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Thursday, May 26, 2016

ATP Tour: Race to the Final 8 - Rome Open


Stan Wawrinka reenters the top 10 after winning the Geneva Open.  Dominic Thiem is still knocking on top 10's door even after winning the Nice Open.

Here's the latest release of the rankings -

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) - 35,553,819


2. Andy Murray (GBR) - 15,898,996


3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) - 11,665,632


4. Kei Nishikori (JPN) - 9,354,513


5. Milos Raonic (CAN) - 8,990,780

6. Gael Monfils (FRA) - 6,282,568

7. Roger Federer (SUI) - 4,245,708


8. Tomas Berdych (CZE) - 3,933,279


9. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) - 3,842,215

10. David Goffin (BEL) - 3,743,753

11. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) - 3,556,516



12. Dominic Thiem (AUT) - 2,967,541

13. David Ferrer (ESP) - 2,165,624

14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) - 2,005,754


15. Martin Klizan (SVK) - 1,909,912


16. Pablo Cuevas (URU) - 1,834,739


17. Marin Cilic (CRO) - 1,654,431


18. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) - 1,542,675

19. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) - 1,394,798

20. Lucas Pouille (FRA) - 1,385,035

21. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) - 1,188,996

22. Sam Querrey (USA) - 1,021,973


23. Bernard Tomic (AUS) - 930,671


24. Victor Troicki (SRB) - 884,972


25. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) - 872,621


26. Gilles Simon (FRA) - 827,959

27. Joao Sousa (POR) - 810,144

28. Guido Pella (ARG) - 796,498

29. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) - 759,805


30. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) - 750,801


31. Alexander Zverev (GER) - 742,146

32. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) - 620,244

33. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) - 602,935

34. Richard Gasquet (FRA) - 597,352


35. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) - 590,578

36. Marcel Granollers (ESP) - 589,940


37. Federico Delbonis (ARG) - 543,469

38. Juan Monaco - 533,066

39. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 522,473

40. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) - 495,882

41. Diego Schwartzmann (ARG) - 489,066


41. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) - 489,066


43. Taylor Fritz (USA) - 485,715


44. Fabio Fognini (ITA) - 482,194


45. Illya Marchenko (UKR) - 474,101


46. Benoit Paire (FRA) - 467,689

47. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 463,520


48. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) - 385,820

49. Borna Coric (CRO) - 302,176


50. Malek Jaziri (TUN) - 301,987


51. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) - 263,557


52. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) - 257,550


53. Rajeev Ram (USA) - 257,033


54. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) - 246,336


55. Robin Haase (NED) - 241,722


56. Jack Sock (USA) - 231,760


56. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 231,760


58. Gilles Muller (LUX) - 229,970


59. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) - 209,834


60. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) - 193,579

61. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) - 177,013


62. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) - 174,489


63. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) - 166,636


64. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) - 154,508


65. Kyle Edmund (GBR) - 148,701


66. Andreas Seppi (ITA) - 129,321

67. Dustin Brown (GER) - 128,775


68. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) - 128,516

69. Lukas Rosol (CZE) - 127,935

70. Kevin Anderson (RSA) - 122,873

71. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) - 122,267


72. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 120,521


73. Inigo Cervantes (ESP) - 109,055


74. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) - 101,195


75. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) - 77,254


75. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) - 77,254


75. Donald Young (USA) - 77,254


75. Benjamin Becker (GER) - 77,254


79. Marco Cecchinato (ITA) - 65,022


80.  Michael Berrer (GER) - 64,388


80. John Millman (AUS) - 64,388

80. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) - 64,388


83. Tim Smyczek (USA) - 64,258


84. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) - 61,133


84. Jiri Vesely 9CZE) - 61,133


84. Ivan Dodig (CRO) - 61,133


84. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) - 61,133


84. Jozef Kovalik (SVK) - 61,133


89. Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 60,261


89. Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 60,261


90. John Isner (USA) - 57,940

90. Renzo Olivo (ARG) - 57,940


92. Gastao Elias (POR) - 54,528


92. Thiago Monteiro (BRA) - 54,528


92. Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) - 54,528






Fun Pictures: Borna Coric







In today's up-and-coming tennis players, Borna Coric is probably my most favorite.  He has his finely-chiseled face and he's just handsome in my book.  I hope he comes to my side of Asia so I can cover him!

Discovered Another Cute Tennis Player - Andrej Martin of Slovakia








One of the current players doing well in the French Open is Andrej Martin of Slovakia. Although currently ranked at #133, Andrej is now in the second round and is getting the first tough test from Lucas Pouille of France, who's currently having a great run in this year's clay season.

Please come to Kuala Lumpur Andrej for this year's Malaysia Open!  We would love to see you play there!  I hope I can be able to interview you there!

I'm sure with his performance here in Roland Garros, his ranking will improve, and hopefully, he can qualify into the main draw of KL.

French Open 2016: Andrej Martin Into the Third Round of a Grand Slam for the First Time


Andrej Martin of Slovakia (#133) had to qualify to get into the main draw of the 2016 French Open. This is actually his very first appearance in a grand slam, although he's already 26 years old.  At least now, he's a big step up from just challenger tournaments!

He defeated Daniel Munoz de la Nava of Spain (#105) in the first round, 62 63 46 64.  

In the second round, he upset Lucas Pouille of France (#31) 63 75 63.

In the third round, he will meet Milos Raonic (#9) of Canada.

French Open 2016: Viktorija Golubic Into the Second Round of a Grand Slam for the First Time


Swiss player Viktorija Golubic (#130) gets into the second round of a grand slam for the first time.  She had to qualify for the main draw defeating Andreea Mitu of Romania, who reached the 4th round last year.

She upset Alison Riske (#93) of the US in the first round 62 16 62 but lost to last year's finalist Lucie Safarova (#13) of the Czech Republic in the second round 26 26.

Hopefully, with this performance, her ranking would improve.