September 25, 2022

LONDON — In any other year at Wimbledon, or any other Grand Slam, Tatjana Maria would have moved up some 50 places in the standings for her quarter-final. Her surprise run at the All England Club would have been rewarded with at least 360 points, possibly more had she won her next game on Tuesday.

His next opponent, Jule Niemeier, would also have enjoyed a similar and welcome rise in the rankings thanks to his unexpected success.

But even with either Maria or Niemeier qualifying for the first major semi-final of their careers, neither will reap that advantage. Instead, they will struggle around the 100 mark ahead of the summer hard part due to the WTA and ATP’s joint decision not to award ranking points following the ban. controversial tournament of players from Russia and Belarus.

Make no mistake, some of the top players are feeling it too – even if Novak Djokovic defends his title he will still drop 2,000 points and drop from No.3 to No.7 – but the points would have been a potential game-changer for others like Maria or Niemeier.

The extra points for these players would have meant direct entry into the US Open later this summer, but for now they may still have to go through three grueling matches to qualify. Harmony Tan, who lost her fourth-round match to Amanda Anisimova on Monday, said she doesn’t care about points at Wimbledon as it’s still “a Grand Slam”, but admitted things would have been much easier for her if she had made an effort. was rewarded in the ranking.

“I know for the US Open the cut will be really tough because I only have one tournament before the cut so I will be playing an ITF and 60K after Wimbledon,” Tan said on Saturday.

In a sport where ranking places determine entry to tournaments, as well as ranking and other benefits, the loss of points is extremely significant for a number of players. Here are some of those who could have benefited the most at Wimbledon this year, and an approximation of where they would have jumped in the rankings:

Editor’s note: The ranking estimates for players below are based on current live rankings and independent of all other player results.


Tatjana Maria (Germany): qualified for the quarter-finals

Maria, 34, welcomed her second child in April 2021 and made her comeback ahead of the US Open last year. Since then, she has been working on rebuilding her ranking – having finished the 2021 season at 279. She is currently ranked No. 103 and would have improved to around No. 55 by reaching the quarter-finals.


Jule Niemeier (Germany): qualified for the quarter-finals

Playing in the second major main draw of her career, the 22-year-old entered Wimbledon ranked No. 97 and would have hit around No. 58 by reaching the last eight. Still, she will have more than doubled her career price tag ($343,672) with her appearance in the quarterfinals.


David Goffin (Belgium): qualified for the quarter-finals

Goffin, quarter-finalist in 2019, was ruled out of Wimbledon in 2021 with an ankle injury, and later had his season cut short by knee pain, but returned to competition earlier this season . The 31-year-old missed part of the grass-court season with a leg injury but has so far reappeared at Wimbledon. Going into the tournament ranked No. 58, Goffin would be around No. 36 after the quarter-finals, but should drop to around No. 70 instead.


Nick Kyrgios (Australia): qualified for the quarter-finals

After skipping the clay season and playing what he calls a part-time schedule on tour, Kyrgios doesn’t seem personally motivated by his ranking but could still have used the 360 ​​points he would have earned by reaching the quarters. of final. He would have gone from No. 40 to around No. 30 – and had a chance to improve another 10 places by winning his next game.


Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic): qualified for the quarter-finals

Appearing in the first Grand Slam quarter-finals of her career, the 23-year-old needed to move up around 29 ranking places to jump from No. 66 to No. 37. Her all-time best ranking is No. 46.


Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia): qualified for the quarter-finals

The 29-year-old reached her first major quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2021 and then didn’t have much success on the big stages, losing in the third round at the US Open, first round at the Open d Australia and in the second round. at the French Open. Wimbledon, and yet another quarter-final, would have been a huge opportunity for Tomljanovic to not only defend all of his points, but perhaps earn even more. Instead, she will go from No. 44 to the 70s.


Tim van Rijthoven (Netherlands): Lost in the fourth round

The 25-year-old made his major main draw debut at Wimbledon as a wild card following his maiden ATP title at the Rosmalen Championships last month. Opening the game at the All England Club with a career ranking of No. 104, van Rijthoven would have risen to around No. 73 with his run in the fourth round.


Harmony Tan (France): Lost in the fourth round

Playing in her first main draw at the All England Club, Tan became the star of the tournament after her spectacular three-set victory over Serena Williams in the first round. The 24-year-old then recorded her best career appearance at a major tournament by reaching the fourth round. Her Cinderella run would have taken her from No. 115 to around No. 84. Instead, she will remain outside the top 100 and will likely have to qualify for the final Grand Slam of the year in New York.


Jason Kubler (Australia): Lost in the fourth round

The former junior number 1 who battled an inherited knee condition for most of his career turned in his best major performance at Wimbledon. Ranked No. 99 entering the tournament and needing to qualify to make the main draw, Kubler would have improved to around No. 70 with his bid for the round of 16. Although he admitted it was “tough” not to get the points, he had still found a silver medal after his loss to Taylor Fritz on Monday.

“Two weeks ago when I came to this tournament, I was more than happy to have the prize money up for grabs,” Kubler said. “When I qualified, I was more than happy it was just the prize money. Even then, I didn’t worry about the points. Yeah, round four, that would have been nice, but, you know, at least there is prize money.”


Heather Watson (Great Britain): Lost in the fourth round

The British favorite qualified for her first major round of 16 at Wimbledon aged 30. Watson is said to have climbed from No. 109 to around No. 88 – not as big of a jump as some others, but a useful climb back into the top 100.


The 20-year-old American achieved the best Grand Slam of his career before losing to Kyrgios in the fourth round. Currently sitting at No. 56, Nakashima would have jumped to a new best ranking of around No. 35. But he said he was happy with what he was able to accomplish in the absence of points.

“I think it will just boost my confidence knowing that I was able to have a good run here even without the ranking points,” Nakashima said on Monday.