Kyr­gios now only Aussie in top 20

Sunday Herald Sun - - Tennis - LEO SCHLINK

NICK Kyr­gios will be the only Aus­tralian ranked in­side the top 20 af­ter the na­tion’s bar­ren Wim­ble­don cam­paign.

The Can­ber­ran led Aus­tralia’s nine-player con­tin­gent at the All Eng­land Club, with only qual­i­fier Arina Ro­di­onova ad­vanc­ing to the sec­ond round.

Kyr­gios’s open­ing-round re­tire­ment with hip in­jury, cou­pled with dif­fi­cult draws, meant there were no Aus­tralian men in the sec­ond round here for the first time since 2012 and only the sec­ond time since 1938.

Kyr­gios re­mains at No.20, while Bernard Tomic (69) and Jor­dan Thomp­son (80) are the only oth­ers with top-100 rank- ings. James Duck­worth (129), John Mill­man (162) and Thanasi Kokki­nakis (451) are all on the come­back trail from in­jury.

Four young­sters have ca­reer-best rank­ings — Alex de Min­aur (227), Max Pur­cell (279), Thomas Fan­cutt (604) and ris­ing star Alexei Popy­rin (749).

Daria Gavrilova (24), in- ju­red Sam Sto­sur (38) and Ashleigh Barty (56) head the women’s stand­ings.

Ro­di­onova was the big­gest mover, vault­ing to a ca­reer­high mark of 134.

Longines Fu­ture Ten­nis Aces win­ner Des­ta­nee Ai­ava (151), Lizette Cabr­era (153), Is­abelle Wal­lace (344) and Ellen Perez (429) all reached new heights.

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