New Wimbledon favourite Chris Eubanks has been rewarded for his heroics at SW19 by climbing to a career-high 31st in Monday’s updated world rankings. The 6ft 7″ American arrived at the All England Club after picking up his first tour title in Mallorca the week before and kept his good run on grass going by making it all the way to the quarterfinals.
Eubanks has spent much of his career struggling to break into the top 100, but the 27-yeard-old has broken through this season, arriving at Wimbledon in the top 50 following his maiden title triumph on the Spanish island.
And after four more wins on the courts of Wimbledon, he sits just outside the top 30 in what is turning into a memorable season for the likeable US star.
An unexpected messure of just how far he has come can be taken by noting where all-time great Rafael Nadal is in the world rankings.
The 22-times grand slam champion has missed much of the season with an injury and that has seen him drop to world no. 140 – 109 places behind Eubanks.
Speaking about his Wimbledon experience to CBS Mornings, Eubanks said: “This has been a very, very surreal, whirlwind, eye-opening experience. It’s tough to really describe and put into words. To answer whether or not I understand the magnitude of it, especially back home, I don’t think I do just yet.”
Two-times Wimbledon champion Nadal underwent surgery in early June to fix a problem with his left psoas tendon which has kept him out of action since the Australian Open. The 37-year-old could only watch as compatriot and rising star of the men’s game Carlos Alcaraz beat defending champion Novak Djokovic in five sets to lift his first-ever Wimbledon title.
Straight after the contest, Nadal showed his typical class by sending a congratulatory message to the 20-year-old Spaniard. Posting on Instagram, Nadal wrote: “Congratulations Carlos Alcaraz. You have given us immense joy today and surely our pioneer in Spanish tennis, Manolo Santana, has also been cheering wherever he is as a member of Wimbledon whom you have joined today. A very strong hug and enjoy the moment, Champion!!!”
Nadal will be hoping to get his decorated career back on track once he has recovered from his setback. He sits just one grand slam title behind Novak Djokovic on the all-time list and will have been relieved to see the Serbian fail to extend that advantage by one on Sunday.