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Some grounds for optimism for the long term in the men's game.
Jonny Gray - knocking on the door
Billy Harris - beating top 500 players regularly, but needs a run or two.
Lloyd Glasspool - announced on Twitter getting back to the levels when he was climbing the rankings
Dan Evans - returning soon
James Ward - finally starting to string back to back wins
Evan Hoyt- showing signs getting back to his best
Jack FH - nothing to defend, picking up decent points
Then you have the college boys - Watson and Peniston on tour later in the year and the good juniors coming through - Bass, McHugh, Draper, Loffhagen etc



-- Edited by paulisi on Friday 20th of April 2018 11:38:24 AM

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Well, guess it's good to be optimistic or so I'm occcasionally told. I particularly like the Lloyd Glasspool one - sorted 



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For Lloyd Glasspool see Marcus Willis. Or a poor mans Dan Evans perhaps.

By that I mean should be higher in the rankings than he is but probably wont make the top 200.

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At the start of the week, just 10 men in the Top 500. James Ward as just added his name to the list following his win today. Evo seems to be on his way back and with a lot of the younger players beginning to make an impact, the next couple of years could be very interesting.

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Ed Corrie's retirement takes us down to just 8 (active) men in the top 500. Technically Ed is still there of course.

Hoping this young upstart called Murray might just be able to replace him in the near future.

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Bob in Spain wrote:

Ed Corrie's retirement takes us down to just 8 (active) men in the top 500. Technically Ed is still there of course.

Hoping this young upstart called Murray might just be able to replace him in the near future.


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It's not top 500 but on the basis that you can't get top-500 unless you get top-1000, it'll be super to see Paul Jubb (age 18), Ewan Moore (age 20) and Josh Paris (age 22) all nicely into the top 1000 when the past couple of weeks' points go on. A little more depth is great....

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However many concerns about our number of ranked women, indeed we are still not yet guaranteed 25 at year end, before the transition tour even begins, with Emily App's title today which will give her a new CH ...

Our top 20 ranked women will be in about the top 570 on 13/08.

Not 500 but not bad.



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Bob in Spain wrote:

Ed Corrie's retirement takes us down to just 8 (active) men in the top 500. Technically Ed is still there of course.

Hoping this young upstart called Murray might just be able to replace him in the near future.


 Still only 10 in the top 500.

Our top 9 are now active players.

However, after that there is

10: Ed Corrie (retired)

11. Brydan Klein (not playing very much - don't quite know)

12. Tom Farq (active but plays a pretty limited schedule)

However, we now have 29 in the top 1000 and that will break through the 30 barrier next week - 30 in the top 1000 seems quite decent - three months ago, for instance, we had 26 - six months ago we had 25.... it's going in the right direction.... 



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Re Brydan I remember someone posting that it had been planned for him to partner Marcus for Wimbledon doubles but he was injured. So Aidan McHugh came into partner Marcus in qualifying. And Brydan appears not to have been seen since. Last was at the Wimbledon QWC play-offs.



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Looking at next week's predicted rankings, we have 22 men in the top 800, so there is a chance some of these players will progress through.

15 women inside top 500 and EWS, Freya, Sam, Alicia and Emily App knocking on the door.

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With Sam Murray's Chiswick 25K SF points adding in the latest rankings we now have 16 women in the top 500 which does look historically very good looking at the previous year end totals, as indeed does the ongoing 7 in the top 200.

No year end total has been higher for top 500 women since 1996 or 1991 for the top 200 total.

www.britishtennis.net/stats/ye-f.htm

So in the week when our total number of ranked women has dropped to 29 these higher echelon figures do look good.

There maybe isn't a great base to the GB ranking pyramid but particularly many of our younger players have continued to clamber upwards. Good to see that week from Sam too.



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There are another four ladies knocking on the door of the top 500 as well.

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For the men, 20 in the top 500 still seems a very long way off but it does seem that during my "scroll free Sept" sabbatical there have been some very promising signs. Currently we stand at just 9 in the top 500 (8 if you exclude Alex Ward who has now retired) but there seems to be a very strong brigade of younger players who could be pushing their claim over the next 6 to 12 months. Of course, US college duties may delay the ranking progression of some of them if they choose to go down that route, but we certainly seem to have a really good crop of teenagers breaking through at the same time.

Draper
Loffhagen
McHugh
Jubb
Bass
Matusevich
Houghton

All of the above have shown some success (a lot of success in some cases) and I can't remember seeing such a large bunch coming through together in a long time. I am sure there re others as well that I have missed or am not aware of.

Add that to others that could easily breakthrough that 500 barrier, such as Jonny Gray, Jack F-H, Evan Hoyt, Ryan Storrie etc and a few others that may fly up the rankings when college tennis is done and we seem to be in healthier state than we have been in some time.

Maybe I should take a month off more often.

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Mark Whitehouse....

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