Yeah it was a bad year for US players. Don't forget also Sweeting from 72 at end of 2011 (inflated by his win at Houston) to out of the top 150 today.
Adrian Mannarino also had a terrible year, he was inside top 50 in July 2011 to 198th today... Lost more than 100 places this year (87 to 198). Schoorel also was inside top 100 in July 2011 and is 231th today.
Prodon is probably the biggest slump for a player in the top 100 at the end of last year, he lost nearly 200 places (from 97 to 288 today) !
Honorable mention to :
- Stephane Robert from 105 to 251th
- Marsel Ilhan from 111 to 262th
- Nikola Ciric from 185 to 346th
- Laurynas Grigelis from 198 to 400th
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Re: Most Declined Player of 2012
Ilhan and Grigelis definitely deserve mentions. Grigelis seems to be focused more on doubles now. Ilhan had an awful year, looked to be progressing a year and a half ago and has completely stalled. Robert, Mannarino and Prodon had injury issues.
Numerically, yes. But level wise, I think he's got better. Pushed some good players close. Tsonga, Cilic, Monaco & Gasquet all were given good matches this year by Cedrik and they all had great years.
Just had bad luck this year and scheduled awfully, never turning up to any of the challengers he was due to play. Could have quite easily finished top 100 of he wasn't injured currently and had played Rome, Nottingham, St. Remy and Petange earlier in the year instead of not bothering.
Among top players, Tsonga by far. He's a shadow of what he was 12 months ago, hardly a threat to beat any top player at the moment, the QF vs Nole in Paris was the last good match he played. He has truly become Clownga, missing every other return and spraying a gazillion UEs per match. Hope he can find himself again soon.
I agree. I also thought of Tsonga right away. But I hope in his case it's a slump, not a decline.
Another honorable mention, people always forget him:
J.I.Chela - from 29 in january to 177 right now.
He'll be 34 in august, retirement is surely coming soon.
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