AMERICANS LEAD WAY
IN MEN'S, WOMEN'S RANKINGS
Ashley Marshall | July 17, 2018
History-making champion Serena Williams and big-serving John Isner may have made the deepest singles runs at Wimbledon last week, but the depth of American tennis continues to be among the very best in the world.
For the first time since last fall, the U.S. has more men and women ranked inside the Top 100 of the ATP and WTA tour rankings at the same time than any other country.
America's 11 men in the Top 100 slightly edges out France's 10 players, while the 14 U.S. women among the Top 100 numbers twice as many as Russia's seven women, which ranks second.
On the men’s side, Wimbledon semifinalist Isner (No. 8), Jack Sock (No. 14), Sam Querrey (No. 28), Frances Tiafoe (No. 45) and Steve Johnson (No. 48) are all currently inside the Top 50, with Tiafoe climbing to a career-high ranking after reaching the third round of a major for the first time two weeks ago in London.
The quintet is joined in the Top 100 by Ryan Harrison (No.
55), Tennys Sandgren (No. 56), Jared Donaldson (No. 60), Taylor Fritz (No. 65), Mackenzie McDonald (No. 80) and Denis Kudla (No. 86).
McDonald (pictured above) entered Wimbledon with just one Grand Slam win under his belt, but a run to the Round of 16 saw him climb 23 places to a new personal best and guarantee his place in the main draw of next month’s US Open.
Last Oct. 9, the U.S. also had 11 men in the Top 100. At that time, Donald Young and Ernesto Escobedo were inside the Top 100, instead of McDonald and Kudla.
While the U.S. men have overtaken France for the most players in the ATP Top 100, Team USA’s women continue to set the benchmark on the WTA tour.
There are 14 U.S. women in the Top 100 for the 10th consecutive week, dating back to May 14. That’s also the most of any nation and twice as many as Russia, which ranks second with seven players in the Top 100. The Czech Republic and Romania have six each inside the Top 100.
The U.S. is led by Sloane Stephens (No. 3), Madison Keys (No. 12), Venus Williams (No. 14), Coco Vandeweghe (No. 19), Serena Williams (No. 28) and Danielle Collins (No. 43) in the Top 50. Serena is the biggest climber among the pack this week after skyrocketing 153 places from No. 181 in the world before Wimbledon.
The six women are joined in the Top 100 by Taylor Townsend (No. 61), Sofia Kenin (No. 64) and Sachia Vickery (No. 75), who all reached new career highs in the rankings on Monday.
Townsend reached the second round of Wimbledon just two weeks after winning an ITF-level tournament in Sumter, S.C., her third trophy of the year. Kenin also reached the second round at the All England Club, building on a solid grass-court tuneup event in Mallorca, Spain, where she came through qualies to reach the semifinals, while Vickery won her first main-draw match at Wimbledon and her first Grand Slam match outside of the US Open.
Alison Riske (No. 68), Jennifer Brady (No. 70), Bernarda Pera (No. 78), CiCi Bellis (No. 87) and Christina McHale (No. 97) round out the U.S. women in the Top 100, and both Caroline Dolehide (No. 102) and Varvara Lepchenko (No. 106) are within touching distance.
For two weeks in February and March last year, the U.S. had 18 women in the Top 100, the most since October 2000.
In addition to the number of Team USA players in the Top 100, there were plenty of other reasons to celebrate American tennis success in London.
Mike Bryan and Sock won the men’s doubles championship at Wimbledon, with Bryan becoming the oldest No. 1 in ATP World Tour history with his 17th major men’s doubles trophy and Sock adding to the Wimbledon doubles title he won in 2014.
Nicole Melichar also had an outstanding run at Wimbledon, winning the mixed doubles title with Alexander Peya of Austria and reaching the women’s doubles final with Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.
David Wagner added to his Hall of Fame career with victory in the quad wheelchair doubles event, with Britain’s Andy Lapthorne; Americans Brandon Nakashima and Tyler Zink reached the boys' doubles quarterfinals; U.S. teenagers Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe reached the girls’ doubles final; and Dalayna Hewitt, Peyton Stearns and Coco Gauff all played in the girls’ doubles semifinals.
With attention now turning back to tournaments stateside, there are even more opportunities for Americans to climb up the rankings in the build up to the US Open, which runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 9 in New York.