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We didn't exactly blow up the numbers in our ATP brackets last week, but in Washington at least a few of us got the Winner, Zverev, correct.  But high scores in the 250s weren't great.  Drivers did well to score 34 in Los Cabos for the win (how could anyone have known Fognini would do so well??), but Aiur won Kitzbuhel with only 19.  Makes sense because two Qualifiers were in the finals there.  This leaves our standings like this:

250
1. Tenedab: 775
2. Lexus: -73
3. BHP: -76
4. Spotec: -80
5. Drivers: -90

So we kind of have a traffic jam in the Top 5 here, but with Frickin' Tenedab WAAAAAAAAAAAAY out in front.  He could take a couple 250s off and not lose the lead.


500s
1. Edu: 345
2. HTS: -5
3T. Tenny: -8
3T. Tono: -8
5. Lexus: -20

This one is still totally up for grabs.  Props to Lexus, though, for quietly contending for the top spot for both 250s and 500s.  Nice job for our newcomer.


ATP Overall
1. Tenny: 2133
2. Edu: -18
3. HTS: -53
4T. Adunar: -95
4T. Tono: -95

Unbelievably tight margins here!  Wow!


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The WTA continues to be confounding and point totals were complete garbage last week.  Snolly and Dtrain won Washington with a mere 22 points, while Frickin' Tenedab won San Jose, which was a 470, with only 24 points.  Awful.  Poor Dtrain finished San Jose with 8.  EIGHT!  This leaves our standings like this:

280
1. BHP: 551
2. Tono: -3
3. Drivers: -4
4. TE: -14
5. Edu: -27

One bad tournament and this whole Top 5 could shift around.  o__o


470
1. Tendab & Tono: 265
3. Adunar: -3
4. HTS: -10
5. Edu: -13

Same here.


WTA Overall
1. Tono: 1714
2. Edu: -1
3. TE: -10
4. Adunar: -15
5. Tenny: -82

Man, if this keeps up, these Top 4 will be jostling each other all the way down to Moscow and Luxembourg!  But don't count Tenedab out, if you're smart.

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Toronto Winner Picks
Novak - 10
Nadal - Snolly, TE, Spotec
Zverev - Arvis, Tenedab

Arvis, Snolly, and Tenedab are the only ones without Novak at least in the semis.  Arvis and Aiur are the only ones without Rafa in the final.

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Montreal Winner Picks
Halep - 12
Svito - BHP, TE
Angie - Spotec

Everyone has Halep at least in the semis.  Runners-up here are pretty varied.  Woz, Petra, Sloane, and even one (spotec) with Buzu.

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Novak is maybe not back to being the Novak of old eh, the young guys are starting to get some self belief.

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Nice updates, Arvis!

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Excellent Toronto win from Spotec last week, finishing with 99 points!  The other two Rafa pickers, TE and Snolly, also both broke the 90 point mark.  Only poor Arvis and Aiur failed to back Rafa to make the final and appropriately finished in the lowest two positions.

1000
1. Edu: 563
2. Adunar: -23
3. BHP: -34
4. Dwight: -38
5. Murree: -41

Edu has a decent cushion here, but 23 points can be easily overcome in the 1000 format.  He'll have to be careful.  BHP, Dwight, and Murree are really jostling each other for position in the Top 5.

ATP Overall
1. Tenny: 2234
2. Edu: -24 ↓6
3. HTS: -58 ↓5
4. Adunar: -91 ↑4
5. Tono: -94 ↑1

Not much change in the Top 5, everyone stayed close after Toronto somehow.  This does take into account the first couple days of Montreal, though, since I wasn't able to get to this update quickly enough.

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In Montreal, it was a case of the most popular winner pick actually coming good!  So there probably won't be too much shake up in the standings.  However, TE failed to pick Halep to win, but the rest of his bracket was so good that he didn't take too bad of a hit.  Tono and Drivers both had the correct Winner, Finalist, and one correct SFist here, with Tono getting the win with a whopping 116 points.  Well done, guys!
BHP and Spotec failed to have Halep in the finals and finished with 67 and 54 points, respectively.

1000/900
1. TE: 545
2. Adunar: -33
3. Edu: -34
4. Tenedab: -36
5. Tono: -42

Well, despite TE's "Montreal Misstep" he still has a decent lead here.  But he'll have to have a really solid Cincy bracket to maintain it.  He's got 4 players bunched together behind him, and any one of them could take the lead by the end of this week.

WTA Overall
1. Tono: 1846
2. Adunar: -27 ↓12 ↑2 ranks
3. Edu: -28 ↓27 ↓1 rank
4. TE: -36 ↓26 ↓1 rank
5. Tenedab: -96 ↓14

Man, Tono reeeeeeally gave himself some breathing room with that excellent Montreal bracket!  Great job, Tono!  And great job Adunar, moving into second place overall!

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ATP Cincy
Feddy - 11
Alex Z - Tenny, Aiur
Novak - Dwight
Jaziri (orig. Rafa) - Spotec

Not only was Spotec screwed by Rafa, but he's the only one without Federer in the finals, which could haunt him.  5 others have Jaziri in the semis.

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WTA Cincy
Sloane - Tenny, Adunar, Dwight
Kerber - Dtrain, TE, BHP
Halep - Edu, Drivers, Lexus
Serena - HTS, Aiur
Svitolina - Spotec
Petra - Snolly
Bertens - Arvis
Pliskova - Tono
Woz - Murree

Wow, 9 different winners, none picked by more than 3 of us.  This is going to be a crazy tournament.

(bold denotes a Top 5 Player has made that pick)

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Great update, Arvis!

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I wrote a piece on Tsitsipas for theslicetennis.com
A shortened version appears there, but here is the full text.

Stefanos Tsitsipas:  Best of the Next Gen?

Stefanos Tsitsipas has been ripping it up this summer, rising into the ATP top 15 after making the final of the Canadian Open, aka Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating four top-ten players along the way.  But he started the year in mid-pack of the burgeoning crop of Next Gen players, with a ranking of 91.  This exciting young cohort includes 19 year-olds Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur, 20 year-olds Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, and Andrey Rublev, as well as Felix Auger-Aliassime, the first 18-year old to make the radar.  A whisker older are Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric, and Jared Donaldson at 21.

Zverev has been the cream of the crop, claiming three Masters 1000 titles and the world #3 ranking.  He’s also the first of this generation to meet the 100-50-10 metric for predicting future greatness.  This metric for male players tallies his ranking at or near his 18th, 19th, and 20th birthdays.  To meet the standard he should be ranked about 100 on his 18th (not every player meets this criterion, but the other two are mandatory), ranked about 50 on his 19th birthday, and 10 on his 20th birthday or shortly thereafter.

Predicting Greatness

Every top player with 4 slams or a multi-year #1 ranking since Borg (the earliest player for which we have rankings), meets the criteria:  Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker, Agassi, Courier, Sampras, Hewitt, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.  Some beat the standard by a year or two, like Becker, Agassi, and Nadal.  A few other notable slam winners also meet the standard:   Chang, Safin, Roddick, Murray, and Del Potro.  The most successful players who didn’t meet the standard are Kuerten and Wawrinka.  Both blossomed late and never really became dominant. There are only four players who met the standard but didn’t go on to become slam winners:  Jimmy Arias, Aaron Krickstein, Kent Carlsson, and Andrei Medvedev, all in the 80’s or early 90’s.

Zverev is the 23rd player to match the metric.  Odds are we are looking at a future slam winner and/or multi-year #1.  What he’s achieved at his age is typical of the very best.

The two Canadian youngsters, Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime, are also on track to greatness.  Shaps was #45 on his 19th birthday in April, and Felix is #120 and celebrated his 18th birthday last week.  Will they falter like Berdych and Gasquet who both met the first two legs of the standard but were a year late getting to #10, or will they become slam winners? 

So where does Tsitsipas fall?  He was #328 on his 18th birthday and was about a year late, getting close to #100 about a month after his 19th birthday.  He was about two-thirds of a year late getting to #50, and now he’s #15 on his 20th birthday.  If he should make #10 in the next three months he could still be on the path to greatness, although to be fair, till now he has not been meeting the standard laid down by past greats.

His year so far

But rules are made to be broken, and I like what he’s been doing this year.  In his first tournament of the year, Stefanos won four matches out of qualifying to make the quarter-finals in Qatar.  By March he’d made the quarters in Dubai.  That month he played his last Challenger for the foreseeable future.  In April he announced his name to the world by storming through Barcelona, knocking out four top-ten seeds, including then world #7, Dominic Thiem.  He arrived in the final and got thrashed by Nadal -2 and -1, and called it a good learning experience.

He then made the semis in Estoril and won his first main-draw slam match, at Roland Garros.  He upped the ante at Wimbledon by making the fourth round on what he calls his favourite surface.  Next he made the semis at the 500 in Washington, taking out Goffin.  But nothing prepared me for his run to the final of the 1000 in Canada.  He took out four top-ten players including Thiem, Djokovic, Zverev, and Anderson.

Again, he met Nadal in the final, but this time he put up much stiffer resistance and got to set-point in the second set.  But Nadal dug deep and ended it 6-2, 7-6.  Afterwards Nadal called Tsitsipas’s game “complex,” which has be considered high praise.  The kid is only getting better and he just turned 20 the day of the final.

His game

Stefanos has an impressive game, with a powerful, point-ending forehand, a decent serve that will only improve as he fills into his (so far) 6’4” frame, and no real weaknesses elsewhere in his arsenal.  He’s rangy and quick.  But his greatest gift might be his mind.  He stays calm under pressure.  He’s already learning to control his errors unlike many of his young peers, and he knows how to mix it up.  He’s made insightful comments about how intelligently Federer mixes up shot selection.

Intelligent choice has been part of Stef’s legacy.  Some of the media have attempted to nickname him Tennis’ Greek Freak (after basketball star, Antetokounmpo) or Tsitsi Fly, but he claims his nickname is ‘Stef.’  Stefanos’ father Apostolos is a tennis coach.  His mother was a top-ranked Soviet player, and her father was an Olympic gold-medalist in soccer in 1956.  His parents met at a tennis tournament at which she was a player and he was a line judge.  Apostolos became a certified coach and taught his son the game.

In an interview with Ubitennis, his father repeatedly stressed that it was Stefanos making the choices about his career.  Apostolos sees his role as supplying his son with as many tools as possible so that when the point of decision comes, he can choose wisely. 

Said Apostolos:  “I am aware of how complicated it is to push someone from a psychological point of view.  We can inspire children, motivate them, let them see the possibilities.  But we cannot make the decisions for them.”  “Children have great ability to explore and understand, but if one destroys this plasticity it is the end.  Children need to be free to decide.”  “Now tennis is his life and it is right for him to make his decisions for his life. … He must be free to explore, even beyond tennis.”

So when he was 10 or 11, Stefanos woke his father in the middle of the night and announced, “I want to become a tennis player.  I like the competition.  I like the challenge.”  And it was Stefanos who chose his one-handed backhand.  He used to switch between one- and two-handed.

The mind is the greatest weapon

So Stefanos is used to making his own choices.  It shows in the creativity he displays on court.  And it also means he’s in tennis on his own terms.  I’ve been impressed with his collected and placid demeanor during interviews in his run to what has been the biggest tournament of his life, last week in Toronto.  He was not overly excited, awestruck, or condescending.  Rather he seemed focused.  He was present to the now and what needs to be done next.

I’ve seen this before, this collectedness, in players like Pete Sampras and Rafa Nadal.  It’s self-assurance without arrogance, determination without hubris, consciousness of the path forward to a goal not yet reached.  It is perhaps Tsitsipas’ most impressive quality, this focus and solidity of mind.  Alexander Zverev has so far put up more impressive wins and numbers than Tsitsipas can match.  Both have complete games with no holes.  I don’t know if Tsitsipas’ talent is as deep as Zverev’s, but I like Stefanos’ head space.  And sometimes that can make all the difference.

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Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this Charles.

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Thanks for the picks breakdown Arvis smile

Great article Dwight. I like Tsitsi more than sasha. Not sure he is a future great but definitely a top10 player and gping deep at slams the next 10 years. But can he be a Murray or delpo and not a berdych or tsonga?

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Thanks for all your updates, Arvis, and a very nice Tsitsipas essay, Dwight!

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Arvis wrote:

ATP Cincy
Feddy - 11
Alex Z - Tenny, Aiur
Novak - Dwight
Jaziri (orig. Rafa) - Spotec

Not only was Spotec screwed by Rafa, but he's the only one without Federer in the finals, which could haunt him.  5 others have Jaziri in the semis.

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WTA Cincy
Sloane - Tenny, Adunar, Dwight
Kerber - Dtrain, TE, BHP
Halep - Edu, Drivers, Lexus
Serena - HTS, Aiur
Svitolina - Spotec
Petra - Snolly
Bertens - Arvis
Pliskova - Tono
Woz - Murree

Wow, 9 different winners, none picked by more than 3 of us.  This is going to be a crazy tournament.

(bold denotes a Top 5 Player has made that pick)

Awesome Kiki pick, Arvis!

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Thanks, BHP! lol

After Montreal I just figured that Cincy would be more unpredictable in regards to the top players so I picked Bertens since she's really quite consistent and fresher than most.
Still, she had to save MP in that final against Simona.  And in impressive fashion, too.

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Dwight Gambles And Wins Big At ATP Cincy!
The only one to pick Novak to achieve the (first ever?) "Masters 9000", Dwight broke the 100-pt barrier in Cincy and achieved a dominating win, beating second place TE by 18 points.  He was one Delpo win away from having the Winner, Finalist, and both SFists correct.  Spotec, the only one to not have Feddy in the final, brought up the rear with only 55.

R2D2 Crown (ATP 1000) - Edu Hangs On!
1. Edu: 625
2. Dwight: -2 ↑36 ↑2 ranks
3. Adunar: -21 ↑2 ↓1 rank
4. HTS: -28 Welcome to the Top 5!
5. Drivers: -33 Welcome to the Top 5!

Edu just barely hung on to the lead after Dwight's incredible tournament.  Adunar gained 2 points on the leader, but had to drop to 3rd in the face of Dwight's charge.  HTS and Drivers bump BHP and Murree off the leaderboard, who move into 7th and 8th, respectively.  It's amazing how much movement just one tournament can create!  It should be noted that Murree is actually tied for 8th with Tenedab and Dtrain, with all 3 of them sitting at 576.

ATP Overall
1. Tenedab: 2295
2. Edu: -20 ↑4
3. HTS: -39 ↑19
4. Tono: -82 ↑12 ↑1 rank
5. Adunar: -87 ↑4 ↓1 rank

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Arvis Takes WTA Cincy With Surprise Winner!
Backing Kiki Bertens, seemingly out of nowhere, to win her biggest (and only hard court) title ever gets Arvis another big WTA bracket win.  Although his season has been up and down as usual, this is a win he'll remember for a while, as only one other person on the whole TDC site made the same Winner pick.  However, his win was hardly dominant, as the top half of his bracket was pretty poor.  He only beat second place Snolly by 7 points.  After that, though, there is a huge dropoff, with 3rd place Edu only managing 64.  But what of our BB8 Crest leader, TE?  Shockingly, he had the lowest score of the tournament, only scoring 37!  Wow!  How will that affect our Rey Saber Top 5??

BB8 Crest (WTA 1000/900) - TE's Job Gets Much Harder!
1. TE: 565
2. Edu: -8 ↑26 ↑1 rank
3. Adunar: -13 ↑20 ↓1 rank
4. Tono: -24 ↑18 ↑1 rank
5. Tenedab: -28 ↑8 ↓1 rank

TE hangs on by a thread!  Although he did not lose the #1 position, he has made maintaining it much more difficult.  Still, there are only a handful more BB8 brackets for 2018.  Can he fend off his opponents?  This is anyone's game now.

WTA Overall
1. Tono: 1887
2. Edu: -20 ↑20 ↑1 rank
3. Adunar: -26 ↑1 ↓1 rank
4. TE: -54 ↓18
5. Drivers: -99 Welcome to the Top 5!

We have a little shake up here!  The Top 3 continue to be really close, and Edu has tightened it up even more by jumping into second place and gaining a whopping 30 points on our leader Tono!  And in a major coup, Drivers has bumped the fearsome Tenedab off the leaderboard, nosing ahead of him by 8 points!

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Awesome summary Arvis!
However the 900/1000 is BB8. Rey saber is the equivalent of Obi-wan sabee.

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Fixed, thanks Ad!

Winston Salem
Busta Move - 7
Chung - Snolly, Tono
Querrey - HTS
Edmund - Drivers
Albot (orig. Goffin) - Aiur, Lexus, BHP
Rublev - Dwight
De Minaur - Dtrain


New Haven
Petra - 5
CarGar - 4
Bencic (orig. Halep) - 4
Konta - BHP, Tono
Pliskova (OUT) - Dwight

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Nice summaries Arvis, congrats on the Bertens pick too btw, very nice.

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Thanks!  I'll hang my hat on that pick for the rest of the year.

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Arvis, that was insane picking from you!!  Amazing Bertens pick!!  Wow!!  The odds of that were so much worse than my Djoko pick... hats off to you!
(and nice write up!  I got at least 2 min of basking out of that!)

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No question that Djokovic achieving the Masters 9000 is amazing.
But he's not the first.

Lendl did it back in the days of the Grand Prix.  He won all 9, in actually 11 different locations. 

The Super 9 tournaments have moved around over the years, Madrid used to be Hamburg, and Shanghai used to be Madrid.  The ATP (or it's forerunner the Grand Prix) has always had 9 premier tournaments beginning in 1970.

1
The first biggie of the year used to be called the US Pro Indoor and was usually played at Philadelphia.  It lasted till 1986, and then in 1987 it was moved to Indian Wells.  McEnroe and Connors both won it 4 times and Lendl won it once, in it's last year of 1986.

2
The Super 9 tournament that became Miami started off in Sydney in 1970-71, then became the Alan King Classic in Las Vegas from 1972-81, then it became the WCT Tournament of Champions in Forest Hills until 1985.  Lendl won 5 of these in three locations, one in Vegas in 1981, two in Forest Hills in 1982 & 1985, and two in Miami in 1986 and 1989.

3
Monte Carlo is one of only two of the nine that haven't moved at all.  Lendl won it 1985 and 1988.

4
Rome also hasn't moved.  Lendl took it in 1986 and 1988.

5
The German Championships have a long and venerable history including being a Super 9 event for 31 years from 1978 to 2008.  Then the ATP in its wisdom decided it needed a big event in China and so bumped Madrid (which had the considerable clout of Ion Tiriac and Spanish tennis behind it) to spring and sent the Germans packing.  From 1975 to 1977 the US Clay Court Championships (Indianapolis, I believe) received premier designation, and from 1970 to 1974 it was played later in the year as the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Championships - which itself became the LA tournament. 

The PSW was close to being the fifth major for much of its career before the open era.  Begun in 1927, it recognized that increasingly the powerhouse behind US tennis was on the west coast.  For its first 29 years, every winner of the trophy was also a slam champion, including all the most illustrious names like Tilden, Cochet, Vines, Perry, Budge, Riggs, Kramer, Sedgman, Gonzales, Rosewall, and eventually Laver.  Big tennis has a long history in southern California and its thirst for top-level tennis and the spiritual clout of the PSW ended up moving to Indian Wells, although the chain of custody for Super 9 status followed a different pathway.  Only Hamburg was played during Lendl's era and he won it 1987 and 1989.

6
The Canadian Open has been a premier tournament for most of the open era, missing 4 years since 1970 in the reckoning of the big 9 tournaments.  In 1970 and 71 Johannesburg got the nod and Washington did in 1975-77.  The Canadian was also considered one of the 9 in 1975 so there's a year of overlap.  Lendl won the Canadian a record 6 times in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989.

7
Cincinnati got premier status in 1981.  Before that there was premier status in Stockholm from 1970-80 but it was played later in the year.  Lendl won Cincy in 1982.

8
This is where the chain of custody starts to get really messy.  Mostly this was a premier tournament played after the US Open.  1970-71 and 1976-83 was in London.  1972-74 was Johannesburg, 1975 was the year of overlap between Boston and the Canadian.  Then big time tennis went back to Stockholm for 11 years 1984-94.  Next was Essen in 1995, and then Stuttgart in 1996-2001.  That German tournament was displaced by Madrid 2002-08 (remember that Madrid later booted Hamburg).  Then the tournament settled into Shanghai for what will be it's 10th year this year. 

Another way to look at this would be Stockholm from 1970 to 1994 with 1981-83 missing, followed by Germany, Madrid, and Shanghai, however the chain of custody does not follow such a 'simple' path.  Either way, Lendl won Stockholm in 1989.

9
This is slightly less messy.  It starts with Boston played 1970-77, but earlier in the year.  Then 1978-88 it was Tokyo, and starting in 1989 it switched to Paris where it's been ever since.  Interestingly the Paris indoor tournament has a long history dating to at least 1895, although it was played in early spring then.  Lendl won Tokyo in 1983 and 1985.


So there you have it, 22 premier 9 victories for Lendl across 9 tournaments in 11 different locations.
Other than Lendl and Djokovic, there are five men who have won 7 of the 9 tournaments by my reckoning:  Borg, Agassi, Federer, Nadal, and Murray.  By this accounting the 1000 title derby looks like:
33 Nadal
31 Djokovic
27 Federer
22 Lendl
19 McEnroe
17 Connors, Agassi
15 Borg
14 Murray
13 Becker
11 Sampras
everyone else in single digits

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Thanks for this classic information Dwight...love this stuff.

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Fascinating. When are the Yoda Crew going to write a tennis book?

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Oh, why did I think Fed only needed Monte Carlo?  Which other one is he missing?

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Rome. 4 finals lost as well.

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So, Edu won Winston Salem, having Medvedev and Johnson in the semis.  How the heck did he know Medvedev would have such a good tournament?  Anyway, he finished with 37 points, a margin of 15 over last place Tono and Tenedab.  Will this affect our standings at all?

250s
1. Tenedab: 797
2. Lexus: -63 ↑10
3. BHP: -71 ↑5
4. Spotec: -75 ↑5
5. Edu: -76 NEW!

The answer is no, of course it didn't make a difference because Tenedab is too far ahead.  He lost ground, but he's got plenty to lose.  Edu's win did get him to the Top 5 here, though, and bumped Drivers off the list by a mere 3 points.


ATP Overall
1. Tenedab: 2339
2. Edu: -8 ↑12
3. HTS: -40 ↓1
4. Adunar: -81 ↑6 ↑1 rank
5. Tono: -84 ↓2 ↓1 rank

Edu is really closing in!  Can he do the impossible and take the lead from Ol' Tenny??  Adunar and Tono trade places once again.  Keep in mind that these scores are factoring in Day 1 of the USO.  However, we're all within a few points of each other there right now, so not much is affected.  How will the entirety of the USO shakes up these standings, though?  Keep an eye on Tenedab and Edu!


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Lexus won New Haven ridiculously easily, being the only one to have Sabalenka in the final.  That got him a score of 30, 11 points above second place and 23 above Dtrain in last.  Yikes.  Will that help Lexus get into the Top 5?

470s
1. Tenedab: 284
2. Adunar: -5 ↓2
3. Tono: -6 ↓6 ↓2 ranks
4. HTS: -14 ↓4
5. Edu: -16 ↓3

Nope, Lexus is actually in last place still in the 470s competition among those who have done all 10 tourneys.  Sorry Lexus!  But look who is in first place!  Frickin' Tenedab!  Still, the margins here continue to be very small.

WTA Overall
1. Tono: 1918
2. Edu: -15 ↑5
3. Adunar: -19 ↑7
4. TE: -57 ↓3
5. Drivers: -96 ↑3

Not much movement here with the low scores in New Haven.  But the USO will surely change that!