LONDON — In any other year at Wimbledon, or any other Grand Slam, Tatjana Maria would have risen some 50 places in the rankings by her quarterfinal appearance. Her surprise run at the All England Club would have been rewarded with at least 360 points, or even more if she had won her next match on Tuesday.
His next opponent, Jule Niemeier, would also have experienced a similar and welcome boost up the rankings thanks to his unexpected success.
But even with Maria or Niemeier advancing to the first major semi-final of their career, neither will get that benefit. Instead, they will work hard around the 100 mark heading into the hard-court portion of the summer due to the WTA and ATP’s joint decision not to award ranking points as a consequence of the tournament’s controversial player ban. of Russia and Belarus.
Make no mistake, some of the top players feel it too, even if Novak Djokovic defends his title, he will lose 2,000 points and fall from No. 3 to No. 7, but the points would have been a potential game. exchanger for others like Maria or Niemeier.
Additional points for these players would have meant direct entry to the US Open later this summer, but for now, they may still have to go through three grueling matches to qualify. Harmony Tan, who lost in her fourth-round match on Monday to Amanda Anisimova, said she didn’t care about the points at Wimbledon because it’s still “a Grand Slam” but admitted things would have been a lot easier for her going forward. . been awarded in the classification.
“I know for the US Open the cut is going to be really tough, because I only have one tournament before the cut, so I’m going to play an ITF and 60K after Wimbledon,” Tan said on Saturday.
In a sport where ranking positions determine entry into tournaments, as well as ranking and other advantages, losing points is extremely important to many players. Here are some who could have benefited the most at Wimbledon this year and an approximation of where they would have jumped up the rankings:
Editor’s Note: Ranking estimates for the following are based on current live rankings and are independent of all other player results.
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Tatjana Maria (Germany): Advanced to the quarterfinals
Maria, 34, welcomed her second child in April 2021 and returned before the US Open last year. Since then, she has been working to rebuild her rankings, having finished the 2021 season ranked 279th. She is currently ranked 103rd and would have improved to 55th by reaching the quarterfinals.
Jule Niemeier (Germany): Advanced to the quarterfinals
Playing in just the second major main draw of her career, the 22-year-old entered Wimbledon ranked 97th and would have risen to 58th by reaching the final eight. Still, she will more than double her career prize money ($343,672) with her appearance in the quarterfinals.
David Goffin (Belgium): Advanced to the quarterfinals
Goffin, a quarter-finalist from 2019, sat out Wimbledon in 2021 due to an ankle injury, then had his season cut short by knee pain, but returned to competition earlier this season. The 31-year-old missed part of the grass-court season with a leg injury but has so far resurfaced at Wimbledon. Entering the tournament ranked 58th, Goffin would be ranked 36th after the quarterfinals, but he is expected to drop to 70th.
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Nick Kyrgios (Australia): Advanced to the quarterfinals
Having skipped the clay court season and playing what he calls a part-time schedule on tour, Kyrgios doesn’t seem personally motivated by his ranking, but he still could have used the 360 points he would have earned by reaching the quarter-finals. He would have improved from No. 40 to No. 30 or so, and would have had a chance to improve another 10 places by winning his next match.
Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic): Advanced to quarterfinals
Appearing in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career, the 23-year-old gained around 29 ranking spots to improve from No. 66 to No. 37. Her all-time best ranking is No. 46. .
Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia): Advanced to the quarterfinals
The 29-year-old reached her first major quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2021, and then didn’t have much success on the big stages, losing in the third round at the US Open, the first round at the Australian Open and the second round. at the French Open. Wimbledon, and another quarter-final run, would have been a great opportunity for Tomljanovic to not only defend all of her points, but possibly win even more. Instead, she will drop from No. 44 to 70.
Tim van Rijthoven (Netherlands): Lost in the fourth round
The 25-year-old made his major main draw debut at Wimbledon as a wildcard following his maiden ATP title at the Rosmalen Championships last month. Opening game at the All England Club with a career-high ranking of him at No. 104, van Rijthoven would have risen to roughly No. 73 with his fourth-round run.
Harmony Tan (France): Lost in the fourth round
Playing in her first main draw at the All England Club, Tan became the toast of the tournament after her dramatic three-set victory over Serena Williams in the first round. The 24-year-old posted the best appearance of her career at a major by reaching the fourth round. Her Cinderella run would have taken her from No. 115 to No. 84. Instead, she will remain outside the top 100 and will likely have to qualify for the last Grand Slam of the year in New York.
Jason Kubler (Australia): Lost in the fourth round
The former junior No. 1 who has struggled with a hereditary knee condition for most of his career had his best performance at Wimbledon. Ranked No. 99 entering the tournament, and needing to qualify to reach the main draw, Kubler would have improved to around No. 70 with his Round of 16 bid. While he admitted it was “hard” not getting the points, he still had found a life of silver after his loss to Taylor Fritz on Monday.
“Two weeks ago, when I was coming to this tournament, I was more than happy to have the prize money on the line,” Kubler said. “When I qualified, I was more than happy that it was just prize money. Even then I didn’t worry about the points. Yeah, round four, it would have been nice, but, you know, at least there’s prize money.”
Heather Watson (Great Britain): Lost in the fourth round
The British favorite advanced to her first major round of 16 at Wimbledon aged 30. Watson would have climbed from No. 109 to No. 88, not as substantial as some others, but a useful climb back into the top 100.
The 20-year-old American had the best Grand Slam of his career before losing to Kyrgios in the fourth round. Currently sitting at No. 56, Nakashima would have jumped to a new best ranking of around No. 35. But he said he was happy with what he was able to achieve in the absence of points.
“I think it’s going to help my confidence knowing that I was able to have a good race here even without the qualifying points,” Nakashima said on Monday.