Daniil Medvedev among those who are trending in tennis this week

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Players trending down

Daniil Medvedev

Following a stunning early exit at the French Open, Medvedev was hoping a change of scenery would help his game. After a 1st round bye, the enigmatic Frenchman Adrian Mannarino took down the World No. 3 in three sets. As surprise defeats begin piling up, Medvedev must batten down the hatches and lock in. He needs a good week in Halle at the ATP 500 event. If he goes out early again, it might be time to already begin his hard-court preparations.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Another Top 5 player that is trending in the wrong direction is the Greek superstar. A Quarterfinal drubbing at the hands of Carlos Alcaraz in Roland Garros left a bad taste in the mouth. Transitioning from that to his worst surface, Tsitsipas needed to find a way to get some matches under his belt. While he played an overall strong match, he still fell the first time of asking as the now 37-year-old Richard Gasquet was the better player in the key moments picking up a historic 600th tour win. Tsitsipas has the game for grass, but his confidence just seems to vanish in the big moments as he does not fully trust himself on the green stuff.

Taylor Fritz 

This one might seem harsh, as Fritz was a Quarterfinalist in Stuttgart. However, with a first-round bye, that came as a result of one victory. Placing him in the trending down category is more on his exit from the BOSS Open. Losing relatively easily to the Qualifier Martin Fucsovics denied the tennis world from an electric All-American Semifinal clash with Tiafoe.  Partner this exit with him being upset in the French Open 3rd round by an unseeded Francisco Cerundolo, Fritz could use a strong week before Wimbledon.

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If a player is trending up or down, the beauty of tennis is it only takes one week and you can drastically change your fortunes. Boulter and Thompson are examples from this week. Just like live rankings, this weekly section will be fluid. One of Fritz, Tsitsipas, or Medvedev could make deep runs and totally change the narrative around their games. I cannot wait to see how it pans out, so bring on the tennis.