton Fucsovics.
Biggest drop? James Duckworth
The largest drop inside the top-100 goes to Australian James Duckworth. The 30-year-old Aussie falls from 55 to 65.