Daniel checks in this week at a career-high #286 ranking due to his good play at Caltanissetta. However, the ranking is short-lived. He will drop back to around 340 next week - losing 27 points (2011 Sacto Futures winner)without adding any from the Monza qualifying.
Looks like he sticks to clay in his next tournament (Panama City Challenger). After that, I guess he returns to hardcourts.
Might be better to stay in Europe longer since there are more challengers/futures available than the usual 1 per week on home soil. I wish that some of our juniors would venture elsewhere for futures events. It is probably easier to qualify somewhere else than going through 4 rounds of qualification here.
Good 4-week effort by Daniel and Blake. The tour concept is good ... get out of your comfort zone, see new places and new opponents, share costs, have moral support and a doubles partner. I think Britton and Krajicek did something similar earlier in the year. Other Americans try it too.