Notable Big Movers (who are at/near career high ranking)
Mitchell Krueger 973 (+947)
Dennis Novikov 542 (+561)
Bradley Klahn 349 (+206)
Steve Johnson 180 (+198)
Michael McClune 282 (+57)
Jack Sock 209 (+41)
Sekou Bangoura 700 (+34)
Rhyne Williams 251 (+32)
Congrats to Mitchell Krueger
for cracking the ATP 1000. The World Junior No.6 received a wildcard into the US Open Qualies and recorded a win over World No.140 Martin Alund to boost his ranking to a career high of 973.
The 2012 US Open also saw success from another teenager, Dennis Novikov
(the reigning Kalamazoo Champion a.k.a USTA National Champion), who was awarded a maindraw wildcard. Matching last year's KZoo Champion's performance by Jack Sock
, the 18 y.o. reached the 2nd round by upsetting World No.86 Jerzy Janowicz. The 6’3 big serving youngster showcased a lot of potentials during his 4 –set loss to World No.35 Frenchman Julien Benneteau. The win propelled him 561 spots to a ranking of 542.
Other up and comers, including many former college players, also made a splash. Bradley Klahn
and Rhyne Williams
took advantage of their Q wildcard by defeating three higher ranked opponents to reach the US Open maindraw, while Daniel Kosakowski
fell in the final qualifying round. Recent grad and 2010 NCAA Champ, Klahn, upset former Top 10er Jurgen Melzer of Austria to claim his first ATP Tour win. Fellow qualifier and 2011 NCAA Finalist, Rhyne Williams, could not equal the task drawing a difficult opponent in former top player and fellow countryman, Andy Roddick
, on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Steve Johnson
, the two-time reigning NCAA Champ, went the furthest of the three reaching the third round upsetting Ernest Gulbis on the way (l. to Gasquet).
Teenager Jack Sock
also reached the third round surpassing his 2nd round showing last year. The 19 y.o. defeated Florian Mayer and Flavio Cipolla before losing to Nicolas Almagro in 4 heart-breaking sets. Tim Smyczek
recorded his first slam win defeating fellow countryman Bobby Reynolds in the first round.
Also, congrats to Michael McClune
on qualifying for his first ATP Tour event in Winston-Salem and getting that first ATP win.
Good luck to Andy Roddick