Tsitsipas up to 12 in ATP rankings
Following his Australian Open semifinal run, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas went up from 15 to 12 in the ATP rankings, becoming the highest-ranked Greek tennis player ever (male or female).
Having lost in the first round last year, this tournament was a good chance for the Greek to reach a new career-high ranking, as he was only defending 10 ranking points. By making it all the way to the semifinals, he received 720 points (710 more than last year) and now has a total of 2,805 points over the past 52 weeks.
Tsitsipas now finds himself just 75 points away from no. 11 Karen Khachanov of Russia, and 335 points away from no. 10 Marin Cilic of Croatia. With very little points to defend over the next few months, it is expected that Tsitsipas will continue to rise. He will play four tournaments in February (Sofia, Rotterdam, Marseille, Dubai) before the two big Masters 1000 events in March (Indian Wells and Miami), followed by the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo in April on clay. Last year, he lost in the first or second round at all of these tournaments. Should he do well this year, his ranking will continue to go up. Additionally, some other players face the possibility of dropping if they fail to defend their points from last year.
In October 2017, Tsitsipas became the highest ranked Greek man ever, as he was the first one to ever crack the top 100. Although he was the only man from Greece to ever do so, four Greek women have cracked the top 100. Eleni Daniilidou reached a career-high of number 14 back in 2003. Now, Tsitsipas has surpassed her as well.
Maria Sakkari also saw her ranking go up after the Australian Open. Having lost last year in the opening round, she reached the third round this year. As a result, her WTA ranking went up from 43 to 37. As she also has very few points to defend over the next few months, some good results could see her pass her career-high ranking of 29.