As the final, final, showdown looms, there are still a couple of chances for players to shake up their 2014′s and make moves into the top 100 and into the Australian Open main draw.
Perhaps the happiest man from last week was the American Bradley Klahn. Whoever decided to give him the cliched advice to “go west young man” from California can feel unduly smug, as he took the Yeongwol Challenger in South Korea to move into the top 100 Australian Open places.
Alejandro Falla‘s run to the semi-finals on his home turf, er clay, in Bogota has also put him in a much healthier position. Less healthy is Thomaz Bellucci who had to retire injured from his final with Victor Estrella. An abominal strain has ended his efforts to pick up something positive for a difficult year.
Dustin Brown’s run into the last four at Ortisei has also given him an outside chance of success, though he will still need another big serve volleying fortnight, beginning in the Helsinki, normally a challenger that offers plenty of points, but which carries much less prize money this year. And still features the mighty Jarkko Nieminen.
At this stage, many players need runs to semi-finals at the minimum to clamber above their more point-secure colleagues. Guayaquil and Lima offer the winners 90 and 55 points respectively, with the other Challenger events 80 and 48. Gentlemen, it’s over to you.
These standings are updated from the previous update to make some corrections. Spot anything obvious? Get in touch via the usual methods…
90-100) Aljaz Bedene 573
Donald Young 568
Matthew Ebden 566 (plays Yokohama)
Oleksandr Nedoveysov 564 (plays Challenger Tour finals)
Sergiy Stahkovsky 554
Alejandro Falla 552
Ryan Harrison 549
Andrey Golubev 548 (plays Helsinki)
Bradley Klahn 546 (plays Yokohama)
Jack Sock 545 (plays Champaign)
Blaz Kavcic 542 (plays Yokohama)
Disclaimer: these are the calculations of one writer being disturbed by cats. They also do include Victor Troicki
101-110) Michael Llodra 541
Jan Hajek 540
Jesse Huta Galung 534 (plays Challenger Tour finals)
Alejandro Gonzalez 522 (plays Challenger Tour finals)
Martin Klizan 518
Paolo Lorenzi 515 (plays Guayaquil)
David Goffin 510
Andreas Haider-Maurer 506 (plays Helsinki)
Denis Kudla 506
Diego Schwartzman 501 (plays Guayaquil)
111-120) Jan Lennard Struff 500 (plays Helsinki)
Go Soeda 495 (plays Yokohama)
Leonardo Mayer 489 (plays Guayaquil)
Marc Gicquel 469
Dustin Brown 468 (plays Helsinki)
Grega Zemlja 467
Adrian Ungur 463 (plays Challenger Tour finals)
Guido Pella 461 (plays Lima)
Rhyne Williams 453
Thomaz Bellucci 450