Following American Pro Tennis

Following American Pro Tennis

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good week for American tennis

Despite being out of Davis Cup this week was a good one for the American men. That's because, let's face it, if you're an American tennis follower like myself all the action these days is happening on the challenger circuit. Big congrats to Steve Johnson (Le Gosier) and Rajeev Ram (Leon) who both won titles away from home this week. The week gives us seven players in the top 100 and raises Johnson up to a career high 69 in the world with little to defend the rest of the year. A top 50 year finish is absolutely possible for him. Le Gosier markes Johnson's fourth career challenger title.

John Isner is also up a spot to #9 this week, though he's defending title points in Houston. Here are the updated rankings:

9. John Isner (+1)
65. Bradley Klahn
69. Steve Johnson (+29)
82. Sam Querrey (-8)
91. Donald Young (-20)
94. Jack Sock (-2)
97. Michael Russell (+9)
103. Tim Smyczek (-1)
108. Denis Kudla (+4)
115. Ryan Harrison (-1)
121. Rajeev Ram (+10)
124. Alex Kuznetsov (-1)
144. Wayne Odesnik (-2)
153. Rhyne Williams (+2)

This week is another big week for the Americans as we'll find out who they will play in September in Davis Cup to remain in the world group. There's also a 250 ATP tournament in Houston in which most of them will be competing save Klahn and Smyczek who are out injured. In fact, Robby Ginepri (vs. Kokkinakis) and Ryan Harrison (vs. Bemelmans) are in the qualifying round today for a chance to enter the main draw.

Others competing are the top seeded Isner (bye), Williams (vs. Brown), Querrey (vs. Bogomolov), Russell (vs. Gimeno-Traver), Sock (vs. 8 Karlovic), Young (vs. qualifier), and Johnson vs. Kudla.

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