highest-ranked Australian tennis players: Australia has long been blessed with talented tennis players and the current generation is no different.
While Ash Barty has retired at the top of the game, a promising crop of men and women remain.
Sporting News has just rounded up the best-rated Australian athletes…
ATP Rankings: Highest-ranked Australian tennis players
Alex De Manor is Australia’s highest-ranked male player, but Nick Kyrgios is now just six places behind him.
Both Australians will be awarded seedings at the upcoming US Open as a result of their higher rankings.
Five Australian men currently sit in the ATP top 100 players.
|20||–||Alex de Minaur||1,665|
WTA Rankings: Highest-ranked Australian tennis players
Following Ash Barty’s retirement, Ajla Tomljanovic has taken over as Australia’s highest-ranked female player.
Tomljanovic has enjoyed a return to her WTA rankings after reaching the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters where she defeated world number three Paula Budosa.
Daria Saville is the only other Australian woman in the WTA Top 100 players.
How do the tennis world rankings work?
The tennis world rankings are calculated by the ATP and WTA, which award points based on a player’s performance in specific tournaments.
The further a player advances in a sanctioned event, the more points he is awarded.
Prestigious tournaments like Grand Slams and Masters also provide more points.
For example, Grand Slams award the most points on the ATP Tour with 2000 points awarded to the winner and 1200 points to the runner-up.
Points earned from each tournament last for one year.
When are the tennis world rankings updated?
Both the ATP and WTA update their rankings every Monday when tournaments are not underway.
So generally you can expect weekly updates except when the Grand Slams are being contested.