Taro Daniel is 30 years old and probably closer to the end of his tennis career than the beginning. But he has managed to have a decent career (heck, a lot better than me and I know I could win a point against him) even if that career ended tomorrow. But after the ATP rankings rise he had this week, his career isn’t ending any time soon.
Daniel took the biggest jump of any top 100 player this week. His career-high ranking is 77, which happened in 2018. There is a good chance if he continues his recent run of relative success that by the end of 2023 he surpasses his career best.
Taro Daniel moved up 20 spots to rank 95 this week. This was due to his making the round of 32 at the National Bank Open last week where he fell to Milos Raonic. (For the record, Roanic moved up from number 545 to number 336 after his play at the tournament.) To get to the round of 32, Taro Daniel had to beat world number 30, Adrian Mannarino, and he did so in straight sets 7-6(5) 6-4.
Taro Daniel leads the ATP players making the biggest rankings jumps this week
Basically, I really hope Daniel gets into the 60s of the ATP rankings by the end of the year because most of us are grinders trying to do our best. Daniel is one of us.
The next best two ranking risers were two Americans, Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald. Both rose 16 spots in the rankings. Giron rose from number 70 to 54. Giron did one better than Daniel at the Canadian Open as Giron made the round of 16. This was his best showing since the Geneva Open in May.
Giron is also 30 years old, so I guess it was a good week for that age. (Lucky for you if you are 30!)
McDonald rose from number 59 to 43. (McDonald is way younger than Taro Daniel and Giron, though; He is just 28 years old.) He made the quarterfinals at the Canadian Open before falling to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Number 43 is a career-high for McDonald.
As far as the biggest jump within the top 10, Jannik Sinner, fresh off his victory at the Canadian Open (which is the same tournament as the National Bank Open), moved from number 8 to number 6. Of the top six players, three – Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, and Sinner – are 21 years old or younger. The next generation of tennis greatness has arrived.