With this result Ben is going to finish the year at approximately 224 in the world. If you compare his 2011 season to his 2010 season you will notice a dramatic change.
- Year start ranking - 1,068
- Best result - Bendigo Final loss to Groth
- Year end ranking - 611
- Year start ranking - 611
- Best result - 4 futures titles (3 domestic and 1 international)
- Year end ranking - 224
To be fair Ben was still playing juniors in 2010 and to discredit his Wimbledon efforts would be unfair but to step up to the mens circuit so quickly is very impressive. If Tennis Australia for some reason didn't give Ben wildcards (they will) Ben is now ranked high enough to make Grand Slam qualifying, ATP qualifying and Challenger main draws so he is in a very good position considering he will virtually receive no help in the form of wildcards after the Aussie summer.
I think Ben's 2011 schedule will go like this - Brisbane (md wc), Sydney (qualies), Aus Open (md wc), Burnie CH (seed), Caloundra CH (seed). The week after Caloundra challenger there is a future in Toowoomba which is not far at all from Caloundra but I doubt Ben will enter. My guess from there would be both he and Duckworth will travel to Europe together to play in clay challengers.