SA's Cape Town-based Lloyd Harris in action. Photo: Reg Caldecott

JOHANNESBURG – Rising South African tennis star, Lloyd Harris shot up 16 places in the ATP world rankings to a career high of 145 after reaching the final of the Aptos Challenger in California, USA, over the weekend.

It was the second week in a row that Harris had reached a Challenger final. The 21-year-old from Cape Town won his maiden ATP Challenger title in Lexington, Kentucky, USA two weeks ago and the unseeded player then reached the Californian final on Sunday losing to fourth-seeded Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-3.

This week Harris will be in action in Canada where he has a special exemption into the Vancouver ATP Challenger.

Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson remains in the world’s top-10 in sixth after reaching the last four of the ATP Masters Rogers Cup in Toronto last week.

Anderson lost narrowly in the semifinal to 19-year-old Greek sensation, Stefanos Tsitsipas. This week Anderson will be in action in the ATP Masters Cincinnati event. Anderson is also ranked sixth in the race to London, where the year-end top-eight ATP World Championships will be played in November.

Raven Klaasen moved up two spots on the world doubles ranking to number 21 and remains the country’s highest-ranked doubles player. 

On Sunday, Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus reached the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada losing to second seeded Henri Kontinen (FIN) and John Peers (AUS).

Klaasen and Venus will also be in action this week in Cincinnati where they are unseeded. They are ranked fifth in the race to London for the year-end top-eight team ATP World Championships.

Chanel Simmonds remains the highest-ranked South African singles (338) and doubles (233) women’s player.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson remains in the world’s top-10 in sixth position. Photo: Warren Toda/EPA
South Africa's Kevin Anderson remains in the world’s top-10 in sixth position. Photo: Warren Toda/EPA

The ATP rankings are:

South African men


Current                Previous

6                              6  Kevin Anderson

145                      161 Lloyd Harris 

478                      480 Nik Scholtz

711                      705 Ruan Roelofse

888                      894 Lance-Pierre du Toit

1136                    1144 Joshua Howard-Tripp

1294                    1288 Siphos Montsi

1435                    1428 Tucker Vorster

1458                    1450 Richard Thongoane

1603                    1599 Kholo Montsi


Current                Previous

21                        23 Raven Klaasen

158                      156 Ruan Roelofse

242                      533 Kevin Anderson

271                      270 Lloyd Harris 

1178                    1179 Nik Scholtz

1386                    1378 Vaughn Hunter

1452                    1448 Kholo Montsi

1452                    1448 Siphos Montsi

1452                    1448 Tucker Vorster

South African women


Current             Previous

338                   321 Chanel Simmonds

704                   701 Zoe Kruger

1005                 1008 Warona Mdlulwa


Current             Previous

233                   232 Chanel Simmonds

1287                1286 Warona Mdlulwa 

African News Agency (ANA)

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