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The Biggest Jumps in Tennis Ranking

The radical, game-changing abilities of time are seen beautifully in different areas of our lives, even down to sporting activities such as tennis. We see how the game evolved from a garden-party game for ladies into a full-blown career opportunity for men and women, offering tens of millions of dollars in prize money annually. As with any other game, the battle for the top is stiff and demands a test of both stylistic and strategic shot-making and stamina.


Over the years, there have been significant jumps in player ranking, a phenomenon that could be a testament to persistence, hard work, or sheer providence. Either way, we’re looking back on some substantial movement on the global tennis scene. In fact, this year alone, some huge ranking strides have been recorded, and one of such is British teen Emma Raducanu, who jumped 127 spots in the WTA ranking to a career-high No.23 at the U.S. Open.


Read on for more info on some of the biggest jumps in tennis ranking.


Pablo Andujar: If anyone had told Andujar, who was sitting at No.1,701 in the 2017 ATP ranking, he would make it to the top 500 the following year, it may have been termed a fallacy. However, as the 2018 year-end ATP Rankings were published, he not only made it to the top 500, he emerged among the Top 100, rising a total of 1,619 spots to No.82. This was the biggest jump among all players who finished in the Top 100.

Arthur Rinderknech: 2019 was indeed a great season for Arthur as he scooped three titles at M15 tournaments and kept the same energy the following year by winning his first two Challenger titles. A triumph at ATP events in Rennes and Calgary and a runner-up finish in Drummondville saw Arthur shooting 162 places from 322nd to a career-high ranking of No.160 in March 2020.


Emma Raducanu: 18-year-old Emma began the year ranked 345th and rose to 179th position in July by reaching Wimbledon’s fourth round in her Grand Slam debut. Having arrived at Flushing Meadows at 150th, she climbed 127 spots in her world ranking, moving from 150th to 23rd following her astounding victory in New York.




Leylah Annie Fernandez: In what could be known as the biggest leap of 2020 Top 300 players, Leylah rocketed 91 places from No.209 at the start of the year to No.118. Riding on her first Top 100 victory on Fed Cup duty and qualifying for her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open, the 19-year old followed with two stand-out runs at WTA events – reaching her first tour-level final in Acapulco and scaling the quarter-finals in Monterrey.

Joao Monteiro: Outside of the Top 500, Portugal’s Joao Monteiro achieved the most prominent ranking jump in the ATP ranking in 2020. He moved 972 places from 1909 to No. 937. The former world No. 237 began his resurgence with strong runs at three M15 events – including a semi-final finish in Manacor.



In any tennis player’s career, earning more points per tournament is required to continue the upwards trajectory in ranking. Many people do not understand that the journey to Top 100 is literally like a marathon – those who aren’t there yet do everything in their power to get there and those who are there have to fight even harder to maintain the position. It is an endless cycle.

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